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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lydia Dare Guest Post, Giveaway, & Review

First off I would like to thank Lydia Dare for providing this lovely Guest Post for Royal Reviews.

As the 4th Lydia Dare book, THE TAMING OF THE WOLF, is set to be released next week-we thought we’d take a look back at the previous three books in the series. If you haven’t met the Westfield brothers or the women who end up capturing their hearts, please allow us to introduce you…………..


Hero: Simon Westfield, Duke of Blackmoor

Simon is the oldest Westfield brother, the head of his family, and alpha of his pack. Oh, yeah, and he’s a Lycan. (Don’t say werewolf, it tends to make him angry.) Simon is often fodder for the society rags and has made quite a name for himself amongst the ton- a bad one. He retreats to his ancestral seat when the full-moon is imminent, to quietly transform into his wolfish self before returning to his Mayfair home. However, one particular month he finds a woman from his past awaiting him on his country doorstep, refusing to leave no matter the danger he represents.

Heroine: Lily Rutledge

Lily is firmly on the shelf and has been raising her orphaned nephew for the last six years. She love the Regency tween as though he was her own child and would protect him as a lioness would her cub. Lily is more than a little disturbed by certain changes she’s noticed in her nephew as he starts to enter adulthood. When the boy’s legal guardian refuses to respond to her written pleas for help, Lily takes matters in her own hands and tracks the blackguard down. Simon Westfield might intimate most of London, but Lily isn’t just any mild-mannered miss.

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Hero: Lord Benjamin Westfield

Benjamin is the fun-loving, youngest Westfield brother, and the one who always seems to end up in one predicament or another. He is terrified when he doesn’t transform into a wolf one full-moon and is determined to keep the ailment a secret from his overbearing brothers by finding a solution all on his own. His quest leads him to Scotland in search of a witch. He didn’t expect to find five of them.

Heroine: Elspeth Campbell

Elspeth is a witch-but a very nice one. A healer by birth, Elspeth is one of five witches in an ancient powerful coven. Despite the unfortunate circumstances of her birth, she happily cares for the people of Edinburgh even if they look down their noses at her. The mystery of who Elspeth’s father is has always troubled her until a beast who wears the same mark as she does arrives in town searching for a healing witch.

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Hero: Lord William Westfield

William is the silver-tongued, middle Westfield brother who has the power to charm anyone in a skirt. It’s a power he uses on a regular basis to his full advantage. He wears the term ‘Lothario’ like a badge of honor and is the envy of many a man. However, his devil-may-care fa├žade is all for show. Beneath his suave exterior beats a heart that has always belonged to the girl next door.

Heroine: Prisca Hawthorne

Prisca is very particular about her name. The ‘c’ is soft as in Priscilla. But don’t call her Priscilla or worse- Prissy, not unless you’d like a tongue lashing, anyway. With five older brothers, Prissy-er-Prisca learned early on how to manage men. Well, most of them. Her neighbors, those Westfield brothers, are more difficult than most to bend to her will…..Her Will. Slip of the tongue? She’s always wanted Will to be hers and he almost was once. But now, only animosity and angst exist between the two of them. Or is there more

About the Author Lydia Dare is a pseudonym for the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and have set on the organization’s Board of Directors. Their writing process involves passing a manuscript back and forth, each one writing 1500 words after editing the others previous installment- Jodie specializes in writing the history and Tammy in writing the paranormal. They live near Raleigh, North Carolina.

Thanks to Lydia Dare & Sourcebooks, Royal Reviews is giving away a set the first 3 Westfield books signed by Lydia Dare as well as THE TAMING OF THE WOLF (unsigned)

To enter please leave your name & a valid email address.
Contest ends November 15th.
Contest is International

To coincide with the release of Lydia Dare’s new book ,THE TAMING OF THE WOLF, Royal Reviews will be featuring the first three books in the Westfield Trilogy as well as THE TAMING OF THE WOLF.

Title: A Certain Wolfish Charm (book 1 in the Westfield series)
Author: Lydia Dare
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 978-1-4022-3694-5
Pages: 375
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genre: Paranormal Regency Romance
Rating: 5 Crowns A Royal Read

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...

