Red Blooded

Red Blooded

by Amanda Carlson

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Jessica is going to Hell.
After settling a fragile truce between the vampires, werewolves and witches, the last thing Jessica wants to do is face the demons head on. But when the Prince of Hell kidnapped her brother, he set into motion a chain of events that even Jessica doesn't have the power to stop.
Now, Jessica must go into battle again. But Hell is a whole new beast -- new rules, more dangerous demons, and an entirely foreign realm. And when Jessica is dropped into the Underworld too soon, without protection or the help of her friends, she must figure out just how powerful she can be... or she will never make it out alive.
The fourth Jessica McClain novel -- a fast-paced and irresistibly sexy urban fantasy series reminiscent of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs.

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ISBN-13: 9780316404341
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Series: Jessica McClain , #4
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 288,357
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

A Minnesota girl, born and bred, Amanda began writing in earnest after her second child was born. She's addicted to playing Scrabble, tropical beaches and Ikea. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three kids. Find out more about Amanda at or on twitter @AmandaCCarlson.

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Red Blooded 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Can't wait for the next book. Love all the different supes and trying to figure things out. Worth the money and your time reading. Hope there will be many more in this series and that the author will continue to keep the readers interested and lots of twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good storyline but it is way to fast paced if you like the Rachel Morgan series you'll probably like these. Me I like a little more story mixed with action to keep me interested.....
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Jessica is preparing with Tally for her trip to the Underworld to save her brother, Tyler. While trying to learn to harness and eject demon magic from in the protective circle the witches have, Jessica inadvertently activates the doorway to the Underworld. Jessica finds herself in the hollows of the Underworld, all alone. The Demon essence becomes a part of her and she has to learn how to use it. And stay alive in the Underworld that's looking for her. Jessica finds a few unlikely allies while here. Jessica and her wolf are on their toes with where they are, but is it enough to keep her and her brother alive? Holy Underworld! The plane Amanda has created here is outstanding! There is always something different and new to this land of the Underworld. It's what you expect and soooo much more! The creatures here, the setting and how they live. Wow. I am amazed at Amanda with creating something new in each book. The world is growing to a huge, endless circle here. There are creatures we've seen before and new ones we've not heard of. Boy, do we get a front view of the Underworld. We meet new characters, and those we have known for some time. Those that we are friend with are here. I will say that half of the book is Jessica alone, then the last half is with our friends. But with Jessica being alone we meet new associates who could make a difference in the world. If you've read the series thus far, you are probably asking about Selene. Yes, Selene is here. She did go to the Underworld in that book as we saw. And what you see here will baffle you. You will be shocked with what happens. I know I was, and my feelings even...dare I say...softened? You will understand as you read. I love that Jessica and her wolf are so strong. That Jessica can be a character of her own and stand on her own. Her strength and ability to adapt and learn where ever she is, is amazing and what the story is all about. You learn more of her purpose in the world, the Lycan is here for a reason. This story has romantic elements, but it's Jessica's story. She has been and continues to be determined and independent. She loves Rourke, but he doesn't define who she is. She will do anything for him and tries to compromise but she is strong willed as well. This is what I love with Jessica, she doesn't rate herself based on the man she's with. She stands on her own two feet (or four if needed). Though, she loves having him with her through everything and thinks of him when not. Once again, Amanda leaves us at the end knowing there is another phase to Jessica's ongoing adventures. I can't wait to learn more! And at the ending, I wanted to flip more pages to learn about 'her'! If you are a Jessica fan, you will love this book. On to the adventures Jessica will lead us barreling into.