Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “All he had to do was flash that wicked smile and nuns would break sacred vows for a chance to grasp at the pleasure it promised.“
I love 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, Archer and Grace.
We first met Archer in Wilder’s Mate. The most unpredictable of the bloodhounds, he is dealing with guilt over making the bloodhound, Hunter, and now has to deal with the Guild thinking he betrayed them. He accepts a mission to Crystal Springs, a dying frontier town, to investigate rumors of vampire attacks. What he finds is a town barely surviving. Most of the residents are gone and/or dead, and who’s left are not fighters.
Grace Linwood came to Crystal Springs to begin her life anew. A former con woman, she is now the town’s schoolteacher but the pressure is getting to be too much and she knows the town hasn’t long to survive so she makes plans to leave. Archer arrives as she is about to flee and makes a deal with her. Introduce him to the town and then she is free to go. No judgment. But Grace is fascinated by this bloodhound and feels a connection to him.
Archer and Grace are cut from the same cloth. Loyal and intelligent; both have reinvented themselves in hopes of finding redemption from their past. They hide behind walls they have erected, never allowing anyone to know the real person behind the mask. When they meet, their souls recognize each other. 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. Archer is a dirty bird. 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. Archer and Grace both know what they want and aren’t afraid to voice it. Their the sexual relationship begins quite suddenly with the full moon but it’s when their emotions become involved that the true romance begins. Archer is deliciously and verbally dominant in bed and hasn’t an ounce of shame about it. Grace, though quieter, is just as demanding and more than holds her own with Archer in and out of bed.
The secondary characters add dynamite to an already explosive storyline. Rogers ups the stakes in here with the introduction of new characters and new revelations concerning the Guild that take will take this series down new and exciting paths. What I really love about all of 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.
The plot is solid with plenty of suspense and action to keep you satisfied. I do like the villain(s) was more prominently featured in this one and the storyline is built upon layers that I await impatiently for answers to. 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