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Goddess of the Hunt

(The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  8,798 ratings  ·  728 reviews
In 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
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Ballantine Books
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Caryn This book is not really a good example of what I love best about regency romance. I would suggest you try a different Tessa Dare.
This book is not really a good example of what I love best about regency romance. I would suggest you try a different Tessa Dare.

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chan ☆
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
dedicating your horniest book to your husband is quite the power move, ms. dare

i'm reading all of tessa dare's backlist for a video i'm doing and to be honest, if it weren't for that video i would not have picked this book up. dare's most recent series, Girl Meets Duke, is one of my favorite historical series but her others... um. not so much. so i didn't have high hopes going into this, her first published novel.

but i was very pleasantly surprised. this book has an originality that a lot of her
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dina by: Rane Aria
I love finding new authors to add to my towering TBR/WL, and Tessa Dare is my latest addition. Goddess of the Hunt is her debut book, and what an excellent book it was!

Lucy Waltham has been in love with Sir Toby Aldridge, one of her older brother Henry's friends, since she was eleven years old - ah, what a precocious child she was! - but he's about to propose to another woman and she must take action before it's too late. So she sets a plan to seduce him and show him that she's the right woman f
Lisa Kay
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lisa Kay by: Verity & Denise
Photobucket 4 ½ stars. If you looked up the word “minx” in the dictionary I’m sure there would be a picture of Lucy Waltham next to it. Sure, a lot of authors say their heroine is a minx, but Tessa Dare shows us she is; it’s delightful. Such a charming read, it kept me up most of the night.

Lucy has been the bane of Jeremy Trescott’s existence since childhood. Now he’s going to turn her into a woman and his countess in spite of himself. I really felt his frustration in trying to fight his att
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2018
4.5 stars!! Goddess of the Hunt was a fun and great historical romance book to read!

Tessa Dare has this excellent ability to write female characters well. Lucy Waltham will be up in the list for one of the best female characters that I've read in a historical romance book.
And I've read just a few. ;) haha

Lucy is funny, intelligent, gutsy and does not take any shit from the Earl of Kendall, aka Jeremy Trescott. Lucy has been growing up with her brother’s friends for years and she’s finally coming
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Waltham has just found out the man she’s been in love with since she’s been a child is getting married! Thinking of only way to get him to change his mind is seduce him, but she needs someone to practice on first. Thinking of her brother’s best friend, he would be someone perfect to practice on, he’s cold as ice and if she can thaw him out this seduction would be a piece of cake. Jeremy Trescott, the Earl of Kendall is shocked when he’s “attacked” late at night by the kissing fiend Lucy. A ...more

Can always rely on Tessa Dare to write stories that make me happy.
Beanbag Love
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Dang! Why aren't there more stars?

This book hit me right where I wanted it to right when I needed it. Funny, heart-wrenching, and incredibly romantic, I had a very hard time getting this story out of my head when I had to put it down to go do those tedious things that other humans expect of me.

As I said in my giddy post above, Tessa Dare does all those things I've been wanting authors to do. Yes, there's angst and some separation and misunderstanding, but neither of the characters had to be str
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars...I LOVED it...

Who in the world is Tessa Dare and where has she been all my life?!

"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,
*4.5 Stars*

Wow, this book was a complete surprise for me after the Stud Club trilogy. I wouldn't have tried this author again--having failed to connect to two of the three books in that trilogy--if a friend of mine hadn't praised this one so highly. Thank goodness I did, because this book was great! I enjoy falls-for-sibling's-friend storylines as is, so that predisposed me to enjoy the relationship setup, but Jeremy and Lucy and their dynamic are what made me continue to enjoy it.

I enjoyed wat
Kinda cute. Kinda blah. Lots of ups and downs.

