by Lydia Dare
Wolfishly Yours is the latest in Lydia Dare's Regency werewolves series, and I had a lot of issues with this entry. While the author did switch things up by giving us a heroine who already knows about werewolves, as her father and brothers are Lycans in America, the paranormal part of the story seemed like more of an afterthought rather than an integral part of the plot, especially with how often it was mentioned. When the werewolf part of the story was taken out, Wolfishly Yours ended up being just another stereotypical Regency romance with a trite plot and lots of forced conflict.
Grayson Hadley is the twin of Weston from the previous book, and he does not like the society etiquette lessons he is being forced to endure with his older brother Archer. Although, he is at least more gracious about being tutored by Lady Sophie than Archer is. It is when Lady Sophie is also asked to tutor Liviana Mayeux that Gray and Livi meet and they are instantly drawn to one another.
Livi does not want to be in England, her father forced her to visit her grandfather, the Earl of Holmesfield, and Livi wants nothing more than to be back in the bayous of her beloved Louisiana. Until she meets an English Lycan - one Grayson Hadley - and with two Lycan brothers of her own, Livi knows all of Gray's tricks.
Everyone, including Gray, warns Livi to stay away from him but, good intentions and all that and sooner, rather than later, Gray has ruined Livi's reputation, not by compromising her, just by singling her out. When Gray's pack Alpha arrives and forces the issue, Gray is more than happy to comply with the demand and marry Livi.
All the things that made the previous books in the series such great reads for me, the paranormal elements, the communication between the hero and heroine and the humor were missing in Wolfishly Yours. Maybe it was because Livi already knew about werewolves so all the fun was taken out of the heroine's reaction at finding out, or maybe it was that there wasn't as much chemistry between Gray and Livi as there were between the other couples. A lot of the various plot elements felt forced and that bogged down the book. There was something that happened towards the end of the book that made the book a let down for me. It was something I have read again and again in Regencies, and a plot device I don't really like because it forces the “love conversation” between the hero and heroine. In all of the previous books Lydia Dare had managed to freshen oft-used plot devices but, not in Wolfishly Yours. There are sparks between Gray and Livi but they don't really talk much, and I missed being able to get to know them through their actions rather than being told who they were on paper.
I was done with contemporary werewolf stories before reading Wolfishly Yours, and now I'm thinking I'm done with Regency set ones as well. I'm really hoping the next book in the series will be about Archer and Sophie as the interactions between those two characters kept me turning pages for more face time with just them. Their story is the one I really want to read.
Wolfishly Yours wasn't my favorite entry in this series, and if you haven't read anything by Lydia Dare before, just skip this one and read her other books, you'll be happier.
Reviewed by: Valarie Pelissero
“An American werewolf's daughter finds her mate in London.”
November 2012, 384 pages
Grayson Hadley is in his own special hell - being treated like a wayward pup by the tutor employed to turn him into a true gentleman. So when he meets a hot-blooded American beauty with the mark of a Lycan, he's only too glad to slip his leash.
Accustomed to running wild in the swamps of Louisiana, Miss Liviana Mayeux is shipped off to her grandfather's in London to learn a thing or two about polite society. At first she scoffs at the English Lycans' apparent tameness. Little does Livi realize how very close she is to unleashing the passion that lies just beneath the surface...