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Wilder's Mate

(Bloodhounds #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,574 ratings  ·  242 reviews
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
ebook, 146 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Samhain Publishing
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Mar 11, 2011 rated it liked it
I'd call this a very weak three-star book. There's an intriguing premise here, but none of the elements are fleshed out enough to be engrossing. All the components - romance, world building, action plot - are almost skimmed over, making them feel perfunctory.

The hero and heroine meet and spend a few days on horses together, which the author does not actually write out for us to see, then suddenly they're consumed by passion and hooking up. The world building names the components of her "steampu
Ilona Andrews
About 10% through. The setting is Wild West with grit, similar to PRIEST scenes out of the city: touches of steampunk and roving vampires, but instead of the celibate ascetic warriors, the bloodsuckers are hunted by bloodhounds, probably werewolves by all indications. Bloodhounds are renowned for their fighting prowess and their smexy. I have a feeling smexy will happen pretty soon.

I'd like to know how to to the progress bar and updates but I am apparently a total Goodread fail.

Update: That was
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed that!
Juliette Cross
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cool new world, exciting storytelling, and sexy romance. Loved it. Definitely recommended to PNR/dystopian readers.
May 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this; I'd really hoped to like it. More Western than steampunk, the whole thing was confusing and disjointed. It's like the authors were trying to make it smutty (look, the heroine was raised in a brothel! and the hero has some sexual kink!) without being too smutty (but she's not a prostitute herself, even though she is experienced! and the hero's sexual kink is ... I really have no idea. There are hints that it might be bondage or domination, but it's all allusion and not ...more
I really enjoyed this fascinating book from the very beginning. It is a really interesting mixture of a number of different genres, with none of them really dominating but just jumbled altogether to come up with something which seems fresh but comfortingly familiar at the same time.

There's Western elements (I could visualize the setting somewhere near Arches in Utah), there's paranormal (the hero is a "bloodhound", and there are vampires and ghouls running around), there's steampunk (the gadgets
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Favorite Quote:
“I like my women enthusiastic.”
“It’s a wonder you can find any, unless you take care not to speak first.”

Satira needs someone to assist her in rescuing her mentor, Nathanial. What she gets is Wilder. A devastatingly sexy bloodhound created by the Guild to hunt and destroy vampires. As Satira and Wilder make their way to Deadtown, the attraction between them sparks and blazes out of control . But Wilder is a dangerous ma
I picked this up because it was part of the Smart Bitches book club for May. I wasn't too sure what to expect, especially after reading that it was a steampunk/erotica/paranormal/western romance... I mean, really, WTF?

But that's the great thing about book clubs. They get you to read something you might not pick up on your own. For my part, I enjoyed nearly every page of this crazy-mix book. The authors write well together, mixing the genres brilliantly. It could so easily have felt like a disjoi
Jess the Romanceaholic
Quickie Review. For full review, please visitThe Romanceaholic.

I admit, it isn’t often that I buy a story on release day. With very few exceptions, I typically wait a week or two until I have a chance to read some reviews from people who share my tastes in stories before I plunk down any of my hard earned money. However, I am a Moira Rogers fangirl, and when I found out she had a new story that combined vampires, werewolves (of a sort), western romance, and steampunk, I couldn’t get over to Amaz
This was a hit and miss for me. Some of the reason for the miss I can't quite put my finger on other than to say I felt disconnected most of the time. Other issues were the lack of transitioning the reader into the worldbuilding. It was like I was diving into the middle of a book or series and there was an assumption that the reader would just know things. I did grasp pieces of the world through things dropped here and there- steampunk elements, vampires, historical period on frontier, magic to ...more
I had forgotten how uncomplicated and yet so utterly intricate a spell the storytelling of Moira Rogers casts when one is lost in reading a book written by these talented ladies.

This is a series that has been on the back burner for me wanting to read it for a few years, book one merely whetted my curiosity and appetite for continuing it someday.
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loaned
Wilder's Mate kicks off the new sexy Bloodhounds paranormal romance series set in an alternate old West. The world building is intriguing with a touch of steampunk, vampire bad guys and the Hounds who are scientifically created vampire hunters who maintain a leash on their inner beasts for the most part but are still a bit wild and driven by instinct. Western steampunk erotic PNR? I know it sounds like a mishmash but it actually worked.

Satira is the daughter of a whore raised by a Hound and unof
May 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: weird-west
All steam, no punk.

Intriguing twist on humanizing and empowering sex workers (which I adored) weakened by the fact that the two protagonists were both super-boring, they fell into bed 15 minutes after meeting and it was totally implausible except as shorthand for "one-dimensional characters ahoy". Plus this whole "Bloodhounds go pon farr every new moon!" thing turned out to be that he finally put his pon in her farr, which was the only rumpy-pumpy activity they hadn't managed by that point. He
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
As a fan of the author(s), I will always give one of their books a try, especially if the book is the start of a new series that I can place on my steampunk and werewolves shelves.

This book was a bit of fun. I say a bit because the book felt a little too short. I liked it enough to wish there had been more than what I approximate as a novella amount of pages.

The steampunk was light. I hope the next book in the series explores some of the inventions in greater detail, maybe allowing the charact
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Interesting premise but I didn't feel like I got to know the world very well. I'm still not quite sure about how it all works. Everything felt a little disjointed as I was reading. It was confusing.

The characters had promise but I would have liked to have gotten to know them more. I didn't feel a strong connection between them other than an understandable neediness on the heroine's end. I didn't feel much on the hero's end. Maybe if I had felt more of whatever mate bond they shared?

The book mad
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Really intriguing world building around the old vampire vs. human situation.

Old west meets steampunk & alchemy. Strong female lead -- yes more of a modern mindset (she's an anomaly as women can't be an apprentice Engineer *shocking*)-- but hey -- magic is also reality in this book.

