Author: Moira Rogers
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eNovella, 100 pgs
Release Date: March 8, 2011
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.
This is the first in Rogers' Bloodhounds series (which in compliance with FTC guidelines, I need to disclose that I received this eNovella as a free gift from Moira Rogers).
Vampires, bloodhounds, ghouls, a kidnapped mentor, a sexy need and a reluctant romance set in the wild plains of the Deadlands where "vampires steal through the night", this book combines paranormal romance and a little steampunk. Sorta like the original Wild, Wild West TV show staring Robert Conrad & Gunsmoke meet the 1999 Will Smith movie version.
Satira, the heroine, is a no nonsense, tomboy complete with weapons who dresses in men's clothing and is Nathaniel’s apprentice. Spine of steel and fearless when it counts, willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Innocent and naive in many ways but at the same time worldly in others. She reminds me of Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead) without the training. Nathaniel, trusted friend and Guild inventor, "who’d all but raised her, she would risk her very life [for]" is missing, presumed kidnapped by vampires, and she is hell bent on rescuing him.
Wilder, the hero, is a bloodhound who fights vampires, whose "mission from the Guild [has] to be to keep their new technology from falling into vampire hands". He becomes full of "sexual hunger [and] feral need" during full and new moons.
This story is full of delightfully snarky dialogue as well as being nice and hot - seriously hot, "hot and bothered" hot. It is a 3.5 on a sexy scale of 1-4.
Rogers' bloodhounds are a very inventive creation. This story whet my appetite for more - to elaborate on the bloodhounds, the guild and the world the story takes place in (which appears to be a post apocalyptic US) for which there isn't enough room for in a 100 page eNovella.
I think that fans of the paranormal romance, steampunk and urban fantasy genres will enjoy this and look forward, as I do, to the sequel, Hunter's Prey - the eBook is scheduled for release in March 2012. There are plans to combine books one and two as a print option.
This eNovella includes excerpt from Undertow (Building Sanctuary, Book 2)