Author: Amanda Carlson
Series: Jessica McLain #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 11th 2012
Source: ARC from Author
Rating: 5 Bad Boys – Absolutely Loved It!!!!
Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.
After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.
FULL-BLOODED is pure Urban Fantasy gold!!
It’s been a great year for Urban Fantasy and the winning streak continues with Carlson’s new series Jessica McClain. The author has given life to a fierce and uncompromising society of werewolves where Jessica is not supposed to exist. In this world, there are no female-born werewolves and hasn’t been for a very long time. Until Jessica.
Superstition is rampant among the werewolves and most in the Pack fear her. Some even believe she is the prophesied one spoken of in the ‘Cain Myth’ (the true Daughter of Evil who would eventually destroy the entire werewolf race).
In the last novel, fear of what Jessica meant to the Pack was smoldering to a point where her life is at risk so she moved away and created a new life off Compound. This novel picks up a few years later when Jessica’s turning into a werewolf triggers all sorts of trouble and the adventures begin.
The worldbuilding in this series gives a unique spin on werewolves that makes for a very compelling read. It has great characterization all around with completely believable main characters and great supporting characters. The story captivates from Page 1 and the excitement continues throughout. It’s full of hot testosterone-laden werewolves that seriously kept my pulse above normal for most of the book.
FULL-BLOODED is a thrilling read and one that’s left me anxiously awaiting the next in the series.
About the Characters
Even is Jessica wasn’t the only female werewolf, she would still be cool. She’s bold, fearless and totally kickass but not afraid to show vulnerabilities. She takes her punches and always gets back up and moves forward. She’s fiercely loyal to her Pack even when they are distrusting of her and apprehensive of accepting her as a member of the Pack. She has quite a sense of humor as well that had me laughing out loud a few times.
The hero, Rourke is a were?. The question mark is not a typo. It’s intended to be there because Rourke is a mystery. We know he is some sort of cat shifter but not what kind. The author has created a great character by showing Rourke’s mysterious side as a mercenary and his sinister reputation for gruesome killings. He’s secretive about his past, which adds to his charm. Then we see him as this awesomely protective guy when it comes to Jessica. He’s very intriguing and I’m just dying to find out more of his story.
As I mentioned above, this Pack has some fabulously hot weres. Starting at the top with Callum, (the Alpha and Jessica’s father), James (the second in command), Danny (an enforcer for the Pack), Nick (Jessica’s best friend) and Tyler (Jessica’s twin brother). The author gives each of these supporting characters a storyline and develops them enough so they really add to the story. I was left wondering if maybe we’ll see a spinoff series down the road for some of them. Trust me, this would be a very good thing.
Again, this novel is golden!! The characters are believable; the story is compelling and expertly delivered. It’s fast-paced with non-stop action from Page 1. A true Urban Fantasy gem! If you’re a UF fan or a fan of werewolves and shifters, you will want to add this one to the top of your To-Be-Read list.
5 Bad Boys – Absolutely Loved It!!!!