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Certain Wolfish Charm [Kindle Edition]

Lydia Dare
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Book Description

In Lydia dare's debut trilogy, Regency England has gone to the wolves!

He gets crankier and crankier as the moon gets full...

The rules of Society can be beastly-especially when you're a werewolf and it's that irritating time of the month. Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, is rich, powerful, and sinfully handsome, and has spent his entire life creating scandal and mayhem. It doesn't help his wolfish temper at all that Miss Lily Rutledge seems not the least bit afraid of him, and in fact, may be as untamable as he is...

A woman whose charm is stronger than the moon...

When Lily's beloved nephew's behavior becomes inexplicably wild, she turns to Simon, the boy's cousin and guardian, for help. But Simon's idea of assistance is far different than hers, and Lily finds herself ensconced in his house and engaged to the rogue.

They both may have bitten off more than they can chew when each begins to discover the other's darkest secrets...

"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

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Starred Review. Tough, resourceful, charming women battle roguish, secretive, aristocratic men under the watchful eye of society in Dare's delightful Victorian paranormal romance debut. When Lily Rutledge's 12-year-old ward, Oliver, displays sudden changes in size and appetite, she demands that his guardian, Simon Westfield, duke of Blackmoor, pay attention to the boy. Simon wants to take Oliver away and teach him about the Westfield werewolf heritage; Lily refuses to abandon her beloved near-son to the man who has ignored him for years. Simon and Lily are drawn to each other, but Simon's secret and society gossip threaten their happiness. The scenes of passion and transformation are surprisingly gentle after an intense emotional buildup, and a lack of gory detail helps the novel retain a period feel and keeps it mild enough for mainstream romance fans. (Apr.)
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"A fast-paced, sizzling novel, A CERTAIN WOLFISH CHARM is a delight to read." - Fresh Fiction

""Plenty of humor, lots of steamy sexual tension, sexy majestic wolves, and a happily ever after that will keep you smiling for days." A Night Owl Romance Top Pick" - Night Owl Romance

"Lydia Dare's A Certain Wolfish Charm will claim your heart, and so will the Westfield brothers!" - Love Romance Passion

"A spirited woman and a fierce man delightfully clash in this sexy novel about the impossibility of hiding from full moons or full hearts. " - BookPage

"Lydia Dare captures the feel of 1816 England while stimulating the readers romantic side and arousing curiosity about a mystery tied to the moon." - Thoughts in Progress

"Sensual, emotionally riveting, and well-written. The characters jumped off the pages." - History Undressed

"Dare has created a fun world where werewolves inhabit the Ton's high society and the word 'rake' takes on a whole new connotation. " - The Long and Short of It

"A delightful story that is a quick read will most assuredly have you wanting the rest of the series. " - Yankee Romance

"Fresh, entertaining and deliciously steamy. A howling good read." - Anna's Book Blog

"Really cute, highly addictive, and fast paced." - The Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object

"Amusing and witty... I can't possibly recommend this book more" - Poisoned Rationality

"A great book to sink your teeth into!" - My Overstuffed Bookshelf

"Uber-sexy with alpha-ness and a tendency towards brooding... This was done to perfection in A Certain Wolfish Charm" - Books Like Breathing

"A lovely sense of humor... an entertaining book. " - The Book Binge

"A fast-paced, sizzling novel, A Certain Wolfish Charm is a delight to read. " - Fresh Fiction

"The traditional regency novel transformed into a paranormal romance." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"Dare does a wonderful job of catching the reader's attention right from the beginning of the book." - Deb's Book Bag

" Feisty female, stubborn male and a whole lotta tension." - Red Headed Book Child

"A good historical novel mixed with paranormal elements." - Cheryl's Book Nook

"A solid start to a new series." - Leslie's Psyche

"Appealing characters, a focus on the character's emotions, tons of romance, lots of sexual tension, a satisfying story that makes me want to read and read and read, and a perfect ending." - Rakehell

"Dare's wonderful way with words wrap you up and demand you see how it all plays out. " - Smexy Books

"The characters in this one are just awesome and the men are hot... Two thumbs up!" - The Cajun Book Lady

"A great start to a new series! Grade: A+" - The Good, the Bad and the Unread

"Fans will enjoy this fine historical romance as the author daringly combines the paranormal within an amiable story line." - Genre Go Round

"You have the beginning of what I feel will be a great series." - Books and Needlpoint

"Engrossing... A classic, almost gothic, style historical romance with a paranormal twist." - Fang-tastic Books

"An engaging and witty story." -

"The authors flawlessly blend the historical and paranormal genres, providing a hint of the lycan lifestyle with a touching romance. " - Romance Novel News

"I would definitely recommend this for anyone who loves historicals with some paranormal elements." - Randi Romance Reads

"A tension-packed romance... sizzling hot, sensual. " - Star-Crossed Romance

"This historical paranormal romance was just what I was looking for... Lydia Dare writes a great story. " - Book Addict

"Hot romance, sizzling and palpable chemistry." - Steph the Bookworm

"Lydia Dare brings a whole new look to Regency England. With her sexy, brooding hero and her strong, selfless heroine, the tensions that build between these characters explode with great force and lots of fireworks." - Youngstown Romance Novel Examiner

Product Details

  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003B4IW70
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,771 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to sink your teeth into! April 5, 2010
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This was a great book for a first in the series. I really enjoyed each of the characters and their personalities. Lily was strong and determined, which she needed to be when dealing with Simon. He was stubborn and a spit fire with everything rubbing him the wrong way. You can't even help laughing when all the characters are fighting with each other.

