Reposted with permission from Queen of the Night Reviews
From the Publisher:
She’s looking for redemption. He doesn’t believe in it.
Bloodhounds, Book 3
Accused of betraying the Bloodhound Guild, Archer’s only chance to regain the trust of his fellow hounds is to earn it—one dangerous job at a time. Crystal Springs may be the worst yet. The town has been deserted by all but the poor and the desperate, yet the vampires stalking the edges of the settlement haven’t closed in for the kill. Question is, why?
Grace Linwood, professional liar, has been hiding under the guise of a border schoolteacher for so long, she’s almost fallen for her own con. The frontier was supposed to be her chance at a respectable life, but now the cowardly part of her wants to flee. When Archer catches her considering a run for safety, she knows it’s only a matter of time before he sees through her charade.
They become reluctant allies in the quest to uncover the mysteries of Crystal Springs, but every unraveled knot ties them closer together. They both know their pasts are too shattered to hope for a future—until their investigation uncovers a secret. One that could make betraying the Guild their only path to redemption.
Product Warnings: Contains a partly reformed con-artist heroine with a bruised heart and a mostly retired bank-robbing hero with a weary soul. Also included: vampire schemes, mad scientist plots, an alarming amount of dirty talk and some borderline-criminal bedroom antics in an alternate Wild West.
My normal reading is not steampunk/paranormal/erotic/western historical and that’s the world that Ms. Rogers has created in her Bloodhounds series. The world building is excellent and I really felt like I was in Crystal Springs and the townspeople are realistic and honest. The town and its inhabitants hold many secrets and those secrets will affect not only them but the Bloodhounds themselves. I was sucked into Crystal Springs and their secrets within the first couple of pages and it never lets me go. I love it when a setting can do that to me. The secondary characters are great and don’t overshadow the story. They only enhance the main characters and their story. Love that!
Grace and Archer are two characters that I fell in love with from the first page. Their first meeting was funny, emotional, tension building and perfect. I have never had that honest connection with both the hero and heroine in a story before and I was cheering for them. Grace wants to run but once she meets Archer, she feels the pull to not run away anymore from life and especially from Archer. I really felt with Archer. I got a glimpse of him in the first two books and I have to admit he is my favorite Bloodhound. Wounded, emotional spent and labeled a traitor, Crystal Springs is his chance for redemption.
When Archer and Grace first experience a taste of one another, he warns her that on the full moon, his lust will last for three days. Expecting Grace to run, she stays with Archer. While the sex is off the charts, in my opinion it’s the most emotional of the books. They truly understood each other and that only intensifies during the three days of the full moon.
I’m hoping and praying that Ms. Rogers writes more in the Bloodhound world. It has captivated a reader that wants more Bloodhounds. Take a chance on the Bloodhound world…you will not be disappointed. Well, okay you will because you finished the books so far.