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?
What I liked: This is book six in the Jessica McClain series and it’s been non-stop action from the very beginning. This is a quick read only because I couldn’t put it down. Every book in the series has been that way for me.
The friends around Jessica keep getting kidnapped and this time, the kidnapper is out to kill Jessica once and for all but Jess is willing to sacrifice almost anything to get her friends and allies safely out of harm’s way. Following the note left for her, Jess and her crew head to Florence, Italy where Enid (the big bad) will provide further instructions. From the last book, Pure Blooded, Jess has a new ally, Kayla, a necromancer and just to make things worse, Enid has also kidnapped Kayla's brother, Jax. Ah, Jax, is a new type of paranormal. Ms Carlson has just about every paranormal you could possibly think of as a part of this series which makes for some interesting situations.
Jess initially thinks she’s only dealing with Enid but upon arrival finds her contact, Julian, head of the Mediterranean Pack a bit too secretive. Could he be involved and why? He’s been a previous ally of Jess’s father but things could have changed. Jess is right to be leery. But if nothing else, Jess and her crew appeal to other paranormals and inspire loyalty. Their moral compass attracts more allies than they had hoped for.
With warnings from Seers on what NOT to do in dealing with Enid, Jess must make sure she mixes things up just enough to change a horrible outcome. She needs to meet with Enid but not under Enid’s stipulations or else the paranormal world could be in for a horrible ride for the next 1000 years or so.
Everything depends on Jess getting things just right so the Coalition can take its rightful place and stabilize the paranormal world. Five women will run the Coalition Council and it’s a big surprise to some of them on being called to duty and some sour grapes for others who aren’t.
What I didn’t like: I would say the pricing is a bit high but after reading the e-book, I’m not sure that’s true. I feel like I got my money’s worth and I do believe Ms Carlson went the self-publishing route with Blue Blooded so hats off to her for continuing the series.
The one thing I did have a bit of a problem with was, I kept thinking Jess must be Wonder Woman or something. She’s continually getting new powers and evidently drinking her blood makes other paranormals not only more powerful, but give them a link to Jess. You’ll have to read it to see what you think.
As I said, I couldn’t put Blue Blooded down even with all the “drama” and convenient fixes for problems that should have taken longer to solve. That’s the thing though, Jess is under a time constraint on dealing with her problem with Enid.
Ms Carlson’s writing flows well and is easy to follow. I did have to go back and review what had happened in Pure Blooded since it had been almost 18 months between books. This series to me is pure escapism. Don’t try to reason things out too much, just go with the flow and you will be thoroughly entertained. I was!
There are quite a few big surprises at the end of the story and now I’m wondering if this was the final book but surely not with the bit of a cliffhanger Ms Carlson threw in at the end.