Monday, March 13, 2017

4 Wine Glass #Review of Blue Blooded by Amanda Carlson + #Giveaway

32849582Title: Blue Blooded
Series: Jessica McClain #6
Author: Amanda Carlson
Format: Kindle, 261 Pages
Published: December 14, 2016 (Amazon Digital Services LLC)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Jessica McClain is on the hunt for her destiny. She arrives in Baltimore to find that her quest has reached a dead end and only a note remains. Forced to do as it says, or die, Jessica and her crew must head overseas.

They arrive to discover Julian de Rossi, the Mediterranean Pack Alpha, is double dealing with a powerful goddess and Tally is still missing. With help from a divine source, they engage in an all out war—one that must end in a sacrifice. But is Jessica ready to pay the ultimate price?

Your Thoughts:
“Mayhem follows you like a vulture to roadkill.”

Blue Blooded by Amanda Carlson is a fast-paced, action-packed, highly imaginative entry in the author’s Jessica McClain series! Blue Blooded pretty much picks up where the previous book, Pure Blooded, left off. Much of Blue Blooded takes place in Italy, in and around Florence.

Blue Blooded is the sixth book in the series and could be read as a stand-alone in a pinch and if you absolutely insist. However, the primary characters have been developing and the plot-line evolving since the series’ opener. The author fills in the bare minimum a newbie reader would need so as not to be lost. That said, I highly recommend that you start at the beginning and enjoy this series in order as, honestly, the series seriously rocks. You won’t want to miss out on any of the previous action.

This series follows the exploits of Jessica McClain and those in her ever-increasing circle. Jessica has matured exponentially since this series began. She’s now self-assured and holds her own against other super naturals more powerful than her. Jessica is mated to a strong, powerful and fearless cat shifter, Roark, and they have mellowed into a commanding force. Roark remains very protective of Jessica; He’s also confident enough in her abilities to trust her when she needs him to. What’s really amazing is that he’s secure enough to be okay not being the lead in their relationship. The two share some lovey-dovey and steamy scenes in Blue Blooded – but I would not call this series a romance.  However, if you are looking for a plot-line with lots of suspense, danger, whirlwinds of action, mind-blowing interactions, startling discoveries and often-surprising humor, you’ve come to the right place.

As Blue Blooded opens, Tally is still missing and Jessica McClain’s quest to her ultimate destiny continues. In the short-term, the gang is committed to helping Kayla reunite with her brother, Jax. They arrive in Baltimore to find a note, and an alarmingly upturned residence, but no Jax. Unfortunately, they soon discover that Jax has been kidnapped by the goddess Enin in revenge for what Enin believes Jessica did to her sister. Given no other viable choice, Jessica and her cohorts head overseas where Jessica must pay the ultimate price to save her friends.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from Blue Blooded:

“This will be much more complex than defeating a pack of flesh-eating zombies. It will take fitnesse.”

Interspecies couplings? Why didn’t you just come out and ask if he was banging a nymph and get it over with?

“A necromancer, you say? I suppose it’s a handy skill, but it’s too morbid for my tastes. I’ll take a blood-sucking vampire any day.”

“Do you sense any dead bodies nearby? I don’t know if we’ll need them, but it would be nice to be prepared.”

This series encompasses a wide array of super naturals including wolf shifters, cat shifters, vampires, seers, angels, demons, fae, witches, and more! Confident and kickass females are well represented. Amanda’s storytelling is excellent. Warning: the ending to Blue Blooded will take your breath away. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys exceptional and exciting paranormal urban fantasies.

Suggested Reading Order: 
Blooded (Book #0.5)
Full Blooded (Book #1)
Hot Blooded (Book #2)
Cold Blooded (Book #3)
Red Blooded (Book #4)
Pure Blooded (Book #5)
Blue Blooded (Book #6)

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