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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

ARC Review: Archer’s Lady (Bloodhounds #3) by Moira Rogers

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She's looking for redemption. He doesn't believe in it.

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.

My Review:

A second chance is something hard to come by, but that’s exactly what Archer and Grace are looking for in the third installment of the Bloodhound series, Archer’s Lady.

Archer, a Bloodhound with a checkered past finds himself in Crystal Springs, a frontier town which is slowly dying due to rampant vampire attacks. The Guild has sent him to aid the town and its last few inhabitants from the vampire menace, or is there another reason he is sent there?

Grace, a woman who is running from her criminal past, sets up shop in Crystal Springs under the guise of a schoolteacher.  She feels all hope is lost and is about to leave when Archer comes to town. She’s immediately intrigued and fascinated by the handsome Bloodhound, but is the attraction she feels for Archer enough to make her stay in Crystal Springs and fight for the new life she’s made for herself? 

And what of the new discoveries Archer uncovers at Crystal Springs? First there’s Diana, the first female Bloodhound we encounter in the series. Will Archer keep the secret of her creation safe from The Guild, or will he tell them of her existence? And what of the secluded scientist who created Diana, Doc Beale? What was he really working on in Crystal Springs before his untimely death, and why are all the vampires so desperate to get their hands on his research?

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“What do you see when you look at me?”

She didn’t hesitate. “My lover.” 

He cupped her cheek. “Do you want me to be?”

Grace closed her eyes and turned her face into his hand, her body suddenly still beneath his. “When this is over you’ll still be a hero and I’ll still be a liar. I’m selfish to want you at all, much less forever.” 

He’d been a liar since before she was born. “Trust me, sweetheart, the heroics are recent—and more limited than you know. I could have taught you a thing or two about lies, but I’m through with that. Are you?”

“I’m ready to be.” She pressed a kiss to his palm before meeting his eyes, her own haunted. “But your crimes are paid for and forgiven. I can’t set foot east of  the Mississippi without worrying that Clyde Howland and his gang will find me. I don’t have a place in this world that isn’t built on lies, except this moment in this bed.”

Lies didn’t matter, because the truth was that he’d never met a woman as strong or resourceful, a woman who could get through anything. “Then I’ll have to make this moment particularly special.” 

“You don’t have to try.” She lifted her free hand and touched his temple before stroking her fingers through his hair. “Do bloodhounds ever get to settle down?”

“Not as such. Most have women, but it’s not the best life a man can offer.” 

Her hand stilled. “Were you offering, when you asked if I want you to be my lover?”

“I…” It seemed selfish now that he’d described the arrangement in such unflattering terms. “Like I said, it’s not the best life.”

Her eyes were too bright in the uncertain light. “But we still have this moment.”

By now, his body knew what to do even if it would  take him days to remember. It knew where to kiss, where to lick. How and when to alternate soft caresses with firm strokes. 

Archer cupped her breast and teased his tongue over her nipple. “This moment? Or…this one?” He slipped his other hand between her thighs.

“All of them.” She shuddered and clutched at the back of his head, holding his mouth to her breast. “I have so many memories. Which one do you want?” 

He pressed the edge of his teeth against her rigid flesh. “The best.”

“The first night.” Her voice had become flatteringly breathless, even as she shifted restlessly under his touch. “You made me beg, made me come so many times I couldn’t remember my own name. And then you put me on my knees and fucked me so hard, so  raw . No masks, no lies. Just wanting.”

Desire. He’d been surprised to find his own mirrored in her. “I do want you. I haven’t stopped.”




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