I continue to be impressed with this super-sexy and gritty series. If you’re unfamiliar with the Bloodhound books, they center around a breed of engineered shifters in a kind of alternative- western- historical world with a little bit of a steampunk vibe. If that sounds kind of schizophrenic, it’s not… it really works. Of course, it helps that is has some smokin-hot sex in there too.
We met Diana in Archer’s book. She is an anomoly among the Bloodhounds –A– because she is a woman and –B– because she wasn’t turned by the Bloodhound Guild. Instead, she was attacked by a rogue hound and survived, changed. She was taken in by the inventor of the Bloodhound alchemy, though she didn’t know it at the time. Now that he is gone, she is working with Nate, hoping to understand his research.
Nate has been a part of the series from the beginning. I must admit, it was little hard for me to see him as a love interest at first. After all, he was introduced as a father-type figure to Satira… a man in his 60′s. Now that the vampire-Bloodhound hybrid thing he’s got going on has changed his physiology, he looks young again. But in my head, Nate = old dude. However, that all went out of the window when the sexual vibe kicked on.
Nate and Diana want each other. He’s fighting it because of the age difference and because of what he is. But once they go undercover together to figure out who is selling hounds to the vampires, that reticence gets harder to hold onto. Especially when they spend the New Moon together. For new readers, the new moon means “wild, passionate, crazy sex for three days.” (*fans self*) In other words… one of the highlights of every book.
If it sounds like I am fixating on the sex, maybe I am I’m not. But that isn’t all the book has to offer. I liked Diana. She has survived so much and still remains strong and whole and willing to love again. Nate is a dumbass once or twice, but for the most part, he respects both sides of Diana and only wants what’s best for her. We get some advancement in the overall series arc. And… dammit, the sex is really hot.
Just read it.
Rating: B+*ARC provided by author for review