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Seducing the Heiress Mass Market Paperback – Dec 2009

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Original edition (Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312943458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312943455
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.1 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,364,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This decadent Regency romance debut is carried along by a spunky heroine and sumptuous descriptions of upper-class life." Publishers Weekly "This book has it all: a fabulous hero, a wonderful heroine, and sizzling passion. Read it and watch the sparks fly!" -- Christina Dodd "Guaranteed to seduce readers everywhere. This book is something truly special, an unforgettable story filled with passion, intrigue, and sweep-you-away romance." -- Susan Wiggs

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Olivia Drake is a New York Times bestselling author who lives in Texas. Her novels have won critical acclaim and numerous industry awards including the prestigious RITA. She invites you to visit

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By Chris on 12 Feb. 2013
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Sit down before a warm fire and read this book well worth your time it is very good ..enjoy this
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The first half of the story was a four star 27 Jan. 2010
By Scout - Published on
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I really liked Ratcliff and until the author had us do the math to figure out his age, I was delighting myself of seeing him 24 or 25. His antics were more of a younger lord that hadn't matured completely. He was honest with himself that he needed a wealthy debutante because of the the money. I agree with other reviews that the Portia's parents were well written. Also loved the strawberry scene! Spectacles. Ratcliffe trying to do the right things...all very, very good.

What I didn't like was the second half of the book.
1. The bad guy needed more of a reason to be in Ratcliff's face all the time.
2. Ratcliff stepped out of character when he didn't send his mother back to the country. As soon as the author allowed him to differ from his strategy of three years, it was too easy of a set up. I think the author could have still used the same plot ideas, just write it in a way that wasn't glaring to the readers that this was going to be an obvious problem.
3. Hated scenes where Portia constantly participated in romantic moments, then immediately would say I hate you. Leave me alone. If only the author didn't write every romantic scene that way, I would have enjoyed the book more. I would love to have Portia grow with her love and enjoy his attempts to be with her than do the hot cold relationship.
4. I didn't like the ending being so neat and clean so quickly and unbelievable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a winner 27 Dec. 2009
By M. DETWILER - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was very pleased with this book. It was a perfect read for the day after Christmas--light, very entertaining, and with great characters. Olivia Drake also writes as Barbara Dawson Smith and I have always been a fan of hers. This book will end up on my keeper shelf as I am anxious to read the stories of the other two sisters. Portia and her family have returned from India, but she secretly plans to return there to marry her Indian love, Arun. However, she is much prized on the English marriage mart for her huge dowry and many men are planning to marry her and keep her in England. Naturally our hero, Colin, spies her and needs her to pay his enormous debts. I loved the scene where he saves her by throwing a strawberry. He was a real charmer and he really made the book for me. I liked her sisters, Blythe and Lindsey. Portia's parents were typical. Dad loved her but mom wanted her to marry up and pull the family up with her. Colin's mother had quite the backstory and really showed the kind of man Colin was. He was great with his mother and went above and beyond to protect her. I love it when these gorgeous, wonderful men have a little flaw. His was he had to wear spectacles when he read. Just made him even yummier. Anyway, this was a very good book by a very accomplished and prolific writer. I eagerly await her next offering.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
mmmm..something was missing 10 April 2010
By Liz Bennet - Published on
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Viscount Colin Byrd needs to marry a wealthy heiress rather quickly to pay off his debts and he decided to target Miss Portia Crompton. Unfortunately for him Portia is pining for her beloved Arun back in India. There was something lacking with this story. I felt it had potential as both Colin and Portia did have some chemistry but it needed to be developed further.
Hero made for great comic relief 21 Aug. 2014
By Leah Mullen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I really liked this book. I tend to stay away from the spunky/beautiful heroines and instead read the "old maid/spinster" love stories. But thankfully this author did not beat us over the head with descriptions of Portia's beauty and instead showed us an adventurous, open minded, lively young lady with a soul. I liked how her attraction to Colin was based at first on curiosity. She wanted to know his secrets and went about investigating them. Colin was a fun devil may care hero and made for great comic relief as his efforts to court Portia kept going awry--especially when she shoots him. heheheh. Loved that part. Only after reading a review did I give thought to how old Colin was. I was thinking 25 or 26 to Portia's 19, but I think the age difference might have been far greater, which would have put me off, had I realized it. The book is about 250 pages and I got bored around page 200. The love scene takes place circa pg 206 and was a yawn. So I can't give this work 5 stars. But overall I enjoyed it and will look for more titles by this author.
The first in Olivia Drake's captivating series, SEDUCING THE HEIRESS 22 Feb. 2010
By cb - Published on
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I loved this book! Portia Crompton & her wealthy family has been living in India most of her life and now her mother wants her marry into society. Her mother wants her marry this Duke but she is being pursued by Colin Byrd, Viscount Ratcliffe the Duke's enemy. Ratcliffe & Portia continue to have great romantic interludes but because Ratcliffe is outcast in society and that all he wants is Portia's money - it just does look like a happy ending. The twist and turns with make you want to cheer - on the edge of your seat...

Looking forward to the other Crompton sister's stories; Never Trust A Rogue & Scandal of the Year.
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