Full Blooded (Jessica McClain #1) by Amanda Carlson
Publisher: Orbit/Sept. 11th, 2011
Kind thanks to the author and Orbit for providing a review copy
Jessica McClain has been living on her own, away from her father’s pack, for a while now. Doing PI work with her best friend is interesting and pays the bills. Things seem to be going pretty good, until the night she finally turns wolf, destroys her apartment, and attacks a human (luckily not killing him). Now, Jessica is the only female werewolf in the world, and the Cain Myth isn’t helping. An anonymous note sent to her father’s compound one month after Jessica’s birth, claims that she is the Daughter of Cain, the embodiment of evil, and unfortunately, some of the wolves in her father’s pack actually believe the nonsense. Because of this, her new ability to shift will have to be kept secret from all but a few, and that’s much easier said than done. It also doesn’t help that she has a tenacious cop, Ray Hart, after her who is determined to put her away for something, anything, and won’t stop until he does. He smells a rat with the story concocted explaining away the mess in her apartment and is, er, dogging Jessica’s every move. Damage control must be done, and soon, or all hell will break loose.
Full Blooded begins with Jessica making her first change, and boy, is it a doozy! Her father is the Alpha of one of the largest packs in the world, and the presence of a female werewolf sends everyone into a frenzy (in more ways than one). Even her father is not quite sure how things should be handled. He’ll need to figure it out soon, because not only is a lone female the problem, but dissent is brewing within the ranks, and a larger threat is looming. The author spends much of the first half or so of the book with Jessica getting used to her new powers and learning her new place in the world, but when the second half of the book hits, watch out! Amanda Carlson brings a whole new snarling, furry, bristling chunk of awesome. Jessica isn’t only the only female werewolf, she’s much more, but telling you that secret would ruin much of the fun. Suffice it to say that she’s pretty badass and not afraid to show it. In fact, it’s her stubbornness (and courage) that actually almost gets her in quite a bit of trouble a few times. It’s this stubbornness that makes her so likeable though. Sometimes she doesn’t know when to shut her mouth, and I can certainly relate to that 😀 Not only does Full Blooded bring on the supernatural kickass that one would expect, it also brings on the sexy. Seriously, there’s a scene in her that will scorch your knickers, promise. Then there’s Roarke, the mysterious mercenary that’s after Jessica for his own reasons, and brace yourself for some of the scariest vamps I’ve read about in a long time. Inevitable comparisons to Kelley Armstrong’s werewolf series will happen, and that’s a good thing, but Amanda CarIson creates a world and werewolf mythos that’s all her own. I had so much fun with this book and it’s been a while since a debut novel has had me this riveted. Luckily, the next book, Hot Blooded, will be out early next year. Trust me, urban fantasy fans, you’ll want to put Ms. Carlson on your autobuy!