Series: Jane Yellowrock #2
Published by Audible Studios on April 13, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Length: 14 hours and 25 minutes
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Also by this author: Mercy Blade, Circle of the Moon, Skinwalker, Flame in the Dark, Blood of the Earth, Raven Cursed
Also in this series: Mercy Blade, Skinwalker, Raven Cursed
Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night. The vampire council has hired skinwalker Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules - but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.
In my review of Skinwalker I hinted, somewhat, at how I thought that Blood Cross by Faith Hunter and I wouldn’t get along, but I am glad to say that my assumption was way off the mark; like football field size.
In Blood Cross, the 2nd installation of the Jane Yellowrock series, we are given more of an insight into the relationship Jane has with Molly and her 2 precious babies, but most importantly the baby girl Angie (I have to say, out of all that went on in Blood Cross the relationship between Jane and Angie-baby – as Jane calls her – ended up being the highlight of the book for me). Furthermore, we were given a different look into what makes Jane the way she is, and the author uses Beast to do this; their two personalities are polar opposites and in their differences I found myself siding with one or the other the majority of the book. Additionally, we’re given a romance between Jane and some very unsuspecting characters (unsuspecting meaning I in no way shape or form thought that she would ever go there with them); in these sections I found myself torn because while one suitor I could actually see the potential, the other was a complete no go for me.
Every issue I had with Skinwalker was improved and cleared up in Blood Cross. Jane’s divide or separation, both emotionally and mentally, with Beast was seriously placed under a magnifying glass where, at first, I became frustrated with Jane and sympathized with Beast (Jane would sometimes get very emotional and resistant to decisions that was obvious to everyone needed to be taken) until I realized that having Beast without Jane or Jane without Beast would never work and that they needed each other to do what they’re paid to do and to survive in a world that is always pitted against them.
Jane has grown a lot in Blood Cross from what I saw of her in Skinwalker, but she has a long way to go in becoming someone I’ll feel comfortable rooting for 100%.
Since I’ve read Blood of the Earth before I listened to Blood Cross I already know the end result of this Rick and Jane “thing,” so I’m not going to waste a lot of paragraph/post space on my dislike of this “relationship.” But, while the sexual tension between the two in Blood Cross was very evident I couldn’t help but to find myself grimacing through their flirtation and the start of their relationship. I just don’t see how a relationship of any kind works for them when, other than attraction there’s nothing between them, and their “relationship” almost feels like it’s of the filler category. I understand Jane’s aversion to Bruiser, but come on, there’s more there than what she has with Rick.
Blood Cross also had a lot of badass moments that contributed to my unhealthy obsession with having my headphones attached to my head more hours than I’d like to admit. Khristine Hvam, once again, did an excellent job on all the voices in Blood Cross and also became one of the reasons I couldn’t put this story down.
Having learned my lesson from the sneak peek at the end Skinwalker, I refrained from listening to the sneak peek into Mercy Blade, book 3 in the Jane Yellowrock series, because I’m pretty sure with the way Blood Cross by Faith Hunter ended, gag, that I’ll be left with a hesitancy towards reading/listening to Mercy Blade. Because of this this wisdom I am now, lol, looking forward too reading/listening to Mercy Blade.