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars A UTC Team REview What are your first impressions of RED BLOODED? Annie: While there’s a lot of action that goes on in the book, I was really waiting for the moment when it would come all together. This series has some cliffhanger endings so I feel like readers are constantly waiting for that one big moment, only to be left hanging. I’m holding off until that moment of anticipation occurs and we see what Amanda Carlson has been working towards to. Angela:  I anticipated an action packed novel and Carlson delivered just that. If we’re talking stomp versus romp, there’s definitely stomp all over this book.  I would sum it up to Action and Adventure. What did you think about Jessica and her powers? Annie: I like Jessica. I think she has a level head on her shoulders. There’s something about a heroine who is able to handle her own and I think Jessica definitely fits into that category. Her powers are great but Jessica hones them quite quickly. She doesn’t struggle too hard and I wonder if showing her vulnerabilities more would make her character more multidimensional and relatable. Angela:  I love Jessica.  She’s definitely on my top kick-ass-heroine.  The girl can kick major ass from our realm all the way to the underworld.  But I see your point Annie, she does come out of disasters with very little hardship.  I think her weakness was her ties to her pack and family.  She’d sacrifice anything for them even her happiness but I guess, she could have been more vulnerable.  I didn’t particularly look for that but the romance….that, I looked for. =) What are your thoughts on the romance of this book? Annie: I didn’t go into this book expecting too much romance since the focus is definitely on the Urban Fantasy genre, but I’m a Romance girl at heart. I definitely wanted more of Rourke but I can’t say I was disappointed in it. One can only hope that there’s more of the purrrfect hero in future books. Angela:  Though I love a good action book, I am a romance reader first and foremost.  In this series, I have fallen for Rourke and Jessica’s romance.  I know, I know, this series of the UF genre but a girl can hope, right?  I honestly wanted more Rourke time and I did not get enough of him. I’m glad he finally stepped up and told Jessica that she can’t run the show on her own so, maybe in the next book we’ll get more Rourke action. =) We are into book four of the Jessica McClain series. How do you think the series has progressed so far? Annie: As I mentioned before, there’s a ton of action in this series, especially in RED BLOODED. Politics continues to play a big part in the series and Jessica is managing it well. Despite all that, I’m still wondering where this series is going and what Carlson has planned for the endgame. I’m interested to see what she has planned next. Angela:  Well, Jessica as a character had evolved quite a bit from the first book.  She has managed to get her own pack, made enemies and friends, finally get a love life, and save the world.  At the end of this book, though it took long to get here, Carlson had revealed some information about Jessica that may lead to the end game you’re hoping for.  Like you, I’m intrigued to see where Carlson will take Jessica next. *ARC provided by publisher
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
I adore this series and was thrilled when I was granted access to this on Netgalley!! Every single book takes you on a rollercoaster ride and this is no different. I cant say too much about this because of spoilers so all I'll say is Jessica accidentally sends herself to Hell early, with no backup. She is in a whole different world with different rules and has to save her brother. Can Jessica stay alive long enough for someone to reach her? This is book 4 in the series and poor Jessica never gets a break!! Nothing seems to go right for her and Red Blooded is no different. I love how Amanda Carlson can keep her characters growing from book to book. Jessica is still kick ass but she seems to be more capable of handling her powers in this book. Her relationship with her Wolf is also easier and they rely a lot more on each other.  We dont see much of Rourke in this one until towards the end but what we do see is awesome. He is so strong and such a rock for Jessica. I adore their relationship and they are one of my favourite couples.  I loved the new world the author created in Red Blooded. Hell is everything you'd expect but also nothing like you think. It is a creepy horrible place where the sunshine burns and you definitely don't want to be outside after dark either!! The creatures are things from nightmares and time works differently there. It was incredibly cool to read about.  Anyway. Red Blooded was everything I've come to expect from this series and more. There's more of everything, more action, more adventure, more wolf and more kick assness!! Its an action packed, edge of your seat book. Carlson still manages to throw in some twists and turns that will leave you gasping and really raises the bar with this installment. Its a thrilling additive read and one I'd highly recommend.  Amanda Carlson is also the queen of cliffhangers and this ends in one heck of a one! I so need the next book now!!! 
