Archer's Lady by Moira Rogers
She's looking for redemption. He doesn't believe in it.
Bloodhounds, Book 3
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.
This might be my favorite Bloodhounds story yet. I have fallen for all the Bloodhounds and was thrilled that Archer got his own story - and of course that he finds the perfect girl for him was inevitable.
My favorite thing about this story is that so many of the characters are re-building themselves in their small border town. It was fun to see people being valued for what they were offering instead of being judged by the baggage they brought with them. Perhaps that feeling comes from living in a small town as well as being a firm believer in second chances.
Archer is a great character. He is strong and brave, rough and tough but also has that almost hidden desire to be more than what he is. He has a sordid past that he doesn't want to share.
Grace is running: from the past, from herself. But Grace can't run from Crystal Springs where she has found acceptance and a chance to be someone she feels good about being.
They find each other - and together hope to save the town and maybe themselves at the same time.
It's a fabulous story filled with characters that you instantly love, living in a town being consumed by fear, vampires and their ghouls, fighting to not just survive but thrive. Don't miss this one!
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