The writing was great and the dialogue flowed nicely. I devoured this book from beginning to end, and I was still hungry for more of the series! A great book to sink your teeth into!
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Get ready for a fun and entertaining historical paranormal romance sure to lure even readers who, as a rule, do not read historical romances. This book is so much fun and the hero so surly that I couldn't wait to find out how he's brought to heel.

Simon, the Duke of Blackmoor has a complicated personality. He is the oldest so he has the pressure to be firm, strong and lead. He has this irritating emotional itch to scratch but he interprets it in the wrong way and ends up creating quite a rakish name for himself amongst the ton. He's loved by his brothers and just as fiercely he loves them back. It's that passion that is his undoing because he applies it to just about every decision he makes that truly matters to him. His stance on official Lycan marriages is that it's great and works for others but he just knows it's not for him - he's too afraid. Something happened in the past which colored his view of mating. Something that should have been so beautiful and a reason to rejoice has turned into something to fear, to steer clear of. Since guys are notorious at avoidance, this just adds spice to the internal conflict poor Simon must wade through. My favorite part of his dialogue and what I found sort of sexy and endearing was his assertion that the heroine never pull away from him. As you read you get the feeling that his instinct to love and connect with her is there but Simon is wearing blinders and wants to keep wearing them, again because he's afraid. But some things like love and a healthy dose of lust will undermine the best laid intentions, leading to him doing wonderfully sensual and wild things with the heroine. I really liked Simon, found him adorable, kissable and I wanted to go on a carriage ride with him too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Regency Werewolves are fun May 27, 2010
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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.
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Desperate because her young nephew's entry into puberty has turned him into a 'monster' and since her written pleas for assistance are being ignored by her nephew's 'official' guardian, Lily decides to travel to confront Simon, Duke of Blackmore, in person. Lily's meeting with Simon doesn't go at all as Lily had planned and quickly Lily finds her life spinning out of control, as she just can't seem to avoid succumbing to the beastly noble's seduction.

The stubborn and supposedly intellegent Lily puts her brain on hold for the first half of the book while she succumbs to her overwhelming animal attraction to the rakish Duke of Blackmore, so it's not surprising that Lily quickly finds herself 'ruined' and married to the moody, seductive, possessive, and secretive Simon. But even though it took Lily longer than it should have to question whether marriage to a man with a scandalous reputation was really a good idea, I found myself enjoying this meandering, light and sexy read. It probably helped that Simon is just as helpless to avoid his attraction to Lily -despite the fact that a man who'd had enough experience to gain his reputation, would have likely developed excellent skills at avoiding entanglements, but then again Simon wasn't using his brain either.

A Certain Wolfish Charm is the first in a trilogy, and with two more wolfish brothers to go, I'll be checking out brother Ben's book, Tall, Dark and Wolfish, (Ben's offscreen in this one) and waiting anxiously for the charming William to get his book, The Wolf Next Door, and to see how work things out between Will and the intriguing Prisca - Dare's already got the sparks flying between those two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!! You need to own this book!
I love Lydia Dare!! "A Certain Wolfish Charm" is one in a series on the Westfield brothers - who just happen to be werewolves. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars Certain Wolfish Charm
Wow, a determined Lily meets a stubborn duke and the sparks fly. She is a strong woman but needs to be to take over the raising of her nephew when her sister and husband are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
I loved this book. Characters are strong willed but willing to give in when necessary. Cute story where love prevails.
Published 4 months ago by Tracey Hoover
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting reading 1800's wolf story
Liked the concept and found the story engaging. It was fun watching the hero running into his past sometimes. Lily was great. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sharon L Delaney
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty fun but a bit slow paced for me.
This is outside of my normal reading area, as I typically don’t read historical fiction, or paranormal romance, but I’ve gotta say, all in all, it was pretty fun! Read more
Published 6 months ago by StephTheBookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
great story line and great characters. I love how lily puts simon in his place. She is a person who will not take no for an answer and that is why she was made for Simon.
Published 7 months ago by Stella Shahan
4.0 out of 5 stars love the book.
It was well written. I would recommend it to my other romance readers. And it had just the right amount of male pig-headedness.
Published 11 months ago by Kaoriblue
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series and this author
This is a great series, very entertaining and not the run-of-the-mill romance. I've read the author's other books and have really enjoyed them as well. Read more
Published 20 months ago by JS
4.0 out of 5 stars To protect her he must keep his distance. To love him she must accept...
Westfield Wolves Book 1.
Available (and read) as part of trilogy "Lydia Dare Wolf Bundle".

Lily needs Simon's help. Simon wants her to stay far away. Read more
Published on August 5, 2012 by cathyr
2.0 out of 5 stars mmm....Where to begin??
Ok....first off....having a paranormal/historical genre is awesome! When I came across this book, I was dying to read it. However,when I started reading it.... Read more
Published on July 24, 2012 by AleiaTheEnchanted
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Lydia Dare is the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Ava Stone. Both Tammy and Ava are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. They are working together on their next paranormal historical trilogy as Lydia Dare, which will be released by Sourcebooks Casablanca in Spring 2012! For more information, please visit

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