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The Dark One (Wild Wulfs of London #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,456 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Rosalind Rutherford knows full well the scandal she courts when she attempts to seduce the notorious Armond Wulf--in fact, she's counting on it as a means to escape her sadistic stepbrother's control. Unfortunately, Lord Wulf's better instincts prevail...although not before he gives Rosalind a tantalizing taste of what she's missing. And when the opportunity arises to resc ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Bark's Book Nonsense
I've read this author previously (Prickly Pear) and didn't enjoy her writing very much. I remember thinking her heroine very naive and ridiculous. This was a pick by my local reading group so I gave her another go because I usually love wolves or should I say "Wulfs" [groan:] but my hopes weren't high despite the lovely cover.

When I started this I wasn't expecting it to grab me because I've been so hard to please as of late. But once I started it I found it infectious and very difficult to put d
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Rebecca (everyday reader)
Armond is a tall, sexy, but dark man with a dark secret. Rosalind is a loving, sweet, but abused and lonely woman. They come together through uncoventional means but soon love comes for them both. A set of mysterious murders is solved, her abuser is stopped, and she sees his curse and helps him beat it. A definite page-turner with lots of action, good and bad people, and a bit of magic. Great read!!
Laurie Garrison
3 1/2 stars

This is a very good quick read. If you like historical and paranormal this one would be good to try. This book puts high society right on the map with all its betrayals then add a twisted stepbrother, he will make you so mad at how he treats his mom and stepsister Rosalind.

Rosalind finds herself to be wed to a man she knows nothing about. Her step bro. has set this up to pay off his gambling debt. But as you read more you’ll find the step bro has gone deeper than just money with this
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Lauren
The Dark One
4 Stars

Rosalind Rutherford is in a bind as her sadistic stepbrother is intent on selling her to the highest bidder. Determined to ruin herself for marriage, Rosalind propositions society’s most notorious member, Armond Wulf, Lord of Wulfglen. Armond knows the he must resist the temptation posed by Rosalind for his family is under a terrible curse that is triggered by love. Yet the more time they spend together, the more difficult Armond finds it to stem both the physical and emotiona
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Julianna
May 08, 2012 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Paranormal Romance; Werewolves
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I read the first novella in the late Ronda Thompson's Wild Wulfs of London series quite some time ago and really enjoyed it. I'm not sure why it took me so long to get back to these books, but I'm so glad that I finally did. I have a feeling The Wild Wulfs of London is going to become a new favorite series in the paranormal romance genre for me. Ronda Thompson's writing style is very emotionally engaging. She really makes me care about and relate to her characters. Her lo
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Luv Roed
It was a good read..not bad but not great either. As usual, the heroine in this story is no different - like others, Rosalind has a streak of stupidity and a misplaced martyrdom. When her husband ask her not to go to her stepbrother's house anymore because she was in grave danger (he found out that an obsessed viscount commands Franklin to "hire" prostitutes to act as Rosalind to stimulate him), well she still did and her reason was she wants to check on her stepmother who wasn't even that close ...more
..Mary..
Avevo da un pò questo libro sulla mia biblioteca virtuale, ma avevo dato la precedenza ad altri libri, poi mi sono imbattuta sul tablet ed ho deciso di leggerlo finalmente!!!
Tralasciando il titolo ( io mi chiedo perchè continuino ad usare sempre gli stessi titoli, cambiare un pò no?? va be, evidentemente sono a corto di immaginazione!) mi è piaciuto davvero molto!
Nelle prime pagine, si trova una poesia, in un certo senso mi ha ricordato la maledizione scagliata dalla strega nella fiaba della "be
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Laura the Highland Hussy
I am such a sap. The ending of this book was so sweet! I loved it, I read the whole thing right off the bat without putting it down except to tend the children. I am surprised how much I liked it considering I'm pro-wolf, and the "curse" was broken at the end, especially since in the first one, I thought Sterling stayed wolfy. But the ending was great, Rosalind and Armond have their HEA and I think Amelia will get her Wulf as well. and I am very lucky to have the rest of the series on my nightst ...more
Gina M
This book was so good I bought the rest... I got in a box of books I bought on eBay.... I'm very impressed with her writing... my friends can attest to the fact that I'm not a fan of Historical Romance novel... but she caught my interest and kept it...I just finished the 2nd in the set and started the 3rd... The Untamed One (Wild Wulfs of London, #3) by Ronda Thompson The Cursed One (Wild Wulfs of London, #4) by Ronda Thompson
Kathrynn
This is the second book in the Wild Wulfs of London and though I enjoyed them all, this was my favorite. Nice story, nice characters, well written and very entertaining.

