Sunday, April 18, 2010
Author: Tessa Dare
Publishing Date: 2009
Book Disclosure: Borrowed from the library
Lucy Waltham has set her sights on her brother's friend, Toby. Only Toby is pining after another young lady, Sophia. Then Lucy decides to take matters into her own hands, late one evening Lucy goes to find Toby and seduce him. Instead of finding Toby she runs into her other brother's friend, Jeremy Trescott the Earl of Kendall. Lucy and Jeremy start a faux relationship in which Lucy hopes to make Toby jealous. Along the way, Lucy and Jeremy discover that their feelings for each other are true.
Goddess of the Hunt had some positive press around the blogosphere which perked my interest up. Tessa Dare is a new to me and I would have never been introduced to her book otherwise. Despite all the positive press, this one was just a mediocre read for me.
I am not really sure what it was that I didn’t like about the book. The story dragged for me mostly in the middle. I was interested in the beginning, but then the pacing started to drag. I think some of this was due to the childish behavior of both Lucy and Jeremy. Lucy is young. If I am not mistaken she is eighteen or nineteen and it shows. Her maturity level is low on the totem pole, if you know what I mean. She seemed to keep dwelling on her infatuation with Toby, which sort of annoyed me.
Overall, the flow of the story was a little too slow for my taste. Some of this was due to the characters. Some of this was due to beating certain points into the ground. This seems to be just the author’s style. I wonder if this is indicative of her first book and if subsequent books would be different.
I did like the friendship that developed between Lucy and Sophia. Sophia was the girl that Toby was interested in instead of Lucy. The author could have made Sophia out to be a villain or victim, and instead made her a very fun-loving and imaginative woman. A person anyone would want to befriend and make it really hard to be jealous of her. There is definitely a lot of sequel baiting with her character, but I felt it was just worthy.
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