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Certain Wolfish Charm
     

Certain Wolfish Charm

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by Lydia Dare
 

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In Lydia dare's debut trilogy, Regency England has gone to the wolves!

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

Overview

In Lydia dare's debut trilogy, Regency England has gone to the wolves!

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...

"A Certain Wolfish Charm has bite! With its sexy hero, engaging heroine, and sizzling sexual tension, you won't want to put it down even when the moon is full."
-Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling Author of Wed Him Before You Bed Him

Lydia Dare Lydia Dare is the pen name for writing team Tammy Falkner (author of A Lady and Her Magic) and Jodie Pearson. Both are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tough, resourceful, charming women battle roguish, secretive, aristocratic men under the watchful eye of society in Dare’s delightful Victorian paranormal romance debut. When Lily Rutledge’s 12-year-old ward, Oliver, displays sudden changes in size and appetite, she demands that his guardian, Simon Westfield, duke of Blackmoor, pay attention to the boy. Simon wants to take Oliver away and teach him about the Westfield werewolf heritage; Lily refuses to abandon her beloved near-son to the man who has ignored him for years. Simon and Lily are drawn to each other, but Simon’s secret and society gossip threaten their happiness. The scenes of passion and transformation are surprisingly gentle after an intense emotional buildup, and a lack of gory detail helps the novel retain a period feel and keeps it mild enough for mainstream romance fans. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"A fast-paced, sizzling novel, A CERTAIN WOLFISH CHARM is a delight to read." - Fresh Fiction

""Plenty of humor, lots of steamy sexual tension, sexy majestic wolves, and a happily ever after that will keep you smiling for days." A Night Owl Romance Top Pick" - Night Owl Romance

"Lydia Dare's A Certain Wolfish Charm will claim your heart, and so will the Westfield brothers!" - Love Romance Passion

"A spirited woman and a fierce man delightfully clash in this sexy novel about the impossibility of hiding from full moons or full hearts. " - BookPage

"Lydia Dare captures the feel of 1816 England while stimulating the readers romantic side and arousing curiosity about a mystery tied to the moon." - Thoughts in Progress

"Sensual, emotionally riveting, and well-written. The characters jumped off the pages." - History Undressed

"Dare has created a fun world where werewolves inhabit the Ton's high society and the word 'rake' takes on a whole new connotation. " - The Long and Short of It

"A delightful story that is a quick read will most assuredly have you wanting the rest of the series. " - Yankee Romance

"Fresh, entertaining and deliciously steamy. A howling good read." - Anna's Book Blog

"Really cute, highly addictive, and fast paced." - The Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object

Fresh Fiction
A fast-paced, sizzling novel, A Certain Wolfish Charm is a delight to read.
— Vicky Gilpin
Night Owl Romance
"Plenty of humor, lots of steamy sexual tension, sexy majestic wolves, and a happily ever after that will keep you smiling for days." A Night Owl Romance Top Pick
Love Romance Passion
Lydia Dare's A Certain Wolfish Charm will claim your heart, and so will the Westfield brothers!
— Susan
BookPage
A spirited woman and a fierce man delightfully clash in this sexy novel about the impossibility of hiding from full moons or full hearts.
— Christie Ridgeway
Thoughts in Progress
Lydia Dare captures the feel of 1816 England while stimulating the readers romantic side and arousing curiosity about a mystery tied to the moon.
— Mason Canyon
History Undressed
Sensual, emotionally riveting, and well-written. The characters jumped off the pages.
— Eliza Knight
The Long and Short of It
Dare has created a fun world where werewolves inhabit the Ton's high society and the word 'rake' takes on a whole new connotation.
Yankee Romance
A delightful story that is a quick read will most assuredly have you wanting the rest of the series.
— Terra Studer
Anna's Book Blog
Fresh, entertaining and deliciously steamy. A howling good read.
— Anna Vivian
The Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object
Really cute, highly addictive, and fast paced.
— Haley Mathiot
Poisoned Rationality
Amusing and witty... I can't possibly recommend this book more
— Lexie Cenni
My Overstuffed Bookshelf
A great book to sink your teeth into!
— Amy Jacobs
Books Like Breathing
Uber-sexy with alpha-ness and a tendency towards brooding... This was done to perfection in A Certain Wolfish Charm
— Grace L
The Book Binge
A lovely sense of humor... an entertaining book.
— Holly Mercer
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
The traditional regency novel transformed into a paranormal romance.
— Blodeuedd
Deb's Book Bag
Dare does a wonderful job of catching the reader's attention right from the beginning of the book.
— Debbie
Red Headed Book Child
Feisty female, stubborn male and a whole lotta tension.
— Michelle
Cheryl's Book Nook
A good historical novel mixed with paranormal elements.
— Cheryl Koch
Leslie's Psyche
A solid start to a new series.
— Leslie Gladnick
Rakehell
Appealing characters, a focus on the character's emotions, tons of romance, lots of sexual tension, a satisfying story that makes me want to read and read and read, and a perfect ending.
— Valarie Pelissero
Smexy Books
Dare's wonderful way with words wrap you up and demand you see how it all plays out.
— Mandi Schriener
The Cajun Book Lady
The characters in this one are just awesome and the men are hot... Two thumbs up!
the Bad and the Unread The Good
A great start to a new series! Grade: A+

