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Regency England Has Gone to the Wolves!
Lady Madeline Hayburn Has Money Problems...
Specifically, she has so much of it that she's dogged by fortune hunters, including her bewilderingly attractive, penniless neighbor, with his wild nature and uncouth manners...
Weston Hadley Has An Identity Crisis...
Specifically, he's just turned into a wolf while Madeline was watching. Now it's up to the regal lady to tame the wild beast...if she can...
This series certainly has come a long way since the first book (A Certain Wolfish Charm) was released. I was very excited to read about the first of Dash's half-brothers who I found delightfully amusing, albeit a bit childish for grown men/lycans but I guess that was part of their appeal.
Weston Hadley is one of three penniless brothers who just so happen to be Lycans, and if that secret isn't bad enough, he's also secretly enamored of Lady Madeline Hayburn who's dowry has drawn almost every titled fortune hunter to her home. Oh and she's the daughter of a duke as well. Weston knows he has no chance in hell of ever having Madeline as a wife so he doesn't even try. Then fate intervenes. On the night of the full moon, Madeline walks in on him changing into his wolfish alter ego and naturally, runs away screaming. Weston manages to stop her from alerting everyone within hearing range but that doesn't erase the fact that Madeline now knows his secret. His only two options are to either marry her, so that his future will be tied to hers, or kill her. Without thought, he kidnaps Madeline and begins a race to Gretna Green in order to secure her silence. Weston knows he only has the duration of the trip to Scotland to convince Madeline to marry him or risk his secret being made public.
Let me start off with the fact that I loved Weston already caring for Madeline, and that it was Madeline that needed to be convinced to step down off of the pedestal that her family had put her on and grasp her chance at happiness and a real life.
Second, Weston maintained his character. I've read books where one or both characters are introduced in a previous book but when it's their turn to be leads, they seem drastically different. Not so here. Weston is still somewhat a reckless, immature and impulsive character in need of guidance. Especially in the presence of his twin Grayson. Weston changed just enough to be the man Madeline needed but not too much where he was a boring character.
Madeline on the other hand changed drastically and for that I was grateful. At first she seemed like a victim of her breeding and social status but then she kind of got on my nerves after being dirtied and having to travel without the luxury of a maid and the best accommodations. I had to remind myself that it wasn't her fault that she had never been without. It was hard, but I managed. Then Madeline began to change, she began to realize she was merely existing in her previous life and that with Weston to stir up trouble, she was living. She was able to let her true personality come out without fear of him scolding her or telling her that ladies didn't curse, or jump out of windows.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book, and can't wait for the next one!