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Review: Wilder's Mate by Moira Rogers

Wilder's Mate (Bloodhounds #1) by Moira Rogers
Paranormal Romance, Steampunk, Werewolves, Vampires
Ebook $4.50 (SAMHAIN)
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.

Author Site: www.moirarogers.com

This Ain't Your Mama's Paranormal Romance (4 stars)

In this imaginative restructuring of your typical wild west located romance just about anything goes. Satira is a young lady apprenticed to a weapons inventor who works with the Guild, a group who spends their energies trying to rid the west of the evil vampire race. When Satira's mentor, Nathaniel, goes missing the Guild sends Wilder Harding, one of their Bloodhounds, out to pick up the trail and find him. It might be a damned dangerous mission but there's no way she's letting Wilder go off in search of Nate without her.

As a Bloodhound, Wilder has some distinct physical advantages but is given over to the moon's phases without much control at its peaks. Become a wolf-ish monster at the full moon, becoming an insatiable sex-starved beast at the new. Can Satira handle both sides of her new companion as they journey into the Deadlands in search of her mentor? Will they even find Nate in time?

This is a hard mix of genres to pull off. Fortunately the team that writes as Moira Rogers pulls it off with panache! My biggest issue here was that this really was far too short, coming in at novella length it didn't give me enough to really believe the romance/mating bond between the hero and heroine. Could I have seen it happening? Most definitely. But so quick? Not really. Plus, this is an awesome world! With all the wildness of the American West, the gothy goodness of vampires and werewolves, toss in a nice bit of steampunk and you have a really interesting and fun world to work within.

Satira was a girl I really liked but I did have a hard time being sure of her age. She mostly came across as about fifteen but seemed to have this vast sexual knowledge that kinda surprised me. Wilder definitely had the smoothness I like in a hero without being too alpha and I enjoyed how he kind of teased Satira at times. They played nicely off one another. The secondary characters weren't particularly interesting save for Satira's prostitute friend, Ophelia, whom I think would make a nice heroine for another tale. I'm not gonna lie, I was mostly distracted from the Nate-rescue-plot by the hot smut.

Overall I think this is definitely buyable, the sex scenes were mighty steamy (no pun intended) and I look forward to more Bloodhounds stories! If you're new to steampunk I think this would be a perfect starting point if you like any of the other elements (vampires, wild west) because it's not too heavily bogged down with mechanical things.

Other Reviews:
Crystal of Reading Between the Wines
Mama Kitty Reviews

Notes: Received an ARC from the author.

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