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Goddess of the Hunt (Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy) 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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The story starts out at Waltham Manor, where Lucy Waltham lives under the care of her older brother Henry, who, every autumn for the past 8 years, has had the same friends over for a hunting party once the season in London is over. But this autumn is different - now a few of the men have married and have brought their wives, and one of the wives has brought a sister, Sophia, who has stolen the affections of the man Lucy fancies herself in love with (Toby). Lucy, once a hoyden and surely a tomboy at heart, determines her course of action to win Toby over - seduction. But first she must practice - and who better to practice on than Jeremy Trescott, Earl of Kendall, the tall, proud, cold man she's delighted in provoking these last 8 years? For surely if she can melt the ice in him, her wiles will work on Toby. And honestly, if their newly discovered passion and the interplay between Jeremy and Lucy in the first chapter doesn't reel you in, hook, line, and sinker, as it did me, then this may not be the book for you - but I implore you, give it a chance, because it most definately is worth it. Seriously, if you have any doubts, try the sample.
After their interlude in his bedchamber, Jeremy determines that Lucy is a danger to herself and approaches the other men to advise them that Lucy is aware that Toby is about to propose to Sophia. Henry, Toby, and Felix brush his concerns aside - they all know she's been infatuated with Toby for 8 years - but then Toby, not wanting Lucy fawning over him while he's trying to charm Sophia, suggests Jeremy 'distracts' Lucy with a little romance, and, to Jeremy's horror, the rest of them - including her guardian brother - agree that it's a fine idea. Instead he determines to talk some sense into her by telling her what men want in a woman, and she decides she's been going about it all the wrong way - instead of throwing herself at Toby, she needs to make him jealous. And Jeremy, she decides, is perfect for the position as a pretend suitor. Tension and desire crackles between them as they play their parts, and Jeremy finds the walls he's built around himself, to protect himself, slowly crumbling. Because he wants her. More than he's wanted any woman in his life. But it's more than mere wanting... and he can't have her, because she wants Toby. Then scandal erupts, and Jeremy makes a bold, rash move and stakes his claim on her. But will she throw his offer back in his face because she wants another?
These are not cookie cutter characters from a box, they are real, and they make you love them and want everything to work out.
**SPOILER ALERT** kind of. but not really.
The second half of the book takes place at Jeremy's home, where we delve deeper into who he is and the relationship between Lucy and Jeremy deepens further as they overcome obstacles and he wrestles with the demons that have followed him home since childhood. The emotion between them, the longing to be loved, and the passion crackles with life and fire. And that's all I'll say just because I don't want to ruin your enjoyment of the book with details. Read, and enjoy.
You may wish to still give this historical romance a go - 3*** and not be put of by me.
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Lucy is not the kind of heroine I usually root for or have patience for given her stubborn headed personality but she really grew on me and I ended up...Read more