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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    Yummy!

    He's lost the most important part of himself...

    Lord Benjamin Westfield is a powerful werewolf-until one full moon when he doesn't change. His life now shattered, he rushes off to Scotland in search of the healer who can restore his inner beast, only to find she's not at all what he expected...

    She would make him whole, if she could...

    Young, beautiful witch Elspeth Campbell will do anything to help anyone who calls upon her healing arts. Then Lord Benjamin shows up, and she suddenly discovers she may need him even more than he needs her...
    Ben has lost his wolf, literally . . . he cannot change when the moon is full anymore and he seeks out the only help he can find - a Scotland healer (aka witch). Elspeth's coven is having visions of her being hurt and torn away from Edinburgh by a wolf and on that very night meets a British Lord (aka werewolf). Instant chemistry between the two sparks a sweet love story that reveals discoveries for Ben's future (how to change back into a wolf before the next full moon) and hidden secrets from Elspeth's past (who exactly her Father was/is).

    Elspeth was very enjoyable. She's emotionally strong, stubbornly loyal, confident in her powers, and adorably loves Ben. Her friends want to protect her at all costs and her town deeply depends on her healing powers, thus when she falls for the outsider - things begin to drastically change. She keeps a smart head on her shoulder throughout the story and doesn't let Ben boss her around. Oddly enough - Elspeth's coven detests Ben, even to the point of using their [witch] powers to distract him from her charms. Overall, the witches add much needed drama and humor to the tale, plus they open up the possibilities of future couples/matches for later in the series.

    Ben was very demanding, but quite cute. He is desperate to change back into his old self - werewolf self that is. He panics when the moon no longer affects him as it did and seeks advice as to what to do; which leads him to Scotland. Expecting to find an old healer, Ben instead locates Elspeth, a much younger and attractive witch who claims to know of his kind - including being half werewolf herself. Being instantly smitten, Ben quickly warms to the idea of marriage between the two and soon finds himself living in her cottage eating blueberries in everything (since they're "ruled by the moon") and taking soaked baths in Magnolia flowers (since they're also "ruled by the moon") but happily enjoying their shared nights together while avoiding fireballs and rouge vines caused by her coven.

    Sadly, this book didn't have as much intrigue (for me!) as the last books I read in the series did, but these characters definitely were the kinkiest by far. I enjoyed how confident the two were in their love for each other, but there was something else missing for me that I couldn't quite put my finger on. All in all, another great read that makes me want to re-read Book #3 to catch up with Ben and Elspeth again. I'll be taking a break from this series for a bit before reading Book #4 - The Taming of the Wolf

    Likes: Yummy bedroom scenes that even had me blushing! Plus, the matching half-moon marks was really hot!

    Dislikes: I think I was expecting a little bit more from the story coming off of Book #1 and felt the story could have had a little bit more plot intrigue since they both knew about each others secrets (ie. werewolf/witch) from the beginning and the discovery of the father

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    Not as good as book one, but still a fun read

    Really 3 1/2 stars--but I'll round up, because I love the concept of Regency werewolves. A fun read, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first in the series. Elspeth and Ben spent a little too much time jumping to conclusions and then acting on them (foolishly, each and every time) for my taste. It made me want to smack their heads together a la the Three Stooges until they saw sense. It definitely gave more insight into the relationships between the characters, though, and I am looking forward to seeing how Will and Prisca can resolve their issues in book three. Hopefully I won't be temped to channel my inner "Moe" too much. ;-)

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

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    A Charming and Romantic read

    Benjamin Westfield has lived a rogue's charmed life. He is known for his seductive skills, and persuasive ways. That is until he finds himself unable to embrace his wolf form after a scandalous "incident". A trusted friend sends him to find a renowned witch that has the ability to heal him. But once in Scotland he finds that the witch he was seeking is deceased, luckily her lovely and tempting daughter may still be able to help him.

    Elspeth Campbell was born a bastard to a witch mother, and a werewolf father who abandoned her mother before she was born. She is a part of a coven of witches, each with a unique talent, but as a whole are forces to be reckoned with. However, it has been prophesied that she will be taken from the coven, which may have a potentially devastating effect on them all. She hopes that the man who is coming for her is her father whom she is desperate to discover, only to find herself inexplicably drawn to the man she is determined to heal.

    I really enjoyed reading this book.the characters alone make it a worthwhile read despite some of the things that didn't quite work for me. Lydia Dare creates such amazing characters that you are immediately intrigued by, no matter if they are the hero, heroine, a main, or a secondary character. For me Tall, Dark and Wolfish was a historical romance that enjoyed settings in Regency England, and the Scottish countryside. It had some paranormal elements with its shapeshifters and witches, but neither in a comprehensive way. It was a little bit this, and a little bit of that of many of my favorite components, which may be why I enjoyed it so much.

    However, as much as I enjoyed the book there were a few things that didn't meet my expectations, or felt would have made the story better. I was most disappointed that the author made Elspeth so eager to have a love affair with Ben outside of marriage since she carried the mantle of "bastard" all of her life. This stigma was repeatedly remarked upon on how it made her feel. Which is why I was surprised that it didn't seem to matter to her that she was following in her mother's footsteps.making the same mistakes without seeming to have any second thoughts.

    My final thought is on a more positive note. Each person born from a Lycan parent carries a mark, much like a tattoo, and the author cleverly uses this mark as a way for the hero and heroine (mates) to entice, arouse, or summon each other across distances by touching or stroking it. I thought this brought what I felt was something new to the shapeshifter genre and I liked that about it.

    Despite these comments, Tall, Dark and Wolfish is as charming as its hero and heroine. I fell in love with each of its characters including all of the secondary characters. Lydia Dare has created a tempting paranormal romance series, not only with her Westfield brothers, but also with her coven of young witches. I know she has at least two more "wolf" books, but I dearly hope she returns to Elspeth's witchy "sisters" and give them each their own happy ending.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

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    Benjamin is a werewolf who no longer feels like the man he used to be. He has never had a problem with the transformation before but he now fears that he has lost this amazing ability. He goes out in search of a witch who can mend his tragic state by giving him his old life back. It seems that having his powers stripped away set his life into motion in ways that he would never have imagined. He meets Elspeth, a witch, who captures his heart and their meeting was anything but coincidence.

    I enjoyed the first book in the series and I actually liked this one more. Benjamin's sexiness leaps off the page and you can't help but wish you were Elspeth. Anyone who enjoys werewolves would enjoy this book.

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