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Book Review: Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare

Dare Goddess of the HuntIn this lush and seductive novel, exciting new author Tessa Dare takes desire to brazen heights.

Ever the bold adventuress, Lucy Waltham has decided to go hunting for a husband. But first she needs some target practice. So she turns to her brother’s best friend, Jeremy Trescott, the Earl of Kendall, to hone her seductive wiles on him before setting her sights on another man. But her practice kisses spark a smoldering passion–one that could send all her plans up in smoke.

Jeremy has an influential title, a vast fortune, and a painful past full of long-buried secrets. He keeps a safe distance from his own emotions, but to distract Lucy from her reckless scheming, he must give his passions free rein. Their sensual battle of wills is as maddening as it is delicious, but the longer he succeeds in managing the headstrong temptress, the closer Jeremy comes to losing control. When scandal breaks, can he bring himself to abandon Lucy to her ruin? Or will he risk his heart and claim her for his own?

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Goddess of the Hunt is the debut book by Tessa Dare. Many would say
this was the start of a promising career, when she began many years
ago, but I’d say I disliked much about this book. Before I sink my
claws into it, a little background.

Jeremy is a decade older than Lucy, and he’s best friends with her
elder brother, Henry. He’s watched Lucy grow up and treated her very
much like a sister. Lucy has always been the wild sort, running after
the boys to play at fishing or hunting. Her nature is very reminiscent
of Catherine from Northanger Abbey. Lucy, herself, is in love with
Toby, another friend of Jeremy and Henry. Toby had flirted with Lucy
as she’s grown into womanhood, sealing Lucy’s affections.

However, at a hunting party, Toby intends to propose to Isabella, a
proper aristocratic woman. In a haste to prove to Toby she’s a girl no
more, she decides to practice her seduction skills on Jeremy. And
perhaps stir a little envy, too.

Jeremy tries to scold Lucy for her forwardness. He objects to her
seduction of him, but happens to notice her womanly curves when she
appears in his rooms at night with little than a nightdress. However,
Jeremy sees through Lucy’s plans for getting to Toby. He convenes with
Henry, Toby, and an additional friend, Felix. The group, however,
decides Jeremy should go forward with handling Lucy’s game of
seduction to distract her from Toby.

Lucy is aware of this agreement, but decides to continue targeting
Jeremy. She hopes envy is the way to Toby. However, as Jeremy and Lucy
pretend an attraction, the two start to pull together. Love forms
through stolen kisses and a game against one another.

I enjoyed Lucy as a heroine. She’s forceful, unwavering, and goes for
what she wants. She pulls Jeremy in for kisses and speaks her mind.
She’s so unladylike, I adore her. Tessa Dare’s writing is flawless.
Much if the book is funny, but I have a general dislike for this book.
It all simmers down to tastes. I enjoy suspense and mystery, while
this book has none. I enjoy villains, while this book has none. I
enjoy high stakes and risks, while this book has none in the sense I
desire. It’s a good book for those seeking an escape into well-written
fluff, but for those similar to me, Goddess of the Hunt becomes a
bore.

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