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The Dark One: The Wild Wulfs of London [Mass Market Paperback]

Ronda Thompson
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Nov. 1 2005 Wild Wulfs of London (Book 1)
Rosalind Rutherford knows full well the scandal she courts when she attempts to seduce the notorious Armond Wulf--in fact, she's counting on it as a means to escape her sadistic stepbrother's control. Unfortunately, Lord Wulf's better instincts prevail...although not before he gives Rosalind a tantalizing taste of what she's missing. And when the opportunity arises to rescue Armond from a grim fate while changing her own, Rosalind knows she must seize it...
 
Armond can no more ignore the Rutherford woman than his ancestor could resist the temptress who cursed the Wulf men with a terrifying transformation that occurs at the appearance of the full moon--and is set in motion by love. Now, to save her reputation and his freedom, Armond must marry Rosalind. But he vows that while they may share the pleasures of the marriage bed, she will never have his heart...
 
Yet as strange and mysterious events bring them closer in body and soul, Armond finds it increasingly difficult to keep his feelings for his new wife locked away. Especially when the reality of unquenchable desire--and certain danger--burn stronger than ever by the light of a full moon...

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Lady Rosalind has one simple request of Armond Wulf, Marquess of Wulfglen and the eldest of infamous brothers: seduce her and leave her in ruin and free of her stepbrother's schemes. Shunned by society, whispered about behind fans, Armond is the perfect disreputable choice, except that he is too honorable to destroy a lady's reputation. In fact, fate forces him to make her an honorable woman. But with one problem solved, another rears its head: talk of madness, a curse, and a monster. Thompson kicks off her Wild Wulfs of London series with an addictive, angst-filled plot that harkens a bit to the melodrama of the gothic. Readers who prefer their preternatural heroes to have fur rather than fangs will savor the tortured soul that is Armond. He may be mad, but he's definitely bad and dangerously sexy. And from the brief glimpse given of his brothers, it runs in the family. Readers, beware of Wulfs: you'll fall for them at first sight. Nina Davis
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"Gripping, intriguing, and sexy. Engaging characters and edge of the seat action---this book has it all."--Christine Feehan

"The Dark One grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. Sensual and engaging, Thompson redefines the werewolf story even as her characters redefine for themselves the meaning of love."--Susan Squires

"This story hooked me from page on and never let me go. I can't wait for the next one!"--Amanda Ashley

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5.0 out of 5 stars Katherine, Toronto Jan. 4 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a great book (a page turner) you won't sleep till it's finished kind of book. If you like Feehan, Kenyon you'll love this book. It goes on my keeper shelf. It's HOT, HOT, HOT!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Cheesy Fun Never Hurt Anyone! Feb. 9 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An easy read with irrational danger and cliched villains and gentleman werewolves. Nothing too literary here though, and much of the plot revolves around a London hottie and a woman set on ruining her own reputation. Of course, the Dark rouge turns out to have more honour than all the other guys in the novel combined, which makes you wonder how nobody ever noticed this? The main villains are pretty predictable, but the ending is very satisfying. Read this one on the beach, or in the waiting room. You can pick it up and polish it off in a day or so, and feel happy for having read it. I did order the next book in the series but it's not on the top of my reading list.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Laughable Dec 3 2007
By Rebecca
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The author tries way too hard to be dramatic and it comes off as cheesy. One of the first lines is something about his (the hero) heart being a deep pit of hell where all dreams are dead. I know this is supposed to be dramatic but I swear I laughed so hard when I read. I read about half the book so it didn't feel like I wasted my money but I still do.
This is a trite piece of garbage that never should have been published.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Paranormal Nov. 2 2005
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
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Rosalind Rutherford was desperate. With her life spinning out of control and her sadistic and hateful stepbrother now orchestrating her every move she would have to court scandal as a means to escape the plans he had for her. The scandal she would need was to chose, and attempt to seduce the notorious Armond Wulf, Marquess of Wulfglen, and Earl of Bumont into ruining her!

Armond Wulf and his three brothers were cursed and all had vowed never to marry, rather than unleashing the beast each held within them. From the moment he saw her, Armond's senses were aroused and the self-control he held firmly in check was warring with his body by the sheer presence of the young woman who had boldly approached him. To him she was 'pure sin' packaged deceitfully in the guise of innocence and he was totally ensnared. Her proposal was nothing short of shocking and after one very sensual waltz he was ready to teach her a lesson in not daring to trifle with the dangerous Wild Wulf's she knew nothing about. After giving her a very sensual taste of what passion was all about, Armond stopped himself from letting the beast within him ruin her and returned a very disappointed yet awakened Rosalind to her home.

As events and unsolved murders all began hinting at Armond as the villain responsible, Rosalind, who knew him to be innocent, stepped forward to save him and in the process Armond was compelled to marry her. Rosalind while half in love with the enigmatic man accepted his proposal even though he declared that though they might share a bed - she would never have his love nor his child. It soon became apparent that the self-control Armond prided himself with was fast deteriorating and the desire and feelings for his wife were winning the battle as the beast within showed signs of breaking free, unless Rosalind could decipher the clues to break the curse.