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ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Continuation of an Exciting Saga I would like to thank NetGalley & Orbit for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. WARNING: if you haven't read the previous books in this series, stop here. This review will reveal spoilers for the earlier books. In addition, this book will have some gaps you could drive a truck through if you try to read it as a stand-alone. Goodreads Blurb: "After Jessica's brother is kidnapped and taken to the Underworld, she will stop at nothing to get him back. But before her grueling training is finished, Jessica's power mixes unexpectedly with the circle and she's dropped into the Underworld without protection or her escorts." Like the other books in the series that come before, this book provides one heck of a ride. As always Jessica is smack dab in the middle of some kind of crisis, and with each book the crises continue to increase in magnitude. Whereas before the problems were essentially only Jessica's, the number of players involved climbs with each new addition to the series. By the time Ms. Carlson finishes this series it wouldn't surprise me if everyone on the planet was somehow actively involved in the finale. Jessica continues to mature at a steady pace, which is pleasantly surprising. It could be argued that she doesn't need to mature so quickly since she isn't being given much time to process anything, yet that is part of what makes her growth so impressive. And her relationship with Rourke is sizzling hot, which adds another dynamic to her story. The plot is chock full of twists and turns, which the characters race through at breakneck speed. It's kind of like watching an episode of "Top Gear" in which they drive a variety of super fast cars through the Italian Alps - except traveling with Jessica is much more exciting. (No commercials for one thing [just kidding], plus no chatting with the audience, or swapping cars for that matter.) Many characters from previous books are along for the ride, or at stop in for cameos. In addition to Tyler, who Jess has traveled to Hell to rescue, Rourke, Ray, Danny, Naomi, Tally, are just a few old friends who make an appearance. Of course the Prince of Hell is involved, and some new characters that are all over the map in relation to their status as friend or foe. A status that can change in the blink of an eye, and often remains fluid, leaving Jessica and team feeling as if they can't really trust anyone. Just when you think you've got things figured out, some new information will pop up and change everything you were sure you'd figured out. Be prepared for this to happen more than once. In fact, based upon my experience, I suggest just rolling with the characters and not bothering to attempt to figure anything out, because it will almost certainly change a few more times before the cliffhanger ending of the book. Once again, as soon as I finished reading this ARC I was already aching to get my hands on the next installment in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Red Blooded (Jessica McClain #4) by Amanda Carlson Jessica McClain journeys to the underworld to rescue her twin brother, Tyler, after he was taken in Book Three, Cold Blooded. Jessica continues to be a worthy heroine.  She is strong both mentally and physically.  She is fair and brave.  She makes an admirable leader, that would be easy to follow.  I enjoy the conversations between Jessica and her wolf.  They are really quite amusing.   Jessica has a ton of people that believe in her and are willing to help her.  However, due to circumstances beyond her control, she winds up in the underworld, for the most part, on her own.   She meets some people in the underworld, and for obvious reasons does not know who she can trust.  Jessica continues to develop some-odd alliances that keep the story interesting. The description of the underworld was imaginative.  I like that it stayed away from the cliché.  Carlson created a very graphic environment that was easy to visualize.   The plot was intriguing.  A lot of things happen that will affect their future.  This remains to be a worthwhile urban fantasy series that I continue to enjoy.    Complimentary copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
Well, once again Jessica prevails only to end the book on a cliffhanger. This time the book started five days after her brother was taken to the Underworld. Even though it was a lot of action I still felt as if it dragged a bit. There were even more new creatures introduced, so I'm thinking the number of supernaturals in this series is up around 106. Okay, not really, but it seems as if there's something new on every other page. For most of the book it's just Jessica running around the Hell with a new "friend" and getting out of all trouble that comes her way. Then the rest of her pack shows up to help save her, but of course Jessica saves everybody. I think I would've been happier if the last two or three chapters didn't happen or ended differently. I'm glad Jessica and Rourke got a few days of R&R, but then another emergency that only Jessica can fix happens and enter dire warning and it's over. There's never any getting use to her new powers or magic before she fights and uses it and seems to automatically know what she's supposed to do. At least this book didn't end in a kidnapping. Just talk of someone giving themselves up, so that's different from the other three books in the series. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. flag
KGirlVA More than 1 year ago
This is one action-packed series. These need to be read in order. I couldn't wait to read what would happen next. Ready for #5
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
"What did you think was going to happen? That Hell would be all unicorns and rainbows?" RED BLOODED by Amanda Carlson is the fourth book in her awesome, action-packed Jessica McClain series. It picks up squarely where it's predecessor, COLD BLOODED, left off. The Prince of Hell has kidnapped Tyler, Jessica's twin brother, and Jessica must descend to the Underworld to retrieve her brother. In a pinch, RED BLOODED could be read as a standalone as the author incorporates previous events integral to enjoying the story into the book. BUT... why would you want to? Every book in this series has been a fantastic, heart-stopping thrill ride and your enjoyment of RED BLOODED will be exponentially increased if you are fully acquainted with who and what has formerly transpired.  My full review has been posted to Reading Between The Wines Book Club. 
