Tuesday 6 April 2010

Review: A certain Wolfish Charm - Lydia Dare

 A certain Wolfish Charm - Lydia Dare

Genre: Historical paranormal romance
Pages: 352
Published: April 6th 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

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.

When I first heard of this one I wanted to read it at once. First historical, second, werewolves. Two of my favorite subjects.

The book starts with Lily Rutledge, the guardian of a young Earl, who is also her nephew. He is behaving in an odd way, and he is growing really fast. She has been trying to get a hold of his other guardian, Simon Westfield, his father's cousin. But the Duke rather spends his time gambling and fooling around with women. What is a woman to do than to go straight to the source and give him a piece of her mind.  There the story takes off and he is attracted to her at once.

Lily is a strong independent woman who has come to terms that she will be on that shelf for the rest of her life. She has no suitors, she has no dowry. No one has ever paid any real attention to her. But along comes a handsome duke who is following her around with his eyes. He wants her and he does everything to show her just that. But she is not any woman, all or nothing. I do like her, she is strong, she has flaws, but they come natural.

Simon is, well yes wild, womanizer and all that. He can also get really aggressive. That is because of his hidden nature. We learn quickly that he is a werewolf, no need to hide that. But nobody knows that they exist and they want to keep it that way. He knows he can never be what she want and he is afraid to hurt her. I like him, but then he is the big bad alpha and who can say no to that.

Two minds, two hearts, they both want the same thing but the road will take some twist and turns before they get there. Some passion is promised. This books also has some great side characters and I can't wait to read book 3 that is about William and Prisca. William is so fun and he tries to soothe Lily in this book, and Priscilla and him is always bantering.

This was a sweet book and fun too. It had some tension since some want one thing and the other another thing. And then there is the big bad secret that Lily wants to know about.

I also like the idea of the traditional regency novel transformed into a paranormal romance. The werewolves fitted perfectly into this story.

I am looking forward to book 2, and Benjamin, the brother not present in this book.

Blodeuedd's Cover Corner: Do no know if you can see it, but chest hair alert! Yes he has plenty on those pecs. I like it, a real werewolf has some hair on his chest. And we get to see a human head and not a torso. Always good.
Reason for Reading: Review copy from the publisher.
Final thoughts: If you want some paranormal with your historical then this something to try
Final grade: 3,5


  1. Great review Blodeuedd!

    I definitely love a little paranormal with my historicals and like you, I've had my eye on this series. And you liked it, YAY!

    However, I am a little disconcerted that you call ACWC a "sweet book". Does that mean that its lacking in the steam department??

    Hugs, VFG

  2. I was on the fence about this one but I like your review. *adding to TBR now* Thanks!

  3. I really need an historical mood to hit me cause there are some great HR novels released. I'll keep this one on my radar Blodeuedd!!

  4. "Historical paranormal romance" caught my eye. This sounds like one I should definitely find. I see a book order in the near future.

  5. VFG
    Lol you noticed that did you ;) There is some passion, this one garden scene and later when they, well I will not say more. Some passion, not heavy on it. Like historicals usually have (well that depends on the historical of course)

    I like my wolves for sure :)

    Aye the historcial mood, that is a fun mood to set in.

    The blurb got me the first time. Historical, nice...wolfish temper, yay ;)

  6. I can't say I'm a fan of chest hair, but it totally goes with the werewolf theme. LOl!!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  7. B,

    Great review. I have not read a HR in ages - but if I were to pick one up now it would have to be a historical paranormal romance. :)

    And I am a fan of chest hair.....LOL


  8. Anna
    Lol, well yes at least it does fit perfectly with the theme.

    In ages! The horror! I need a bit of HR now and again.
    Real man have chest hair hehe

  9. Great review. Historical paranormal romance definitely appeals to me.

  10. Great review B!

    Nice to have a mix of the subgenres and shifter stories are a fav of mine as well.

    I'm trying to see the chest hair there! LOL

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts B. :-)

  11. This one does sound like fun and I have to admit a strange combo!!! You made me do a double take with the cover so I could check out the chest hair!!!!!

  12. I have seen mixed things about this book. I am very glad to see your review of this book and I am glad to see that you liked it. Hummmm the steam is a little on the low level huh... Well, if it is a good book and the characters pull you in... the steam is not needed so much!
    Great review honey!!

    PS... how is boyfriend??? I remember for Easter he was not feeling to well.
    Have a great day!

  13. Nice review..I was wondering how this one would play out..you don't see a lot of historical PNR :)

  14. Nice review! And you really got me smiling with all that hair :)

  15. Darlene
    I like historical books, I like a bit of paranormnal, it does come together nicely.

    Look closely ;) or find a huge pic, cos it shows very nicely lol

    Haha, I did? Go me ;) I was just so happy to see some chest hair...ok now it starting to sound like I have some weird fetish

  16. Cecile
    Thanks for asking, he is finally feeling better. Been taking care of the poor thing, but now he is up and moving at last.

    That is for sure, I wonder why, they fit so nicely there.

    Thanks, lol, good ;=)

  17. Sounds like a wonderful story, I mean werewolves and history..Great!
    Love that the female is independent, fierce! You got to love that. Thanks for the great review.

  18. Hi B!

    I'm liking the cover, at least it's not a completely headless torso, floating away the cover. I've had enough of the headless torsos, lol!

    The books sounds pretty good, I'll take a look around for it here. Thanks for sharing and the rec!

    Dottie :)

  19. Hooray for paranormal and historical! lol.

    I've heard this authors name a few places. Will have to check out her books. Sourcebooks is really coming out with some great books, really taking the Romance world by storm.

  20. Oh, going to keep this one in mind. Sounds like a good read. When I read historicals awhile back, for some reason the rich and roguish gentlemen who swoops in for the beautiful lady, who needs help, always grabbed my attention. Nice review!!

  21. Sounds really intriguing. I think perhaps this way I would finally read a historical...regency(what is the difference there?).
    Great review!
    And I agree a werewolf needs a bit of hair!

  22. Nina
    I know, right, werewolves and historical, mmm, lovely.

    Oh yes the floating heads, I never did understand those. A floating head is not sexy. Glad that there are none here.

    PHR, great genre ;)
    They have made some excellent selections for sure.

    Who can say no to the rich and roguish gentlemen? Not I, that is for sure. And especially not when he is an alpha.

    Beats me, I kind of use it when it is set in the whole regency era.
    A were without hair, pshaw, who needs that.

  23. Hmmmmm...a Historical Paranormal...sounds good!
    Great review :)



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