Warning: Cliffhanger (Again??)

Amazon Blurb:

Magic, mayhem and madness explode in this third installment in the Jessica McClain series.
Jessica McClain is on the run… again.
Finally reunited with Rourke, Jessica arrives home to find that her best friend has been kidnapped, her father has vanished, and the supernatural Sects — witches, demons, and sorcerers — don’t even have the courtesy to wait until she is unpacked to attack.
Now, mastering her powers as the sole female werewolf might not be enough to save them. Thrown together in a shaky truce with the Vampire Queen, Jessica must show all the different Sects what the true meaning of “the enemy of my enemy” is or her father will die…

Quote:

“You know, we can’t afford to keep barreling into trouble because you think we’re above the threat.”

Review:

This felt more like a side story than a part of the series. Jessica has a hundred problems already going on, yet this is a book about none of those problems. It is a brand new one that has cropped up because the massive plot device that shows up just to send them someplace they never would have gone on their own.

Most of the time, I had no idea why we were doing anything in this book, except because the author said so. The plot didn’t seem to drive the story in any way. It felt more made up on the spot than anything. There are random connections that Jessica makes and asserts as fact, with only the smallest hint that that could be true. And it always ends up being true, because that is just the way it is supposed to go. Most of this just seems to boil down to coincidence. We end up someplace, with someone, who does something or says something that just happens to move us to the next part of the story that does the same thing.

The hardest thing Carlson is trying to get me to accept, that I just can’t is Rourke. I’m supposed to accept that he and Jessica knew each other for a few hours, most of it running away and not actually talking about anything as far as we have ever been told, and they know each other enough for this book to work. Rourke and Jessica DO NOT KNOW EACH OTHER. Yet they’re acting like they’ve been together for years. Rourke and all the rest of the werewolves act like they’ve known and worked with each other for years. It just doesn’t make sense.

Jessica started to get on my nerves this book, when she wasn’t playing Horny jessica again. Which happens a lot now that she and Rourke are back together, unsurprisingly. But, Jessica never thinks. She just runs into one thing after another, and because she doesn’t think, she gets into more trouble than she should. Otherwise, Jessica just serves as a power bully. She goes somewhere, she gets into fights, she bullies who she gets into fights with because she is more powerful than them. Every time. I’m a bit tired of her being a bully, really, even if they started it.

Lastly, I’m really tired of everyone hating the idea of following a female werewolf. It comes up again and again, as if following a female is the worst idea ever. I get it. But why does everyone hate the idea, other than to make a point? It is getting on my nerves after three books straight about it.

I didn’t like this one as much as the first two, I hope I remember the next book being as good as it actually is. This series is getting more and more complicated when it really needs to reign in and actually solve some things.

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