--Highly entertaining and fun (with humor!), like all of Dare's other books
--The protagonist's character development
--Some cute scenes and bantering between Lucy and Jeremy. Second half of the book shows more maturity and adds a more realistic touch with them sorting things out after getting together.
--Lucy's developing relationship with her brother. They started out rough, but I really liked how things eventually developed between them. His prot
4 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

This is my second read by Tessa Dare, and I’ll admit that I had pretty high expectations based on all the buzz and rave reviews for this book. Although I did enjoy this, I can’t quite say that I loved it or would consider it a favorite, mainly because I didn’t really care that strongly for the characters, which was the same way I felt about One Dance with a Duke.

The heroine’s relentless, childish pursuit of her brother’s friend Toby for the first part of the s
The first half or so of this book is absolutely great. A very cute love story about a group of friends who gather every summer at once place and have some fun. Most of these friends have gotten married or had children recently though and only a few remain single. One of those is Lucy. Lucy is the sister of Henry. Henry is friends with Felix, Jeremy, and Toby. Lucy is in love with Toby, however he's brought a young lady with him to their retreat that everyone thinks he'll propose too. This simply ...more
Jun 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Delightful, sweet and sexy are only a few words that come to mind when I finished reading Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare. This is Tessa’s first book and I applaud her for writing a lovely historical romance with the witty dialogue and lush descriptions of the setting and the character’s thoughts. I am not a big fan of long descriptive paragraphs, but with Goddess of the Hunt, all my senses were engaged. I wanted this book to go on and on because it was that good. Tessa Dare may possibly be my ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
At the beginning of the book I was mightily annoyed by Lucy and her obsessive "love" for Toby!

She convinced herself that she was in love with him and she stubbornly goes on and on! I wanted to shake her! I wanted to slap her! To shout at her: WAKE UP, YOU STUPID GIRL!!!!

But I read on and was pleasently surèprised when she woke up (finally!!!). When she started interacting with Sophia. when she realized that it was not love but infatuation and girlish mooning.

After that I started enjoying the boo
Jane Stewart
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency-romance
Not my kind of story. But many like this.

I read 130 pages and stopped. There was a lot of pondering one’s feelings, tempting each other with kisses, and descriptive writing. I just wasn’t interested in the characters or the set up. I was bored. Lucy loves Toby. Toby plans to marry Sophia. So Lucy wants to seduce Toby and convince him to marry her instead. Toby knows Lucy wants him but he doesn’t want to tell Lucy the truth. So Toby asks Jeremy to occupy and distract Lucy until Toby proposes to S
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every year Lucy Waltham enjoys the weeks that her brother invites his friends Toby, Jeremy, and Felix to their estate for hunting and fishing. Lucy has loved Toby from afar but he treats her like a child. Now Lucy plans to make him notice her by seducing him, but she's not sure how to go about it. She turns to her brother's best friend, Jeremy Trescott, for some practice seduction. Jeremy is shocked when Lucy kisses him. He is also fascinated to find this girl has grown into a beautiful woman an ...more
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"Goddess of the Hunt" by Tessa Dare is one of the best historical romance books I have read in awhile. It is always exciting to find a new author that writes wonderful books! She reminds me of another favorite author of mine...Lisa Kleypas. I loved the chemistry between Lucy and Jeremy in this book and the dialogue was sowitty. I found myself laughing out loud at certain points and I don't usually do that with many books. Of course, there was a lot of passion in this story and it wasn't disappoi ...more
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to K. by: Rane
FIVE+++ BIG STARS!!***** What more can I say that others haven't about this book?! I LOVED it! I can't think of any unresolved issues I had with the characters and just REALLY enjoyed reading their love story (didn't want it to end). This author could become an auto buy (I've already bought books 2 and 3 in this series!), and all I can say is . . . I sure hope so. What a breath of fresh air! :)
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Sabrina Jeffries style romances
This book didn’t live up to all the hype buzzing around it for me. It’s alright but more of the ho-hum average kind of book than something great and wow that a lot of readers say it is.

It starts out fun enough with the heroine deciding to take matters into her own hands and get herself a husband she wants being that she’s 20 and her brother hasn’t done anything for her because he’s been busy with his own new family. Lucy sets her sights on Toby, a family friend, who she’s loved forever. Toby is
This book started out delightful! I absolutely loved the first half, it was hilarious and very passionate, the banter between the hero and heroine was adorable, and I really couldn't wait to get to know the Jeremy that hid underneath the icy exterior that vexed Lucy so much she devoted her life to baiting him to finally see a true emotion on his face.

