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SHE VOWED TO RESIST HIM Her wealth and beauty have made Miss Portia Crompton the catch of the season. Secretly determined to wed the maharajah's son she left behind in India, Portia ignores the money-hungry bucks who ply her with bouquets and bonbons. But one suitor will not be deterred: Colin Byrd, Viscount Ratcliffe. He is persistent and presumptuous - and wickedly tempti SHE VOWED TO RESIST HIM Her wealth and beauty have made Miss Portia Crompton the catch of the season. Secretly determined to wed the maharajah's son she left behind in India, Portia ignores the money-hungry bucks who ply her with bouquets and bonbons. But one suitor will not be deterred: Colin Byrd, Viscount Ratcliffe. He is persistent and presumptuous - and wickedly tempting. HE VOWED TO HAVE HER Colin has no delusions about romance. He's a rake, a womanizer, and a murderer, and seduction comes as easily to him as breathing. Portia's fortune is an irresistible lure until Colin's mercenary scheme hits a snag. Winning her dowry is no longer enough - he wants her heart and her passion. The more adamant she is in her refusal, the more determined he is to seduce her... PRAISE FOR SEDUCING THE HEIRESS: "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 Rouge Romance - your first stop for romance books


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SHE VOWED TO RESIST HIM Her wealth and beauty have made Miss Portia Crompton the catch of the season. Secretly determined to wed the maharajah's son she left behind in India, Portia ignores the money-hungry bucks who ply her with bouquets and bonbons. But one suitor will not be deterred: Colin Byrd, Viscount Ratcliffe. He is persistent and presumptuous - and wickedly tempti SHE VOWED TO RESIST HIM Her wealth and beauty have made Miss Portia Crompton the catch of the season. Secretly determined to wed the maharajah's son she left behind in India, Portia ignores the money-hungry bucks who ply her with bouquets and bonbons. But one suitor will not be deterred: Colin Byrd, Viscount Ratcliffe. He is persistent and presumptuous - and wickedly tempting. HE VOWED TO HAVE HER Colin has no delusions about romance. He's a rake, a womanizer, and a murderer, and seduction comes as easily to him as breathing. Portia's fortune is an irresistible lure until Colin's mercenary scheme hits a snag. Winning her dowry is no longer enough - he wants her heart and her passion. The more adamant she is in her refusal, the more determined he is to seduce her... PRAISE FOR SEDUCING THE HEIRESS: "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 Rouge Romance - your first stop for romance books

30 review for Seducing the Heiress

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    4 ½ stars – Historical/Regency Romance It’s been a while since I’ve read a regency historical romance, and although it’s not my favorite romance genre, I still enjoy them on occasion, especially when it’s a captivating story with intriguing characters that keeps me entertained, and Olivia Drake’s Seducing the Heiress, which is the first in her An Heiress in London series, definitely held my interest. Miss Portia Crompton is just a commoner, but she’s the hottest thing to hit the society scene than 4 ½ stars – Historical/Regency Romance It’s been a while since I’ve read a regency historical romance, and although it’s not my favorite romance genre, I still enjoy them on occasion, especially when it’s a captivating story with intriguing characters that keeps me entertained, and Olivia Drake’s Seducing the Heiress, which is the first in her An Heiress in London series, definitely held my interest. Miss Portia Crompton is just a commoner, but she’s the hottest thing to hit the society scene thanks to a nice, fat dowry from her father accumulating vast wealth in India. She’s grabbed the attention of the city’s most eligible bachelors, including the illustrious Duke of Albright, but notorious rogue, rakish womanizer, and alleged murderer Colin Byrd, the Viscount Ratcliffe and archenemy of the Duke, is determined to claim young Portia as his bride in order to win her cushy dowry for himself to restore his dwindling financial status. Ratcliffe holds no delusions about romance and love and sets out to win Portia’s hand purely for money and vengeance against his rival the Duke, but he never anticipated that her inner fire, strength, and beauty would end up charming him. Viscount Ratcliffe is arrogant, persistent, and oh so devilishly tempting to innocent Portia, even though she’s secretly sworn her heart to childhood love, Arun, in India. But Portia is no air-brained fool, and she knows exactly why the Viscount is pursuing her so ardently, but can the charismatic rogue Ratcliffe convince her that he also desires her heart? I really enjoyed this story, loved the characters, especially devastatingly charming, sexy Ratcliffe, and the sexual chemistry and tension was off the charts sizzling and entertaining. My only real complaint is that I would have liked a bit more of Ratcliffe and Portia once they finally came together and became a ‘couple’...and of course an epilogue would have been a cherry on the sundae, but I’m hoping we’ll get to see more of them living happily ever after in the second book in the series, Never Trust a Rogue, when it comes out in Fall’2010. 4 ½ stars!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beanbag Love

