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Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Taming of the Wolf by Lydia Dare

To end paranormal week lets take a look at the newest novel from Lydia Dare.

Title: The Taming of the Wolf
Author: Lydia Dare
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 978-1-4022-4437-7
Pages: 384
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Release Date: 11/2010
Genre: Regency Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 Crowns (Royal Read)


Dashiel Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth, has spent his life fighting the wolf within him. But when the full moon rises, Dash is helpless. A chance encounter with Caitrin MacLeod on a moonlit night inadvertently binds the two together irrevocably, and Dash’s impulsiveness plunges them both into a nightmare……………..


Caitrin MacLeod is no quiet country lass, but a witch with remarkable abilities. But when it comes to Dashiel, she’s as helpless to fight his nature as he is. Her senses overwhelmed, she runs back to the safety and security of her native Scotland………….

But Dashiel is determined to follow her-she’s the only woman who can free him from a fate far worse than death. And Caitrin will ultimately have to decide whether she’s running from danger, or true love……..
(from the back of the book)

My Review:

We’ve all heard the story of the Big Bad Wolf.
He’ll huff. He’ll puff. He’ll claim you the first time he lays eyes on you?- Oh wait that’s not the Big Bad Wolf, that’s Dashiel Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth, the newest addition to Lydia Dare’s Regency era Lycans.

I’d like to say that his bark is worse than his bite, but sadly he done some dubious things in his not so distant past. The so called “Monster of Eynsford” even records some of his, -um, shall we call them deeds- in a journal of debauchery. Normally this dashing devil would spend the full moon chained to a wall (if you wish to know the strength of these said restraints just ask William Westfield, I am sure he will attest to their durability.), but one night unleashed not only changes his fate but chains his future to Caitrin MacLeod. Now not only does this golden wolf have to learn to heel, he must also learn how to win the heart of a witch.

Then there is Caitrin MacLeod, a crafty little witch who can read your mind and is not afraid to speak her own. A friend and coven sister to the lovely Elspeth Campbell-Westfield, Caitrin seems to have a strong dislike of Lycans, almost to the point one may believe that she has Lycanphobia. Not only does she view them as an annoyance, she views them as a threat to her coven, yet all that is about to change when she stumbles upon a golden Adonis in the Duke of Blackmoor’s study. Unable to read his thoughts, this seer, for once in her life, is living life with no visions to guide her. One bite was all that was needed to send her life spiraling out of control.

When these two come together sparks are going to fly- just ask Benjamin Westfield.

My thoughts:

Ok if Simon is my favorite lovable Lycan then Dash is my second, which is funny because these two are a dichotomy. Dash has that rugged quality (I imagine that the authors had a brilliant time writing his character- I know I certainly had a brilliant time reading it), he also has this searching side of him that made me curious about why he is who he is. I felt that while the Westfield men were fairly easy to figure out, Dash was an enigma. His actions from the previous book (The Wolf Next Door) left me wondering what had happened to him in the past, and I felt that The Taming of the Wolf, peeled back the layers of his story, revealing the wounded wolf within.

Caitrin was a very well plotted character, if she would have been wrote any different I feel that the quality of the story would have been diminished. Some say that they found her annoying, but I have to say that I enjoyed reading her, as well as watching her character change her thought process.

Overall- This was an amazing book!! I was so intrigued I read it in one sitting, then found that I was disappointed when it came to an end- it’s truly one of those books that you don’t want to end. Although I am now eagerly looking forward to Blaire’s story, which you can see forming in the subplot of this book.

If you would like to be entered for a chance to win a signed set of the Westfield series & a copy of The Taming of the Wolf Please leave your name & a valid email address.

Contest ends November 15th.
Contest is International

(please note that all entries on the Lydia Dare posts will be entered in a random drawing)


Tory M said...

This is probably one of the books I'm most eagerly awaiting that's coming out in the next couple of months. I absolutely LOVE the Westfield series.

Tory Michaels - torymichaels@live.com

Anonymous said...

Love to win the set!!!

Please enter me

Anisa Purdin
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Coley said...

I would love to win these books, as I adore this series but haven't managed to buy it yet. Thank goodness for libraries, but I would like to have copies of my very own.

Nicole Telhiard - ntelhiard(at)gmail(dot)com

Johanna R Jochum said...

These books are on my to get list! They look very good. Thanks for the reveiw! Please enter me!


elaing8 said...

Nice review. I'm looking forward to starting this series.

chey said...

Great review! I now really want to read this book!
Cheryl M
chey127 at hotmail dot com

Beth Caudill said...

*waves* to Lydia squared. Congrats on the coming release. Can't wait to read it.

No need to enter me in the contest.

Roberta said...

This is the second review that I've read on this series and I'm so intriqued now...especially after you stated that you read it in ONE sitting...that sounds like such a great escape and I'd love it right now ;) Thanks for a great giveaway, fondly, Roberta

buddyt said...

Wow, thats awesome.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

jmspettoli said...

I've heard a lot of good things about this series and I've definitely put it on my TBR list. Thank you for the giveaway!

spettolij AT gmail DOT com