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A Certain Wolfish Charm

(Westfield Wolves #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  3,407 ratings  ·  279 reviews
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, ma ...more
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Published April 6th 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published April 1st 2010)
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Ellen Ziegler this is the first in a series. Most of the books have relatives of the hero and heroine in them

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Sep 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, reviewed
Dear Lydia Dare: Arousal is not the same as consent.

Before we get into that, let me summarize: Lily is raising her nephew after a tragic accident killed his parents. As he hits puberty, he's behaving very oddly indeed. She is desperate for help from his uncle-and-guardian, so desperate that she travels to his house alone to confront him.

Twist/semi spoiler: Simon and Oliver (the nephew) are werewolves. Simon has decided to keep his Dark Secret from Lily, because otherwise there would not be suffi
Kat Kennedy
My entire family drove to a place called Wagga Wagga on Saturday. For the first part of the trip I ditched my son with my husband and my brother in their car and slept in the back of the car my parents were driving. Yes, for an hour I got to relive my childhood and have my parents all to myself stuck in the car with me so that they couldn't escape.

My dad passed over his iPad when I woke up and said he'd downloaded some books for me to read. It was either reading the first book of this series or
Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
A Certain Wolfish Charm caught my attention almost as soon as I saw the title. I didn't expect it to be about a werewolf family in Regency England--I thought it merely was a statement of the male lead's personality. The description hooked me however and I eagerly awaited the chance to read this. Then I began reading it and I eagerly sacrificed my sleep in order to read it all in one sitting.

The premise isn't a new one, but the way that Dare handles the Lycan side of Simon (and the other family m
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A brief description of this book’s main female character caught my attention. She was only 24, but considered herself “on the shelf,” was devoted to raising her dead sister’s adolescent son, and seem to have spunk. I had to know more.

Lily Rutledge needed help with her 12-year-old nephew and who better to turn to than the boy’s guardian even though he hadn’t shown any interest in the lad in six years. She was still mystified why her brother-in-law had chosen his cousin as guardian. He wouldn’t ev
Laurie Garrison
A charming sexy wolf story to make you howl at the moon, that I really enjoyed. The characters are all enjoyable. After reading a few historical romance I found this one felt like a historical read than most. At least the author used words from that time period and made sure she added the slang, it made it more enjoyable for me to read.

Now as I said this book is charming its not like most shape-shifter books. You get no fighting action or any more paranormal creatures. What you get is a charmin
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
What I really liked was the secondary character William and his relationship with Prica. I am so intrigued that I may have to skip book 2 and dive into book 3 Williams story. The banter between the two reminded me of the dashing and witty Lord Leo Hathaway and his Catherine Marks!

The characters are fun and the romance sweet but in fact A Certain Wolfish Charm lacks any true character depth and angst. The hero Simon is extremely Alpha and I did enjoy his possessiveness. Lily is likable but I jus
It is painful to read what is supposed to be Regency era romance and "hear" dialogue that has such a modern structure and cadence. I am never fond of the story line in which the hero keeps "the big secret" from the heroine to protect her...because she couldn't possibly have a brain to decide for herself! Really a shame because this could have been so much better... ...more
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
The first book in Lydia Dare's new trilogy, A Certain Wolfish Charm, we are swept into regency England and introduced to Lily Ruthledge and Simon Westridge.

Lily is an "on the shelf" spinster who has faithfully raised her young nephew, Oliver, since birth. But Lily has noticed that Oliver has begun to change over the last year. Becoming bigger, stronger, and more volatile, Lily is concerned and has been trying to contact Simon for help though no avail.

Simon, The Duke Of Blackmoor, is your above
Tammy Walton Grant
How much fun was THIS?!?!

Well, perhaps not that much fun, but certainly very lively. And, while there aren't usually werewolves on roller-coasters, this book was almost that fast-paced. I've been wanting to read it since it came out a couple of years ago but never got around to it. Lucky for me, I found it on a rack at the library while waiting for my kids the other night.

