Werewolf Romance Book #1 in series
You know, when I started this I wasn't expecting it to grab me because I've been so hard to please as of late. But once I started it I found it infectious and very difficult to put down. A curse has befallen the "Wulf" men (wulf, nudge, nudge, get it? none too subtle is this author). A spurned witch apparently hexed them and now Armond and his two sexy brother's fear falling in love and falling victim to the curse that claimed both of their parents. Fortunately, for Armond Wulf, fate has other plans in store for him.
Lady Rosalind is being forced into marrying some old, nasty lecherous man by her nasty, lecherous step-brother (or is he the half-brother? I can't remember) who has gambled away her fortune and owes the old coot lots of dough. Anyway, in order to thwart his plans, she decides it would be a great idea to scandalize herself by sleeping with a naughty, most unsuitable man. A man accused of murdering women. A man who harbors dark, possibly deadly secrets . . . A man who is, Armond, of course!
This was a dark, sexy book and if the heroine was a tad too naive for my liking I can forgive it because the rest of the book grabbed me and Armond was a terrific hero. I'm looking forward to book #2.
Ronda Thompson has always been a master at the paranormal, but she's taken it to a new level with her new "The Wild Wulfs of London" series. Beginning with THE DARK ONE, we're immersed into a paranormal regency world where nothing is what it seems, and where the choices you make might not have the outcome that you had proposed.
For Lady Rosalind Rutherford, things have gone from bad to worse. Her stepbrother, Franklin Chapman, has incurred large gambling debts that he cannot pay off. He's unable to sell the estate he's been living in, since it was a gift to his late mother from her late husband, the Duke of Montrose. Even if he'd been able to find a way to get around the fact that the estate wasn't his own, now that his stepsister Rosalind has come to live in the home, there's no discernible way to erase his debt. So Franklin, in typical evil-rogue style, decides to marry his dear stepsister off to the highest bidder, and use the acquired funds to clear his gambling debts.
The Chapman estate sits next to that of the Wulf's, a family of brothers cursed by an ancient witch many years ago. Love was their downfall, and now, whenever there's a full moon, the Wulf's turn into something much more dangerous than mere men. But when Lord Armond Wulf is introduced to Lady Rosalind at the first ball of the season, he's immediately smitten-or, more accurately, immediately filled with lust for the raven-haired beauty. Armond, however, knows that he's doomed to live a life of solitude, a life without the warmth and love of a woman. A woman caused their family's downfall, and he's determined to now allow the same to happen to him.
However, Lady Rosalind has other ideas. She has no plans to sit idly by while her stepbrother sells her off like cattle, so she sets out to do the one thing that might foil his plan-ruin her reputation so far beyond repair that no one will want to marry her. And she's found the perfect way towards this sinful fall from grace-Armond Wulf, a man who already has the type of reputation she wishes for herself.
Unfortunately, even though Armond has no desire to marry, he does desire Rosalind, and now that scandal threatens them both he has no choice but to offer her marriage. But what will happen when the full moon rises over London, and Rosalind discovers exactly what type of man she's fallen in love with? And as for Lord Wulf, what happens when a man destined by a curse to never love fully finds himself heading in that direction-even though he's vowed to never allow his heart to rule his emotions? As mysterious happenings surround Armond and Rosalind, as their hearts move ever closer to a full unity, and as the full moon approaches, you'll never guess of the surprises that are in store for you.
Ronda Thompson has created a delightful new series with her Wulf family, and I for one can't wait to see which brother will be featured next. Set in 1800's London, THE DARK ONE is a romantic paranormal romp that's sure to delight readers of the genre. Kudos to Ms. Thompson for this unique and exciting new series!
I somehow ending up with the second book first...it didn't suit my mood at the time so I released it into the PBS system. Now after reading the first one I am kicking myself just one word need to be said - Yummy!
I loved this book.this is one of my favorites
although I liked the one with the other brother sterling better, this one was okay