Date read: December 20, 2013
The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy
1. Goddess of the Hunt - Paperback | Kindle
2. Surrender of a Siren
3. A Lady of Persuasion
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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.Thoughts on Goddess of the Hunt: Tessa Dare, you had me at "wanton dairymaid." Randomly, I do so love her series titles. Between this one and Stud Club, I'm awash in *finger gunning* giggles.
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?
So. Lucy and Jeremy. I liked Lucy and I enjoyed watching her come into her own but, for me, this was Jeremy's book. His childhood has left him with some pretty impressive hangups. Some of the things he's dealing with he doesn't even realize are issues for him. And I loved -- loved loved loved -- watching Lucy unthaw those parts of him that he's trying to keep hidden.
The slow realization that the very things that make Lucy "unsuitable" were the things he adored about her was awesome. I really like when tough men fall and Jeremy fell hard for Lucy and her bold ways. Also, her "practicing" on Jeremy gave me a good laugh. Poor Jeremy. Once Lucy sets her mind to something, it's happening whether he wants it to or not.
Highly enjoyable, but I'm predisposed to liking all Tessa Dare's books after going on that Spindle Cove binge. Geez, her books make me happy.