Tomboy Lucy Waltham has imagined herself in love with her older brother’s friend, Sir Toby ,since she was 11 years old and he crowned her “Diana, Goddess of the Hunt” with a crown of ivy. Like many younger sisters, she bidded her time until she was older and the object of her affections would take her seriously. Our story starts 8 years later when Lucy is all grown and her brother and his friends arrive for their annual hunt. For the first time, Sir Toby is interested in another woman. The gossip is, that Sir Toby is going to ask this other woman to marry him. Lucy feels she has no option but to seduce him before he becomes engaged. She has a instructional book, but no practical knowledge. So she turns to her brother’s friend, Jeremy Trescott, Earl of Kendall, to practice kissing and other seduction techniques.
Jeremy has always treasured his visits to Waltham Manor and his time with his friends. He has grown up in a home where his parents show no love for him or each other and because of this he has shut his emotions off. The only person who has been able to get a rise out of him over the years has been Lucy. Imagine his surprise when he opens his bedroom door one evening to a kiss from Lucy followed by the request to help her practice seduction techniques.
The story that follows leaps from the pages. The characters are wonderfully written. I can absolutely imagine Lucy as a tag along little sister, trying desperately to be taken seriously. This book is a “fall in love with brother’s best friend” story, but no where is it mundane or seemingly following a formula.
I found the following review on Amazon and it sums up my feelings of this book. “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. …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.”
Tessa Dare is a relatively new author, with Goddess of the Hunt being her first book. It was well received and reviewed: “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
“It’s been a long while since I’ve enjoyed a debut novel as much as Goddess of the Hunt. With a cast of refreshingly realistic characters, a spicy love story, an irreverent sense of humor, and some truly funny dialogue, this is a book certain to cheer up jaded readers of historical romance.” The Romance Reader
I also, am looking forward to reading not only the next books in this series, but some of the other books she has written. She is currently on my ‘must buy’ list!