A Certain Wolfish Charm

A Certain Wolfish Charm

by Lydia Dare
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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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