The Taming of the Wolf

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Regency England has gone to the wolves!

He could never lose control...

Dashiel Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth, has spent his life fighting the wolf within him. But when the full moon rises, Dash is helpless. A chance encounter with Caitrin Macleod on a moonlit night inadvertently binds the two together irrevocably, and Dash's impulsiveness plunges them both into a nightmare...


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Regency England has gone to the wolves!

He could never lose control...

Dashiel Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth, has spent his life fighting the wolf within him. But when the full moon rises, Dash is helpless. A chance encounter with Caitrin Macleod on a moonlit night inadvertently binds the two together irrevocably, and Dash's impulsiveness plunges them both into a nightmare...

She never saw him coming...

Caitrin Macleod is no quiet country lass, but a witch with remarkable abilities. But when it comes to Dashiel, she's as helpless to fight his true nature as he is. Her senses overwhelmed, she runs back to the safety and security of her native Scotland...

But Dashiel is determined to follow her-she's the only woman who can free him from a fate worse than death. And Caitrin will ultimately have to decide whether she's running from danger, or true love...

Praise for A Certain Wolfish Charm:

"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

"Tough, resourceful, charming women battle roguish, secretive, aristocratic men under the watchful eye of society in Dare's delightful Victorian paranormal romance debut."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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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: 11/1/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 691,283
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lydia Dare

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.

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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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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    Great Read

    I knew the sparks were going to fly fast and furious when I found out who Dash actually bit and married. I expected a tumultuous courtship and it was even more fun that I'd hoped.

    Dashiel Thorpe is more than a man but views himself as a monster. If a reader met him in the previous book, The Wolf Next Door, then he'll be expected to be a bad guy; a rounder and a villain of the first water. If a reader has not met him before, then this book will depict him as he really is - a misunderstood, unloved and tormented man who only wants to belong but is angry and afraid of the world all at the same time. He's angry because he's different and he's afraid because he doesn't really want to hurt anyone but is sure it can't be helped. Despite all he's done and all that he's been through, Dash really is like a Baby Ruth candy bar: Outside he's all rough and bumpy but inside there's a whole lot of sweetness that makes a reader just sigh in satisfaction. He is worth having a happy ever after, but he's going to have to work at it. He's a bit rusty and makes a lot of mistakes but that is what made me like him so much. He has this vulnerability about him that he tries to mask with the noble bearing that is inherently his, despite the nasty way his father treated him. There is a lot of pain in Dash's life and as the story progresses a reader understands the scope of what he's burdened with and it makes his loving Caitrin all the more special and powerful.

    Caitrin is an absolute doll. I always liked her character in the previous books because she is opinionated, feisty and doesn't take guff from anyone. On the other hand, if she's wrong, she'll admit it. She's a strong personality with a stern inner core yet despite that resolve, she is also very tenderhearted, loyal and brave. She's brave because going into crowded places hurts her, yet she does what she has to. She's loyal to her sisters and friends and has their back. And her tenderheartedness comes into play not only with Dash but with someone else making the happily ever after sort of bittersweet. She's a special lady whose fortitude is tested time and time again. The only person who can sway her and make her act a little silly and wanton is Dash and that made for some very fun and interesting interludes. I was so glad to see Cait getting her own man because she was a very influential character in the other books and I felt I'd gotten to know her enough that it was inevitable she'd have a chance at her own happiness.

    What I didn't expect was to see Alec again. Oh, that broke my heart. I liked him previously in the series and I liked him more now. I'm thrilled that he is a character I'll see again. This book pretty much guaranteed that, and I couldn't be happier. But it's also foreshadowed that it won't be easy. Something else is going to happen, a new element is introduced with a very light and teasing touch - but I caught it and am very intrigued. I wonder if other readers are getting the same idea I am.

    As I said, secondary characters play important roles in this book plus I got to see Elspeth again, who is a very dear friend of Caitrin's. I really enjoy when authors do that in a series, it's like visiting family again and catching up on the news. It's one of the reasons why this series stays on my keeper shelf; this book is no different.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 10, 2013


    This was a great series! I'm really sad it's over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Sexy Lycans, witches, and the Ton in Regency England!

