Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Full-Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Title:  Full-Blooded
Author: Amanda Carlson
My Rating: A

Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Series: Jessica McClain #1
Main Characters: Jessica
Release Date: September 2012
ISBN: 9780316205207
Publisher: Orbit
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:

This book throws you right into. The opening scene is Jessica as she is changing into a wolf for the first time...something that never should have happened. She's way past puberty (she's 26 years old) and yeah, she's a female. In this world, females do not become werewolves. And that's just the beginning of the complications to her shift.

This was a fabulous story. I was only going to read the first few pages of the book and several hours later, found myself closing the book completely and totally in love with the story. 

Jessica is a great heroine. She fought tooth and nail to achieve her own life away from the Pack when it became apparent that she was not going to become a werewolf. Now suddenly all that is threatened. In the real world, she runs a PI agency with her best friend Nick under an assumed name. No one from the Pack, besides a select few, know that the Alpha's daughter has been living only 2 hours away. She's always been regarded with suspicion because of her female status and the superstition surrounding a female werewolf which is part of the Pack lore.

There is a great, great, great cast of characters and I truly loved all that they offered to the story.
*Tyler- Jessica's twin...before his werewolf days, they had a telepathic connection. That's back with her change and I really liked their connection and how he keeps her emotions tethered. He's a fabulous alpha in his own right.
*Nick- Jessica's partner. Another shifter, but of a different sect, he knows Jess's past and why her normal life is so important. She's always acted as his human liaison in the business.
*Danny- Head of Pack security. I loved that he was the first to recognize Jessica's power and gives hints of just how powerful she is.
*James- Irish...big...completely sexy. Enough said. YUM...oh, and he's the second in command after Jessica's father.
*Zane- Jessica's father and Pack Alpha...I like that there is a separation for him of these two entities and that he can act as her father against what is good for the Pack
*Rourke- Cat-shifter mercenary with some serious sexy vibes. I loved what his story adds to the book. He's an almost complete unknown (as far as details about his history and what he's willing to do) but what I see of him, I really, really, REALLY LOVE!

*Jessica and her wolf- I have to mention them as a character because they are two separate entities in her head. I love their conversations especially when it comes to the guys in her life. Jessica doesn't like to give herself over to her wolf, but I loved that there were times when she recognized and accepted the need to do so. 

I am not normally a huge Urban Fantasy reader. As a romance reader, I find the lack of an HEA either heartbreaking or infuriating (depending on the book). While this book definitely followed the Urban Fantasy model with no HEA in this novel, it was still good. I was thrilled with the level of romance and found myself extremely satisfied about the ongoing story line and where it progressed in this single novel. That almost NEVER happens with me and Urban Fantasy books....Well done, Amanda!!! April, 2013 (when Book #2 is released) cannot come fast enough! Great start to this series!!!

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

Julie said...

Perfect fantastic wonderful review Christi! :)