The Wolf Who Loved Me

The Wolf Who Loved Me

by Lydia Dare

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ISBN-13: 9781402263477
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 175,994
File size: 1 MB

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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Blackmoor House, Mayfair

April 1820

Lady Madeline Hayburn was more than ready for the Season to be over. Ball after ball. Soirees and garden parties after more soirees and even more garden parties. There was no point to it all. Oh, she knew her father was hopeful Maddie would somehow stumble upon her destined husband at one of these inane events. But if it hadn't happened during her three seasons on the marriage mart, Maddie wasn't terribly optimistic it would happen tonight.

"Madeline," whispered her grandmother, the Duchess of Hythe, as she nudged Maddie's arm. "Do you see Blackmoor over there?"

Maddie glanced across the sea of people littering the ballroom until her eyes fell on the intimidating duke. "Yes, of course," she whispered back. What on earth did her grandmother care about the Duke of Blackmoor? He and both of his brothers were married and hardly prospects as far as Maddie was concerned.

"The man was a degenerate," Grandmamma informed her. "One of the worst rogues London has ever seen."

Just idle gossip then? Maddie smiled at her grandmother. "So I've heard."

"His wife should be commended for bringing him to heel." Grandmamma gestured toward the pretty duchess who was still greeting her newly arrived guests at the entrance. "Let that be a lesson to you. The right woman can take charge of even the most imposing man."

Not idle gossip, but another lesson on the management of men. Maddie nearly sighed, but doing so would only earn her another lesson of a different sort. "I can manage Papa," she said instead.

Her grandmother agreed with a nod of her head. "Of course you can. You're my granddaughter."

Maddie giggled.

"And you can manage any other man you set your mind to, as well."

"Thank you for your confidence."

Grandmamma continued as though Maddie hadn't spoken. "I just wish you weren't so finicky about this whole marriage endeavor, my dear. I would like to actually meet my great-grandchildren, you know."

Maddie couldn't help the laugh that escaped her. "In that case, you should probably have this conversation with your grandsons." Who knew how many great-grandchildren her grandmother might already have.

Grandmamma scowled, but before she could begin a lecture, Lieutenant Hawthorne bowed before them in greeting. "Your Grace, Lady Madeline."

"Lieutenant." Maddie smiled with relief. Thank heavens he'd saved her. "I hope you are well this evening."

"I will be better if I can urge you to stand up with me."

And whisk her away from her grandmother? Maddie could have kissed him, if only she liked him a little bit. Alas, she didn't. Besides as the fourth son of a baronet, Lieutenant Hawthorne needed to find a wealthy wife. His interest in Maddie began and ended with her dowry. Still, he was her salvation, if only for a moment. "Thank you, sir. I would be honored."

He offered her his arm and then led her to the middle of the ballroom where sets were being formed for the minuet. As they circled each other, Maddie couldn't help but glance across the crowded room and her breath caught slightly in her throat.

Heavens. What was Weston Hadley doing here? Maddie stumbled and would have fallen if Lieutenant Hawthorne hadn't caught her arm.

"Are you all right?"

Maddie shook her head and tried to regain her composure. "Just clumsy," she muttered. Though her eyes still fell on Mr. Hadley, as if she just couldn't help it. The Duchess of Blackmoor's ball was the last place on earth she would have expected to see a man of his ilk.

Oh, he was born of nobility like everyone else in attendance. And he filled out a coat better than most, even if the coat tended to be a bit on the shabby side. But there was something dark and mysterious about him. And then there was the scar he sported across his cheek.

Lieutenant Hawthorne must have followed her gaze because an expression of amusement settled on his face. "Weston Hadley?"

Maddie straightened her back and stared at her companion as though he was an imbecile. "Hardly." When they turned the opposite direction, she cocked her head to one side. "Are you well acquainted with Mr. Hadley?"

The lieutenant shrugged. "We've met." He glanced over her shoulder and smirked. "Seems he can't keep his eyes off you, either."

And it had been that way ever since she'd met Weston Hadley. She wasn't quite certain what to make of him. She never had been. And whenever their paths crossed, his gaze followed her. "My dowry has that effect on most men."

Lieutenant Hawthorne chuckled. "You do know how to wound a man, Lady Madeline."

