Hunter’s Prey (Bloodhounds #2) by Moira Rogers
March 6, 2012
Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “I used to be charming, once upon a time. “
I’m a huge fan of Moira Rogers’s steampunk/ pnr series-The Bloodhounds. An incredibly sexy, action packed story that will keep you glued to your e reader. An enchanting mix of old and new sets the stage as we engage with our two fascinating protagonists-Ophelia and Hunter.
Ophelia is an beautiful, intelligent, woman whose former life as a prostitute/madam didn’t leave her bitter as one might expect. She did what needed to be done and is now able to retire and live her life on her own terms. She agreed to accept the position of house manager for her friend Satira (Wilder’s Mate) but finds herself overwhelmed by the constant demands of the bloodhound household. Her practicality is what appealed to me. No fainting lily here. She has quiet strength about her that stands up to the prejudice of the women in town and the men’s attitudes that she can be bought for the right price.
“Ether they pay for sex or we pay for security by having sex. I’m on my back either way , but at least my house is my own.”
She is a lady regardless of her station in life. She is attracted to Hunter but his fears keep her at bay.
Hunter is a new bloodhound who was made against his will and lived his life in a cage at the mercy of the vampires until Wilder rescued him. He is a new, unknown breed since Nate had to give him blood to keep him alive. A former gentleman and rake, he is having a hard time reconciling what he was to what he is now. He is about to spend his first new moon out of the cage and his fears of what his beast will do has him pushing Ophelia away. He is a delightful mixture of pure male domination and a charming tongue tied little boy. When the new moon hits, his beast decides that it wants only Ophelia and what follows is three days of some very hot and very steamy loving.
“Under the madness, a man struggled to remember his name. Struggled to remember what names were, why words were important. They tumbled from his mouth beyond his control, sleek and seductive, crude and cunning. Commands: lick, suck, scream touch beg.”
The dialogue between them is both humorous and seductive as they fit each other well and the flow between them is quite erotic to read.The chemistry is apparent from the beginning and a steady undercurrent flows between them, priming you for when they will go to the next level. Though not as dynamic as Wilder and Satira, Hunter and Ophelia are like a slowly stoked fire that once it reaches maximum heat-watch out. Hunter is deliciously and verbally dominant *swoon* in bed and hasn’t an ounce of shame about it. Ophelia, though quiet, more then holds her own as she seeks to reassure Hunter that he is everything she wants and needs.
The secondary characters add dynamite to an already explosive storyline. What I really love about the Moira Roger 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. Nate is a steady presence and we are able to find out what has happened since the last story. Archer keeps us and the other bloodhounds on their toes with his smart mouth. We meet some new characters who I hope to see more of in the future.
The plot is solid with plenty of suspense and action to keep you satisfied. I would have liked to have seen a bit more interaction with the villain; this arc is predominantly focused around our hero and heroine. All and all another great read by the ladies of Moira Rogers that left me wanting to read more about these sexy, sexy Bloodhounds and the women who are their destiny.
Overall Rating: B