Review – Red Blooded (Jessica McClain #4)

red bloodedWell, this is awkward.  I saw this one on Goodreads and it looked like many of my friends liked it.  And I love urban fantasy so it was a no brainer for me.  Unfortunately, it didn’t quite go as planned.

To be perfectly honest I can’t even write a good synopsis of the story.  I broke one of my cardinal rules and read a series out-of-order.  Since I haven’t read books 1-3 I have none of the background for the characters.  Usually, though, an author will do at least some recapping that allows a new reader to understand most of what is happening (and that will hopefully encourage them to go back and read the earlier books).  If the author did that here I missed it.  All I know is that for this story the main character, Jessica, goes to hell to try to save her brother.  Then other stuff happens.  I don’t understand why he was there and there was so little world building that I have no idea why it’s so hard to get there to go after him.  I do know there are demons, goddesses, shapeshifters (including wolves), vampires and witches.  What kind of powers do they have?  Beats me.  They can fight and there was shifting and magical circles.  Do they get along?  Couldn’t tell you.  Who are the bad guys?  I’ve got nothing.  I think it’s supposed to be Satan but who knows.  Seriously, that’s all I got out of this.

One of my biggest frustrations was Jessica herself.  She was kind of annoying.  Making bad decisions and talking way too much.  Her love interest…God help me I can’t even remember his name.  How sad is that?  Rourke?  Is that it?  Anyway, I felt no connection between them.  At least a good love story would’ve made this more enjoyable.  When they were alone all I heard was crickets.

Sorry to say I’ve got to give this one 2/5 stars and that 2nd star is kind of generous on the assumption I would have liked this more if I had read books 1-3.

Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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