She's looking for redemption. He doesn't believe in it.My Thoughts: Standard disclaimer: I love these Bloodhounds. I think they're sexy and violent and I wouldn't have them any other way. There is a high probability of fangirl flailing and there will undoubtedly be an excessive use of exclamation points ahead. Just so you know.
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.
Warning: 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.
I'm so happy that we get to see Archer's story! Introduced in Wilder's book, he was the Bloodhound who was forced to create Hunter and he's a bit of a wild card. Heh. To say the least. Sent to Crystal Springs to help the town against a very nasty vampire infestation, Archer is hard and resigned. He's seen a lot in his life and being accused of betraying the Guild is just wearing him down even further. Grace is ... pretty awesome. She has her secrets and she guards those secrets zealously. She's managed to reinvent herself in Crystal Springs and build a different life for herself but she's still wary of revealing too much of herself. And then Archer rolls into town. Those two just freaking WORKED! *fans self* Their dirty talk is fun, their new moon antics were fantastic and... they just worked!
One thing I love about this series is that we're getting these bits and pieces that allow us to see what the Guild is capable of and what they've allowed to happen and the picture just keeps getting darker and darker. I love the introduction of Diana and I'm intensely curious to see how she's going to fit into everything in the long run.
Dark, dirty and feral, these Bloodhounds do it for me. They can kick ass and take names with the best of them.
Books in this series
1. Wilder's Mate
1.5 Merrick's Destiny
2. Hunter's Prey
3. Archer's Lady - Kindle
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