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Monday, March 29, 2010

Book Review: A Certain Wolfish Charm by Lydia Dare

I admit that Lydia Dare’s debut, A Certain Wolfish Charm (releasing April 6, 2010) is the very first Lycan (werewolf) book I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. Part of what makes this book so much fun is the setting. Ms. Dare takes the prim and proper Regency era and turns it on its ear with a rake-hell hero, Simon, Duke of Blackmoor (perfect name by the way) who is not only a hot, intense and intriguing man, but also a werewolf. Our heroine, Lily, is a feisty, smart and independent woman, whose last thought is of marriage, when she finds herself as the new Duchess of Blackmoor. Together they embark on a journey in which they discover each other, and ultimately themselves.

The book was sensual, emotionally riveting, and well-written. The characters jumped off the pages.

As always with my love of history, I find it quite enjoyable when an author takes us back in time. Ms. Dare did so not only with her setting, characters, wardrobe and entertainment, but ensconcing us in real Regency life. I speak in particular of our characters visiting Drury Lane for a Shakespeare play (my favorite playwright!). Well done!

The secondary characters were also intriguing and fun. And I secretly admit to laughing each time Lily’s nephew was referred to as a pup. There were actually many parts in this book that had me laughing. I’m definitely a Dare fan.

I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series! Tall, Dark and Wolfish (May 2010) and The Wolf Next Door (June 2010).

Here’s the back-cover blurb for, A Certain Wolfish Charm

He gets crankier and crankier as the moon gets full… A woman whose charm is stronger than the moon…

The rules of Regency Society can be beastly--especially when you’re a werewolf. Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, has spent his entire life creating scandal and mayhem. It doesn’t help his wolfish temper that since he’s rich, powerful, and sinfully handsome, the town is willing to overlook his outrageous behavior. Lily Rutledge has a wild streak of her own and when she turns to Simon for help he falls for her immediately. Simon finds himself drawn to the fearless Lily more powerfully than the moon…

Available 4/6/10 from Sourcebooks!
ISBN: 9781402236945

Available for Pre-Order at Amazon!

About the author…

Lydia Dare is an active member of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, where she sits on the board of directors. She lives in a house filled with boys and an animal or tow (or 10) near Raleigh, North Carolina. Visit Lydia: http://www.lydiadare.com/

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Lydia’s blog post and a chance for two people to win a copy of the book!


elaing8 said...

great review. I've seen this book around.I look forward to reading it.

Heather M. said...

Gah! Finally! I've been nagging Jodie and Tammy to fork over a copy of ACWC. They are awesome :)

Clarissa Southwick said...

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this book and it is fantastic. I usually read historical and this is the first paranormal I've truly loved. I'll be back tomorrow to try to win a free copy. I can't wait to share it with my romance-reading friends.

Julie Johnstone said...

I cannot wait to get my copy of this book!