|Jessica is on her way 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.
Jessica’s off to hell to rescue her brother who’s being held captive there. She’s still unable to communicate with her father, the alpha, but she has bigger concerns with finding her brother. Especially since time acts differently in hell, one hour or one year could have passed for her brother since he was taken so Jess is determined to get there as soon as she’s able to work a bit of magic the witches are trying to help her with. The witches know she won’t last long in hell if she doesn’t have better command of her magic and creating protective circles, but when a trial test run goes wrong, Jessica takes in and holds on to a type of magic she shouldn’t have been able to and the next thing you know, POP, Jessica is transported to hell.
As soon as she arrives, Jessica comes across another woman being held captive, Lili, who spins a tale of woe to Jess. It’s clear from the start we don’t know whether to believe what Lili is saying, that she’s set on revenge against the Prince of Hell, who she claims, has trapped her here or if her motivates are drastically different. Jessica doesn’t feel as though she has a choice but to form an alliance with Lili when she offers to lead Jessica to her brother for Jess’s help in freeing her from the cell that’s been spelled against her. And this begins Jessica’s crazy adventures in hell that go from encountering all types of dangerous beings in her path to her brother, to finding her brother, having her friends pop into hell to help out, a show down with a powerful character and the birth of a new Coalition.
For as much action as there is in Red Blooded, I found myself bored with the story and the pacing throughout the entire book. I kept thinking that there was so much action going on, I should be on the edge of my seat, instead even with so much going on, it didn’t feel like much progress was being made, like one step forward, two steps back the entire time. Nearly the entire book takes place in hell, and it got to the point where I just wanted it to be over. Every time Jessica and her group would get close to getting out, something else would come at them, or another obstacle got in the way. It was just too much.
There were a few interesting series-storyline developments, mainly the formation of the supernatural Coalition and its members. That will be interesting to see play out in future books. There’s still the ongoing storyline centered around Jessica’s father and their pack. This leads to the book’s cliffhanger. Yes, each book ends with a cliffhanger and even though I know this going in, I still hate it. I didn’t finish the book thinking about how anxious I was to get the next story based on how Red Blooded ends. Instead I finished and thought, typical. Not exactly the reaction one wants to have when finishing a book that ends in mid-action.
On the romance side, since Jessica is alone in hell for a good portion of the book, her mate, Rourke, isn’t around. He does eventually show up as part of the group that pops into hell. They have a few stolen moments together but that’s about it.
I can’t say I was all that taken with Red Blooded. I still find myself interested in Jessica and her world, the powers she’s still trying to manage within herself. The action here was non-stop but I just didn’t feel like there was as much progress made as there should have been so parts of the book were a bit boring and it was an easy read to put down. I’ll still keep going with the series for now, but even with the routine cliffhanger, I won’t be waiting on pins and needles for Jessica’s next adventure.
Release Date: September 9, 2014
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