Hot!

Recommend the entire series and I don't believe you loose any of the story by not reading them in order. The brothers are each on a crusade to deal with the "family curse." The series is set up in a way that each brother gets his book. I don't remember them crossing paths except in the very last book, but not much.

4 1/2 Star
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♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
This was a great book. It was my first read from RT & I want to read more. Unfortunately she passed away, so my choices are limited.

This was a story of love, a curse, an evil step-mother & murder. What more could you ask for. Plenty of romance ans suspense threaded through! Perfect.
Hbeebti
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I was hooked from page one. Plenty of action and drama. A few brooding men, strong women and some serious sick twisted men. What more can you want? Oh well there are one or two spicy scenes as well.
Theresa
Now this is the type of paranormal romance I like. There’s plenty of danger and intrigue and though it’s a bit cliché, it’s enjoyable. The hero guards and rescues the girl instead of mentally abusing or treating her like a sex object for his pleasure. She still has to convince him to let go of this heart to her for the HEA and they both have to overcome the threat to the life and/or happiness, but I can read it without cringing and yelling in frustration.

It’s plain that Armond only pretends t
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
Armond Wolf isn't looking for love. In fact, he and his brothers have sworn never to marry. Their reputations only help their plans. The men are considered dangerous and a little crazy. They have been shunned by London society since their parents committed suicide. With his poor reputation, Lady Rosiland thinks he will be the ideal man to help ruin her reputation. She is new to the city. Since her father's death, she has moved from the country to come live with her cruel step-brother and her ver ...more
Mojca
Before starting this book I was rather skeptic, mostly due to the rather lukewarm novella in Midnight Pleasures that started this series. Yet this book started strong and sure, making me like the hero and heroine from the start. Him because of his apparent inner strength in the face of the dastardly curse, his stoicism in face of the shunning of the polite society, his kindness toward the dowager, and his deep sense of honor – he was the complete opposite of what the rumors claimed and I loved h ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Ronda Thompson has always been a master at the paranormal, but she's taken it to a new level with her new "The Wild Wulfs of London" series. Beginning with THE DARK ONE, we're immersed into a paranormal regency world where nothing is what it seems, and where the choices you make might not have the outcome that you had proposed.

For Lady Rosalind Rutherford, things have gone from bad to worse. Her stepbrother, Franklin Chapman, has incurred large gambling debts that he cannot pay off. He's unable
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Lisarenee
Really Loved this one. About Armond Wulf and Rosalind Rutherford. He is attempting to escape his family's curse by vowing to never marry. She is attempting to avoid a unwanted match her stepbrother is attempting to set up by asking Armond to ruin her. Mystery, Murder, Mayhem, and Romance all are involved in this one. Oh, did I mention his family curse it to turn into a werewolf during the full moon after he falls in love?

Here is the riddle left by the first cursed Wulf:

"Damn the witch who cursed
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Amanda The Book Slayer
Werewolf + Historical London = Wild Wulf of London Series

I enjoyed reading a paranormal book with the intricate details of historical London. I only gave it 3.5 because it was a good story almost great, but not excellent for me. Sorry.

Rosalind comes to London for her stepbrother to see her stepmother but turns into his card to financial freedom. Rosalind goes to her first ball looking to be ruined so as to have her stepbrother send her back to the country.

