Two books are combined in this paranormal/steampunk adventure, which adds a new twist to the vampire-werewolf dynamic. The women are willing; the bloodhounds are near feral; and the new moon brings three days of a driving need for the bloodhounds to assuage their need for sex. The overall story is light on steampunk and heavy on the relationships and character-building. The couples in both books will keep you reading, and wondering what happens to them long after their stories end.

“Wilder’s Mate” details how Wilder copes with his bloodhound nature while on the hunt for a missing inventor kidnapped by vampires with the inventor’s all-too-willing apprentice at Wilder’s side. “Hunter’s Prey” is the story of Hunter, a wild bloodhound found in a cage, and his relationship with the former prostitute Ophelia, who now runs Wilder and Satira’s manor. (SAMHAIN, Mar., 272 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Cyndy Aleo