This makes my third romance novel in the last couple weeks. Good heavens... What is happening to me?
Especially considering I really liked this one. Beyond the Highland Mist was all right, but a very typical romance novel — kind of cheesy in parts. I read it mainly because I am so obsessed with the same author's Fever series. And Kiss Me Deadly wasn't much to speak of — I didn't get further than about 30 pages in that one.
A Certain Wolfish Charm was surprisingly good, though. No possessiveness or controlling behavior from the guy, and the heroine wasn't so weak that I wanted to bang my head against a wall. The story was reasonably good, the characters were believable, and all in all it was a pretty decent read. The sex wasn't quite so cheesy, either, which was a bonus.
A Certain Wolfish Charm is a werewolf romance, which makes sense because paranormal and dark fantasy seems to be my thing lately. (Sookie Stackhouse, Fever series, etc.) There is some angst about whether he can trust her with his secret and if she'll ever find out what he's hiding from her, but it's pretty well done. I rather liked that Lydia Dare made her heroine a pretty independent-minded woman, without having to make her fight with her love interest all the time. I hate that. Take note, romance writers: Fighting does NOT equal a strong woman (OR good romance, for that matter).
I downloaded this ebook while it was offered free as a promotion, no doubt, for the other three werewolf romances by the author. I'm not going to rush right out and buy the others right away, but I think I'll read them eventually — I was pretty impressed with this one.