Tuesday, March 06, 2012

ARC review: Hunter's Prey by Moira Rogers

The Particulars: 
The Grade: A
The Source: ARC requested from the author's homepage
The Blurb:

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.

The review:
I normally don't request ARC's but I decided to make an exception, since I love The Bloodhound series by Moira Rogers.  And this one didn't disappoint.  It was dirty, gritty, and steaming.  Just like a Bloodhound story should be.  Ok, a part of me wish it was a bit longer but that is the greedy reader in me.
I loved that both the bad and good sides are shown.  The bad sides with the Bloodhounds need for violence during the full moon. Their snarliness ( is that a word?) during the rest of the month when it comes to their mates.  Their need for  sex during the new  moon. 

Hunter's and Ophelia's relationship is sizzling, but  to Hunter's defense he is trying to court her.  ( And gets snarly when someone comes close to her. )   It isn't just sex, though.  There were a couple of scenes that made me go aaw.   In a lot of ways, they need to trust each other.  Hunter need to trust himself that he didn't hurt Ophelia, during the new moon, and that he will not in the future.  Ophelia need to trust herself when it comes to hers and Satira's friendship. 
Even though this is about Hunter's and Ophelia's relationship, it is also about the impacts the events in Wilder's Mate had.  From the fact that suddenly there is three Bloodhounds in Iron Creek, to the appearance of Guild representatives.    And the guild representatives cause problems. Especially they shows up just when Wilder and Archer is out chasing the vampire lord.

So what I didn't like. The only thing I didn't like was the title.  Yes, Hunter's Prey fits in a way, but I bristle, since Ophelia is anything but weak.

Also note: This review does not fully reflect the awesomeness that is Moira Roger's Hunter's Prey.  The only way to experience that is to buy it.


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