Wilder’s Mate (Bloodhounds #1) by Moira Rogers

WildersMateWilder 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.

I’ve been a fan of the Moira Rogers writing duo for a while now. Even though I’m behind on the Southern Arcana series, it’s still one of my favorite PNR shifter series. (It’s actually on my Seriously Series list – yes, I have some ‘serious’ catching up to do.) I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to pick up the Bloodhounds series, but probably goes without saying that I’m glad that I finally did.

If you’ve been here before you know that I usually have a little bit of a problem getting into Dystopian books. I didn’t have an issue at all with Wilder’s Mate. Before you ask, I can’t give you a specific reason why. These characters grabbed me from the beginning. The world was unique and had as much of an historic, ‘Wild West’  feel as Dystopian. Maybe that’s why? Regardless, I’m hooked.

Satira was an apprentice to a scientist in a world where women were seen as possessions. Wilder was a Bloodhound whose soul purpose was to kill vampires and protect humans. That and become a sex-crazed monster around the new moon. Pairing these two on a rescue mission was as brilliant as it was crazy, but that’s what Moira Rogers does best.

Along with the amazing world building and heated romance there were more than a couple of twists and turns and unexpected snags. I loved every crazy minute of it and I can’t wait to see what happens next. There are 4 books and 1 novella in this series. Merrick’s Destiny is the novella and Hunter’s Prey is the next book. Wilder’s Mate was a great start and introduced all the characters that will be featured in the rest of the books – which only makes me want to read the rest of them even more. 😉



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