    This was a good book. It seems to be the first of a series, so there were some loose ends that weren't tied up, but that didn't actually hamper the story at hand. I have to admit, though, that the discord went on too long for me. I don't think we got to see them being together as a couple for enough time to really feel satisfied by the end. There just weren't a lot of scenes of them being together without it being all fraught with sexual tension. Now, I like sexual tension as much as the next gal This was a good book. It seems to be the first of a series, so there were some loose ends that weren't tied up, but that didn't actually hamper the story at hand. I have to admit, though, that the discord went on too long for me. I don't think we got to see them being together as a couple for enough time to really feel satisfied by the end. There just weren't a lot of scenes of them being together without it being all fraught with sexual tension. Now, I like sexual tension as much as the next gal, but I want to see how they are as people who care about each other on a deeper level. Conversing, joking around, comparing interesting experiences. That kind of thing. They even had some things in common and those things just kind of got skimmed over. So I would have wished for more time together as a couple. That's a common complaint for me, though, so maybe it's just my preference. This is a good, solid regency romance, though, with likable leads and a decent plot. I'm assuming the next book will be Lindsay's so I hope we get to see a bit of Colin and Portia in that one (to experience their wedded bliss and to see how Bane's doing -- loved him!). Lindsay did turn out to be a pretty interesting character, what with her mad burglar skillz and all. It will be fun to see that play out later. Olivia Dane is a good find. I wish I didn't have to wait so long for the next installment.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    What a fun historical read. A light romp with great characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ChloeLeeNH

    I adored this one! It was funny, sexy and quick to read. I loved both the hero and heroine. Though they put in the old love in India.. I really think that it could have stood with the same plot without it. But it did lend to some funny scenes regarding the said person. I am looking forward to the next for sure!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Insh

    “Passion is nothing to be feared,” he murmured. “It all begins with a kiss.”

  6. 4 out of 5

    sadiereads_

    3.5 I liked this. It was predictable but I liked the mystery. Colin was a fun hero and Portia helped me discover a trope I didn’t know I loved. I just felt like I didn’t see them connect in any way other than sexual. I wanted to see them fall in love and I think what I got was them falling in lust or just being infatuated with each other.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    this was a nice read. I had some troubles in the first half of the book because I could not quite get into feeling the attraction but that changed. Colin is viewed as a scoundrel and is cut from society for murdering his father. the first impression we get is that he is obviously gamling away his money and is not to be trusted. but during the book there are a lot of incidents which prove that he is more to him than society thinks. He is generous, loving and - as we experience through the book - s this was a nice read. I had some troubles in the first half of the book because I could not quite get into feeling the attraction but that changed. Colin is viewed as a scoundrel and is cut from society for murdering his father. the first impression we get is that he is obviously gamling away his money and is not to be trusted. but during the book there are a lot of incidents which prove that he is more to him than society thinks. He is generous, loving and - as we experience through the book - someone you can trust and rely on. Portia is a young woman new to the ton and therefore not a real society girl. she knows what she wants and is willing to risk a lot for that. she is also not to proud to see that she was wrong. another for me enjoyable thing was that even when she jumped to conclusions she was always willing to see beyond that the story has a nice pace and there are certain aspects of it that make it truly interesting. in the first half of the book there are only sparks but during the second half one can experience the draw they feel to each other and there is a lot of sexual tension - which is really well written. overall: I liked the book and the main characters. I had hoped for a more funny scenes in this book but that is not how the story goes. nevertheless there are some scenes and banters which are really funny. it would be nice to read a little bit more of them together and I would have enjoyed some kind of Epilogue were we can see how their lives go on or at least their wedding - but maybe we can experience that in the next book of this series. It was an enjoyable read and I will continue to read books from Mrs. Drake

  8. 5 out of 5

    Annii Frazer

    This book annoyed me with its anachronisms. I don't care if a girl's family is 'in trade' or if she was raised in India, there is no way during regency times that she would be sneaking in and out of unmarried gentlemen's houses trying to recover lost goods. Especially as she was trying to be proper and not destroy her reputation (and that of her family). Regency romances that can't stay with the social mores of the time annoy me SO MUCH. This book annoyed me with its anachronisms. I don't care if a girl's family is 'in trade' or if she was raised in India, there is no way during regency times that she would be sneaking in and out of unmarried gentlemen's houses trying to recover lost goods. Especially as she was trying to be proper and not destroy her reputation (and that of her family). Regency romances that can't stay with the social mores of the time annoy me SO MUCH.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tabetha Waite