Loved Wilder, alpha tendencies but no Asshat reactionary soliloquies -- he accepts her as is.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Enjoyable mix of paranormal, Old West, and steampunk. Rogers does a great job with the characters and relationship. Wilder and Satira both are interesting and their steamy relationship is well done. While the world of Bloodhounds, vampires, etc., has tremendous potential, I felt too much was unclear, as if this were a follow-up and not the first in the series. Who are the Bloodhounds and how are they made? What is the Guild and how do they control the Bloodhounds? What are the various t
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Wilder's Mate by Moira Rogers turned out to be the perfect story for reading on a chilly winter's night. Not only is this first entry in Rogers' Bloodhound series a terrific blend of romance, steampunk, and steamy sex, but the hero is even described as having a higher than normal body temperature!

But the story of Wilder's Mate starts with the "mate" in question. Her name is Satira, and she's the apprentice to a Guild inventor named Nathaniel. T
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I loved about Wilder's Mate was the wonderful setting. The mix of western and steampunk is fascinating and the detailed description of all the steampunky gadgets totally drew me in. In addition to that we also have the supernatural element of vampires and bloodhounds- which add a certain edge to the story and make it stand out.

But what is this book actually about? On the one hand we have Satira the assistant of an inventor who just went missing. She has to find him ASAP or her
Stephanie  G
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Satira is the assistant to a weapons inventor who has been kidnapped. If teaming up with the rough bloodhound Wilder Harding is the only way to get back the man she considers her only family, then so be it. Satira will prove to the him that she is capable of handling the journey and Wilder's animal side.

Wilder isn't use to having someone along on his assignments. As a Guild bloodhound he is sent to find the weapons inventor Nathanial using his enhanced skills the Guild gave him. He isn't thrille
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing

For those of you that know me... and those that don't this is my little statement about short books.... I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer... but it is a short story. So with that said.... here is my review...

Okay short story aside, this is one awesome story. It is
Jen Davis
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it

Moira Rogers had seamlessly blended multiple genres to create a really cool series with the Bloodhounds. It's got elements of steampunk, paranormal romance, and even the Old West. And somehow, it works. Amidst the vampires and shifters, steam-powered devices, horseback riding and really hot sex, I found a story I didn't want to put down.

Satira grew up the sort-of adopted daughter of a Bloodhound. Once he was gone, she became an apprentice to an inventor named Nathaniel... and he became her famil
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wilder’s Mate is wild west meets vampires meets steampunk. Sound amazing? Well, that’s because it is!
Satira is not your typical girl in a world were women don’t have many options. She’s unmarried, wears trousers, swears like a man and is an apprentice for a Guild weapons inventor. When Nate, her mentor, goes missing the Guild sends in a Bloodhound to bring him and the secret project he was working on back. But Satira’s not going to trust just anyone to get him back and insists on accompanying th
Chelsea Kumer
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Every now and then it's nice to encounter something really different in the romance world. I've read loads of shape-shifter romance, so that's nothing new. But I confess that steampunk in fairly new to me, and I've never read one in a western/pioneer setting. So naturally I felt I might enjoy this if only for the sake of novelty.

Satira is the apprentice to a weapons inventor, and her teacher has been kidnapped. Wilder, a bloodhound, is assigned to find him, and Satira insists on accompanying him
Lady Jaye
Erotica/Erotic romance is not normally a genre I gravitate towards. However, Kit Rocha/Moira Rogers' characters and world building seems to really work for me. Wilder's Mate is the first of the books in their Bloodhounds series, and said world building also happens to be the best/worst thing about this book.

The world itself is quite interesting and has this dystopian Old, Wild West, danger-lurking-in-the-shadows vibe. Immediately, I wanted to know more about this setting. That was the plus.

ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Vampires in this world aren't good or noble. They tend to enslave and kill whole towns, making new vampires or ghouls. At least the towns in the Deadlands which are not under protection of the Guild. The Guild has bloodhounds, a sort of a werewolf creature, to fight them. They are great at hunting and killing vampires. The downside of their condition (which was made combining science and magic) is what happens during the full moon (they become werewolves) and the new moon (that one awak
Dec 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: z2014-challenge, m-f, free
Fun story, too short without enough world building and campy in some ways to be great, but I still enjoyed it. Wilder's not a total ass and Satira's not a doormat so I felt good from the get go. The mystery is a little shallow and Wilder's sexual frenzy not quite as hot as I'd expected, but it's an enjoyable story, interesting characters, with plenty of room for more. Likely a series I'll try one more from just because.
3,75 stars

Memorable Scenes:
- Wilder's grand entrance scene > way to make a first impression and meet, I might even say exceed, the expectations...
- Wilder and Satira's first love scene > wow...Scorching hot!

Nathaniel, Satira’s mentor and the man who raised her, is missing and vampires are trying to get their hands on a new weapons technology he's invented. Satira teams up with Wilder, a bloodhound with no filter and a dirty mouth and mind to find Nathaniel before the vampires execute the
Caroline The HEA Lover
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I've read quite a few books from Moira Rogers and I've never been disappointed. So when I started Wilder's Mate I was hoping it would be a good book. AH! What I ended up with, is a fantastic book I just couldn't stop thinking about for days. Wilder's Mate pretty much blew me away. As soon as I finished it I was stalking the author's website trying to find a clue about when the next book would be released.

Wilder's Mate is some kind of Steampunk para
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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So Satira is a young woman who is knowledgeable in many things. Part because she is wicked intelligent and has been working as an apprentice under an inventor for The Guild. This is not generally acceptable because Satira is a woman but because of her ties to a Bloodhound, she is given the opportunity to learn, knowing nothing more can come of it. She has known intimacy, but craves
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