Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review - Wolfishly Yours by Lydia Dare

Wolfishly Yours
Lydia Dare
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
November 2012

Grayson Hadley is an undisciplined and unmannered rogue. He doesn't even have the redeeming grace of wealth.  He's an embarrassment to his alpha and his family and a trial to his tutor, a lady hired to teach him and his equally unmannered brothers how to comport themselves in public and, more importantly, in Society.

Liviana Mayeux is the only daughter of a French American from New Orleans and the granddaughter of an Earl. For all of her life, she's had the freedom of the docks and swamps, running as wild as her brothers. But now she's marriageable age and her father wants her to marry well. So he sends her off to her grandfather the Earl. In cold, rainy England. Livi laments the weather and loss of freedom. She hates England and everything about it. She isn't even sure her grandfather likes her but the man is determined that he will do his duty and find her a suitable husband. But she needs to be brought up to snuff to enter society.

When Livi meets Gray, it's like the kettle calling the skillet black. They're both in need of training but neither has the least desire to be taught the finer points of polite Society. In fact, Livi considers the English werewolves 'tame' in comparison to her brothers. That doesn't halt the attraction each feels for the other. Gray does try to avoid Livi. Mostly. Sot that she can find a good husband. And yet he still manages to cause scandals where Livi is concerned that imperils her chances. It takes some time before he realizes that he's in love with her and that's something he doesn't want to admit. But when the scandals become too large to ignore, Gray is forced to marry Livi and yet even that goes terribly wrong.

Wolfishly Yours is funny and moving with lots of ups and downs as the two young lovers attempt to find some balance point. Both have a lot of growing up to do and both accomplish quite a bit of it in the course of the story. I enjoyed meeting these two characters and renewing acquaintances with characters from the previous books in the series. Note: This book stands alone quite nicely so don't worry that you'll need to read the previous books…although you will want to. Definitely read it if you like werewolves in Regency England as much as I do.

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