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Goddess of the Hunt Mass Market Paperback – July 28, 2009

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Starred Review. Dare's sparkling Regency romance debut introduces a cunning and instantly likable tomboy heroine. Lucy Waltham has been besotted with her brother's friend Toby since she was 11. Now 19 and determined to get Toby away from ladylike, well-dowried Sophia, Lucy decides to practice seduction techniques on another family friend, Jeremy Trescott, earl of Kendall and 10 years her senior. Their innocent trysts become a sizzling affair that leads abruptly to the altar, after which Lucy must use all her considerable wit and intelligence to transform herself into a countess without ever losing the wild spirit that Jeremy finds both daunting and delightful. Dare seems to have fit all the best of romance into one novel, from sensuous interludes and crafty humor to endearing multidimensional characters. Readers will eagerly anticipate the two sequels due in the fall. (Aug.)
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“The sweetest, sexiest romance you’ll read all year.”—Eloisa James

“From the time Toby Aldridge had whimsically crowned her Goddess of the Hunt, 11-year-old Lucy Waltham had adored him. Now, eight years later, with Toby intending to propose to someone else, naïve Lucy boldly plans to seduce him but needs practice—and an ally. Who better than her emotionally chilly best friend, Jeremy Trescott, Earl of Kendall, to make Toby jealous? This is an exceptional debut novel, from the first hilarious “practice” session to the gradual melting of Jem’s outward reserve and ­Lucy’s maturing realization of whom she really loves. A beautifully crafted tale that captivates with sassy wit, a lush, sweetly intense sensuality, and an abundance of beautifully articulated, appealing characters.”—Library Journal

“A daring debut…Dare is on the path to stardom.”—Romantic Times

“Debut author Tessa Dare bursts upon the scene with a high-energy and high-drama romance. She tells the story with provocative words and feverish action. Her cast of secondary characters is unforgettable and set the stage for the next book in this back-to-back series.”—Fresh Fiction

“Highly original… Tessa Dare is an author to watch!”—Romance Reader’s Connection

“I fell in love with Goddess of the Hunt and Tessa Dare from the very first page! Goddess of the Hunt is a romantic delight sure to satisfy every reader." —Teresa Medeiros

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780345506863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345506863
  • ASIN: 0345506863
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every year there seems to be one debut author who bursts upon the scene and absolutely knocks my socks off with her superb writing skill. This year, that author is Tessa Dare. In her debut book, GODDESS OF THE HUNT, Dare showcases her command of the English language with exquisite prose that sings across the pages with a lyrical quality that is a joy to read. Her characters are so vividly drawn that they practically leap from the pages and her story unerringly hits all the right notes.

Irrepressible Lucy Waltham has fancied herself in love with Sir Toby since the tender age of eleven, when her older brother's friend dubbed her his "Diana, Goddess of the Hunt". She has bided her time, knowing in her heart that one day Toby would awaken to his real feelings for her, but now, eight years later, her brother's friends have arrived for their annual gathering and, for the first time, Toby is exhibiting a serious interest in someone. Lucy has no choice but to seduce him and show him that she is the woman of his dreams and the one he is meant to marry, not Miss Sophia Hathaway. Unfortunately for Lucy, she has never even been kissed but she has a book that explains everything. All she needs now is someone with whom to practice.

Jeremy Trescott has always treasured his visits to Waltham Manor, the home of his good friend, Henry Waltham. It's the only place where he has ever been able to relax and be himself. Growing up with parents who showed neither love nor appreciation for their son, Jeremy learned to close off his emotions years ago. In truth, the only person who has ever been able to get a rise out of him is Lucy, his friend's exasperating younger sister and in Jeremy's own words, his "personal version of a biblical plague.
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It took sooo long to get anywhere. Then when it got there it just wandered around for a bit. The main characters were a bit formulaic and the story wasn't much better. Sometimes you do want something a bit tried and true but it is not satisfying when it turns out to be a bit flat. I have read a different book by the author, Romancing the Duke, and it was what drew me to this book. Sadly, I was mislead. The only way I got through this book was by having that lovely mechanical voice read it to me to lull me to sleep after a too late coffee. Lucy was immature and showed no real character development. Jeremy was forcibly written as the Grumpy Earl who just needed to be hugged more as a child. Lucy claims that she is not easily broken but spends way too much time crying, mopping about or about to cry. The plot was predictable in the worst way. Randomly at the end it seemed like Jeremy only existed to say things that were so saccharine I thought maybe there was a bit of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers going down in Regency England.
Two side characters were the highlights of the book. Hetta was interesting if not a bit or entirely anachronistic. Sophia did seem like she has more than one layer. Since she does have her own book I may give it a try, but once bitten and all....
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I am reading this book as part of my re-read stack. I don't remember much from my first read and my current re-read isn't going to put this back into the re-read pile. The writing is not bad although there isn't much historical detail. Although the tone is light-hearted, there isn't much humor. The story itself is a pretty common theme, worked over many times before and the author's attempt isn't anything out of the ordinary. As others have said, silly misunderstandings make up 50% of the book.

The heroine is pretty boring : 19 year old without any life experiences, accomplishments or empathy. Except she eats a lot (purrs over lobster bisque, squeals over chocolate cake), likes to fish, ride a horse, climb trees. It is always somewhat difficult to reconcile the age of the heroine in the HRs but I guess that is how it is considering Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) was 20 and Jane Eyre when she met Mr Rochester was about 18 or so. It could very well be that in the 1800s women grew up a lot more quickly than modern women but modern authors tend to fit a heroine with modern sensibilities into a historical setting and that often fails. So Lucy, our heroine, is portrayed as a 19 year old with thoughts and personality more cognizant of an immature and spoilt 21st century teenager than a poised 19th century young woman. This difference is all the more evident when the heroine tries to adjust (or not) to married life and still carries on as if she has no responsibility at all. This point has been noted in several other reviews. As Lucy is from the landed gentry class, it seems unrealistic to portray her as having no manners (squealing when the footman pushes her chair in at dinner) and lacking in any training to manage a household. So Lucy's characterization didn't work for me.
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This book started off with promise. The writing is witty and well paced. The plot had potential. The second half, however, is a serious disappointment. The themes lacked originality--the Big Misunderstanding That Could be Solved With One Conversation; the Redemption of the Rake by a Young, Innocent Virgin. Jeremy's angst was never believable, and his highly overreactive protection of Lucy got annoying. Lucy's character was better developed, but I was constantly reminded of her age and immaturity. There are better ways to spend your Kindle budget.
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