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Friday, March 2, 2012

Hunter’s Prey by Moira Rogers

Hunter’s Prey by Moira Rogers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (175 Pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

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.

Hunter is a bloodhound unlike any other. He wasn’t created by the Guild, but was held captive by vampires and tortured mercilessly until the bloodhounds searching for Nate rescued him. Raw and untrained, he fears what he will do during the new moon, when bloodhounds need to find a female capable of handling their wild urges and strength. As manager of the Bloodhound manor, Ophelia has made arrangements at the local brothel to help Hunter get through the new moon, but things don’t always go as planned. When the time comes, only Ophelia can soothe the beast in Hunter and satisfy his hunger. But once the three days of the burning is over, can Hunter come to terms with what he feels for Ophelia?

Hunter’s Prey is Moira Rogers’ second foray into the post apocalyptic Wild West, where vampires are the ultimate evil, and men become bloodhounds to be better able to battle. It's a harsh and unyielding world, filled with colorful and unconventional characters, and a world I truly enjoy visiting. I like that the rules of civilized society don’t work here, and people have to learn to work together regardless of past experience. We do see a brief glimpse of Wilder and the others from the earlier book, but this is mainly Hunter’s story.

Ophelia is a former prostitute, and is now the manager of the Manor, headquarters and home of the Iron Creek bloodhounds. She's strong and courageous, and determined to live life on her own terms. She thinks she wants to leave, but when Hunter needs her, she discovers an inner strength along with fierce attraction to the bloodhound. I liked Ophelia, her strength and her spirit. I was really delighted with how things went during the new moon, and enjoyed the way she was able to handle Hunter at that time.

Hunter is a beast trying to come to terms with his new circumstances. In his lucid moments, he's determined to protect Ophelia, not realizing she wants to be with him. I liked that his beast knew more about who was right for him than his rational mind was willing to admit. I enjoyed watching as Hunter slowly became more comfortable with his new circumstances, and began to piece together his past and his new life. Hunter is something new in this world, not created like the other bloodhounds, and a bit of a wild card. But he's one of the ‘good guys’ and he's loyal, honest and determined to do the right thing.

This is a story of a harsh new world, with danger around every corner and lots of things that go bump in the night. Not only do people have to deal with the evil of the vampires, there is the deceit of the sheriff, and the other beings created by the vampires. Hunter and Ophelia learn the only ones able to help them are each other, although they do get some assistance from the visiting bloodhounds during one very bad time. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Moira Rogers book without some decidedly hot bedroom action, and this story doesn’t disappoint in that respect.

Ultimately, this is Ophelia and Hunter’s story, and it's a beautiful, if unconventional, love story. One forged in passion and peril, but with a love strong enough to bring both safely through it all.

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