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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Review: Wilder's Mate

Wilder's Mate: Bloodhounds, Book 1Title: Wilder's Mate
Author: Moira Rogers
Page Count: category length (ebook)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: paranormal romance, steampunk-western
Copy for review provided by the authors in anticipation of an honest review

50 words or less: To borrow from the book's disclaimer on the Samhain website- "Product Warnings: 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."  That about sums it up!

Wowie zowie.  The writing team of Bree and Donna (better known as Moira Rogers) never ceases to amaze with their colorful settings, intense characters, powerful romances, and vivid world building. Those factors are definitely in play in Wilder's Mate, and the story as a whole is definitely different from other books out there and different even from the rest of the backlist from this team (can we say SPICY?! Yowza!)

Wilder Harding is a Bloodhound, which means he exists pretty much to do the Guild's bidding.  That includes finding Nathaniel, Satira's adopted father and a brilliant weapons designer.  Satira doesn't know if Wilder is trustyworthy; she knows about Bloodhounds and the price they pay for their abilities.  She's willing to do what it takes to save Nathaniel, which puts Wilder between a  rock and a hard place, so to speak (har!)

I loved the Wild West aspect of this book, as well as the steampunk elements that were infused throughout the story.  There was so much to attend to that it was easy to become engrossed in the world.  If anything, I wanted MORE details about this world, how it came to be, what the Guild is, how the fight with the vampires is going, ANYTHING!  I found myself starved for information at the end of the story; the story could have been a thousand pages and it might not have been enough.

Likewise the relationship between Satira and Wilder basically exploded off the page.  There was a lot of ground for these two to cover in a relatively short number of pages, so the preliminaries and backstory took a back seat to the here and now- they were racing the clock to save Nathaniel and they knew it; they were racing the clock until the new moon and they knew it.  When the new moon finally arrived, it was just as explosive as they'd anticipated.

I'm definitely eager to read more in this series; I'm hoping that there will be even more details about the setting and the major players so the world will be even more fleshed out. Yum!

Overall Grade: A-
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