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A Wolf in Duke's Clothing (Shapeshifters of the Beau Monde #1) by Susanna Allen. Historical / Paranormal Romance, Release & ARC Review.

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A delicious mix of Regency romance and shapeshifting adventure from author Susan Conley...

Alfred Blakesley, Duke of Lowell, has long been an enigma. No one dares to give a man of his stature the cut direct, but there's simply something not quite right about him. What would the society mamas say if they learned that the something they sensed was the fact that Alfred is a wolf shifter...? He's been looking for his mate for a long time, but not just any young lady will do for him, or for his pack.

Felicity Templeton has one goal: to remain unmarried. If she can manage that until her twenty-fifth birthday, she stands to inherit a large fortune. But when she meets Alfred, the dashing duke is determined to have her for his very own...and a wolf who's a duke can be very persuasive..


Alfred Blakesley,  Duke of Lowell has spent the last five years searching the world for the one woman to be his Duchess.  The reason it's so difficult is because he's a Shape shifter and needs his true mate.  His only hope now is a human woman,  so it's the society balls of the ton he must attend.  
Felicity Templeton is forced by her uncle and cousins to attend society events in the hope of finding her a husband , but hiding behind the potted plants and wearing unflattering gowns has saved her so far. 
Our heroine has her life without a husband all planned out,  and just a few more days before she can claim it.  
Our hero is a typical Alfa Wolf and will let nothing or no-one stand in his way. 
This is the first book in a new historical/paranormal romance and I'm already addicted.  The "Pack" is full of fabulous characters.  I had fun trying to guess what each one was in it's other skin. The story is so much fun,  I can't wait to read the next one. 


Susanna Allen also writes as Susan E Conley.

All King Edward’s Horses Carry Many Brave Fools

— Mnemonic for the letters used at strategic points in the horseback riding arena for dressage tests, as told to me by one of my instructors

Horsey memoirs have been written by trainers, by whisperers, by breeders of thoroughbreds, by women who’ve rediscovered riding after a childhood in the saddle. These books are informative and provide an insider’s point of view on all aspects of the horse business, but what happens when an outsider decides to get a look in? What happens when a grown woman goes pony mad?

After leaving my marriage to an active substance abuser, I was desperate to move forward. Despite hours of Al Anon meetings, and volumes of self-help books, I wasn't convinced I was any closer to the kind of clarity I wanted in order to live a life free from fear and enabling. Completely to my surprise, I found the synthesis of everything — every meeting, every book, every therapeutic hour — on the back of a horse.

From my first lesson — in which I was too terrified to trot — to now, over twelve years later, when I’m participating in showjumping competitions and riding dressage tests, Many Brave Fools describes not only what it is like to take to the saddle in one’s forties, but also how the lessons learned in the arena can be applied to real-life issues.

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