Goddess of the Hunt Mass Market Paperback – Jul 28 2009
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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
About the Author
Tessa Dare is a part-time librarian, full-time mommy, and swing-shift writer. She makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a dog.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I think the actual writing of the book is better than its structure. The characters are sympathetic and interesting, and the way the author fleshes them, the words she puts in their mouths, their thoughts and their actions, make them rise above the clichés from which they sprung. The same can be said from the plot. In all actuality, there is no surprise in some of the obstacles that creep up in Lucy's path, but they are written in such a manner as to be humourous and entertaining and even touching at times. What this means is that here you have a book with a synopsis that would seem ordinary but that will yield a lot more entertainment than would have seen possible.
Another good point for the writing of this book is how consistently character descriptions and later actions match up. The resolution of the romantic conflict does make sense when you consider what the author gave us. It might sound like weird praise, but that is not always the case, and Dare does it very well. Some of the secondary characters are very fleshed out, and interesting, and despite being set up for sequels, still serve the story well.Read more ›
Looking back, it seems to Lucy that Henry's marriage is what began all her current problems. Felix, one of Henry's three friends, followed Henry's example and has recently wed. As much as Felix's new wife and Lucy dislike one another, Lucy feels that she could simply ignore the spiteful woman. Problem is that the hag brought her sister, Sophia Hathaway, to the hunting party this year and Toby is so smitten by her that he plans to propose. Desperate to turn Toby's affections toward herself, Lucy decides to seduce Toby. She even read a book on how to do so. For practice, Lucy wakes up Jeremy Trescott, the sixth Earl of Kendall.
After eight annual hunting parties with Lucy, none of Henry's three friends see Lucy as the desirable young lady of marriageable age in which she has become. Yet all the gentlemen, including Henry, have known about Lucy's crush on Sir Toby. But when Lucy wakes Jeremy up in the middle of the night to practice kissing seductively with him, Jeremy knows the men have a real problem. The men decide that Jeremy should distract Lucy from Toby and Sophia by paying a bit of romantic attention to her. Jeremy dares not inform them that after Lucy's practice kisses his brotherly feelings toward her have changed.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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." Now she shows up at his bedroom door in the middle of the night with the crazy idea that she is going to seduce Toby...after honing her skills with him! If only she wasn't proving to be such a fast learner.
I have always enjoyed the "brother's best friend" storyline and I was intrigued by Dare's unique spin on the concept. Lucy does indeed fall for her brother's friend, just not the one that she, and everyone else, expected. But the self admission of her feelings isn't the end of this story but, rather, the beginning of the second half of the book for her greatest challenge, winning Jeremy's love, is still to be achieved and this is one hero who doesn't make it easy.
That perhaps is Dare's greatest talent as a writer. Aside from the scintillating banter, the lovely, lyrical prose, the humor and angst of young and unrequited love, this is an author who made me care about her characters - all of her characters. I highly recommend GODDESS OF THE HUNT. The next two books in this trilogy, SURRENDER OF A SIREN and A LADY OF PERSUASION will be released August 25th and September 29th, respectively. I'll be counting the days!
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. Portraying Lucy as an airhead may be how the author is driving the plot but this occurs at the expense of good storytelling.
The hero, Jeremy, is 10 years older and for most of the book, it seems his relationship with Lucy is based on physical pleasure rather than any emotional understanding. His overwhelming reactions to Lucy's thoughtless escapades are again a ploy to move the story along which otherwise has stalled. But he didn't explain the basis for his protectiveness which seems quite unrealistic to me again.
"Goddess of The Hunt" had me hooked from page one. I cringed every time I knew I had to put this one down, and I hated the fact that my eyes betrayed me at night when I'd fall asleep trying to read it. I don't see a "Best-Seller" on the cover yet, but I promise if this lady keeps writing books like this she's going to be the next Julia Quinn (the old, not the new one).
Pages 115-128 holds the most intense, steam building, mouth hanging open loves scenes I think I've EVER read. Just do me favor...when your at the bookstore and your not sure about buying this book, flip to these pages...you will not put this one back down.
Just a taste of what I'm talking about...this scene takes place in a wardrobe, after Jeremy finds her during a game of hide-and-seek. The only light inside is just few rays of sunshine pushing their way through the cracks...
"...He kissed his way back up her neck and brought his hands to the neckline of her dress, gathering the facbric of muslin until it threatened to tear. Then her tongue flicked a silent plea against his ear, so lightly he might have imagined it, once.
Twice, he could not mistake.
...Then her hands slid around the his back, and she leaned against his chest. She brushed her lips over the base of his throat. Again. Again. Her kisses felt like rain drops in a desert, sizzling on his scorched flesh. He bent his head and his mouth found hers. And then the storm broke..."
I am not kidding ladies...you will/could not read this and not think "Oh good Lord!". This novel has the right balance of everything and you will absolutely love every character...My "All-Time Favorites" list has just gained a book!