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Jan 16 2013

Hot blooded by N. Holder and D. Viguie

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Random House, 2012. ISBN 9780857530721
(Age 13+) Paranormal Romance. Hot blooded, the sequel to Unleashed, is the second volume in the Wolf Springs Chronicles. In Volume one, Katelyn was bitten, and upon the full-moon... well you know how it goes... lots of howling and hunting. The central problem that begins Hot blooded, is Cordelia's banishment from the werewolf clan for failing to report Katelyn's bite. The two girls had been searching for a silver mine, guarded by the legendary Hell Hound in the midst of a spate of fatal wild animal attacks in the area.
For the most part, Katelyn seems to be to distracted from finding a solution, considering she is the cause. Daily, Katelyn's new werewolf urges draw her to Justin, who has been commanded by the pack leader to train her in the ways of werewolves. Her desires are only just reined in by her human side which remains truly smitten by Trick, her human boyfriend. It is no wonder Katelyn has little time to address Cordelia's intermittent pleas for rescue from a rival pack, where she sought sanctuary.
With more dismembered tourists turning up and the Werewolves vouching for each other, it seems there really is a Hell Hound. Katelyn's nightmares recur and somehow hold the key but in this tome there is more than one dropped thread, hopefully to be picked up in later chronicles. There's certainly a lot of jealousy from the 'born' werewolves when Lee Fenner, the omnipotent pack leader, realises Kat's exceptionality - her immunity to silver. After Fenner refuses to forgive Cordelia, a violent feud threatens to decimate the pack and a cliffhanger ending ensures that we'll have to read volume three for a final body count.
Deborah Robins

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