ARC-Review: ARCHER’S LADY by Moira Rogers

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.

Author: Moira Rogers
Series: Bloodhounds, book 3
Genre: steam-punkish paranormal historical romance…I love meshing up the genres for this series!
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Year of release: 2012, July 3
Format: eBook
Source: Received an e-ARC from author for review

First line:
It was a crying shame Grace had rediscovered affection just in time for it to be the death of her.

Last line:
Her heart soared as she framed his face with her hands. “Welcome to your second chance, Archer.”

Memorable Scenes:
– The way Archer would call Grace ‘honey’ > *sigh*
– the new moon period > very hot scenes
– The bath tub scene during new moon > beautifully emotional and so hot!

Grace Linwood is a former con-artist and gang member. She’s strong, resourceful and a survivor. She does what it takes to keep herself safe but she’s also bold and loyal to the ones she cares about.

I’ve had a soft spot for Archer from the very first book. He intrigued me as I couldn’t decide if he was a good or bad guy. When it turned out he was one of the good guys, I sighed in relief. Archer is very mysterious. At first I didn’t get much more than that he had a past, he’s very determined and he’ll go through fire for the ones he loves and trusts. Slowly over the course of the story more information about him was disclosed and I loved his back-story.

Archer and Grace have more in common than would seem. Both of them have their secrets and crave redemption for something that has happened in the past. They excel in hiding things and were abandoned by their respective families. I was curious as to what had happened and what their back-stories were.

As with HUNTER’S PREY I really loved the romance in this one. Archer and Grace are both so reluctant to give into the feelings yet eager for the physical side of the romance creating plenty of heat to counter the sweetness of watching Grace and Archer fall in love.

I did miss some things that were more present in the previous books though. For example though I still love that the steampunk elements aren’t the focal point of this series, in this book I did miss more thrill in the plot, it wasn’t until the end that things got really interesting. I also missed the delicious durty (talk) of the past two books.

That being said, I loved the end, with the action and the revelations concerning the plot. That ending definitely made up for the lack of thrill earlier in the book. And of course I was thrilled with the appearance of Wilder (be still my heart!) and Nate. Also, the end provided a nice set up for the future and I can’t wait for what comes next as there are some really nice twists to the plot in this one.

Though, as with every series, there are books I love more than others, I just love this series and its premise! The world and plot are intriguing on their own but combined with the romance and intriguing characters they provide me with a great read every single time.

Favorite Quotes:
Lust hit her so fast her heart plummeted toward her stomach before she could draw another breath, a dizzying plunge like the one time she’d been in an elevator in New York. He was wicked when he smiled, like he’d done things to women that would send the sweet little schoolteacher she was supposed to be into a fainting spell.

“Do you believe in redemption, Archer?”
He smiled, secret and knowing. “No. But for you, I might make an exception.”
That smile shook her. Melted her, turned her insides warm and liquid, and no one could fake innocence when she wanted to fall into a man just to remember what it felt like to be alive.

All he had to do was flash that wicked smile and nuns would break sacred vows for a chance to grasp at the pleasure it promised.

Control slipped through her fingers like smoke. She couldn’t manage a man who could kiss her like he meant to devour her in one breath and touch her like something fragile and precious in the next. Tenderness didn’t belong to a night like this, one with no promises and no future.

Burning. He was a living flame, and she was the moth ignoring danger for a taste of his warmth.

His teeth grazed her jaw, the base of her throat, and finally closed on the soft underside of her chin. A delicate bite, but timed with one of those maddening thrusts that drew her body tight, and it was too much to be contained.
Her world dissolved into sensation, into shuddering bliss and pulsing satisfaction, each throb so exquisite she only got through the first part of his name before the next one stole her breath.

Note from Pearl:

If you’re a fan of this series and a fan of the Moira Rogers writing duo, Bree and Donna, don’t miss Monday’s guestpost on the Blog! Bree and Donna talk about what it’s like to co-write books!

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