Wilder Harding is a bloodhound, created by the Guild to hunt down and kill vampires on America’s frontier. His enhanced abilities come with a high price: on the full moon, he becomes capable of savagery beyond telling, while the new moon brings a sexual hunger that borders on madness.
Rescuing a weapons inventor from undead kidnappers is just another assignment, though one with an added complication–keeping his hands off the man’s pretty young apprentice, who insists on tagging along.
At odds with polite society, Satira’s only constant has been the aging weapons inventor who treats her like a daughter. She isn’t going to trust Wilder with Nathaniel’s life, not when the Guild might decide the old man isn’t worth saving. Besides, if there’s one thing she’s learned, it’s that brains are more important than brawn.
As the search stretches far longer than Wilder planned, he finds himself fighting against time. If Satira is still at his side when the new moon comes, nothing will stop him from claiming her. Worse, she seems all too willing. If their passion unlocks the beast inside, no one will be safe. Not even the man they’re fighting to save.
I find myself in a debate over how to rate this book. I liked it. The world looks to be an interesting one: Wild West with a touch, at least in this book, of Steampunk where vampires exist and the government has found a way to engineer a species called Bloodhounds, humans who have been changed into hunters of vampires. Totally my kind of world and I think the author(s) did a great job of showing it to me, so for that alone I want to see what else this series has to offer.
The problem I had was with Wilder and Satira. It isn’t that I don’t like them, in fact I think they are good characters, but I wanted more. Yes we find out about their pasts, their insecurities, what they see/want for their future and the sex was pretty damn hot, but I couldn’t and still can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing. That there has to be more when it comes to both of them, separately and together. Hopefully the next books in the series will round them out more more me.
Overall I think this book does a good job introducing you to the series as well as set the reader up for future story lines.