Armond Wulf is the lucky man Rosalind c
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Robin
Before I rant, and I will rant, I did generally like this novel, the characters and the broadstrokes of the plot, but I was in a constant state of frustration and irritation. Thompson may have Wild Wulfs unfolding in an alternate universe England and not bothered to say so. If, however, the setting is the historical England of 1821 as we know it (minus the cursed werewolves), then it is poorly researched and filled with illogical and implausible actions and events (and I am not talking werewolve ...more
Jilly
I first read Midnight Pleasures and was introduce to the story A Wulf's Curse which I really liked. So I looked up Rhonda Thompson only to discover that there is a series about these glorious Wulf brothers.

I think Thompson does a great job in her writing. The books are easy to read but still intelligent and while most romances have a typical feel, these seem just a cut above the normal Supernatural Romances.

Armond and Rosalind's story is a good one though not so different than a lot of romances.
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Michelle
I loved Armond. Talk about not knowing about the freaks next door... or rather freaky friends of the folks next door. YIKES> guess you never know. But I love the Wulf brothers. I think Gabriel better be on his toes... something tells me Amelia has marked him for the hunt. lol. Now that they have what they need - they can all be aware. And will they find Jackson before he gets himself killed... Will they find Sterling and let him and his scarf dancing lady to tell them. So much to see yet.
Sharon Kurtz
This book was recommended on a pbs forum. It is a different take on werewolves in that the Wulf family has been cursed by a witch generations ago and there is an 'out clause' to the curse. The H/h are both strong characters with morals and dreams. This book also includes domestic violence (the abusive stepbrother). All in all a very entertaining riveting story and I am going to request the other books and read the stories of Gabriel, Jared, Sterling.
Jody
I greatly enjoyed this novel. Historical romance, paranormal elements thrown in (but not completely take over plot), with major mystery to keep you interested. I like how she set up the characters. I was not expecting Rosalind to act so outlandish and then her stepbrother just seems so evil, you immediately hate him. But I don't think anyone could hate Armond. Four brothers: Armond, Jackson, Gabriel and Sterling!
Julie
I really enjoyed this first in the Wild Wulfs of London paranormal Regency series of four brothers that are cursed to be werewolves unless they can break the curse. Armond Wulf meets the love of his life who needs his help from her brutal stepbrother. Armond marries her to save her reputation and the terror of her stepbrother even though he has sworn he'd never marry or fall in love. He finds himself at the mercy of his family curse - will his new wife accept him as he is once she finds out the ...more
Chris
Tea: I do believe, yes, I don't want any more, thanks.
Overall I had high hopes for this one, and it just didn't cut the mustard..
While I thought the idea was interesting it was the weak story and characters that did me in. There just wasn't much that hooked me into the story and the characters, making it a ho-hum story. Unfortunate.
Therefore I'd consider it a very light werewolf romance. If don't care much about depth or the foundation of a story, or you just want something 'light to read, then
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Willow
This is a charming, fun and well-written regency romance that I enjoyed quite a bit. In fact, I may read the whole series. It’s too bad there aren’t that many more. I was truly sad to hear Ronda passed away at such a young age.

Yet while I really liked this book, I will say I was a bit disappointed about the lack of werewolf story. For me, there just wasn’t enough werewolf lore and wolf changing to please my inner werewolf lover. In fact, I sort of felt like the werewolf part was just added in t
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Natalie W
I like this regency era paranormal story. It had diverse characters and moved at a moderate pace. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Kristy
I love books with curses. This one didn't disappoint. Armond the oldest wulf brother is in danger of falling in love with his neighbor, the beautiful Lady Rosalind. But falling in love is not an option for the wulf brothers. They are cursed, and falling in love is what triggers their curse.

I love how Armond responds to Rosalind, he fights his feelings for her, but not his attraction. I also love that Rosalind doesn't care that Armond is a society outcast. It was a cool story and I couldn't put i
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Linda Redmond
the best book i've read in a very long time i just love these books
MsMari
Potentially DNF due to heroines thoughtless actions.
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Ronda Thompson lived in the great state of Texas. Ronda had been an avid fan of romance for years and was published in several different genres. Paranormal romance is one of her favorite genres to write because anything can happen and usually does!
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