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! A very entertaining page turner from start to finish. I thought both Portia and Ratcliffe were wonderful characters and that it had a very 'Pride & Prejudice' aspect. Very nicely done! I thoroughly enjoyed this book! A very entertaining page turner from start to finish. I thought both Portia and Ratcliffe were wonderful characters and that it had a very 'Pride & Prejudice' aspect. Very nicely done!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    What's the star rating for "I liked it just fine, but don't have any interest in reading anything else by the author"? Threeish? What's the star rating for "I liked it just fine, but don't have any interest in reading anything else by the author"? Threeish?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Zaxs Yacs

    SHE VOWED TO RESIST HIM Her wealth and beauty have made Miss Portia Crompton the catch of the season. Secretly determined to wed the maharajah's son she left behind in India, Portia ignores the money-hungry bucks who ply her with bouquets and bonbons. But one suitor will not be deterred: Colin Byrd, Viscount Ratcliffe. He is persistent and presumptuous - and wickedly tempting. HE VOWED TO HAVE HER Colin has no delusions about romance. He's a rake, a womanizer, and a murderer, and seduction comes SHE VOWED TO RESIST HIM Her wealth and beauty have made Miss Portia Crompton the catch of the season. Secretly determined to wed the maharajah's son she left behind in India, Portia ignores the money-hungry bucks who ply her with bouquets and bonbons. But one suitor will not be deterred: Colin Byrd, Viscount Ratcliffe. He is persistent and presumptuous - and wickedly tempting. HE VOWED TO HAVE HER Colin has no delusions about romance. He's a rake, a womanizer, and a murderer, and seduction comes as easily to him as breathing. Portia's fortune is an irresistible lure until Colin's mercenary scheme hits a snag. Winning her dowry is no longer enough - he wants her heart and her passion. The more adamant she is in her refusal, the more determined he is to seduce her... PRAISE FOR SEDUCING THE HEIRESS: "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 Rouge Romance - your first stop for romance books

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cookie

    Short and sweet review. A good historical romance. This had a fster pace than Kleypas or Quinn. It felt like the book was constantly moving. And the hero was a bit more complicated than that of the other authors. Is this book better. Not necessarily but it reminded me of the pace my action romance novels. SinceI have read a few of the other writers books it was nice to read something that did have a different style. I will be looking for the next book in this series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Meh.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    When people talk about bad romance novels? This is what they mean. Ridiculous, racist, poorly written—this book is a What Not To Write

  15. 4 out of 5

    Xondra Day

    Middle of the road read. The story was predictable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julie Martinez

    Good! Loved Colin & Portia but his mom is a little troublemaker lol

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This books is...well....ok. In the author bio in the back, Drake is a pseudonym for a best selling author. Well, that kind of makes sense. The dialogue is sharp, witty, and very entertaining. It is the plot that only gets one star. The book goes on until the very last little bit, then all kinds of devices are thrown in. Family issues are resolved, and frankly, the heroine was so smart, I'm surprised she didn't figure out the hero's secrets sooner. Basically, this only got one star because the an This books is...well....ok. In the author bio in the back, Drake is a pseudonym for a best selling author. Well, that kind of makes sense. The dialogue is sharp, witty, and very entertaining. It is the plot that only gets one star. The book goes on until the very last little bit, then all kinds of devices are thrown in. Family issues are resolved, and frankly, the heroine was so smart, I'm surprised she didn't figure out the hero's secrets sooner. Basically, this only got one star because the angst was drawn out through the whole novel, and the conclusion was a bit of a let down. The story left several pieces hanging until the very last moment, and well, the last page should be kiss and the end, instead of the characters finally "getting it". I will keep Drake on my list of authors to watch, and read more from, as the writing itself was good. Drake can only get better as she pens more romances.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    The reason I picked this book to buy was due to what the reviewer said about the author. She liked Drake's writing to Amanda Quick's. I love Amanda Quick, so I wanted to give this author a try. Soon into to the book I realized how wrong the reviewer was. Quick has a ton of humor in her books, which this one lacked, plus her characters were often not perfect in beauty, both characters were. I had trouble getting into the book until almost the end. I felt that there wasn't any real time spent with The reason I picked this book to buy was due to what the reviewer said about the author. She liked Drake's writing to Amanda Quick's. I love Amanda Quick, so I wanted to give this author a try. Soon into to the book I realized how wrong the reviewer was. Quick has a ton of humor in her books, which this one lacked, plus her characters were often not perfect in beauty, both characters were. I had trouble getting into the book until almost the end. I felt that there wasn't any real time spent with both the hero and heroine together. Now, maybe I'm not being fair because of the fact I kept thinking of Quicks books, so I'll try the next book in the series before I stop buying this author. I might not have cared for the slowness of the story but I did like Portia and her sisters. I also liked Colin. Some other characters I can't say the same for.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shan ~A~

