The Taming of the Wolf

The Taming of the Wolf

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by Lydia Dare
     
 

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Regency England has gone to the wolves!

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.See more details below

Overview

Regency England has gone to the wolves!

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

From the Publisher
"Dare did a great job at taking the instincts of wolf and man and meshing them together... very entertaining and fun to read." - Luxury Reading

"Filled with humor, secrets, suspense and exceptional writing... another amazing read!" - My Overstuffed Bookshelf

"A fun and pleasant read. " - Book Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf

"Light-hearted, fun and a nice bit of escapism." - Book Chick City

"An enticing read... " - Books and Needlepoint

"Sexual tension, engaging characters, and enjoyable banter between the hero and heroine makes this book stand out " - Bitten By Book

Fresh Fiction
A quick read and as engrossing as the previous two in the series, THE TAMING OF THE WOLF combines paranormal abilities, mortal angst and great storytelling.
The Long and Short of It Reviews
Entertaining and vibrant characters, exceptional writing and dialogue and romances that really touch my heart and make me smile.
Anna's Book Blog
An absolutely fun read, a stellar addition to the series.
Michelle's Book Blog
The Taming of the Wolf is a fun, cute read that I devoured in one day. The writing is fast paced and the characters are engaging and witty - it left me wanting more.
Bookaholics Romance Book Club
Filled with high jinxes, laughter, and love. This heartwarming romance will certainly make you happy you bought it!
The Royal Reviews
An amazing book! I was so intrigued I read it in one sitting
Yankee Romance Reviews
I love to sink my teeth in and enjoy something so light and enjoyable that it makes reality worth dealing with in-between.
Books by the Willow Tree
Once I began reading I had to zip through this fiendishly enticing little tome. What could be more charming than a combination of witches, werewolves and love?
A Buckeye Girl Reads
This book completely charmed me.
Love Romance Passion
The Taming of the Wolf had me on tenterhooks from beginning to end. In Dare's latest installment in their wolf series, mystery and suspense elements are amplified.
Romance Fiction on Suite 101
The characters are memorable for their reactions to the events and become almost like family that you want to see more of.
Night Owl Romance
Ms. Dare has been added to my must read authors. A Night Owl Romance Top Pick
Once Upon a Romance
A truly satisfying read... Ms. Dare, I'm ready for the next book, please.
Fang-tastic Books
A compelling read that left me turning pages.
Books Like Breathing
The stories are always amazing, the heroes a bit rakish but tamable nonetheless, the heroines are sharp and spunky and the writing is spectacular.
The Book Binge
[The characters] made each other smile quite a bit and that, in turn, made me smile - which I love doing while reading a book... A great shifter love story.
Smexy Books
This story is well told with a smooth story line filled with romance, laughter, and plenty of smoldering smexy scenes.
Cheryl's Book Nook
A howltastic, rip-roaring fun time!
Book Addict Patti
So, in summary, great story, fun characters, sweet romance. What's not to love?
The Book Girl
This series keeps getting better and better... flawless.
That's What I'm Talking About
A delightful historical, paranormal romance.
Linda Banche Romance Author
Subtle humor infuses this tale of a man whose rakish ways return to haunt him... For those who like werewolves, Ms. Dare proves yet again what enticing heroes they make.
Thoughts in Progress
A savory read that will transport you to a different time and place... feisty and sexy.
Debbie's Book Bag
A great story with all the elegance of Regency romances and all the bite of a good Paranormal book.
Drey's Library
This one's got all the right portions of chemistry, dialogue, and plot
My Reading Addiction
Lydia Dare delivers a must read in The Taming of the Wolf!
Sizzling Hot Books
The Taming of the Wolf has everything you could ask for in a book, there is romance, laughter, and sizzling hot scenes.
Luxury Reading
Dare did a great job at taking the instincts of wolf and man and meshing them together... very entertaining and fun to read.
My Overstuffed Bookshelf
Filled with humor, secrets, suspense and exceptional writing... another amazing read!
Book Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf
A fun and pleasant read.
Book Chick City
Light-hearted, fun and a nice bit of escapism.
Books and Needlepoint
An enticing read...

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402244377
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
634,600
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Read an Excerpt

Westfield Hall, Hampshire
January 1817

Caitrin Macleod vowed never to step foot in England again-or at the very least, to keep her distance from Lycans in the future.

She stopped mid-pace to look out the bedroom window, her breath fogging the pane. She wiped it away with the flat of her hand and stared out into the darkness. She'd stayed in her bedchamber all day and now most of the night.

It was safer for everyone that way.