It was quick, it was naughty, it was light, it was entertaining, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one. I picked it
Not deep, but this light and sexy historical paranormal has - I gotta say it - a certain wolfish charm :)

Desperate because her young nephew's entry into puberty has turned him into a 'monster' and with her written pleas for assistance being ignored by her nephew's 'official' guardian, Lily decides to travel to confront Simon, Duke of Blackmore, in person. And quickly finds her life spinning out of control as Lily can't seem to avoid succumbing to the beastly noble's seduction.

The stubborn and
I really, really, really enjoyed this book! It was like a Lisa Kleypas historical, except with werewolves!!

I've read so many werewolf books, you'd think I'd be sick of them by now, but Lydia Dare made it feel brand new with her regency-type setting. I loved Simon, our beastly hero, who falls in love so quickly with Lily, but is so afraid to tell her his secret. I'm usually not a fan of the whole keeping secrets theme, but here it is completely understandable why Simon is so reluctant to tell he
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book started all really well. The pages almost turn themselves. Simon and Lily are both good characters, especially in the beginning.

Sadly the book never really took off for me. It scratches the surface of a relationship that could have been deeper. I have the imrepssion that this book was written with a younger audience in mind. The tone is light and the feelings superficial. The fact that Simon is written to be a duke only takes the ridicule to the next level. It is all a little too......
Mar 07, 2010 rated it liked it

I'm not sure what I was expecting when I read the synopsis for “A Certain Wolfish Charm”, but whatever my expectations were, they weren't met.

It's billed as paranormal romance, but really it's only marginally paranormal (more like Paranormal Lite). Yes, the hero's a werewolf, but that aspect is treated more like a dirty little secret--> the first half of the book he's referred to as a 'beast' or 'unnatural' and the supernatural shifter stuff is barely touch upon (it was more alluded to, then an
Lover of Romance
Lily Rutledge has been raising her nephew ever since her sister and her husband dies in a accident. But then her sweet nephew at the age of twelve starts to dramatically change in ways that doesn't seem very normal. After trying to reach his guardian the Duke of Blackmoor, she decides she is tired of waiting for him to reply to her endless supply of letters that she is sending him. She comes up with a plan in which he won't be able to ignore her any longer, she show up on his very doorstep. Simo ...more
Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: paranormal romance readers over 18 due to sexual content
Miss Lily Rutledge is the aunt and surrogate mother to twelve year old, orphaned Oliver who is Lycan (unbeknownst to Lily). Miss Rutledge is twenty three, unmarried and has been Oliver's caretaker for the last six years. But, Oliver has become difficult to handle. He has hit a major growth spurt, and eats like a horse. Something is going on with him which she does not entirely understand and she attempts to reach out to Oliver's guardian and cousin, Simon Westfield who is known as the Duke of Bl ...more
JoLee (Cozy.Sunday.Reads)
Spoil Free Review

Rating: 4 Stars - Loved It
Genre: Historical/Paranormal Romance
Heat: Hot ~ Fan Yourself
Source: Bought

A Certain Wolfish Charm is a nice take on historical/paranormal romance with a moody-alpha-hero I just adored. It has a perfect blend of both themes. Simon was delicious even when he had his cranky moments and was wickedly delicious when he was trying to court Lily. His inner thoughts when he gets a little jealous leave for a giggle moment.

I admire Lily devotion to her nephew Ol
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I usually save the were stories for the back of the pack as I have so many other loves but this one really stood out. I started reading wondering in the first few chapters about how well an author could pull off a were story in Regency England. I must say I was quite delighted to be immediately caught up in a story that pulled me in with such force to keep me entirely entertained from the beginning to the end and still wanting more. To be honest I can's wait for the stories dealing with the Duke ...more
A Certain Wolfish Charm
5 Stars

Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, is rich, powerful and devastatingly handsome but he has a secret that causes him to keep women at arm’s length. That is until Lily Rutledge arrives on his doorstep to ask for help with her nephew whose behavior is becoming increasingly wild and inexplicable. Can Simon withstand the call of his own nature or will he give in to the desire he feels for Lily?

A successful amalgamation of my two of my favorite genres
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
YAY for this series! The first book in Dare's para. werewolf series was excellent!!!