    I really liked this book. Portia has got to be one of my favorite heroines to date. She was head strong and no one could stop her from doing what she wanted to do. Along comes Colin to put a damper in all of her plans and steal her heart in the process. I am already looking forward to reading the next book in this series and can't wait for Lindsey's story. Anyway, I couldn't stand Edith Crompton or Lady Ratcliffe. I guess it was a sign of their time, because they were some very selfish women. I u I really liked this book. Portia has got to be one of my favorite heroines to date. She was head strong and no one could stop her from doing what she wanted to do. Along comes Colin to put a damper in all of her plans and steal her heart in the process. I am already looking forward to reading the next book in this series and can't wait for Lindsey's story. Anyway, I couldn't stand Edith Crompton or Lady Ratcliffe. I guess it was a sign of their time, because they were some very selfish women. I understand Mrs. Crompton wanting her daughter to marry well, but she really wasn't concerned at all about what was in Portia's best interest, just in her own. I can't wait to see how Lindsey and Blythe handle her when their times come. As for Lady Ratcliffe, well you will just have to read the story and then you will understand what I mean.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Okay so to me the book had a mellow flow I totally loved the plot and the passages are so descriptive. Im a fan of H/H alternating POVs but the fact that hmmm even if you dont read the decription about the other books in the trilogy something funny is going on with Portias parents. There was intigue and mystery, the tension between the H/H was palpable full of steaminess. Colin wasnt at all what he seemed and as you move along and get to know him better it feels like Colin is alot more worth tha Okay so to me the book had a mellow flow I totally loved the plot and the passages are so descriptive. Im a fan of H/H alternating POVs but the fact that hmmm even if you dont read the decription about the other books in the trilogy something funny is going on with Portias parents. There was intigue and mystery, the tension between the H/H was palpable full of steaminess. Colin wasnt at all what he seemed and as you move along and get to know him better it feels like Colin is alot more worth than for Portia, because she insists on putting him as the role of the bad guys. Its like theres so many things that happen that redeam him but she still insist he has all these vices, ugh it got tiring. And Colin he kept messing up but still in the end who wouldnt want their own Colin.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    Though it did keep my interest throughout the book, it wasn't spectacular. The love connection and love scenes were a little lack luster for me. The ending was a bit of a disappointment as well. Arun finally returns to Portia, and he's totally cool with her being in love with another guy. He travels all the way from India to see her, and doesn't even put up a fight?! Just seemed a little unrealistic. The actual ending of the book felt to be unfinished in a way. Portia and Colin profess their und Though it did keep my interest throughout the book, it wasn't spectacular. The love connection and love scenes were a little lack luster for me. The ending was a bit of a disappointment as well. Arun finally returns to Portia, and he's totally cool with her being in love with another guy. He travels all the way from India to see her, and doesn't even put up a fight?! Just seemed a little unrealistic. The actual ending of the book felt to be unfinished in a way. Portia and Colin profess their undying love, and that's it. I had expected a short epilogue, at least, but pretty short, sweet, and a little boring.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Megzy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Two thirds of the way through the book, I didn't know how I felt about it. I was frustrated with the turn of events and the development; with the characters and their personalities. Ratcliffe's relationship with his mother really got on my nerves. I would have told her to grow up, but that's just me. Arun's sudden appearance and his lack of emotion to surrender the woman he was in love with and has traveled so many months to marry made as much sense as Portia having no concern with and encourage Two thirds of the way through the book, I didn't know how I felt about it. I was frustrated with the turn of events and the development; with the characters and their personalities. Ratcliffe's relationship with his mother really got on my nerves. I would have told her to grow up, but that's just me. Arun's sudden appearance and his lack of emotion to surrender the woman he was in love with and has traveled so many months to marry made as much sense as Portia having no concern with and encourage Ratcliffe's ex mistress to live under his roof.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Cerrato

    Eh, I had a hard time getting into this one. I probably would've enjoyed it more if it was obvious from the beginning that the love interest, Ratcliffe, was taking the rap for someone else where his reputation was concerned. I never felt a real connection between the main characters until about 2/3rds through. There was also a mysterious visitor to the house hinting something about the mother's past. It doesn't come up again in this book, maybe in a future book? It was just confusing. Eh, I had a hard time getting into this one. I probably would've enjoyed it more if it was obvious from the beginning that the love interest, Ratcliffe, was taking the rap for someone else where his reputation was concerned. I never felt a real connection between the main characters until about 2/3rds through. There was also a mysterious visitor to the house hinting something about the mother's past. It doesn't come up again in this book, maybe in a future book? It was just confusing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Annii

