The Wolf Next Door

The Wolf Next Door

by Lydia Dare

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Overview

They can't even be in the same room together...

Ever since their failed elopement years ago, Prisca Hawthorne has taunted, insulted, and in every way tried to push him away. If only her heart didn't break every time Lord William Westfield left her...

But staying apart is even worse...

Lord William throws himself into drinking, gambling, and debauchery and pretends not to care about Prisca at all. But when he returns to find a rival werewolf vying for her hand, he'll stop at nothing to claim the woman who should have been his all along.

Can Prisca forgive the unforgivable, or are the moon-crossed lovers going to be forced into a battle of wills that could be fatal?

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 Regency paranormal romance debut."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402253683
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 966,237
File size: 984 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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From Chapter 1

Langley Downs, Hampshire
December 1816

Prisca Hawthorne was fairly certain Bedlam was in her future. Still, she couldn't help herself. She had to leave, to see if her wolf had returned. It was a foolish thing to do, Prisca well knew. How many nights had she gone in search of him, only to return home tired and disappointed? Still, something in her soul told her she'd be successful tonight. And she never questioned that feeling; it had always been correct in the past.

She slipped into her long, wool coat as she padded across the cold marble floor. After all, it would be simply foolish to traipse around her property in the middle of night in only her flimsy nightrail. More foolish than searching for an elusive wolf.

Prisca pushed open the double glass doors that led to the veranda. The frosty winter wind swirled around her, lifting the edge of her coat and making her shiver. This was surely madness.

She quietly closed the doors behind her and rushed across the veranda, down the stone steps, and out toward her garden. The moon was full tonight, lighting her way, which made her smile. He only came to her when the moon was full. She sped up her pace.

The garden was not in bloom this time of year, but the hedgerows and topiaries still kept their form. Prisca pressed forward down the path, first around one hedge and then around another.

She spotted him and stopped in her tracks.

He had come.

Standing in a shaft of moonlight, the wolf seemed to be waiting for her. Prisca's heart pounded out a familiar beat, and anticipation coursed through her veins. He was still the most magnificent creature she'd ever seen, with his regal black coat, icy blue eyes, and proud stature. If anyone else had seen her approach the dangerous creature, her conveyance to Bedlam would have been summoned immediately. But she knew from their past encounters that he was, if not tame, of no risk to her. She was the only one who'd ever seen the wolf. At times, she doubted he was real. In fact, it seemed like a lifetime since she'd seem him last.

Prisca smiled at the beast and stepped forward. "There you are. I didn't know if I'd see you again." She sat on a stone bench and patted the space beside her.

The wolf appeared to heave a sigh, though that seemed an odd thing for him to do. Then he slowly walked toward her. He stopped before her feet, peered up at her with his cool blue eyes, and rested his head in her lap.

Prisca stroked his coarse black fur and closed her eyes, reveling in the feel of him. There was something so familiar, so comforting in the animal. Which was why she could never tell anyone about him; they'd all think she had lost her mind.

The wolf pressed closer to her, and Prisca laughed. "I missed you, too. You should visit me more often. You could even stay here," she suggested. Wouldn't all of Hampshire faint if they discovered she kept a wolf for a pet? "I'd take good care of you."

The wolf closed his eyes, and Prisca scratched behind his ears. She told him all about her brothers and the goings-on around their village, just like she always had whenever he visited her. All the while, the wolf enjoyed her ministrations and seemed content to stay there forever.

Suddenly, he lifted his head with a jolt, looked her straight in the eyes, and ran out of the garden and into a copse of trees at the edge of the property as though he'd been summoned by some invisible force. It happened so fast that Prisca couldn't even call out for him to wait.

She sighed in defeat, wondering how long it would be until she saw him again.

