Sunday, August 10

Audio Review: Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Cold Blooded

Jessica McClain, #3
Amanda Carlson

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Narrator: Thérèse Plummer
Date of Publication: October 8, 2013
Abridged or Unabridged: Unabridged
Length of Production: 10 hrs and 47 mins

Available at the following retailers:
Amazon     Audible   Downpour

Magic, mayhem and madness explode in this third installment in the Jessica McClain series.

Jessica McClain is on the run... again. Finally reunited with Rourke, Jessica arrives home to find that her best friend has been kidnapped, her father has vanished, and the supernatural Sects - witches, demons, and sorcerers - don't even have the courtesy to wait until she is unpacked to attack.

Now, mastering her powers as the sole female werewolf might not be enough to save them. Thrown together in a shaky truce with the Vampire Queen, Jessica must show all the different Sects what the true meaning of "the enemy of my enemy" is or her father will die...

I have thought about what I wanted to say about this book for almost a solid week and I hate to say this.  However, after listening to Full Blooded and Hot Blooded, I hate to admit it but this one left me a little Cold. (yeah, yeah, bad pun...)  Both of the first two books were non-stop action. I mean, they take place within about a week and a half. This third book was also go, go, go. Everything takes place within a day or two.  Don't get me wrong, I love action. But dang, let's give the girl a chance to catch her breath and grow into some of this power she is throwing around. Jessica has gone from newbie to expert level in 2 short weeks. Seriously?

Jessica has had absolutely no time to enjoy her new mate, get a handle on her powers or even get home for a shower. It's one thing after another. Bam, Bam, Bam. Plus, it seems like she ends up having to do most of the heavy lifting the entire book. I am exhausted just watching her. Maybe if I hadn't read (listened) to the books back to back, it wouldn't have been so pronounced. But damn, can we let the girl get a good nights sleep in her own bed with her mate already? So far, they got one short night in his cabin, but she still hasn't had a chance to take him to her place yet. And the ending of this book doesn't look like she will have any time to assimilate and reflect before jumping right into another catastrophe.  Will I listen to the next book? Yes, but there had better be some down time at the end of the next book or at the very least let some of the other characters doing something, or I am going to have to call cry foul. This could easily had a higher rating, but I went with 3 stars, and hope for a more balanced book next go round.


  1. "Jessica has had absolutely no time to enjoy her new mate"

    And that is why I think I'm over this series for awhile. I don't have a problem with the shifter mate-bond. I actually kind of like it. But all of that nonstop action has kept dollface and coolguy from developing a relationship beyond the dictates of fate, and that drives me nuts. I'm not totally writing off the series, but I think I'm going to wait out the next few installments to see if things ever calm down. Great review though ;)

    1. Yes, exactly. Where is the relationship building, the trust developing, when the action never lets up and they are constantly separated? Quite frankly I am started to get worried that we are wandering into MarySue territory. Jessica seems to be the-end-all-be-all for fixing everything, plus she has the hottest, toughest alpha guy, the closest family, and the besttest-estist friends ever. I hope the author reigns this in before it goes to far. I will be closely watching the next couple of books myself. Nice to know I wasn't the only one seeing problems with where things were headed. :)


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