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Reviewed by Jessa L.

Caitrin Macleod is a country girl who also happens to be a member of a coven of witches. She is sworn to protect the other four coven members, and has to keep silent about her powers. As a general rule, Caitrin is not a fan of werewolves, but when one of her coven sisters marries one and needs her help, she cannot refuse. While helping a friend in her time of need, Caitrin has a midnight encounter with a strange man and things get slightly out of hand. To avoid further trouble, Caitrin flees the mansion in the middle of the night. Unfortunately for her, this strange man is more than what he seems and decides to do whatever it takes to chase her down.

Dashiel Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth, has spent his life being shunned for being a werewolf. He has tried endlessly to fight and deny his true self, but when the full moon rises, all control is lost and Dashiel succumbs to his baser needs. One night while seeking help from a friend, Dashiel has a midnight encounter with an enchanting woman. Things go further than he means them too and he finds himself needing to find her in the morning. Unfortunately for him, she seems to have fled the mansion in the middle of the night, but Dashiel has stronger senses than an ordinary man and sets off to track her and claim her for himself no matter what it takes.

The Taming of the Wolf is the typical romance novel with an atypical twist. The combination of a love story with paranormal characters is a nice change. Caitrin is a lovable character with her soft beauty yet harsh country attitude. She is a girl who has seen the world for what it is and does what she must to get by. Dashiel is used to getting by with his good looks despite his haunted past. He is defnitely not [amazonify]1402244371[/amazonify]used to a girl who isn’t swayed by his charm, let alone a girl who thinks for herself and isn’t afraid to say what she thinks. Both characters have distinctly different personalities, yet the lust that turns to love can ultimately conquer all.

I’m rather picky about folklore and mythology, but I love to hear different takes on various mythological creatures as long as they don’t get the major points wrong. I think Lydia Dare did a great job at taking the instincts of wolf and man and meshing them together in the character that is Dashiel Thorpe. I enjoyed the chase of man after woman with the addition of stronger senses that wolves have. The banter between the two characters was very entertaining and fun to read. I do wish they’d gone a little more into Caitrin’s witchcraft, but I enjoyed everything else enough to forget all about it. Overall, I would say I had a very fun time reading The Taming of the Wolf and would urge anyone that loves a sexy werewolf to pick it up.

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sourcebooks Casablanca. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.