— Sandy

Genre Go Round
Fans will enjoy this fine historical romance as the author daringly combines the paranormal within an amiable story line.
— Harriet Klausner
Books and Needlpoint
You have the beginning of what I feel will be a great series.
— Kristi
Fang-tastic Books

— Roxanne Rhoads
BookLoons.com
An engaging and witty story.
— Martina Bexte
Romance Novel News

— C.M. Lessard
Randi Romance Reads
I would definitely recommend this for anyone who loves historicals with some paranormal elements.
— Randi
Star-Crossed Romance
A tension-packed romance... sizzling hot, sensual.
— Lynda K. Scott
Book Addict
This historical paranormal romance was just what I was looking for... Lydia Dare writes a great story.
— Patti
Steph the Bookworm
Hot romance, sizzling and palpable chemistry.
— Stephanie
Youngstown Romance Novel Examiner
Lydia Dare brings a whole new look to Regency England. With her sexy, brooding hero and her strong, selfless heroine, the tensions that build between these characters explode with great force and lots of fireworks.
— Rebecca

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402248153
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
256,972
File size:
496 KB

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Lily Rutledge had never contemplated murder before, though she was warming to the idea. The most recent column in the Mayfair Society Paper taunted her at the breakfast table. The Duke of Blackmoor seemed to have plenty of time to gamble away his funds in one hell or another, race his phaeton along the old Bath road for sport, and spend every other waking hour enjoying the entertainments of one Mrs. Teresa Hamilton or visiting fashionable bawdy houses throughout Town. Not that Lily was terribly surprised. They were the same sorts of things he'd done for years, though she hadn't cared until now.

"Aunt Lily," called her twelve-year-old nephew, Oliver York, the Earl of Maberley, from a few seats away. "Your face is turning purple again."

Purple indeed. Lily sighed, looking at the boy. What was she to do with him? Especially when she couldn't get Blackmoor to even respond to one of her letters. Of course, he sent funds every time she wrote him, though that was not what she asked for. Infuriating man! Did he even read her letters? The Maberley estate was not terribly far from London. Visiting Oliver would only interrupt his debauched lifestyle for a day or two at the most. Was that truly too much to ask of her nephew's guardian? After all, he hadn't seen the boy in years. "Finish your breakfast, Oliver," she directed, glancing again at the maddening society rag. There must be some way to get His Grace's attention. Perhaps if she picked up and went to London-

"I'm through," the young earl responded. "May I be excused?"

Through? Food had been piled high in front of him just moments ago. Lily's eyes flashed to Oliver's plate, only to find it completely empty, as was the sideboard behind him. Not a crumb was left uneaten. Where had he gotten this appetite? It wasn't natural. And how could he possibly have devoured all the food in the room so quickly and quietly? It was another one of the unexplained transformations she'd noticed in her nephew over the last month. "Yes, of course. You would do well to go over your Latin before Mr. Craven arrives."

Oliver scowled as he pushed away from the table.

"I'd rather not."

He never wanted to go over his Latin, which was a problem. According to Mr. Craven, his tutor, Oliver was far behind in that particular subject. When he began his first term at Harrow in October, he'd need to do better. That was assuming Lily sent him off to school, and, at the moment, she didn't know if she could do so. It was one of the many things she needed to discuss with that scoundrel Blackmoor.

