Format read: ebook
Series: Book #2 in the Bloodhound series
Genre: Paranormal/Steampunk/ Post-Apocalyptic Romance (I’m not good at this LOL)
Release Date: 6th March 2012
Number of pages: 174 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Formats available: ebook, paperback
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Samhain Publishing
“He can’t fight his inner beast, but she can tame it. ”
“Bloodhounds, Book 2”
Ophelia retired from life as a prostitute, but her new position is even more complicated. Managing the bloodhound manor in Iron Creek is difficult and time-consuming, a job she enjoys less with each passing day. Then there’s her inconvenient attraction to Hunter. The newly turned hound seems eager to enjoy her company, but wary of anything more intimate.
Having survived the violence of his first full moon out of a cage, Hunter isn’t looking forward to his first new moon. Ophelia offers to be the woman who sates his needs during the three long days of sexual fury, but he can’t abide the thought of hurting her in a state of mindless lust. Especially since she longs to settle into a respectable life, and his needs are anything but respectable.
Their mutual goal is simple: avoid entanglements. It’s a solid plan, at least until a vampire drug lord and a couple of nosy Guild representatives force them to work together to defend their friends and everything they hold dear-including each other.
Warning: Contains a mostly feral, vampire-hunting hero and a tough survivor of a heroine whose retired-hooker heart is more steel than gold. Also included: dangerous frontier intrigue, fancy brothels, mad-scientist weapons and a good dose of wicked loving in an alternate Wild West.
In Hunter’s Prey we revisit Roger’s Bloodhound series set in a wild west themed steampunk world. I do love what Rogers created here. It’s a unique mix of genres I would have never thought could actually work together. The Bloodhounds are scientifically enhanced Hunters who keep the peace in a post apocalyptic world threatened by the constant fear of another vampire attack. They don’t only embody the power to fight evil they also keep the peace between the humans. Their presence is a constant reminder that nothing will go unpunished. Bloodhounds are bound to their job and it should be their only reason to live. BUT the scientists didn’t anticipate all the results of their tempering with the human body. Bloodhounds need a mate and when they finally find theirs there is nothing else more important out there.
Hunter is a special case even as a Bloodhound. he wasn’t turned like the rest of them were- he never chose this past. He got pushed and now there is no turning back for him. He’s a strong man even for a bloodhound. He is pretty new to the whole Bloodhound game so his knowledge about being one is limited. He fears what he might do even more so because he doesn’t know what he’s capable of. His attraction to Ophelia is something he just doesn’t want to risk. He’s tormented by not knowing what he is and his need to mate.
Ophelia is such a strong and heartfelt woman. A former prostitute she’s now taking care of the Bloodhound manor and organizes everything that accompanies a bunch of wild and hungry shifters. Her dilemma is that she wants to show the gratitude she feels for getting this chance to escape the brothel but on the other hand this job bores her to death. She hates it with all her heart and can’t wait to leave it all behind her. But then there is Hunter and which woman could resist that dark and brooding guy?
I loved to see the roles a bit reversed this time. Usually the guys are the ones taking action but in Hunter’s Prey Ophelia is leading the way. Hunter is taking one step at a time to grow into his new life as a Bloddhound. And OMG these 2 together are so hot. When Hunter finally realize his errors…just thinking of it makes my toes curl.
I loved to see the previous characters again. The familiarity and the newness of the situation create a story that just wouldn’t let me go. I loved to see more of Nate and I so want him to get his own book and HEA in the end.
The plot itself was fast paced but kept enough room for the emotions and romance to build. I love when a romance actually works for me, even in a shorter format as this. Hunter’s Prey is about accepting yourself. Not only for Hunter but also for other characters. It’s a hard topic but Rogers handles it really well.
Hunter’s Prey is a great new addition in the Bloodhound series. It will draw you back into this compelling world and make you fall in love with Hunter and Ophelia. This might just be my favorite in this series so far.
I give Hunter’s Prey 4 1/2 stars