The characters in this one are just awesome and the men are hot. The "intimate" scenes are steamy but not overdone. I think they were on the perfect level for that time in history.

I was worried that the dialogue would be difficult to understand as sometimes I do have trouble with historicals. (they worry me) Lydia Dare's "A Certain Wolfish Charm" was a breeze to read though! It was perfect IMO!

I really truly have
May 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet Regency Romance where Lily is the aunt of a boy who hit 12 and turned into a lycan overnight. The only problem? She doesn't know what he is, and neither does he. So she goes to the Duke of Blackmoor, Oliver's legal guardian, to see if a man might have moor success in dealing with 12 yr old and almost 6 ft tall Oliver. Well, Blackmoor hates what/who he is, so he hides it from Lily. But he falls in love, and marries her, and still hides it from Lily. It was cute, sweet, and I love ...more
Jerrica Knight-catania
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've never been much of a paranormal fan, but throw werewolves into the Regency and I'm a fan for life! Lydia Dare has a fun, light writing style, but she's certainly not without depth. I loved her characters - they were totally relatable. And I just zipped through the book, unable to put it down. Don't miss out on this awesome book, and what I assume will be an awesome series! ...more
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
I am pleasantly surprised with this book. 2 of my favorite genre's together in one book? I didn't think it could be possible but the author pulled it off nicely!! You get the best of both worlds in this book. A little regency with a nice twist of paranormal that leaves me wanting for more!!! This will definetely be a series that I continue with! ...more
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Thank the gods and little demons that's over with. I'll try to get a review up, but I might not be able to relive the fail. ...more
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Oh dear! I read this one while on vacation but forgot to catalogue it. I remember I really liked it but can't recall enough to give it a comprehensive review now, my apologies! ...more
Claire Hill
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
It is bananas this man kept this secret for the whole ding dang book but I enjoyed it. Hopefully others in the series have the reveal happen earlier.
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A certain Wolfish Charm - Lydia Dare

Genre: Historical paranormal romance

Pages: 352

Published: April 6th 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

He gets crankier and crankier as the moon gets full...

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
Sandy M
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I’m always thrilled when I find a new paranormal author who writes werewolves. They’re my favorite shifters to read about, and though I have my favorite authors I go to time and again for a good fix, I love it when someone new comes along and gives me a terrific story. I got double pleasure this time because Ms. Dare also writes about brothers. No way can I lose reading this series.

Lily has been raising her nephew since the death of his parents, and lately the teenage boy has been acting quite s
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
I enjoyed the first half of this book quite a lot. But then it went downhill, it went downhill very quickly. Once they get married, we find out that Simon is a dirtbag. Let's list the

1. He had a mistress on her way to his house. Thats whatever I guess. They got married fast and he forgot. okay I can get over that but what I can't get over is him trying to hid the fact that the mistress was throwing herself at him. she gave him a key, he hid that too. OH AND he went up to her room to tell her
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it

Werewolves in Regency England? It may sound a curious premise, but the author, Lydia Dare, makes it work beautifully in A Certain Wolfish Charm. Young Oliver, orphaned Earl of Maberly, has suddenly grown from innocent child to wild teenager driving his dear unmarried aunt to distraction. Said aunt, the enterprising and beautiful Lily Rutledge, turns to Oliver’s fellow guardian for help, but Simon Westfield has his own well-thought-out reasons for hiding in the background all these years. The tro
Jan 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lily Rutledge has been put in charge of caring for Lord Oliver Maberley. Oliver is Simon Westfield, Duke of Blackmoor’s nephew. Oliver is growing up and changes are starting to happen to him like his endless appetite. Lily has written Simon that now is the time for him to take an interest in his nephew but Lily’s correspondences are answered with how much money does she need?

A full moon is fast approaching. The last thing Simon needs is a distraction like Lily. When Lily pushes Simon’s buttons…
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Lydia Dare is the pseudonym for the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and have sat on the organization's Board of Directors. Their writing process involves passing a manuscript back and forth, each one writing 1500 words after editing the other's previous installment. Jodie specializes in writing the history and Tammy ...more

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