    What's not to like?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Great Book

    I really enjoy this book. Will read others books by this author.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

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    Must read

    Could not put this book down, Mrs Dare did it yet again

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    Love this whole series

    Worthwhile read. Kept my attention

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

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    Hunky Lycan

    Best book of the series.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    Fabulous series!

    After finishing the last book in this series, The Wolf Next Door, I didn't think I'd like the hero or heroine in The Taming of the Wolf. I'll admit it - I was wrong - Lydia Dare does it again! I think you know I'm a huge fan of this series, and this book did not disappoint; this is my 2nd favorite book in the series (A Certain Wolfish Charm is still my fave).

    The story: While wandering the Westfield's castle, unable to sleep, Caitlin Macleod wanders into the study to find her book. She knows she must stay in the house because it is a full moon, and the Lycan family she is staying with has impressed upon her that it is safer that way.

    Unbeknownst to her, someone is in the study - Dashiel Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth. Dash is also a Lycan, although he has an unpleasant history with the Westfield family, and they are holding him in the study until they can decide what to do with him. Dash is immediately attracted to Cait, and kisses her...then bites her! She runs off and he's confused about why he just did that. Long story short, he claimed her! He's got to convince her to marry him or he will be alone the rest of his life until one of them dies.

    Cait is a witch who sees the future of the people around her. She didn't want her best friend and fellow witch to marry a Lycan, and she certainly is not interested in this Lycan for herself. But he calms her, and when she touches him she gets a reprieve from all the future images that constantly bombard her when she's around people. And she did enjoy that kiss....

    My thoughts: Loved it! Dash had such a sad history, he didn't know he was a Lycan until just a few days before this book takes place, he thought he was a monster. I felt sympathy for him and he was so sweet and vulnerable underneath that Alpha demeanor. (And he growls alot - yum!) Cait was stubborn and witchy - I laughed when she tricked him into drinking a sleep draught :)

    There's a not-quite love triangle going on. Alec McQuarrie is still pursuing Cait, even though she's told him he's not in her future he refuses to give up. Dash and Alec butt heads a few times, and Cait just rolls her eyes. And when Dash and Cait get to Scotland and another suitor comes out - poor Dash! I loved it! Also loved the book Cait picked up at the beginning of the story - poor Dash just can't catch a break, haha!

    So, in summary, great story, fun characters, sweet romance. What's not to love?

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    Loved it!

    This book of the series caught my interest. Loved it so much i bought the bundle trilogy. Great read

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  • Posted December 28, 2010


    THE TAMING OF THE WOLF by Lydia Dare is a delightful paranormal romance set in 1817 Scotland.It is the fourth in the Westfield Brothers trilogy and can be read as a stand alone. Although, this one is about Dashiel Thorpe. An outsider, who doesn't know how to be a Lycan or how to control it,so he gets into trouble.It is well written with depth,details,twists,turns,full of action and fast paced. It has romance, vulnerability,sensuality, love,
    family,wit,magic,Lycans,witches, living with ones self, finding your mate,compassion,and lust. The characters are full of life,enchanting,sexy, lust and all around inspiring. The hero, Dashiel, is a Lycan, sexy,trouble, vulnerable,trying to control the wolf inside, been mocked, hidden, and abused by his so called Father. The heroine, Caitrin, is beautiful, stubborn, a witch,a Scottish country lass, has powerful magic (sees the future of everyone around her except this Lycan), her best friend is married to a Lycan and she never saw Dash coming. Sparks fly when first they meet, including Dash marking her as his own. Dash, did not realize what he was doing when he bite Caitrin,marking her as his own. Caitrin, runs back to Scotland. Dash determined to control his enter Lycan, asks for help and is sent to Scotland to a mentor. Following Caitrin, he finds he is attracted to her as she is to him. Together, they learn to love, trust and their are truly mates for life. I would highly recommend this fun, witty, paranormal wolfish romance, especially if you enjoy some serious sparks, true love, wit, and a really great read. If you have not read Book One, " A Certain Wolfish Charm" Book Two " Tall, Dark, and Wolfish" and Book Three " The Wolf Next Door". I would also suggest these as they are also wonderful reads. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks and My Book Addiction and More.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

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    Definitely worth reading.

    This book made me laugh out loud more than once! Dash's single minded pursuit of Cait is what made this book really stand out. I imagine most women would like to be pursued like this just once in their lifetime.

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