Monday, April 30, 2012

Review - The Wolf Who Loved Me

The Wolf Who Loved Me
Lydia Dare
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
April 2012

In The Wolf Who Loved Me by Lydia Dare (the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson) Lady Madeline Hayburn’s father has decided to have a husband hunting party at his castle. Unfortunately, Maddie isn’t taken with any of the variety of fortune hunting bachelors. While she knows she’s likely to have a cold marriage, there’s a secret place in her heart that yearns for love and passion.

Werewolf Weston Hadley has admired Madeline for years but being impoverished and untitled means he hasn’t a chance. Being scarred on his cheek has also lowered his prospects as far as the Ton is concerned. After a card game at the Castle, Wes takes to the stables feeling the call of the moon. What he doesn’t count on his Maddie following him and witnessing his transformation from man to wolf. When he realizes what she’s just seen, he knows he can’t afford to let her go but he doesn’t quite know what to do about it.

Luckily, the Eynsford carriage and driver arrives and Wes realizes his best option is to marry Lady Madeline so that she won’t be able to tell his secret. In no time, a bedraggled Maddie and a naked Wes are headed north to Gretna Green.

The trip does afford Wes the opportunity to pursue his suit of Lady Madeline’s hand and a tender romance blooms. Maddie, a duke’s daughter, is used to the best and Wes isn’t able to give her a fraction of that. Even though they marry, Wes still has no ability to provide for Maddie. When she sees him with another woman, she immediately believes he’s been unfaithful and asks an acquaintance to return her home. That cad, however, takes her farther north to his remote estate leaving Wes bewildered but determined to find her and get her back. But even after he successfully rescues her, he realizes he can’t keep her. He and Maddie have an assortment of problems to work out before they find their happy ever after.

The Wolf Who Loved Me is a lighthearted story with a very immature hero and heroine who do grow as the story progresses. The romance is tender and sweet and yet passionate as Maddie and Wes become more intimate. Maddie does find the passion she was seeking and Wes does get the mate he’s longed for though it’s a rocky quest. While the plot stretches Regency bounds, that didn’t stop me from reading. I enjoyed the story and the characters.

As usual, the Lydia Dare books deliver a fascinating, sexy and fun reading experience. 

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