The Taming of the Wolf

The Taming of the Wolf

by Lydia Dare

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402244391
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 141,616
File size: 623 KB

About the Author

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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LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Caitrin Macleod has visions of the future. When she starts having visions of a gold wolf causing all sorts of trouble, she worries but has no clue it will involve her. Dashiel Thorpe's foolish act on a full moon will not only change his life - but Caitrin's as well.The Taming of the Wolf is a an absolutely fun read, a stellar addition to the series. Caitrin and Dashiel play a game of flirtatious - push and pull, cat and mouse and it was interesting to see it play out. Caitrin first appeared in Tall, Dark and Wolfish. While she meant well, I found her a bit annoying. Even though she is a stubborn lass through out her story, she definitely grows on me. It is pretty much the same for Dashiel. He appears in the The Wolf Next Door, causing all sorts of trouble. But in the end he becomes quite a lovable character.Not only do Caitrin and Dashiel find love and passion with each other. But serenity and compassion play a big role. Something both characters need dearly.
blodeuedd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First my usual reassurance. Yes this is actually book 4 but fear not! You can read this as a standalone with any problems, the facts that are important are there, and of course it's a good way to get surprised too. But if the OCD hits you bad, then go and read book 1 and work up to this one. Or just jump in and have fun.Plot:Lord Dashiel is staying at the house of the Westfield brothers. He fears himself for what the beast could do and without thinking he bites Caitrin McLeod, a Scottish witch who flees from me. Now he must follow as he has claimed her as his mate, and there can never be anyone else.My thoughts:I liked the book from the start, but it took me a while to really enjoy it. Let me explain. Dashiel has claimed her and he knows he will never look at anyone else, but is he in love? That thought bothered me as he chased her and tried to get into her heart and bed. He needed to prove himself a bit more before I started enjoying the book, and then I did not stop reading before I hit the end.Dashiel is a womanizing rake with a hidden side and he has a sad past. And no one ever taught him what a Lycan really is, so he has got issues and is afraid to harm Caitrin. I was on my guard when it came to him, but I must confess that it was fun to see him try anything to get near her. While Cait is not afraid to tell him what a brute, and hound he is. And that he should just go away, but at the same thing there was something there, building up, and those two needed each other. My fav part of the book were the chasing part, he is not a man to back down. Slowly I did what she did, I started falling for him, and as I did that I saw that he was changing too. Into a real man, and a real Lycan. I liked it. And what he needed was a woman that would speak her mind and not fall all over him.Something else shows up in this book, I shall not say, but it bodes well for the next series from Lydia Dare. I wonder how that will be handled. I am rather intrigued. The Lycans are an interesting bunch, and I do love and feel sad over the fact that they only love once. So beautiful and yet so tragic. Then there are the witches, and what is a book without real Scottish witches. They are a fun bunch, and I can't wait to see them fall in love too.Recommendation and final thoughts:I still like book 3 the best, the bantering was just so fun there. But this one comes as my second fav from Lydia Dare. It's fun, there is passion, and hearts that can't make up their minds. It will get a 3,5 from me, because I always reach that point where I do not want to put it down anymore. The book also feels very different from usual paranomals. It's lighter some way.
MasonCanyon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just when you thought things were quieting down where Lycans are concerned along comes Dashiel Thorpe, Earl of Brinsworth, to stir up more trouble.But sassy Caitrin MacLeod, a beautiful Scottish witch, knows just how to handle Dashiel¿.or does she?Dashiel is a rouge Lycan who seeks counsel from the Westfield werewolves in how to tame the beast inside him. Caitrin has traveled to Westfield Hall to help her sister witch, Elspbeth Campbell Westfield. A chance meeting between Dashiel and Caitrin on the night of a full moon brings about life-changing events for both of them.As the desires of the beast overtook him, Dashiel lost control and claimed Caitrin for his life-mate with one simple nip. He never believed his heart and soul could be captured by one woman until he met and almost lost Caitrin. Meanwhile, Caitrin is confused why she can¿t see a future for the dashing Englishman and even more confused by her own desire for him.Author Lydia Dare has created characters so realistic in their emotions and interaction you begin to believe in witches and werewolves. The playful bickering between Caitrin and Dashiel is enduring. From the first page to the last, readers will be spellbound by the romance and intrigue, as well as drawn to this pair of soul-mates fighting their desires.THE TAMING OF THE WOLF is the fourth installment in the Westfield series, but is a stand alone book. Dashiel was introduced to readers in the third installment in the series, THE WOLF NEXT DOOR, while Caitrin was introduced in the second installment, TALL, DARK AND WOLFISH. It seems author Lydia Dare has more surprises in store for readers in the coming books in the installment.This is a savory read that will transport you to a different time and place while leading you into a fantasy world where witches and werewolves are the norm. The feisty and sexy bantering between Caitrin and Dashiel will warm the chill from a cold winter¿s day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story, so many twists and turns. I loved the surprise at the end but I won't give it away. You must read it for yourself! Authors are Awesome!
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This was a great series! I'm really sad it's over.
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What's not to like?
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I really enjoy this book. Will read others books by this author.
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