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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Review: A Certain Wolfish Charm by Lydia Dare

Note: This is a re-post of a review I wrote on GoodReads.

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He gets crankier and crankier as the moon gets full...
The rules of Society can be beastly-especially when you're a werewolf and it's that irritating time of the month. Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, is rich, powerful, and sinfully handsome, and has spent his entire life creating scandal and mayhem. It doesn't help his wolfish temper at all that Miss Lily Rutledge seems not the least bit afraid of him, and in fact, may be as untamable as he is...
A woman whose charm is stronger than the moon...
When Lily's beloved nephew's behavior becomes inexplicably wild, she turns to Simon, the boy's cousin and guardian, for help. But Simon's idea of assistance is far different than hers, and Lily finds herself ensconced in his house and engaged to the rogue.
They both may have bitten off more than they can chew when each begins to discover the other's darkest secrets...

I found Lydia Dare by accident, someone had mentioned that the books were a great read while I was skimming Twitter and being a curious sort I had to take a peek. Well I was surprised to find that the books were Regency Paranormals! I was hesitant at first because while I adore Paranormal romance, my favorites are Historical Romance, particularly Regency and I was afraid that the Paranormal aspects would over power the time period itself and it would feel like I was reading a Contemporary Paranormal instead of a Regency.

I was wrong and glad to be so.

From the very first chapter I was intrigued. Lily Rutledge is the type of female character I enjoy reading about. She seems to have the weight of the world on her shoulders, years earlier her sister and brother-in-law died in a carriage accident, leaving Lily the responsibility of raising their young son Oliver, the Early of Maberley on her own with little help from the boy's guardian, Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor except for the funds he sends her every time she writes him a letter. Lily is frustrated and worried due to the startling changes she is beginning to see in her now 12 year old nephew, increased appetite, alarming growth and the aggressive mood swings that seem to plague him more often.

At her wits end, she gathers Oliver and heads to London to confront the Duke in person for his negligence. Then the adventure begins!

Almost immediately it was clear that this book would be different from what I expected. The fact that the Westfield men were wolves was a strong point in the story but it DIDN'T dominate the whole book. It is clearly a Regency novel, down to the wardrobe and vocabulary which I enjoyed very much.

Simon, The Duke of Blackmoor is a handsome, charming man with a secret, every full moon he turns into a wolf and his attraction to Lily is threatening his family secret, yet the more time he spends around her, the more he wants.

The book is entertaining, and also serves to introduce more characters who will have their own stories told in the other books.

I highly recommend this book and the others in the series to those who love Regency and Paranormal or who are like me and prefer Regency but have a soft spot for wolves and other creatures of the night.



  1. I enjoyed this book. Still on book 2 and can not wait to read about Prisca and Lord William Westfield in The Wolf Next Door.

  2. Oh I loved William and Prisca's story! You'll meet a new wolf in that book and he's my favorite one. I really love Lydia Dare's series and I can't wait until the next book comes out.

  3. I've heard good things about this book. I'm more of an HR nut, like you Adria, but this does sound good.

    1. The whole series is good! I was happy to find a HR with a paranormal element that wasn't drenched in magic and other worldly elements. The series has a great balance of everything. The books just get better and better as you go along.


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