PJV Quickie: I am always excited to see a new book out by Lydia Dare. Their mix of historical and paranormal romance is always a win, and while Wolfishly Yours is not my favorite of the series, it’s nice to be back in their world…
Title: Wolfishly Yours (Westfield Wolves #6)
Author: Lydia Dare
Type: Historical Paranormal Romance
Published: November 6, 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Liviana Mayeaux is a young, rich American shipping heiress, sent by her widower father to stay in England with her estranged maternal grandfather in the hopes that he can instill some ladylike behavior in her. Raised in New Orleans with her two werewolf brothers, she’s quite a wild tomboy and her grandfather thinks she’s a lost cause but sends for a neighbor who is well-respected in the Ton to work with her in the faint hope they can turn her into an English lady. All Livi wants is to go back to New Orleans and continue her unrestrained lifestyle gallivanting through the bayou with her brothers.
I really enjoyed these two socially awkward characters doing their best to follow the rules of society and bumbling through with only partial success. Livi is sweet and I felt badly for her situation, coming across the ocean to a strange place where she didn’t know anyone. When her brothers showed up later in the book, I really enjoyed them too – I’ll admit to a great curiosity about the New Orleans Lycans – they seem to be naughty, naughty boys *winks*. And Gray – oh poor Gray! He’s got no income to speak of, he’s a bit of a rake, and against his will he falls for this sweet American who knows what he is. He wants to be with her but doesn’t feel worthy and makes quite a mess of things, more than once!
I find that sometimes secondary characters can make or break a book, and in the case of Wolfishly Yours it’s definitely a ‘make’! I liked Lady Sophie, the woman who is teaching Livi and the Hadley brothers to fit in society, and her antagonistic relationship with Archer is very interesting. As mentioned above, Livi’s brothers are both entertaining and enjoy causing trouble for Gray.
Here’s my only real complaint: Livi and Gray didn’t have the usual ‘spark’ that I’ve come to expect from a Lydia Dare book. They seemed to like each other well enough but weren’t really wild about each other until near the very end of the book, and even then it didn’t feel like the paranormal ‘mate bond’ that assures me they will be together and passionately in love forever. Don’t get me wrong, they get their HEA, and I think they’ll be together forever, but it’s a bit more tame than I’m used to from this series.
It looks like Gray’s brother Archer might be the hero in the next book – I enjoyed the back-and-forth between Archer and Lady Sophia and definitely there’s a history (and tension) between them that is begging to be explored. Also, it looks like the author is setting up for some future books to possibly take place in New Orleans *fingers crossed*! Since I live in NOLA, I have a soft spot for books set here and am looking forward to that possibility…
One of the things I love about these books is that they appeal to fans of historical romance and fans of paranormal romance – it’s the best of both worlds!!
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