Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “Not having isn’t the torment. Having and losing is. “
Nate Powell lived a fulfilling if not sedate life as an inventor until he was kidnapped, experimented on and turned into a hybrid – half bloodhound and half vampire. He longs for death until a new arrival at Iron Creek peaks more than just his interest.
Diana is a rarity in the Bloodhound world as she is female. A fierce warrior who is unapologetic about her gender and sexual appetites, she is a conundrum for Nate. Her attraction to Nate is ripe with both need and exasperation as he pushes her away out of fear yet pulls her back to him in his need to protect her.
When the answer to rumors that someone is selling women to vampires as unwilling blood donors is dropped in their laps, Nate and Diana make plans to go undercover and smoke out this rogue bloodhound. Soon, the pull of the new moon heightens the attraction between Nate and Diana, sending it spiraling out of control. If Diana and Nate can survive this job…will they accept their destiny or consign themselves to a fate worse than death?
I absolutely ADORE Moira Rogers’s steampunk/ paranormal series-The Bloodhounds. In fact, I pretty much adore all their work. Diana’s Hound is an incredibly sexy, action packed story that will keep you glued to your e reader. Ripe with sexual promise and a tense storyline, this enchanting mixture of old and new sets the stage as we prepare to engage with our two explosive protagonists-Nate and Diana.
We first met Nate in Wilder’s Mate. He was Satira’s mentor and the man she risked everything to rescue. Nate was in a bad way when they found him and has struggled with his dual nature from day one. He now resides with the bloodhounds in Iron Creek and is attempting to expand upon the work started by the man who made the Bloodhounds-Epiham. His old world style gallantry makes him a delightful beta hero yet Diana brings forth his hidden alpha tendencies; which scares him.
Diana is a beautiful, intelligent woman who manages to maintain her femininity while being who and what she is in a man’s world. Turned into a hound as a young girl and losing her husband in the process, Diana is an interesting mixture of bravado and vulnerability. She wants Nate badly but won’t beg for his attention. As with most of Roger’s heroines, Diana is not a shy retiring heroine. She’s had a hard life but she has risen above it. She’s also very pragmatic and that struck a chord with me. She doesn’t hide from Nate nor what she feels and gives voice to it often.
Nate and Diana are perfect together. Loyal and intelligent; both seem to be holding their breaths-waiting for that something or someone to complete them. Unlike the other Bloodhound relationships, there is no marked alpha/beta hierarchy in this relationship. They are remarkably similar in temperament and it works well for them.
The dialogue between them is both humorous and seductive as they fit together well with just enough friction to keep it interesting. 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. The romance blends well with the sexual attraction to the point where you cannot be sure which came first.
The secondary characters add further suspense and mystery to an already explosive storyline. I loved the interaction between already established series characters. Old revelations are expanded upon 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 brilliant 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+