Book Review: Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare
Lucy Waltham is trying to get one man to the altar. In need of practice in her seductive whiles and sweet kisses, she turns to her brother’s friend, Jeremy Trescott, the Earl of Kendall who is as cold as ice. As she sets up dozens of ways to seduce the man she loves to her side her kisses spark a deadly passion that could turn into a blazing fire at a mere spark.
Jeremy keeps a safe distance from emotions and Lucy who displays every emotion for the world to see. But that changes with his need to save Lucy from certain heartbreak. Their sensual battle of wills is as forbidden as it is delicious and the closer Jeremy gets to taming his temptress… the nearer he comes to losing all control.
This book, simply put, was phenomenal. The voice, the characters, the style, I loved all of it. I was unable to put the book down and I continued to read it late into the night. What I completely adored about the book and what really made up the entirety of the book was the characters.
Lucy was a wonderful character. She preferred fishing and riding over sewing and she grew up traipsing through the woods with her brother and his friends. She was an unrefined lady which made the book all the more entertaining. What I truly liked about her was her passion. Once she set her mind to something she saw it through. I was slightly annoyed with her at the beginning of the book what with her constant planning to ensnare Toby. It was made all the more galling by the fact that I knew he cared for her little beyond brotherly love. Furthermore, Lucy refused to bend to her husband’s will and she accepted every dare placed before her. Below her wild surface, she was sweet, brave, and unwilling to give up on others. I adored her character because she was a bit of hoyden with unbending values and loyalty.
Her counterpart in this tale, Jeremy was a man hiding behind a cold facade and burying his emotions to forget the pain of his childhood. His reluctance to reveal that part of himself to anyone added such sweet appeal to his character because it was a truly fantastic moment when we the reader were told about his past. He was coarse at times but he was denying the fact that he loved Lucy and needed her while telling himself that Lucy could never feel the same. I loved reading about Jeremy’s return to feeling again and I adored digging underneath the cold as ice countenance he had held onto for so long.
The romance was truly stupendous. Their attraction to each other at first was hard to conceive of, at least for Lily because she was determined that she was in love with another man. It seemed for a while that Jeremy was the one truly falling while Lily attempted to be unfazed by their kisses. After their marriage, however, Lily seemed to realize that she was falling for her handsome husband. I noticed that Jeremy’s feelings kept growing for Lily but he denied it to himself and her for most of the book. In the end, the romance was powerful and sweet despite the obstacles in their path.
Since the book was built around the romance their is little else to say about the plot of the book besides the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Lily’s antics in her desperate bid to capture the love of Toby. The side characters were entertaining and I loved Sophia who simply wanted love.
In whole, The Goddess Hunt was a prodigious tale that I would highly recommend.