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The Wolf Next Door
by Lydia Dare
Mass Market Paperback, 416 Pages
List Price: $6.99
Published in 2010
ISBN-10: 1-4022-3696-4

Prisca Hawthorne and William Westfield is now one of my most favorite romantic couple right along with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. William is a wolf who live right next door to Prisca who didn’t know.

They hooked up when they were younger, but something went horribly wrong. Now, they can only bark at each other all the time. He’s hang up on her, and she is too. But they have pride.

I love the way Lydia Dare play up this old flame story. It is an excellent tale. It’s not like those contrived tale of old flame I’ve had the misfortune to read before. I cannot put this book down because I just wanted Will to find his happily ever after.

My favorite scene in the book is about Prisca taking a walk outside to wait for a wolf who visit her in the garden. They’d just sit together and enjoy each other’s company. Will is quite charming, and you can’t help but love him. He practically jump out of the pages of the book and prance before you in all his beauty and sex appeal.

My verdict? Not to be missed! It doesn’t matter if you’re a romance reader or not. This story is just fun, fun, fun!

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I Love This Bar (Book 1, Honky Tonk Series)
by Carolyn Brown
Mass Market Paperback, 384 Pages
List Price: $7.99
Published in 2010
ISBN-10: 1-4022-3926-2

I was 9 years old when I started reading about cowboys. I particularly like Diana Palmer’s Long, Tall Texan series and Joan Johnston’s Hawks Way series. I just love cowboys. When I was offered a chance to immersed myself in Honky Tonk set almost right at my backyard, I cannot resist.

This time, there’s Daisy O’Dell who’s perfectly happy to manage a bar she inherited from her friend, Ruby. She has her regulars, and her juke box. She takes care of animals in her time off. She’s sort of the anointed local vet.

One night, she literally run into Jarod McElroy, a guy from Oklahoma who only went to Texas to help his old and sick uncle, and changed the course of her life. Jarod’s uncle Emmett is an adorable curmudgeon of a man. He’s practically a teddy bear with a bark and bite. He deserves special mention because I really like him.

This is a fun book to read. I highly recommend it. Carolyn Brown excels at giving you a close look at the locales,  you can almost taste the dust on your tongue.

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For me there’s something magical about the 19th Century. Blame it on Fitzwilliam Darcy, but I’ve been obsessed with the time period since I was 12 years old and first read Pride and Prejudice. I think a lot of us feel that way, or at least I hear from a lot of people who say they do. Since that time, I’ve immersed myself in all things Regency. So when I decided to embark on a series set in my favorite time period, I wanted to tweak it a bit and make it truly magical.

The world I created for the Westfield Brothers contains all the glamour and elegance of Regency, England – elaborate balls, beautiful gowns, and stately manors. However I added a paranormal twist to my version. A bit of magic, if you will. Heroes who grow fur, sprout tails, and howl at the full moon and heroines (some of them anyway) who cast spells, mix potions, and keep their inner witch a secret from society. After all, it wasn’t that long ago – if one lived in the Regency Era – where witches were hunted and killed. Keeping a secret of this nature is a necessity of survival.

And that brings me to the most important element in my world – Secrecy. From the outside, my Regency landscape looks the same as it does many other novels, and even to secondary characters who are none the wiser about what happens in the estate next door or the adjacent opera box. My werewolves know exactly what they are, but have to keep it a secret from society or risk their own peril. So they do what is expected of them. They attend balls, the theatre, horse races, and hunting parties except when the moon is full, to keep their most inner selves safe from the rest of society. They wear Hessian boots, waistcoats, cravats, and wolfish smiles; but only their true love will be entrusted to keep their secret safe.

In my debut trilogy, I introduce you to my world and to the Brothers Westfield – Simon, the Duke of Blackmoor, in A Certain Wolfish Charm; Lord Benjamin in Tall, Dark and Wolfish; and Lord William in The Wolf Next Door. The three of them are vastly different from each other in personality (I think birth order is mainly to blame for that); though all have their own niche in Regency society. Two things band these brothers together – familial bonds and their shared secret that cannot be trusted to just anyone. To give you taste, here’s an excerpt for Tall, Dark and Wolfish where we learn that Benjamin has a bit of problem that no other werewolf he knows of has ever had. Under the guise of a typical social club for the gentlemen high society, these werewolves are able to meet and keep track of the goings-on in their world:

Rain poured over the brim of Lord Benjamin Westfield’s beaver hat. He stepped out of the darkness and crossed the threshold of Canis House, the exclusive social club to which he belonged. He handed his drenched greatcoat and ruined hat to the awaiting footman and walked into the warm light of the drawing room.

Ben glanced around at the other members, searching the faces for his older brothers. They weren’t there. Thank God! He didn’t think he could put on a cheerful face tonight, and they would most certainly see through his dark mood.

“Is the Duke of Blackmoor here this evening?” he asked the footman just to be certain.