VampyreLvr More than 1 year ago
I really enojoy Amanda Carlson's books. This is the most recent book in her Werewolf series, and it was a great ride! This series is always action packed but in this book Jessica has to go to hell to save her brother. She is going to go with a team but something happens and she is sent in alone. She has to find her brother and confront the Prince of Hell himself.I love the characters and their relationships and this book has Jessica growing as a supernatural. I cannot wait for the next book Pure Blooded hopefully it will be soon!
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from September 04 to 06, 2014 Book Info  Paperback, 320 pages Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by Orbit original title Red Blooded ISBN 0316404330 (ISBN13: 9780316404334) edition language English URL  series Jessica McClain #4 other editions (3) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  Amazon  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS After Jessica's brother is kidnapped and taken to the Underworld, she will stop at nothing to get him back. But before her grueling training is finished, Jessica's power mixes unexpectedly with the circle and she's dropped into the Underworld without protection or her escorts. My Thoughts Jessica’s twin brother Tyler had been kidnapped and taken to Hell in previous book Cold Blooded and now in this 4th book Red Blooded Jessica must go to the Underworld to rescue him.The trip is dangerous so in the beginning we find Jess training with Tally so when her team makes the journey they at least have a chance of surviving much less returning topside. The training itself is brutal and in the midst of one such session Jessica accidentally ends up on her own traveling to the Underworld, where she finds herself relying more on her wolf than ever before and with an unexpected Demoness ally named Lili. The Hell that Jessica finds herself in is not what she had envisioned, her time there alone leads her from one discovery to another until finally she is joined by Rourke and Ray and that is when things really get interesting. We finally have answers to some of the questions that have plagued Jessica since the beginning but even with those answers new questions are again raised and the ending of Red Blooded sets up book #5 Pure Blooded with another cliffhanger that leaves one grinding their teeth in frustration for the wait. While I am still invested in continuing this was not my favorite book in the series , though it did have it's moments. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Red Blooded, Amanda Carlson Review from jeannie zelos book reviews   Well, sadly for me this series has gone downhill. I enjoyed the first book, but with reservations – that's common I find though in first books in a series, they’ve a tough job introducing worlds and characters, and delivering a decent story. Then the second had a few things that grated, somehow I missed book three and now we’re on book four. I was able to pick up the story easily despite missing the third book. It’s the end of the series for me though – what seemed promising has for me turned too repetitive. Each danger seems to go the same way, unexpected creatures or familiar ones acting in an unexpected way and – hey - someone develops a new power and comes to the rescue in the nick of time....This time too the major actions take place in Hell, and that's not really my niche. I want to see characters interacting – the people I know and love from the series, but here they play a secondary role, it seems to me. Jessica is gaining more new powers, and it seems everyone from her group seem to be “unique” in some way. Really? A small group of people and yet almost  everyone of them is developing some new and unheard of power or talent? Jessica was the first one and that worked, but now everyone seems to be getting some new side that makes them special and it just isn’t...special that is!  Familiarity breeds contempt and all that. There’s more too – my real pet hate in fantasy is when a character gets some new and unheard of skill just at the critical moment to get them out of trouble – Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake went this way, and that was one of the things that made me give up on that series. She became someone I just didn’t recognise as the same person from the start. Growth of character is fine but for me they still need to be recognisable.  I want my characters to work, I need to feel the danger is real, and if they just keep getting powers like this it takes all the element of skill in getting out of trouble away. With the action taking place in the underworld too this book didn’t feel the same to me, with little interaction from all the people we’ve come to know so far, and Jessica meeting constant new types of demons, but getting powers somehow or help from new sources to overcome them. Sorry Amanda, you’re a great writer and I loved the premise of this series, but for me its become one I’ve lost interest in. This book just proved to me how far away from the first the series has come for me. Stars: Two – but again that’s just me, and I'm sure others will five star it. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
