Full Blooded (Jessica McClain #1) by Amanda Carlson
This is a solid entry in the ever-growing world of werewolf urban fantasy. Jessica McClain is the only female ever born of a werewolf, but does not herself carry the shifter gene, so she goes out in to the world to make a life of her own as an investigator. Things are going well until, out of nowhere one night, she goes wolf. Not having been raised to understand the pack dynamics, nor the reality of being a shifter, Jessica has a lot to learn — as quickly as possible!
Jessica’s unique position as a “non-shifter” werewolf gives the author an excellent way to introduce the reader to her world — we learn along with Jessica. With her wolf’s sudden surfacing, Jessica must return to the pack — and all the severed ties she’s left behind. Now she must adjust to a new life and once again leave her old life behind. Her return to the pack reforges some bonds (her father, brother for instance), but Jessica is different. A threat to the pack way of life and the accepted ordering of their world. She must also contend with a prophesy foretelling an evil female werewolf who will destroy the race of werewolves altogether.
So no pressure.
Jessica is a strong, independent woman. She is neither arrogant nor pushy, nor does she come across as whiny or blustery, as some UF women protagonists sometimes do. I like her very much and am interested in following her story. Other strong characters surround Jessica in her new world (her brother and a packmate in particular), friends as well as enemies.
Of course, Jessica has a sexy, mysterious love interest — and plenty of delicious chemistry!
The only real trouble I had with Full Blooded was the rather abrupt ending. It left me wanting more, yes, but also feeling cheated. In a truly great series (personally, I vote for Kate Daniels here as an example), each book enlarges or clarifies the world, the characters, and the over-arching story, however each book is also a whole and complete story in itself!
I think this is a series I will look forward to reading more of, though I must admit it is not in my favorite UF series list yet. It is worth keeping up with.