But then, halfway through, I wished the book had just finished with their agreeing to get married. The obligatory Big Misunderstanding happened and
Debbie DiFiore
Another favorite book of mine!

I just read this again and I still love it. The heroine is so different and she captured my heart. Same with Jeremy the hero. I love the way they come together and how she grew up without him knowing. From the minute she steals into his room in the opening scene until the very last page, she caught and kept my interest and fascination. And poor Jeremy never knew what hit him! Great love story. Loved the epilogue too. It is a kind of friends to lovers trope but so m
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: br-with-sharon

This book was really good!
And my first historical-fiction romance!

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...but I just don't know if I can give it more than 3 stars. There was a kind-of long period of miscommunication going on between the two, which grew to be pretty frustrating. LIKE, JUST KISS ALREADY.

Overall: Adorable. Loved the friends to more. Jeremy had the whole "cold on the outside, but secretly a cinnamon roll" thing going on, and Lucy was charming, and liked to push Jeremy's buttons. A reall
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
Loved this slightly angsty story, with a young h not treated as a lady. She's a little wild and socially immature. The grumpy H is her brother's friend and realises he's attracted to her. He's doesn't talk much but is sexually enthralled by her. She grows up fast, shows her the depth of character and courage as she helps him become man enough for her. Her brother is sweet, but selfish in his happiness with his family. Loved it. ...more
It was still good but not like almost perfect for the first time.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars. I'm torn whether to round this book up or down. The first half was such a great read. There was humor, sparring, angst, and wicked scheming to be had.

The second half dragged somewhat, although the ending was sweet. I found the humor was almost abruptly cut from the book in favor of forcing too much back-story. This book was written in a pretty traditional historical romance format, meaning that there wasn't anything unpredictable about the story, which was to be expected. HR is a bit
Lucy Qhuay

This is the second time I read Goddess Of The Hunt, because I want to finish the trilogy and I barely remembered the characters and what happened to them.

And let me tell you, I don't know what could have possessed me to give this book 5 stars the first time.

I found the whole story boring and I couldn't bring myself to like any of the characters, apart from Jeremy himself and Sophia Hathaway.

Who could ever resist a stone-faced, cold-eyed sexy devil, who, in truth, just longs for love and acceptan
Al George
Like, not love, though.


I mean I really wanted to and there were parts that I loved, but it just took forevs.

Setting / Time / Genre: Regency

Length: Long. Really. Almost or, rather, very much, too long.

Series: Dunno

Sexy times: Definitely. But tame stuff. You won't freak out unless you desire no nookie, know what I'm saying?

Plan on reading more by the author: Oh sure. I like most of her work.

Synopsis: Lucy is in love with Toby who happens NOT to be the star of the book nor the hero. She sets ab
Liza Gilbert
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
Spoilers and adult content ahead:

I don't think it was a bad historical romance, but it wasn't anything special. The typical gag-worthy events popular in romance novels occurred (ex: he accidentally bruises her while having sex and she gushes about his ardor and passion). I've read some good romance novels, which I know some will say is an oxymoron, but this book was less oxy and more moron.

Dare (real name Ortega) had a few things going for her. There was a wandering aunt who could disappear fro
Jul 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this! I loved the beginning before they went to his manor much better but the whole thing was great. She just had more spunk and there was less angst. I just wanted to get them out of it and get it more interesting. But I will definitely search out the rest of the series!!
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Solid 3.5 stars!

I wanted to read a good historical romance and for once, I got one. Mind you, it was not perfect (hence 3.5 stars for rating) but the story and the characters captivated me and kept me glued to this book until I finished it.

This book has brother's-best-friend and fake-dating (or I guess, in this instance, fake-courting xD), which I adore immensely and which were written in satisfactory manner here. Besides that, this story has a stubborn, independent heroine, a broody hero who fa
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