INITIAL THOUGHTS Approaching this book I was truly looking forward to it. I was certainly ready for some more kick butt Jessica McClain, her purrrfect mate Rourke, James and Marcy, Tally and Maggie and more. Though Jessica and Rourke are the "main characters" I also love the other characters too. MY REVIEW I love the book cover, it fits really well with the rest of the series so far, which I do like. The female on the cover is the kick butt main character, Jessica. I'd say the circle is there to represent the witches circle as certain characters have to travel through to get to Hell. There's the words "Damned To Hell" which is quite literally what has happened to Jessica. I usually hate recommendations on the front covers of books but this one is done well and it is by Karen Chance too! So the rather short blurb explains what the book is about perfectly and concisely. Jessica's brother Tyler was kidnapped in Cold Blooded and taken to the Underworld.  So would I pick this book up in a bookstore shelf purely because of the cover? Oh yes! Jessica is obviously eager to go rescue her brother but acknowledges the fact that she needs to be prepared for what she will meet when she gets there not to mention learning how to use a witches circle to travel there. Jessica also need to learn how to control her newer manifesting powers. /a decision is made as to who will accompany Jessica to Hell to help in the rescue of Tyler. In the meantime the head of the Witches Coven, Tally is helping Jessica, trying to teach her how to use the magic within her. On one such training session with Tally, Maggie blurts out that the "kitty is going to be so mad" (Maggie calls Jessica's mate Rourke, Kitty) and then almost instantaneously Jessica is sent through the circle alone and straight into the Underworld. Though Jessica's main objective is finding and rescuing her brother Tyler she will also have to deal with all the demons she meets along the way as well as The Prince Of Hell himself who still wishes to put her on Trial for killing a low level demon. The "crime" Jessica committed is quite a trivial one which makes her wonder what else The Prince Of Darkness may be up to. Upon arriving in Hell, Jessica discovers that the sun in hell burns her skin, so its very convenient that she can regenerate and heal herself. After an encounter with chupacabra's, squealing pigs and low level demons Jessica finds herself in a maze of extraordinary tunnels. Some of the tunnels seem like they have flint glittering contained in  them and others look to have veins pulsating within them. Jessica soon finds herself being chased and ducks into a room that is holding a strange demon-like women prisoner inside it. Jessica ends up realising she has no choice but to put her trust in this new acquaintance who is reluctant to reveal her name. Who is the mystery prisoner? Will Jessica find Tyler and manage to rescue him? What will happen if she stands trial? So many questions, the answers to which are in the book, ready for you to discover. As always with books by Amanda Carlson this one is action packed, drama filled and a breeze to read! This book is centered more on demons and witches, but returns to pack matters at the very end. I really liked the new characters that were introduced to us, the reader, in this book, such as the Princess Of Hell.  Fate also plays a great part in this book, with the historical scriptures being quoted by various characters in the book. We also learn more about "The Coalition" and the fact it is made up of representatives from the five races. I think the coalition will come more to the forefront in the books that follow this one. There are also plenty of kick-butt action for Jessica and her pack. The book ends with worrying about the "man-made" wolves. In fact most of the pack are somewhere in the Everglades. So Jessica and her pack return from their "hellish" journey to go right to another problem. And it is that state of worrying about her father and the pack that we leave Jessica in. Talk about a cliff hanger! So did I enjoy the book? Once again, totally loved it. Would I recommend the book? I would yes! I can honestly say I have read and loved every book in this series so far!           Would I read more in this series?  Definitely I'd read Pure Blooded if it was available right now! Would I read other titles by Amanda Carlson? Yes, I am reading and enjoying her Sin City novellas too.