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Wolf Next Door 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 222 reviews.
PanolaJD More than 1 year ago
They can't even be in the same room together...Ever since their failed elopement years ago, Prisca Hawthorne has taunted, insulted, and in every way tried to push him away. If only her heart didn't break every time Lord William Westfield left her...But staying apart is even worse...Lord William throws himself into drinking, gambling, and debauchery and pretends not to care about Prisca at all. But when he returns to find a rival werewolf vying for her hand, he'll stop at nothing to claim the woman who should have been his all along. Can Prisca forgive the unforgivable, or are the moon-crossed lovers going to be forced into a battle of wills that could be fatal? Will and Prissy have always been at each others throats. Neither are willing to admit that they have romantic feelings for the other; so instead they bicker, they quarrel, they infuriate their friends and family by keeping up a silly facade of hatred, and in like most Regency romances . . . they end up forced into marriage. Yet, the story has a twist with Will and his brothers actually being werewolves. Can the couple's loath for each other be turned into love when Will's wild side becomes known? I haven't read a good historical romance for a while, so this was fun + it has werewolves (yummy!). I found I read half the book in one sitting and devoured the last half shortly after and considering this was book three in a series, it held strong as a stand alone read. Definitely a sizzling Regency England tale that has gone to the wolves! Of course, I'll be checking out the two previous books in the series since I'd love to see how the other brothers (Simon and Benjamin) fared. Likes: Will & Prisca's bickering was enjoyable throughout and her brothers were great characters as well. Dislikes: Not much to dislike: romance - check, humor - check, historical - check. Good!
Shutter_Speed More than 1 year ago
I've been of Lydia Dare for a while now. After reading the first book in her series of wonderfully planned out tales, I couldn't resist adding more to my collection. With the help of my trusty Nook, I've made it to The Wolf Next Door. It's a must read for anyone who appreciates an author who spends time developing their characters, making the reader either love or hate them oh so much. In this book, the man character William has been developing throughout the previous two books but now its his time to shine. I think readers will fall in love with William and his love interest Prissy. After reading the first five pages, I couldn't put this book down. From the great plot details, beautiful scenery and most handsome of lycan mean, this book will keep you engaged and wanting more. If you're looking excitement, a great story and some good ole romance, than The Wolf Next Door is a must read. I wish he lived near me. :)
BookNerdJW More than 1 year ago
I found this book at the library at it looked kinda good something to past the time. Read it and loved it now I want to read the whole series even though I am out of order. Adding Lydia Dare to my pile of supernatural romance authors.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Prisca Hawthorne and William Westfield were in love and had planned to elope until she heard he sired a child with someone else. She rejected him and he turned elsewhere for his satisfaction. Over the next few years even though she knows he never fathered that child, they remain estranged though they are still attracted to one another and unable to avoid each other as their family circles intertwine. In 1816, her four younger brothers decide they need to stop their meddling sister from intruding on their lives. They believe William is perfect to marry their sister as he is the only person they know who might be able to control their "Prissy". None of the Hawthorne siblings are aware that a wolf that visits Prisca is actually love struck William, who like his brothers is a Lycan (werewolf being a derogatory term). William becomes concerned when a rogue Lycan starts sniffing at his soulmate. He begins a desperate counter ploy to keep his beloved safe, but fears what will happen when she learns the truth about what he did, what he is, and how much he loves her. The third Westfield wolfish paranormal Regency romance is more of a family affair than its predecessors as the stars of Tall, Dark and Wolfish and A Certain Wolfish Charm join in the fun of as the back cover states "moon-crossed" lovers. Readers will enjoy William's Hail Mary though he should have heeded his brother's advice by telling Prisca he loves her. Instead he complicates their relationship with a convoluted scheme that makes his telling the truth about Lycan and witches so much more complex. Lydia Dare provides a strong family affair. Harriet Klausner
cbhorsefan More than 1 year ago
The only reason I gave this 4 stars is because Prisca became just a rude shrew (compared to the first book) and sometimes I just wanted to smack her upside the head. I still love Will and the other characters because they are so strong and the premise is still great. It's worth the read, even if Prisca is annoying at times.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked Will and Prisca in the first book-- they were both sympathetic, mischievous and intelligent and seemed like they would be a good pairing. In this book, however, there was no (intentional) mischief and little intelligence in their actions. Will finally realized that he maybe did want Prisca enough to let her know that he wanted her, maybe, and only because another werewolf showed interest in her. Prisca thought that Will was too busy chasing the skirt of every woman in the vicinity to be interested in her, even when it seemed like she should have known better. There was an amazing amount of mistrust, miscommunication and immaturity between them that made this a very frustrating read at times. The pace is fast and the tone is light, but what saved this from being a DNF was the cast of supporting characters. I am likely to read the next in the series, but I think that that will be the deciding factor in whether or not I continue to read this author.
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THE WOLF NEXT DOOR by Lydia Dare is a wonderful Regency Paranormal Romance. Set in 1816 England. It is the third in this series. It is well written, fast paced, page turning, romance. The characters are enchanting. You have the girl next door who has been in love with the boy next door who is a Lycan, She however is not aware of his true nature. He has been in love with her for years. In his endeavor to get the girl, to vye her away from another Lycan sniffing around her, no one has heard of, he creates a mess. This has great family ties, with witty dialog, and charming characters. Both the main characters and the secondary characters are strong, witty,and charming. You have romance, sensuality, wit, Lycans, and mystery. This is a great read. A keeper. I would highly recommend. This book was received for review and details can be found at Sourcebooks and My Book Addiction and More.
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Years ago an incident occurred resulting in a failed elopement. Ever since Will & Prisca have been at each other's throats -- even though they were still very much in love with each other. Not that either of them would admit it. But when another werewolf takes an interest in Prisca, Will is determined to do anything to finally make Prisca his for good.When Will & Prisca appear on the pages of A Certain Wolfish Charm bickering and taunting each other I knew this was gonna be a very interesting story. Both of them are wonderful characters but they are very stubborn. If just one of them would give in they could have been together a long time ago.The Wolf Next Door was a delightful read. Will and Prisca's chemistry is on fire. Sparks fly when these two are in the same room. This latest Westfield story was funny and romantic and a joy to read. As a whole I'm loving this series, each book sucks you in from the first page to the last. If you've enjoyed the first two books or just looking for something fun to read. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book 3 in the series - featuring middle brother....Will & Presca..... the-girl-next-door. the couple who were meant to be but almost weren't! Not quite as exciting as the first two....simply because we have already been introduced to these two characters. Still quite an enjoyable read. I couldn't wait to start it and couldn't put it down when I did! Now on to Book 4 The taming of the Wolf.
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I loved this book! Can't wait for a new one to come out. I've read all 4. Good work Lydia:)
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