Author: Moira Rogers
Publication: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (March 8, 2011)
Description: Think a vampire-hunting bloodhound is dangerous? Try threatening his woman.
Bloodhounds, Book 1
Wilder Harding is a bloodhound, created by the Guild to hunt down and kill vampires on America’s frontier. His enhanced abilities come with a high price: on the full moon, he becomes capable of savagery beyond telling, while the new moon brings a sexual hunger that borders on madness.
Rescuing a weapons inventor from undead kidnappers is just another assignment, though one with an added complication—keeping his hands off the man’s pretty young apprentice, who insists on tagging along.
At odds with polite society, Satira’s only constant has been the aging weapons inventor who treats her like a daughter. She isn’t going to trust Wilder with Nathaniel’s life, not when the Guild might decide the old man isn’t worth saving. Besides, if there’s one thing she’s learned, it’s that brains are more important than brawn.
As the search stretches far longer than Wilder planned, he finds himself fighting against time. If Satira is still at his side when the new moon comes, nothing will stop him from claiming her. Worse, she seems all too willing. If their passion unlocks the beast inside, no one will be safe. Not even the man they’re fighting to save.
Warning: This book contains a crude, gun-slinging, vampire-hunting hero who howls at the full moon and a smart, stubborn heroine who invents mad-scientist weapons. Also included: wild frontier adventures, brothels, danger, betrayal and a good dose of wicked loving in an alternate Wild West.
My Thoughts: This is the first book in a new series that takes place in an alternate Old West. Vampires are the outlaws and Bloodhounds are the equivalent of the Texas Rangers. When inventor Nathaniel is kidnapped by vampires, Wilder is assigned to the case. Satira has been Nathaniel's unofficial apprentice and is determined to go along to help rescue him.
Satira has been raised around the bloodhounds; her mother was mated to one. She thinks she knows what the bloodhounds are like but she wasn't expecting someone like Wilder. Their attraction to each other was instant but Wilder was determined not to take advantage of her perceived innocence. At first Satira just wants Wilder but gradually, as she learns to know him better, the wanting turns into love.
Satira is smart, determined, and unconscious of her beauty. Wilder is handsome, powerful, and very dangerous. They are a match made in heaven. This was a great romance and a fascinating fantasy world. I look forward to more adventures in the world.
Nathaniel wasn't content with life as a Guild inventor. He wanted to bring modern comforts to the wild plains, as if people who dared live along the border had time to worry about steam-powered carriages and flying machines when vampires stole through the night.