She hadn't meant to insult him. "That wasn't my intent at all," she hastened to explain.

"I'm certain it wasn't," he agreed good-naturedly. "But I can understand your concern about him. He's hardly the sort I would imagine has any honorable intentions."

That was an understatement. He was a Hadley, after all. The most degenerate set of brothers of Maddie's acquaintance.

"Do you know how Hadley came by that scar of his?"

"No." But Madeline had wondered about that very thing every time she saw Weston Hadley. "Do you?"

The lieutenant shook his head. "Sadly, no, but there is a bet on the books at White's about it. I would love to know."

"Has he never said?" she asked, even though she shouldn't think about Weston Hadley or his scar. After all, he was one of those penniless Hadley brothers. Even worse, he was a friend of her brothers. That alliance on its own was hardly one to recommend him.

"Never breathed a word about it, as far as I know," the lieutenant muttered just as the music came to an end. He smiled and then bowed. "Ah, here comes your admirer now."

Maddie glanced over her shoulder to see Weston Hadley headed straight for her. His dark eyes raked across her form, sending shivers skittering down her spine. Something about his gaze always left her the tiniest bit breathless.

"Lady Madeline," Mr. Hadley drawled. "What a pleasant surprise."

Before she could think better of her actions, Maddie offered her hand to the rogue. And when he touched his lips to her gloved knuckles, her knees threatened to buckle beneath her weight. Maddie snatched her hand back and stood her tallest, hoping she appeared more poised than she felt.

"Do have a good evening, sir," she said before turning on her heel and heading for a small group of ladies at the very edge of the room.

His eyes were still on her; Maddie could feel them. But she refused to turn around, to acknowledge him any further than she had already done. No, everything would be better if she just kept her distance from Weston Hadley with his penetrating dark eyes and his even darker scar.