Lily shook her head. "Mr. Craven says you need to practice, Oliver. Please do so."

The young earl stomped from the room in a manner she was getting unfortunately accustomed to. Just a month ago, Oliver had had the sweetest disposition. Now she barely recognized him. His shoulders were suddenly broad enough to fill a doorway, and he almost had to duck to cross the threshold as he left the breakfast room. Gone was the little boy in short pants. The young earl's valet had replaced Oliver's clothing twice in as many months and had sent more than one pair of trousers to the seamstress to have the seams reinforced. To make it even worse, Oliver had developed a terrible temper, with the smallest annoyances setting him off. He seemed to rumble more than talk, his singsong voice replaced by a gravely growl. Entry into adulthood was hard, but Lily had never expected it to come on so suddenly and with such force.

Perhaps things would be different if Oliver's parents were still alive. Perhaps things would be different if Blackmoor showed even the slightest interest in the lad. Perhaps if she'd ever raised an adolescent boy before, she'd know if Oliver's changes were normal-though she couldn't imagine they were. Lily knew in her heart that something was drastically wrong with her nephew, and she was at a complete loss for what to do.

Blast Blackmoor for ignoring her letters! An idea occurred to her. If he couldn't be troubled to visit Oliver, she'd simply have to pay him a visit instead. His Grace would have an impossible time ignoring her in person. She was hard to miss. Lily picked up the society rag, rereading it.

Everything was there. Everything she needed to know. Where he spent his time and with whom. The Duke of Blackmoor would regret shirking his duties, if making him do so was the last thing she ever did.