The visions had started days ago, wild visions where she saw wolves and their mates together under the light of the moon. There were several of them, all part of a family of Lycans. She was quite familiar with those particular Lycans, because her coven sister, Elspeth, had married into the family. Most days, they were simply the Westfield family. But one night each month, the male members walked on four feet instead of two under the light of the full moon.

Those visions weren't troublesome; she was quite used to them. But lingering around the edges of her visions was a wild wolf, an outsider. A danger. The Westfields were aware of the threat and had, indeed, prepared themselves to handle it.

She'd begun to see visions of a golden wolf, the wild one, earlier that very day. She knew what mischief he'd cause before the night was over. But she couldn't tell the others what she'd seen, or she'd risk affecting the future. And she didn't want to be the one to disrupt the natural order of events. The results could be disastrous.

To avoid breaking that unspoken rule, she'd locked herself in her guest room at Westfield Hall and refused to come out. She'd not set foot out the door and had only opened it briefly to take her meals. She'd wished several times for something to help her pass the time. At the rate she'd been pacing, she would wear a hole in the duke's Aubusson rug before long. That thought made her smile.

Caitrin closed her eyes tightly and tried to will the vision of the Westfield wolves into her mind. She sighed with contentment when she realized all was well. The danger to them had passed, and she was now free to leave the prison of her own making. None of them would return until the sun rose in the sky. The estate was empty except for her and any servant who happened to be still awake. No one would know if she donned her silk wrapper to sneak downstairs and retrieve her book while everyone was away. Maybe then she could try to get a few hours of sleep. She crossed to the chamber door and opened it quietly. On bare feet, she padded along the corridor and down the main staircase. The last place she remembered having her book was in the duke's study. Cait turned the corner into the darkened study and stopped short. Standing behind the duke's desk was a tall man, one she'd yet to meet. Most of him was hidden in shadow, but his face was lit by the moonlight that filtered through the drapes. He was a blond Adonis, tall and lean. A vague memory of him, maybe from one of her visions, created unease within her. A small gasp escaped her throat when he turned his amber gaze her way.

"I'm sorry. I dinna ken anyone was up at this hour." She turned to leave.

"Don't go," he said. Then he closed his eyes tightly and took a deep breath. "You needed something in Blackmoor's study?"

"Aye, I left a book in here yesterday when I came ta find Her Grace." She glanced quickly around the room, though she didn't immediately see her copy of Maria Edgeworth's Patronage. "Perhaps I left it in the library." Perhaps I should run as quickly from this room as my legs will carry me.

"Having trouble sleeping?" he asked, his tone amazingly familiar. As though he'd known her for a lifetime.

"Aye. At times, I canna get thoughts out of my head." Why had she told him that? He probably didn't care to hear how her visions played in her mind at all hours of the day and night, preventing her rest.

He walked around the desk and perched a hip on it. His hips were narrow, his shoulders broad. Stop ogling the man's body, Cait. His eyes narrowed at her, as though he knew she had a secret. She closed her eyes and tried to get a vision of him, something to tell her who he was. But her mind was blank, which was more than disconcerting. Her mind was blank? That had never happened before.

"I canna tell yer future," she muttered under her breath.

"Pardon?" He raised an eyebrow at her.

"Ah, there's my book," she said, smiling at him, hoping he'd believe she hadn't a care in the world. She picked up a small, black leather book that lay on the desk behind him. It wasn't hers, but it would have to do.

Before she could turn around, he reached out and grabbed her by the waist. She couldn't even utter a gasp as he drew her body flush against his. Her breath stilled.

"What are ye-" she began, but he covered her mouth with his, his lips hard and urgent.

She shouldn't let a man she'd never met before take such liberties. But he smelled so good. Felt so good. Tasted so good.

Her tongue rose to meet his as a whimper of pleasure left her throat. Her heart beat wildly as he tilted his head and deepened the kiss.

Cait had been kissed before, but never like this. Never so thoroughly that she couldn't think straight. Never so expertly that her legs threatened to buckle. Never with enough passion that she could drown in it.

A tug to her hair sunk into her consciousness. He pulled her head back and looked into her eyes. He gently tugged, guiding her head until it leaned to the side, exposing her neck. She nearly jumped when his lips brushed feather-light down the side of her jaw as he trailed a kiss down her throat. He pulled at the neck of her wrapper and nightrail until they opened, baring her shoulder to his gaze. She shivered.

When he reached the place where her neck met her shoulder, he sucked at the tender spot and then nipped her gently. It was the most sensual thing she'd ever experienced. Light-headed, she heard a moan escape her throat. More. More, please.

He nipped her again, then opened his mouth wide and bit through the tender skin of her shoulder, jerking her instantly from the passion-induced haze.

"Ow!" she cried and smacked his shoulder. "That hurt!"

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