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Monday, November 12, 2012

Wolfishly Yours by Lydia Dare

Wolfishly Yours by Lydia Dare
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (360 Pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Regency England Has Gone To The Wolves!

It Takes A Beast...

Grayson Hadley is in his own special hell-being treated like a wayward pup by the tutor employed to turn him into a true gentleman. So when he meets a hot-blooded American beauty with the mark of a Lycan, he's only too glad to slip his leash.

To Bring This Lady To Heel

Accustomed to running wild in the swamps of Louisiana, Miss Liviana Mayeux is shipped off to her grandfather's in London to learn a thing or two about polite society. At first she scoffs at the English Lycans' apparent tameness. Little does Livi realize how very close she is to unleashing the passion that lies just beneath the surface...

Love is all the sweeter when it triumphs over adversity and the story between Liviana and Grayson is full of delightful surprises amid the thrilling pursuit of a romance family members seem determined to undermine. It’s what they don’t know about each other, the assumptions they have and the revelations that truly push this plot along at a good clip.

Livi’s brothers are a hoot and act as catalysts for some very serious conflicts. They also let loose a hint or two about what Ms. Dare has in store for readers in the future. It wasn’t a huge neon sign moment, but a casual comment during a conversation. It has me excited because what I caught has set the wheels of possibility turning in my brain. I wonder if other readers caught it too. If so, I think it’s a grand idea.

I liked Livi’s character. It was a nice switch and refreshing to explore what would happen if an Englishman met an American woman and both just happened to be a part of the wolf culture. I enjoyed the dynamic of a man living in a society who has no idea his kind exists versus a woman who comes from a place that seems to have allowed her a freedom the English wolves can only dream of. Grayson trying to rein Livi in was fun reading.

Watching Grayson fall in love was quite entertaining. I liked him as a hero, a man and a lover for Livi. I also felt his close relationship with his brothers and his adversarial relationship with his tutor and Dash, his pack leader, provided a depth of character that made him an easy man to fall in love with. His sense of humor was sweet too, but it was his determination to win Livi’s hand and the lengths he went through to obtain it that gave him the greatest romance hero appeal.

As with most books written by Ms. Dare, readers can expect some nail-biting action, light but intense drama and a sense of justified triumph when Grayson and Livi emerge from all their adventures as a couple with an amazing future ahead of them. There’s never a dull moment and the characters that populate this novel are lively, full of great dialogue and make awesome contributions to the plot conflict.

Another thing for readers to look forward to are the stolen moments when the hero and heroine get to explore their attraction in steamy ways. In past books by Ms. Dare, those scenes usually are well written and entertaining and that is true in this book as well.

Wolfishly Yours is wonderful romance peppered with moments of pure fun, daring do and grand gestures that will engage and satisfy readers that require solid happily ever afters. This book delivers.