Meet the Author

Lydia Dare is the pen name for writing team Tammy Falkner (author of A Lady and Her Magic) and Jodie Pearson. Both are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Certain Wolfish Charm 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 431 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1816 Lily Rutledge worries about the radical change in behavior of her twelve year old ward Lord Oliver Westfield. She has sent letters to the lad's guardian Duke Simon Westfield demanding he get involved in his nephew's life, but she doubts the wastrel reads her missives as he only sends her money and besides he is too busy chasing skirts. Lily decides the time for confrontation with the womanizing duke has passed. She goes to his home Blackmoor, but is stunned when Simon, realizing what is happening to his nephew, orders her to leave while he takes Oliver into his home. Simon plans to mentor Oliver on what it means to be a Westfield as puberty is bringing out the werewolf gene. Lily refuses to leave because she loves Oliver who calls Her "Aunt Lily" while she thinks of him as her son; nor will she abandon Oliver to a beast who failed to recognize him as blood. However, as Simon and Lily fight their attraction to one another, they fall in love, but he conceals his wolfish tendencies while she becomes more concerned over the physical and emotional changes to Oliver. This is an entertaining werewolf Regency romantic cozy starring two seemingly cross-starred lead characters who share in common the belief that Oliver comes before their needs. The story line is emotional intense at times but only when Oliver struggles to cope with his hormonal changes especially the monthly need that seems like a werewolf's PMS. Fans will enjoy this fine historical romance as the author daringly combines the paranormal within an amiable story line. Harriet Klausner
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Werewolves in Regency England? It may sound a curious premise, but the author, Lydia Dare, makes it work beautifully in A Certain Wolfish Charm. Young Oliver, orphaned Earl of Maberly, has suddenly grown from innocent child to wild teenager driving his dear unmarried aunt to distraction. Said aunt, the enterprising and beautiful Lily Rutledge, turns to Oliver's fellow guardian for help, but Simon Westfield has his own well-thought-out reasons for hiding in the background all these years. The trouble is, he maybe hasn't thought them out well enough. The author maintains a consistent picture of Regency manners and mores, while adding that curious twist of lycanthropy. So how does a sincere, sane gentleman cope with "the wrong time of the month?" And how does he hide the fact that his emotions will always spin out of control when the moon comes full? It's rather a nice way to turn our feminine trials on their head, and Lydia Dare does it delightfully. The characters are fascinating and believable. The inevitable miscommunications of a romantic tale are kept under careful, and very appropriate, Regency control. And the scenes of love and seduction are nicely done with humorous conversation, pleasant timing, and plausible charm. A Certain Wolfish Charm has all the allure and bite of its title, and I'll be happily looking out for sequels in the stores.
Heather-Boyd More than 1 year ago
What I liked about A Certain Wolfish Charm was the beastly Simon Westfield. No offense to Lily - I always like the men more. Like most of regency heroes, he's arrogant in his dealing with others. Not simply because of his title, as is the case in many historical romances, but because he really couldn't help it. His desires and attempts to hide his wolfish lifestyle from Lily were endearing and often so funny I laughed aloud. I really enjoyed Simon's banter with his younger brother, Will, as he fought his instincts to take Lily as his Lycan mate. The combination of regency and paranormal was so smooth and the intimate moments beautifully done. This is one of the best romances I've read in the past year and I'm anxiously awaiting the release of "Tall Dark and Wolfish' & "The Wolf Next Door". While I'm waiting I think I might just curl up with A Certain Wolfish Charm and read it again!
ashredbrown More than 1 year ago
This was more romance than story to me. If you like really racy fantasy books, then this is for you. If you like more plot I would recommend the Black Dagger Brotherhood over this. I will probably not read anymore in this series.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
A brief description of this book's main female character caught my attention. She was only 24, but considered herself "on the shelf," was devoted to raising her dead sister's adolescent son, and seem to have spunk. I had to know more. Lily Rutledge needed help with her 12-year-old nephew and who better to turn to than the boy's guardian even though he hadn't shown any interest in the lad in six years. She was still mystified why her brother-in-law had chosen his cousin as guardian. He wouldn't even answer her letters. Little did Lily know that a simple, quick trip to see the Duke of Blackmoor at Westfield Hall would turn her life and the world as she knew it upside down. Thus begins the tantalizing adventure of "A Certain Wolfish Charm" by debut romance author Lydia Dare. Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, has a scandalous reputation. He is rich, powerful, charming, and devilishly sexy. He keeps the gossip busy with his latest indulgence. He has no time for tedious things like correspondence. Lily arrives on Simon's doorstep demanding his help with young Oliver. The once sweet and gentle boy is fast becoming unruly, often given to burst of temper, and growing more rapidly than most youngsters his age. Simon quickly sends Lily away without considering what is troubling the boy. Once he fully realizes the boy's predicament, he races after Lily to return her to his home and send for the boy. Lily, glad Simon will finally show Oliver some attention, returns with him. Simon now wants to keep Oliver with him, but Lily will not abandoned her nephew and is determined to stay. Despite his outrageous behavior and scandalous lifestyle, she finds herself drawn to Simon. Trying to keep his instincts under control, Simon is instantly pulled to Lily. Her strength and resolve stirs him and he vows to protect her from others and himself at all cost. The attraction between the two is felt immediately. The push and pull between them only entices the reader in deeper. Add in Simon's sinfully charming brother, Will, along with the handsome men next door and the pot begins to boil. To top it off, Lily is befriended by Prisca Hawthorne of Langley Downs who loves to stir up trouble for the Westfield men. This isn't a murder mystery, even though murder is threaten numerous times and you think on occasion it might happen. The book does have a mysterious element even though it's billed as a historical romance set in Regency England. "A Certain Wolfish Charm" is oh, so much more. While the attraction between Simon and Lily heats up, the reader is beguiled as a mystery unfolds surrounding the Westfield men, including Oliver. Lily finds a Lycan family tree and the pieces begin to fall in place. You'll be laughing out loud one minute, ready to choke one of the Westfield men the next, all the while loving the relationship that is growing between Simon and Lily. By the time the mystery is revealed, you'll be a believer already fallen under the spell of "A Certain Wolfish Charm." Author Lydia Dare captures the feel of 1816 England while stimulating the readers romantic side and arousing curiosity about a mystery tied to the moon. "A Certain Wolfish Charm" is the first in a trilogy with "Tall, Dark and Wolfish" next and "The Wolf Next Door" to follow.
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"I'm just gonna go," she mumbled and ducked out silently padding off into the forest.
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I couldn't put this book down. Just bought the next in the series.
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This first book was the best of the trilogy. A fun getaway read.
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Bought one then ended up buying the series
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DleeU1 More than 1 year ago
Of all of this series this is my favorite. It has old fashioned gothic love story feel plus a paranormal kick. I have read all the stories in this series & looking forward to reading more,
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