-- This was an absolutely spectacular read and the series `The Wild Wulfs of London' are sure to catapult this authors new paranormal series right up there with the likes of Kenyon and Feehan! Armond was a totally divine and dreamy kind of hero. The author did a fabulous job of depicting a very vivid description of how his body began metamorphosing into the werewolf that sent shivers up my spine. The parallel plot depicting Rosalind's heinous and evil stepbrother added greatly to the dangerous edge-of -the-seat suspense the story took on and kept me turning the pages throughout the night. This well-written tale complete with fascinating characters, an utterly romantic love story, and divine sensuality captivated me from the very beginning to the heart-stopping ending. I highly encourage lovers of paranormal romance to grab a copy of this new series and hang on for it's sure to become a classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightfully Different Werewolf Tale Dec 28 2005
By K. Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fluff, you might say? Maybe so, but if this is what some readers consider fluff, then I am pleased to say that I enjoy "fluff" books very much. "The Dark One" is my intro into Rhonda Thompson's version of the werewolf world and I couldn't have come away more pleased with the results. I didn't fully read the back cover when I bought the book, so I was unaware I was getting a werewolf tale. When I did read the back cover I moaned and groaned to myself, thinking it would be another "typical" werewolf book, with the deep hidden wolf society and the big bad usual werewolf types, blah, blah, blah. Much to my relief, what I read turned out to be very refreshing and enjoyable.

Armond Wulf is the oldest of four brothers, all tainted with the rumors of madness that supposedly run through their family. Unbenownst to society, thank goodness, their secret is much more forbidden and dark than mere insanity. An ancestor of long ago was cursed by a woman he had thought to have loved, a powerful witch, that curse him and all males of his family that followed with the full moon affliction of the wolf. Determined never to give into the curse, the brothers have vowed never to marry, never to love, certainly never to have children and possibly pass the curse onto any sons. Rosalind Rutherford is a woman in dire straits. Terrified of living under her stepbrother's roof and what plans he may have for her future, she is determined to escape by the only means she knows how - by making sure her reputation is ruined beyond repair. She sees Armond as her ticket to freedom and propositions him at a ball. Thoroughly intrigued by the young woman, Armond wants to help her, but alas is too honorable a man. Once he has met the delectable beauty though, he cannot stop seeing her, knowing somehow that all is not right in her stepbrother's household. What ensues is a whirlwind situation that lands him with a woman he knows not what to do with. Should he love her and forsake all he knows to be true about the family curse? Of should he turn tail and run, turning his back on the one person who may be the answer to all his problems?

This was a very quick read due to the fact that the story had me completely in it's grip. The suspense leading up to Armond's transformation was so consuming it was next to impossible for me to put the book down till I had finished it. Armond longed to avoid dark side of his cursed nature and to be with his wife, but he always held back from her, never wanting to succumb to any feelings for her less it cause him to turn. Rosalind, while confused for most of the book as to why her husband acted so strangly determined to keep their relationship distant, nevertheless was just as determined to have him love her. Her gutsy bravery was a blessing in disguise for the poor tortured Armond.

I just loved this intro book into the Wild Wulfs of London series! We're introduced to two of the other brothers, Gabriel and Jackson, both of whom promise to be enigmatic heros in their own right. If I had to hazzard a guess my prediction would be for seeing Gabriel's story next. Expertly developed main characters, a wonderful cast of colorful supporting characters and powerful emotions make "The Dark One" a good solid five star read. Abolutely superb romantic "fluff".
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding start to what's sure to be an awesome series Nov. 7 2005
By Barb H - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This long awaited series is everything and more than I expected. Ms. Thompson has outdone herself in creating a touching story that anyone would love, whether you love paranormals or historicals. It's a perfect blend of both. The characters are wonderful, the hero, Armound, is to die for and a dream, the heroine, Rosalind, strong and loyal. Take it from one reader who's a hard sell. You cannot go wrong with THE DARK ONE. It's packed with emotion, intrigue and mystery. You'll also get a peek at the other two brothers, Jackson and Gabriel, who both snatch a piece of your heart and make you groan when you think how long you have to wait between books, which really isn't long but sure will feel like it. If you buy any book this fall or try any new authors to you, this is the book to buy. You won't be sorry.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark One Nov. 7 2005
By AK - Published on Amazon.com
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To thwart her step - brother's evil scheme to sell her to the highest bidder and use that money to pay off his gambling debts, Lady Rosalind Rutherford plans to ruin her reputation and make herself unsuitable for marriage. Her chosen agent of ruination is Lord Armond Wulf, a man reputed to be cursed with madness. He resists her plan, marrying her himself. In all things, he is an utter gentleman, though he does tempt her, but no more so than she him. However, he can not allow there to be more than the basest form of love between them, and dares not give his heart to her or take hers. For Wulf is not mad, he is in fact, a wolf, at the full moon, as are all the men in his family. The curse stands between him and his brothers and love, but perhaps there is a way to break it. Yet, before this is over, Wulf and Rosalind will owe their lives to the wolf.

**** This is a compelling read that we've been waiting for for some time. The gothic atmosphere is conveyed perfectly in this fast paced paranormal. I look forward to seeing Armond's brothers get their own stories. ****

Reviewed by Amanda Killgore, Freelance Reviewer.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed March 27 2006
By S. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am sorry to disagree with other reviews on this book but I was horribly disappointed. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon, MaryJanice Davidson, Christine Feehan etc and reading these reviews on Wild Wufs of London (love this subtitle) I was so excited to run out and purchase this book.

It is slow, the dialogue stilted, the characters completely one dimensional. What the hero sees in the heroine is beyond me.I was hoping for more ambience, more interaction between the characters. Why they fall in love other than being physically attracted to each other, you never see.
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