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review 2018-04-12 14:16
Review: Westfield Wolves Series by Lydia Dare
A Certain Wolfish Charm - Lydia Dare
Tall, Dark and Wolfish - Lydia Dare
The Wolf Next Door - Lydia Dare
The Taming of the Wolf - Lydia Dare
The Wolf Who Loved Me - Lydia Dare
Wolfishly Yours by Dare, Lydia (2012) Mass Market Paperback - Lydia Dare

Can I just say, I love the idea that I can associate an entire series with one post on Booklikes? Because that, my darlings, is fucking awesome.

 

So.

 

Werewolves. The Regency period. Can we have a hell-yeah from the congregation?

 

The series is basically split up into two parts. The Westfield brothers (Simon, Ben, and Will) take up the first three books. I'm quite fond of the Westfield brothers.

 

Book One, A Certain Wolfish Charm, is all about Simon and Lily. Simon is a bit of an arse, but he gets over it. Eventually. There's some secret-keeping going on which...fair enough, if I was a werewolf and I was convinced I was going to hurt the ones I love, I probably wouldn't want to tell them either. It's well-written and has a touch of spice, and a heroine who takes no shit.

 

Book Two, Tall, Dark and Wolfish is Ben's story. I have no words for how much I love poor, puppyish Ben. Unlike bossy grumpy Simon, Ben just wants to do whatever it takes to keep Elspeth happy. Elspeth's coven sisters become important later on - Caitrin is the heroine of Taming the Wolf (Book 4) while Blair, Sorcha, and Rhiannon are the heroines of the three Gentlemen Vampyres novels. On which more later. Anyway, Elspeth and Ben are adorable, although Ben does display the first sign of Bumbling Idiot Syndrome, which killed the last two novels in the series for me.

 

Book Three, The Wolf Next Door, was a decent read. Nothing particularly special, and I personally disliked both the hero and the heroine. PLUS, and this is my major problem, we're never actually fucking told what went wrong with their elopement. It's sort of implied that she changed her mind, but I was hoping for a flashback confrontation at the very least. Still, the book is worth it for the introduction of Dashiel 'Dash' Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth. Poor bastard, he got a really shit deal. I mean, okay, he was also a bit of an arse, but you can't have everything.

 

Book Four, The Taming of the Wolf, is the story of Dash and Caitrin. Dash was a contender for Prisca's hand in Book Three, although I never did understand what he saw in her. Now he's gone and bitten Cait and bound himself to her for life as her mate. Cait is naturally not pleased. The pair of them bicker adorably, and there's an accidental poisoning, a long run, and eventually, lurve. I think this one is my favourite, because Dash is frankly adorable.

 

I'm not going to write individual paragraphs for Books Five and Six (The Wolf Who Loved Me and Wolfishly Yours) . The books are about two of Dash's half-brothers, Wes (Book 5) and Gray (Book 6) and their love interests. I had hopes for Book 5, which started out decently, but was ruined by the whiniest, most annoying, most utterly useless heroine I have ever read in my entire goddamn life. If I were in Wes' shoes, I'd have dumped Maddie in a ditch halfway to Gretna and thanked the gods for a lucky escape. Wes is not exactly a bright spark either, but at least he doesn't while all the bloody time. Book Six had a decent heroine, but was ruined by the most idiotic, drunken, obnoxious loud of a hero I have ever read. Seriously. Gray is a total idiot. 

 

I guess the stupidity in Books Five and Six is supposed to be a continuation of the humour of the first four books but for me, it just falls completely flat. There's nothing humorous about a girl who's lost her fortune and is now receiving offers to become a mistress from men who'd asked her to marry them before.

 

And shall we talk about Viscount Radbourne (Dash's other half brother)? In the Gentleman Vampyres trilogy, he's portrayed as something of a lovable rogue. You know the sort - he's a rake and a rogue, but a girl can count on him when she's in need. An incorrigible flirt, but kind of sweet underneath it all, and basically a good sort. In these two books, he's portrayed as practically a villain. He's rude, he's obnoxious, he leers at every single female character, and he's just...gah. Revolting is probably a good word? On the one hand, I guess it's good marketing because I want to read his book to have him redeemed, but on the other I kind of never want to see this author's name on my Kindle again.

 

So here's my verdict: Four stars for the first four books, and if I were you I'd stop after book 4 because nothing worth knowing happens in the other two.

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review 2018-04-06 21:56
Duck! (Avian Shifters, #1) by Kim Dare 4 Star Review !
Duck! - Kim Dare

Raised among humans, Ori Jones only discovered he was an avian shifter six months ago. Unable to complete a full shift until he reaches his avian maturity, he still can’t be sure of his exact species.

But with species comes rank, and rank is everything to the avians. When a partial shift allows the elders to announce that they believe Ori to be a rather ugly little duckling, he drops straight to the bottom rung of their hierarchy.

Life isn’t easy for Ori until he comes to the attention of a high ranking hawk shifter. Then the only question is, is Ori really a duck—and what will his new master think when the truth eventually comes out?

 

Review

 

I have mixed feelings about this book but what is done well is done so well I really enjoyed it.

This is an excellent re imagining of The Ugly Duckling. The relationship between the heroes is compelling and a great romance.

However, everything else in this world gets smudged. We get no other characters really. The world seems cruel beyond measure but it can't all be because of things we see.

The tight lens is good but I wanted more world building overall. 

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review 2018-03-26 02:18
Do You Want to Start a Scandal
Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Castles Ever After) - Tessa Dare

What a delightful book! I FINALLY got Charlotte Highwood's story and thankfully it didn't disappoint. I enjoyed the (brief) appearances of Diana and Aaron and Minerva and Colin. Charlotte was an awesome heroine. She's inquisitive, intelligent, and good at reading people. Piers was the perfect person for her. Even though she says it first, I really liked that Piers was the first to "fall." The "mystery" was refreshing, and funny. 
The only thing I didn't like: Charlotte is a slob, I didn't quite understand how someone could be so very messy.

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review 2018-03-12 18:46
Double Dog Dare - Gretchen Archer

Yes!!!! Davis Way is back! I've missed her. While the last installment of Davis' life left me craving Waffle House waffles, this one had my sides splitting from all the laughing out loud that I did while reading this book. (Okay, maybe not splitting, but I did laugh more in this book than I have the others. And, there was no shortage of laughs in the others.)

I just love this series. It's WAY better than the Stephanie Plum books. (Twenty books down the road and the girl can't decide on Ranger or Joe? SMH.) Plus, Davis is married and has other things on her mind.

The cast of characters, with the exception of the regulars who work at the casino, keep changing as to who from Pine Apple, Alabama is visiting her this time. That city is sure full of wackos. 

I guarantee once you read one of these books, you will want to read them all. The capers and the situations that Davis finds herself in are hilarious.

Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2018-03-11 02:41
Didn't Like The Characters
Never Dare a Wicked Earl (The Infamous L... Never Dare a Wicked Earl (The Infamous Lords) - Renee Ann Miller

Hayden Milton is a well known rogue. When he’s shot by an ex-mistress, he’s stuck recuperating at his townhouse. His ornery personality has him going through physicians. When a nurse is the next to show, Hayden absolutely refuses to let her take care of him. When Sophia dares him to let  her stay for 10 days, he can’t resist. He also can’t resist acting his roguish worst to get her to leave.

I didn’t like this book at all. It was very much over the top with Hayden’s actions and started with Sophia’s insta-lust over an unconscious patient. I felt that every way she acted was exactly why women weren’t allowed to be doctors.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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