Warning: The review you are about to read is intended for mature audiences. I apologize in advance for the number of times the word feral appears in this review.
Feral. Wilder’s Mate by writing team Moira Rogers is many things, but I think feral sums it up nicely. Using the word feral along with other characteristics works too. Like: Feral Romance, Feral Western, Feral Steampunk. You get my point. Even the cover is Feral (yes, with a capital F)!
Here a description from Goodreads:
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.
Bree did warn me this book would be more
sexually explicit feral than their previous books. She warned me, but I still fell out of my chair when I reached the first feral scene. Oh. My. God. If you are a fan of the HBO series True Blood (like me) then I really don’t need to go into detail. With that out of the way this was one awesome read. Only Moira Rogers can take intense feral scenes and weave them seamlessly into a deliciously rich story. I wasn’t sure I’d go for a Steampunk Western (with Vampires and Werewolves), but now I’m dying to read more! Wilder’s Mate is a perfect escape read.
While I’m on the subject of the talent behind these two writers, let me say they also have some of the best Romance book covers. I know this isn’t completely in their control (unless I’m mistaken), but when I look at Romance novels I’m much more inclined to pick up the cover with clothed individuals that hint at an actual story, than the Adult Movie variety. Wilder’s Mate is the best cover of the lot!
What I’m looking forward to in the next book(s):
~ Learning more about the Bloodhound Guild.
~ How will Nathaniel cope with his new life?
~ What will Satira build next in her Steampunk Lab?