My Thoughts:

While Simon may go around barking orders, I found that out of the three Westfield brothers he has to be my favorite. There was something about him that drew me in and made me want to know more about his story. Although he has a broody side to him I found him fascinating, and would like to have seen more from this character.

I also enjoyed the way he connected with Oliver and I believe that if you do not read “A CERTAIN WOLFISH CHARM” you will be lacking a good deal of information.
Lily was also a character to remember, she was determined, straightforward and relentless. I enjoyed her interaction with Simon as well as her devotion to Oliver.

Overall would I read this again? Defiantly! I was truly surprised at how much I enjoyed this series, this was my first encounter with this genre, and I have to say I found myself eager to read the next book, and then the next book.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, especially if you wanted to read the remainder of the series. Each book does stand on its own, although each contains a back-story of sorts for the remainder of the characters and books.

Please stop by tomorrow for my review of TALL, DARK, and WOLFISH (book 2 in the Westfield series).

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Audra said...

Regency werevolves?! Sign me up! Amazing giveaway -- thank you!

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Darlyn said...

I really want to read this! Sign me up too!

thanks so much!

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Elysium said...

I would love to read these!

Thanks for making this international :)

Lydia Dare said...

Thank you so much for having us here! We're so glad you enjoyed Simon. One of us agrees with you. The other prefers a different Westfield brother. :)

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the contest to win the set of books by Lydia Dare. Would love to read all 4!


Kulsuma said...

Wow, I love the sound of this! I can sense a lot of tension between Will and Priscilla.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Johanna R Jochum said...

Wow, these books sound amazing! I'm adding them to my list to get! Thanks for sharing today!


Clarissa Southwick said...

This is my first time visiting your blog and it looks great. I love this series and i can't wait to get my hands on the 4th one. Please count me in on the giveaway: clarissasouthwick at yahoo.com. Thanks.

dor said...

You have entertained me and have me very interested. Thanks for the post and the giveaway.

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chey said...

I like the sound of all these books! I'd like to win!
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Cat said...

These do sound like fun.

A very generous giveaway - thank you! I'd love to win them.


Martha Lawson said...

I would love to win these books! Thank you so much.

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jeanette8042 said...

I would love a set of signed copies! I'm so excited for the release of The Taming of the Wolf!


Mystica said...

Would like to be included. Thanks for making it international.


elaing8 said...

Awesome giveaway.I've really wanted to read this series.please count me in


Chrizette said...

Oh, please enter me! Thank you so much for making it international!

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buddyt said...

The idea of Regency Werewolves really struck me as really unusual and something I would love to read.

So please enter me in the giveaway.

I shall be holding thumbs and waiting to see who is picked as a winner !

Thanks to Sourceboks for opening the giveaway to worldwide entries.

Thatis much appreciated.

Carol T

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Kathryn said...

What a wonderful treat !
Please enter me !



Coley said...

I loved the Westfield books, so I can't wait to read The Taming of the Wolf. Please enter me into the contest.


Linda said...

At age 70 I'm not sure I'm ready for this kind of story, but my granddaughters would be so impressed if I were to win and try them out.

Roberta said...

Great guest post/author interview and giveaway! I've know a lot of guys who get cranky and howl at the moon...now I've confirmation that it's part of their nature...lol Thanks for the giveaway, fondly, Roberta

Martha Lawson said...

I would love to win these awesome books.. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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Lady Q said...

Sounds like fun!! Please enter me! JDQ1175@aol.com

Lady Q @ Let Them Read Books

Marg said...

What a fantastic giveaway! And international too! thanks so much.

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Pam S (pams00) said...

Lydia's books sound so intriguing! I've heard a lot of great praises on them. Please enter me

Pam S
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Sharli said...

Thank you for both the review and the giveaway! I'd love to read these!

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tetewa said...

I'm always looking for new authors to read, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

jmspettoli said...

This series looks amazing so why am I hearing of it for the first time?!

Thanks for the giveaway!

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SusanB said...

Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway.


KT said...

I've never heard of this series, but it sounds like a howling good read :P Please enter me for your fabulous contest!