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.My Thoughts: Oh.mi.gawd. Now, I'm not one to usually fawn over fictional characters... no, wait. That's my evil, non-obsessive twin. The one with the goatee and pointy eyebrows. *I'm* totally a fawner. A fall in love with the brawny Alpha type of girl. A sucker for the tormented hero. A lover of all things sexy. In short, Hunter hits all my shifter-lovin' kinks. His torment is epic. His feral attraction to Ophelia is both incredibly hot and incredibly sweet. His drive to protect those around him - especially from himself - made me adore him ridiculous amounts.
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.
Warning: Contains a mostly feral, vampire-hunting hero and a tough survivor of a heroine whose retired-hooker heart is more steel than gold. Also included: dangerous frontier intrigue, fancy brothels, mad-scientist weapons and a good dose of wicked loving in an alternate Wild West.
Needless to say, Hunter is fantastic. He's battling so hard against himself - and with the way he was made and the way he spent the beginning of his existence as a Bloodhound, can you blame him? - that he doesn't trust his instincts in the least. He's sure he's going to hurt Ophelia unintentionally. On her end, Ophelia is trying to settle into her role as a retired prostitute running the manor. She's battling her need to help her friends with the drag of a job she doesn't enjoy. Her attraction to Hunter, when he doesn't seem to want to want her, is another thing pulling her down. Good thing that new moon lets them throw all those pesky inhibitions and doubts out the window!
Oh, wait. It's never that easy, is it? Because once they've come together they find themselves with some new issues. But, oh, it is a glorious ride. A glorious, fun, aggressively sexual ride with a few outside distractions thrown in for good measure.
Fantastic characters, a funky, steampunk world, and ominous setup for future shenanigans... really, what more can you ask for?
Other books in this series:
Book 1: Wilder's Mate
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Hunter's Prey was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.