A Certain Wolfish Charm (The Westfield Wolves series - Book 1) by Lydia Dare
(For review from Sourcebooks)
Lily Rutledge doesn't know what to do when the nephew she cares for starts to become more than a little wild. But, when she when she turns to his guardian for help she gets a lot more than she bargained for. Lily somehow finds herself engaged to a man with a scandalous reputation.
Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, has never paid much attention to his responsibilities as guardian to his young cousin, Oliver York until he starts to show signs of a particular family trait. Westfield men tend to get a little antsy during the full moon. Simon and his brothers are werewolves and it takes a lot of practice to keep the family secret and now Oliver must be taught the ways of a werewolf and how to reign in the beast that lives within him.
Simon must try to teach Oliver about his heritage as a werewolf while keeping Lily at bay. She must not find out what he truly is. Simon's soon realizes that he is enchanted by Lily and has fallen madly in love with her, but can they live with such a secret between them? Will Lily discover the Westfield secret? Will Simon claim her as his mate?
This is the first book in a trilogy about the Westfield brothers and their adventures as werewolves in Regency England. I have found that I really enjoy novels that have add a paranormal twist to the Regency period and A Certain Wolfish Charm was no exception.
Lydia Dare does a wonderful job of catching the readers attention right from the beginning of the book. She draws the reader in with Lily's plight of how to deal with her suddenly unruly young nephew. She is at her wits end as to what to do with him and is getting no help whatsoever from his guardian. I'm sure that something most of us who are parents can relate to. Lily's character is intelligent and resourceful, when she can't get the Duke of Blackmoor's attention by post she shows up on his doorstep, which is where the adventure really begins.
Simon's character strikes me as someone who is restless and trying to find something to distract him. He isn't exactly comfortable with being a werewolf though he has learned to live with it. He reputation is scandalous because of his constant flirtations with women and gambling. He becomes more sure of himself throughout the book as he decides whether or not to tell Lily the truth about himself. I think many readers will understand his reluctance. He feels like he is protecting her by not telling her about his werewolf side, but nothing good ever comes from lying or leaving out facts and Simon finds this out in the end.
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I loved the book and can't wait until the next book in the series comes out. I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!