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…………..
A CERTAIN WOLFISH CHARM
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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TALL, DARK, and WOLFISH
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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THE WOLF NEXT DOOR
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 façade 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.
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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
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...
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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