Wilder’s Mate (Bloodhounds #1) by Moira Rogers
March 8, 2011
Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “I like my women enthusiastic.”
“It’s a wonder you can find any, unless you take care not to speak first.”
Satira needs someone to assist her in rescuing her mentor, Nathanial. What she gets is Wilder. A devastatingly sexy bloodhound created by the Guild to hunt and destroy vampires. As Satira and Wilder make their way to Deadtown, the attraction between them sparks and blazes out of control . But Wilder is a dangerous man. And a real killer in his true form. If he succumbs to the passion between Satira and him during the full moon then the beast will claim her no matter what. Even at the expense of the man who they are trying to save.
I’m a huge fan of steampunk and when Moira Rogers let me know they were writing a steampunk story I was fully prepared to stalk them until they let me have it. Luckily for both of us, they gave in gracefully. A novella at 103 pages, The writing team of Moira Rogers packs in an incredible smexy, action packed story that will have you glued to your e reader. An enchanting mix of old and new sets the stage as we engage with our two fascinating protagonists-Satira and Wilder.
Satira is a beautiful, intelligent girl who disguises her femininity with the trappings of man. In her world there is only one thing a woman can do and that is prostitute herself. But she wants more so she apprentices herself to a genius inventor. He gives her a safe place a live, a kind hand, and a goal for her life. He is all she has and when he goes missing she not only fears for him but for what will happen to her if he isn’t found alive. I really like how Satira is not the fainting indecisive heroine. She’s had a hard life but she has risen above it. She’s also very pragmatic and that struck a cord with me. She doesn’t hide from Wilder what she feels and gives voice to it often.
Wilder is a smoldering mixture of sex and gallantry all wrapped up in a rough and ready attitude. He works for the Guild and his job is to kill vampires. When he sets eyes on Satira he only sees a troublesome girl but she soon proves to him that she is more then able to handle her own on their mission. Being a Bloodhound (a werewolf) he is always careful to only associate with those who can handle him during the full moon because when the beast unleashes it answers to no one. This vulnerability softens Wilder and endears you to him. While he comes off a bit gruff and untamed, he never never goes completely Alpha on Satira. Her opinion matters to him and it shows. *dreamy sigh*
The dialogue between them is humorous and sensual at the same time. They play off each other well and the flow between them is a delight to read.The chemistry is apparent from the beginning and a steady undercurrent flows under their words, priming you for when they will go to the next level. And woooooweeeeeee, when they hit that next level-watch out. Sizzling.
The secondary characters are personable and interesting enough all on their own. What I really love about the Moira Rogers books is no character is used just as filling. Each one is imbibed with enough vitality that you want then to have their own story. And thankfully these authors come through for us.
The plot is solid with plenty of suspense, smexy time, and action to keep you satisfied. I would have liked to have seen a bit more interaction with the villain; a back story perhaps to how this all came about. All and all another brilliant read by the ladies of Moira Rogers that left me wanting to read more about these sexy Bloodhounds and the women who are their destiny.