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Goddess of the Hunt Mass Market Paperback – July 28, 2009
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“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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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....
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.Read more ›
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Have read many of Tessa Dare's books, and they are all amazing stories, including Goddess of The Hunt. Great book with many interesting characters.Published 3 months ago by SusanF
3.5 Stars - I liked the beginning when Jeremy is seeing Lucy as a woman and not a nuisance. After that it was okay but not as exciting or interesting. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Drava
Perfect match between hero and heroine! Great romance with humor and fun. I'm excited to read this series by Tessa Dare.Published 10 months ago by yardtree
I gave this book 5***** to begin with but, once I started writing this review I down graded it to 3***.Lucy was a 20yr old naive country girl. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cass, Mildura, Australia
I read several of Ms. Dare's books and loved them and just now I am reading her debut. I held off because some time ago, I thought I had seen a lot of negative reviews about this... Read morePublished 20 months ago by loveromance