The man shook his head. “I have not seen His Grace. However, Lord William was here, my lord.”

Ben looked around the room once more. He didn’t see Will. If he was quick, he could leave before his brother ever knew he was here. “And Major Forster?”

The footman gestured toward the back of the drawing room. “At his usual table, my lord.”

Ben took the first relieved breath he’d had in days, hopeful the major could help him. He thanked the footman and then crossed the room to where his father’s oldest friend sat in a dark corner, sipping whisky. “Am I interrupting?”

Major Desmond Forster’s dark eyes twinkled as he looked up from his drink. “Ah, Benjamin. It’s been an age. Please, please.” He gestured toward an empty chair at his table. “To what do I owe this honor?”

Ben swallowed. It wasn’t something he could just blurt out. In fact, now that he was here, he didn’t know what to say to Forster at all. “I, uh, could use your counsel, sir.”

“My counsel?” The old man leaned back in his seat and grinned. “I am flattered. I thought you generally sought out Blackmoor.”

Usually he did. But this wasn’t something he could discuss with his brother, neither of them. In fact, keeping Simon and Will from learning his secret was of the utmost importance. Ben took a deep breath and leaned in close over the table. “I’m in trouble, Major.”

The man’s smile vanished instantly. “What sort of trouble, Benjamin?”

He held tightly to the table and willed the words out of his mouth. “I didn’t change.”

“You didn’t change?” the officer echoed.

“With the full moon last night,” he explained. “I. Didn’t. Change.”

For the first time in his life as a Lycan man, Benjamin Westfield hadn’t sprouted a tail, long snout, or paws. He’d sought the moon the same way he always did, this time in a clearing in the woods, for his transformation. But last night, nothing happened. A moonbeam touched him, but the change that was so much a part of him didn’t come and he’d stood there for an eternity waiting and wondering why he was broken.

Major Forster’s face drained of its color and his mouth fell open. “You didn’t change?” he repeated, this

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Tall, Dark and Wolfish by Lydia Dare
Mass Market Paperback, 416 Pages
Published 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Lydia Dare did it. She made me fall in love with her book before the first chapter is finish. I wait with bated breath for each scene of this book. I tell you, it is a whole lot better than Clash of the Titans…and I’m nuts for Liam Neeson! Benjamin Westfield is a werewolf who couldn’t transform during the full moon. I wouldn’t know how that feels. Maybe it’s a little bit like the two years after I had a miscarriage and everyone around me keeps getting pregnant! It just breaks my heart every time, but then I’m also happy they’re pregnant. Anyway, he’s devastated. So, without telling anyone, he traveled to Scotland to find a witch who could heal him. This is where Elspeth Campbell comes in. She has an extraordinary power of healing. She lives in her coven with her fellow witches. The way their love story goes just want to make me sigh and grin like an idiot all day. Then I’d cackle like a witch when I remember how Elspeth’s friends tried to stop Benjamin from getting to Elspeth. That’s how much fun this book is.

Thanks to Danielle of Sourcebooks, Inc for my ARC. One lucky commenter will win my already read ARC copy. Leave your comment, e-mail me your address, and I’ll mail the book to the winner a week from today. Open worldwide, no PO boxes please.

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by Laura Kinsale
Sourcebooks Re-issue 5/2010
ISBN-10: 1402237022
Publication Date: 2010-05-04

I enjoyed reading this book very much. It’s probably one of the earlier paranormal books written, before it was it was commonly done. I couldn’t tell because it’s beautiful. Although I might be a little lost why Faelan was ‘weird’, I enjoyed everything else in this book. Roderica can read thoughts of everyone around her. She doesn’t wish to, but she can anyway. Personally, I will not be comfortable being around someone who can hear my thoughts.

I’d rather not guard what I think about. If I think it is tough, Roderica has to live with it. It’s no wonder that she jumps at the chance to marry Faelan, ‘The Devil Earl, when she met him. She can’t hear him, and that is heaven for him. Unfortunately, all is not smooth-sailing in their relationship.

There’s mystery, lots of romance, and a wonderful book all around. I highly recommend it.

Thanks to Danielle at Sourcebooks for my review copy.


I have an ARC, it’s a tad worn, because I’ve read it already. If you’d like to have it, leave a comment, e-mail your address, and a week from today, I’ll pick a winner and mail the book right away. Oh, yeah. Open worldwide. But like I said, the book is used. It’s an ARC.

From the author’s site:

Cursed with the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her, Roderica is resigned to living without marriage or love. But when she finds one man’s thoughts closed to her, she takes her only chance on marriage with an enigmatic, impoverished lord, The Devil Earl, whose Irish estate is haunted by memories and faerie mists…

This is a romance with paranormal elements written before fantasy and paranormal was cool. The sidhe that briefly appear in Uncertain Magic are of the traditional Irish type, powerful and enigmatic

What would it really be like to know the minds of everyone around you?

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