CdnMrs Reviews Lydia Dare’s The Wolf Who Loved Me

 Regency England Has Gone to the Wolves!

Lady Madeline Hayburn Has Money Problems…

Specifically, she has so much of it that she’s dogged by fortune hunters, including her bewilderingly attractive, penniless neighbor, with his wild nature and uncouth manners…

Weston Hadley Has An Identity Crisis…

Specifically, he’s just turned into a wolf while Madeline was watching. Now it’s up to the regal lady to tame the wild beast…if she can…

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402263465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402263460
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Sometimes when I’m reading I feel like Nancy Kerrigan. Do you remember her? That US figure skater from 1994 (I’m old!) who had her knee whacked by a rival skater. Kerrigan was captured on camera after the attack grabbing her knee and wailing “Why, why, why”.

Wondering why I’m reliving this infamous moment in Olympic history? Because this book made me feel like Nancy Kerrigan. Like I was sitting on a cold, concrete floor, bound in pink spandex wallowing in shattered dreams and crying “Why, why, why?”.  I mean I love Historicals and I love werewolves so I should totally have love this book, right?

Wrong! So totally wrong.

The Wolf Who Loved Me’s main male character has serious self-esteem issues, but thinks he’s smart enough to knows what’s best for the heroine and the heroine who is so stupid she can’t tell the difference between mud and horse shit (I’m not joking!!). There are plot points that are never dealt with or are just simply ignored and a complete cessation of action in the middle of the book that involves side characters who just show up and disappear when their usefulness is (apparently) over. The lone love scene is decent and the plot picks up in the last 50 pages or so, but by that point I didn’t care. I almost hoped that Weston would “wolf out” and eat Lady Madeline (Literally not figuratively, pervs!) or that Lady Madeline’s dad/brothers would shoot Weston or even that a giant asteroid would fall on Regency England and kill all of the snotty Lords and Ladies while they danced a quadrille and ate pheasant or something. Gah!!

The only thing I liked about The Wolf Who Loved Me is cover. It’s pretty and the models look like what I would expect Weston and Lady Madeline to look like, but that’s all I’ve got. Which is really disappointing because I wanted to love this book.

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Comments
  • Tori April 17, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I felt the exact same way. The poo scene. Really?? The end scene? REALLY?? I LOVE this series, but this book was the worse.

    • CdnMrs April 17, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who disliked this book.

  • Lulu Belle April 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Howling! (Pun intended.) The best thing about bad books is the reviews. Nancy Kerrigan…bwahahaha!

  • Stepping Out of the Page April 17, 2012 at 9:54 am

    New to your blog and to this book. Thanks for the honest review, looks like I won’t be picking this one up anytime soon! Hope you like your next read a lot more than this!

    Stephanie @ Stepping Out of the Page

    • CdnMrs April 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Hi and thanks for checking us out! I enjoyed the my next two reads a lot more, there were no melodramatic theatrics after finishing them. :)

  • Kate April 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

    *Pout*

    After that cover I was at least hoping for something… Oh well… I guess I’ll make something up in my own mind… shouldn’t be too hard with that visual stimulation.

  • Aislynn @ Stitch Read COok April 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    That’s so disappointing…. the cover is really gorgeous!

    • CdnMrs April 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      This is one example of why our mothers always told us not to judge a book by it’s cover. :)

  • Spaz April 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    OMG I was NOT expecting the review to go down like this. How disappointing (the book, not the review, the review has me giggling)!!!

    • CdnMrs April 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      I’ve read some other reviews that mention that The Wolf Who Loved Me is part of a series and that the rest of the series is really good. I wonder if maybe it would have been better as a novella without the whole mud/manure debacle.

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