by Lydia Dare
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: Apr 3, 2012 (paperback)
Source: ARC sent by publisher
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
A new sexy Regency paranormal trilogy by bestselling author Lydia Dare features hunky werewolves who need to learn how to behave in polite society. Can this pack of 'gentlemen' be trained in the ways of the ton, or is it too late to teach an old Lycan new tricks?
Lady Madeline Hayburn is called upon to lend her respectability and introduce the Hadley brothers to society. Mr. Weston Hadley admires her from afar, yet his very presence draws her in...
Have I mentioned that I love Lydia Dare's books? Each new book is even better than the last. I love how even though this is a 'new series' for them, really all of the books by the authors are interconnected with the same characters.
I must admit that I've been looking forward to Weston's story for a long time, and this book really met and exceeded any unrealistic expectations that I might have had. Weston is one of the twin 'pups' that we've read about previously in the series. He and his twin, Grey, get into all sorts of misadventures, and they always seemed so adorably young. Weston has the unfortunate addition of a vampire-induced scar on his face which will forever differentiate him from his twin. I loved that the authors kept Weston's character young yet still allowed him to mature and grow. It's not terribly often that we get to see a young romance hero, and it works so well here. Weston lives up to his reputation of 'pup', he's just as sweet and loyal as a puppy.
Maddie is so spoiled, but she really means well, so it works well for this story. She's the daughter of a Duke who is getting used what she would have to give up in order to marry a "Mr." instead of a peer. When Maddie worries when her next bath and clean change of clothes will be, it really comes across more as humorous rather than annoying or spoiled.
As I mentioned before, I love that we get to see many of the characters from past books here. They are such great supporting characters, and I hope we get to see Wes and Maddie in future installments.
This book has some elements of the paranormal, Wes is a werewolf after all, but it's not overwhelming. I like that there is a taste of the fantasy world, but mostly this is a very sweet romance with great characters.
Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5
Cover: 5/5 (I love this style SO much more than the previous books)
Bottom Line: Possibly my favorite of Lydia Dare's books, with a fantastic werewolf hero.