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The Wolf Who Loved Me 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. The passtion between Wes and Maddie was perfect. It hurt when Wes didn't have confidants in himseldf. I do wish that Lydia Dare had shown more of their time together after they got back together though, it would of helped mend the reads heart a little more. Over all a good read
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
I really wasn't sure how I was going to like this romance novel because of the whole werewolf/historical romance theme. It's one that I hadn't read before this one but, surprisingly this one was exceptionally entertaining. From the first page I was hooked. I guess what surprised me most was that even thought the book is written by a fantastic duo the writing was seamless. Many times I've read a book where there is more than one author and you can see subtle changes in the writing when it switches writers. This time though I honestly couldn't tell that there was more than one author writing. This book was full of humour and adventure with a lot of romance though not as many sexy bits as I would have liked. However, that doesn't mean I didn't love the novel which I most certainly did. Maddy's life seems to turn upside down one fateful night when she witnesses the down and out rogue friend of her brother Weston Hadley transform into a wolf. After this startling revalation Maddy and Weston head of a a turbulent journey to Gretna Green in Scotland for a quickie marriage to solidify Maddy's silence on the true nature of Hadley. All the while being pursued by Maddy's father, and a rival of Westons. Needless to say neither are too pleased about their predicament but I really enjoyed the banter between the two of them. Often times the banter in historical romance novel can be quite...boring but in this case the Maddy and Weston were arguing like normal people without the fluff. Plus the two of them were willing to take jabs at each other and I found myself laughing quite a bit at both their antics. I really loved how real the characters were with each other. They had their ups and downs and thank goodness the relationship in the novel between them wasn't a case of the dreaded "Insta-Love" that's plaguing romance novels these days. As much as they fought Maddy and Weston had a chemistry that sort of reminded me of what Mr.Turning The Pages and I have. That's what made me love the book so much I think. All in all if you want a humorous historical romance with just a tinge of paranormal I strongly suggest reading this book. While it is part of a series I found that I had no trouble reading this book without having read the others though I do plan on going back and reading them as soon as I'm able. I was just approved for the next book in this series by the lovely people at NetGalley and I can't wait to see where the next book leads. I highly recommend this book to everyone whether you're familiar with the genre or not it's a fun read and in the midst of more serious novels one can't help but relish time to have fun while reading. * I received a free copy of this book from the published via NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not compensated in any way.
vampfan78 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. not a typical cookie cutter paranormal romance where you know what's going to happen. You will fall in love with all the charaters in this series and in the series, that has the Westfields that leads into to this one. The writing team, that is "Lydia Dare", I givve you both 2 big thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this one was a cyte read not as good as the others though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this whole series and this one was just as good if not better than the rest cant wait for the next one
JulietJP More than 1 year ago
I think this is my favorite Lydia Dare book so far. Ever since her vampire books, I've wondered about the Hadley brothers; and Weston Hadley (the youngest of the twins) did not disappoint. My heart went out to him throughout the book as he pined for Lady Madeline. And Lady Madeline I loved! She's someone who has never had an adventure and a little spoiled, but I wouldn't want to ride across England caked in mud either (so it's hard to blame her for any temper tantrums). The book starts off with their elopement after Madeline sees Weston shift into wolf shape and he needs her to keep his secret; but the marriage is just the beginning to this wonderful wolfish tale.
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lady Madeline Hayburn has a hefty dowry - which means every gentlemen of the ton is trying to catch her. Even her neighbor the ever wild Weston Hadley.If you are a frequent visitor you know I love Dare's Regency lycans & vampyres. This installment is no different, I loved it. I'm glad we get to see more of the Hadley brothers, they are every bit as fun as the Westfield brothers. The Wolf Who Loved Me is an excellent read. I love that, though Maddie and Weston are quite different in class (or at least the ton thinks) there is still this power that draws them to each other. It's quite delicious. Ms. Dare delivers another page turner. A fun romance that is wild and sexy.
Cats57 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of Linda Dare's ( the writing duo of Tammy Faulkner and Jodie Pearson) books and this entire series is so much fun. But this one just fell flat. The characters are nearly unlikable what with Weston's whining and Madeline's air of entitlement. I can tell you that Weston is not a dark overly brooding werewolf and thank the heaven's for that, but he does whine overly much about his lack of funds and how he isn't good enough for the fair Maddie who is a Duke's daughter.Madeline is destined to marry a peer since she is a Duke's daughter. So far none of the men whom her father has trotted out interests her.Weston is a werewolf and merely a man with no title or money. He also has a scar which seems to frighten Maddie. One night Maddie sees Weston under the full moon as he changes into the wolf and according to the werewolf laws he must make sure she never tells. He feels that he either has to wed her or kill her. Luckily for Weston has always had a thing for Maddie. So he kidnaps her off they go to Gretna Green.The rest of the story consists of the trip to Scotland, the adventures they have while on the way, with people they pick up and then a HUGE misunderstanding while in Scotland after their marriage is consummated.Confusion reigns, mistakes are made and words exchanged that should never had been said and Maddie is kidnapped again.Now Weston wants to have the marriage annulled for *her* sake, because he truly loves her and has her on such a pedestal that he only wants what is best for her and the heck with his feelings.At the beginning of the book, we are being treated to two separate stories. There is another story line about Maddies friend Sophie and Weston's brother Archer and I was very interested in that one. But alas, we never really revisit the pair so I can only assume that Sophie and Archer's story will be the next in this series.A fair read, but not one that held me as the first books in this series did.
dpchapman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a Historical, Paranormal Romance that is fun to read ¿ here is your book! I have never been disappointed in Lydia Dare¿s books and The Wolf Who Loved Me is one of the best.The Wolf Who Loved Me is a part of the Westfield Wolves series. This is one book that you do not feel as if you missed anything by not reading the others in the series. I will warn you that after you finish this book, you will want to read those books!I love the characters, the action, the plot and that is wasn¿t too graphic. I thoroughly enjoy it and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes this genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enchanting spin off to the series please come back and finish it
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Lickes you
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its ok
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This book started out slow. It wasn't until the 7th chapter that anything interesting happened. Then after that it was off and on boring. I struggled to finish the book.
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Awesome book!
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
3.75 I truly enjoyed this book. I'd have given it a 4 but it started out a little slow in the beginning. It soon turned into a lively story as it unfolded. Lady Madeline was a wonderful character she seemed so very full of herself and it was a great joy to see she tumble from her pedestal. Weston was a unruly scoundrel and I loved him. Maddie and Wes made a wonderful pair. I laughed and cried through out and I highly recommend this book. This is my first book by Lydia Dare and it won't be my last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*she watches and tries to help*
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