Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.A Certain Wolfish Charm (Westfield Wolves, #1) by Lydia Dare
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 6, 2010
Genres: Adult Fiction, Historical, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Paperback (375 pages)
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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...
In typical Historical Romance fashion, this is narrated in third person from both Lily and Simon’s perspectives.
It’s set in England in 1816 at the Duke of Blackmoor’s estate, where Lily hunted him down after noticing some disturbing changes in her nephew. She’s not certain it’s something more than just puberty and needs his cousin’s help. Simon agrees to help Oliver, but he wants Lily to go away. Or rather, he wants Lily as close as possible, which means she needs to go away before his beast can claim her.
A Certain Wolfish Charm was charming. I immediately liked Lily and Simon, who immediately liked each other as well. Lily is 100% devoted to her nephew whom she has raised after his parents died several years ago. On the other hand, Simon keeps to himself and hasn’t seen the boy in years. But now the full moon is approaching along with Oliver’s first change. Simon knows he has to help, but he also can’t keep his hands off of Lily. He has plans to push her away, but they backfire thanks to nosy neighbors. Isn’t it always that way?
The one thing that bothered me about A Certain Wolfish Charm was that Lily and Simon really had no backstory and much of the middle section felt like filler. This could have been half the length and just as good, or actually better. It took me awhile, but I did realize that we learn nothing about their lives before the book happens. I would have liked to have known how Lily became a devoted spinster aunt, and more about Simon growing up with lycanthrophy. Instead the pages are filled with petty, gossip drama that doesn’t even go anywhere.
A Certain Wolfish Charm is a subtle fated mates romance with a hint of marriage of convenience and a side of werewolves. If any of those are your cup of tea, I’d recommend giving it a try.
Quotes from A Certain Wolfish Charm:
“A view of your foot doesn’t particularly make me lose all control, Lily.” (page 102)
Oh, now she was in big trouble, because his dark eyes reminded her of a predator. That that meant she was the prey. (page 175)
“Because I’m going to wait. Until you ask me for it.” He smiled a greedy little smile. “Or until we reach the next coaching inn. Whichever comes first.” (page 228)
“If I promise to ravish you every night, will you promise to avoid histrionics every morning?” (page 279)
“I actually liked my beastly husband.” She pretended to pout. “He has a certain wolfish charm.” (page 371)