    This book annoyed me with its anachronisms. I don't care if a girl's family is 'in trade' or if she was raised in India, there is no way during regency times that she would be sneaking in and out of unmarried gentlemen's houses trying to recover lost goods. Especially as she was trying to be proper and not destroy her reputation (and that of her family). Regency romances that can't stay with the social mores of the time annoy me SO MUCH. This book annoyed me with its anachronisms. I don't care if a girl's family is 'in trade' or if she was raised in India, there is no way during regency times that she would be sneaking in and out of unmarried gentlemen's houses trying to recover lost goods. Especially as she was trying to be proper and not destroy her reputation (and that of her family). Regency romances that can't stay with the social mores of the time annoy me SO MUCH.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    I started this book because I needed something fluffy and light after the last book I read. I wasn't expecting much, but I quite enjoyed it. The characters had good chemistry, the plot was interesting, the writing was good. The pacing progressed well, twists came at appropriate times - it's all around solid book. Perhaps nothing new, or mindblowing, or revolutionary, but I didn't getting bored or angry at it once, which I find myself doing too often these days. I started this book because I needed something fluffy and light after the last book I read. I wasn't expecting much, but I quite enjoyed it. The characters had good chemistry, the plot was interesting, the writing was good. The pacing progressed well, twists came at appropriate times - it's all around solid book. Perhaps nothing new, or mindblowing, or revolutionary, but I didn't getting bored or angry at it once, which I find myself doing too often these days.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This book was just sort of average for me. I don't really have any big negatives, but I didn't really have any highlights, either. Portia and Colin were both likeable and I certainly wanted Colin to get the girl, but I found a lot of the plot line predictable and uninspiring. I found the duke's animosity and quest for "revenge" too over the top to be really believable and Colin's loyalty to his selfish, immature mother also lacked credibility. This book was just sort of average for me. I don't really have any big negatives, but I didn't really have any highlights, either. Portia and Colin were both likeable and I certainly wanted Colin to get the girl, but I found a lot of the plot line predictable and uninspiring. I found the duke's animosity and quest for "revenge" too over the top to be really believable and Colin's loyalty to his selfish, immature mother also lacked credibility.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Fierro

    This series is off to a good start. We have the heiress Portia, who secretly pines for a man she left behind in India, trying to both keep her freedom and be a proper English lass for her family. Her unconventional upbringing puts her at odds with the proper misses. Viscount Ratcliffe, Colin Byrd, needs Portia's dowry to get out of debt, but soon discovers he wants the woman more than the money! This series is off to a good start. We have the heiress Portia, who secretly pines for a man she left behind in India, trying to both keep her freedom and be a proper English lass for her family. Her unconventional upbringing puts her at odds with the proper misses. Viscount Ratcliffe, Colin Byrd, needs Portia's dowry to get out of debt, but soon discovers he wants the woman more than the money!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cathiecaffey

    I got this book as soon as it was out and was captivated by this read and its a debut in this name but a favorite author of mine, Barbara Dawson Smith. Loved this heroine of Portia, so independent and so know what she wants! And Colin, Lord Ratcliffe, he does have a huge heart! He's drowning in debt but too drowns in lust and love with her. I did too! I got this book as soon as it was out and was captivated by this read and its a debut in this name but a favorite author of mine, Barbara Dawson Smith. Loved this heroine of Portia, so independent and so know what she wants! And Colin, Lord Ratcliffe, he does have a huge heart! He's drowning in debt but too drowns in lust and love with her. I did too!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fira Rosli

    Meh. This book is just okay for me. First half of the book is waaaay better then the another half of the book. I don't understand why the author has to drag and drag the ending, making more complications when she could have easily end the story happily and write a satisfying epilogue? Ugh. I hate it when a story doesn't end with an epilogue. Meh. This book is just okay for me. First half of the book is waaaay better then the another half of the book. I don't understand why the author has to drag and drag the ending, making more complications when she could have easily end the story happily and write a satisfying epilogue? Ugh. I hate it when a story doesn't end with an epilogue.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Geeky PBnJ

    This book had moments I enjoyed but for the most part it was rather lackluster. The problems and resolutions were a bit contrived; nothing too exciting, nor terribly romantic. The banter between the H/H was mildly humorous; mostly they just lusted after each other. When they finally did hop into bed it was the standard flowery fare of a regency romance.

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