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?
I admit that when I first started reading this book I wasn't expecting too much. I thought it would be a nice read, and maybe the author would be one to be on the look out for, considering it's a debut book. And let me tell you, I'm blown away... I love this book.
Lucy, is an unconventional young woman, she's independent, outspoken and confident. And she's madly in love with one of brother's friend's, Toby. But Toby is oblivious of her feelings, and will soon be engaged to the "perfect lady". Lucy decides that she needs to practice her seduction on her brother's other friend, Jeremy. Jeremy is a rake, has a title and is very rich. And he cannot believe the scheme that Lucy has develop to snare Toby. And just when Jeremy thinks he has everything figured out, Lucy manages to surprise him once again.
I love the theme, "best friend's younger sister". The setting was wonderful and the characters were very entertaining. I loved the chemistry between Lucy and Jeremy, they're very hot. There are several hot encounters with these two, but I loved the wardrobe scene, very steamy.
I cannot wait to get my hands on the the author's second book, Surrender of a Siren.
Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare (4.5/5) Historical Romance; Published: Ballantine Books (7/2009); New Author; Debut Book; Favorite Reads 2009; 2009 100 + Reading Challenge (126);