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An Invitation to Seduction (Daughters of Fortune #4)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  617 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Kitty Robertson has grown up wealthy and influential, and she’s never more at home than when in an English parlour displaying her social graces.

When she looks for a husband, of course she seeks a man just as home in his position—hopefully a lofty one—as she is. Nicholas Glenville, Marquess of Greystone, is just such a man. He is so attentive and gentlemanly that she can’t
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2004)
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Jul 16, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
American Heiress Kitty Robertson is planning to wed Nicholas Glenville, the Marquess of Farmingham, who she has known for years. But then she meets Richard Stanbury, the Duke of Weddington. Sparks fly between them at their first meeting. Right away Richard knows this is the woman for him. When he finds that she is engaged to his friend, Farmingham, he knows she will never by happy in that marriage. Richard sets out to win Kitty's love, but she isn't cooperating.

This is the last book in Lorraine
Dec 06, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
This was another solid read from Lorraine Heath. The hero in this book is very reminiscent of the Lisa Kleypas heroes that I love. The Duke of Weddington falls in love with Kitty Robertson after a brief meeting and will do anything to have her. The only problem...she's engaged to his best friend. Richard knows that Kitty can never be happy the Marquess of Farthingham, but he cannot tell her why because of his loyalty to his friend. That doesn't stop him from trying to win Kitty for himself.

I ca
May 11, 2012 Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third Lorraine Heath book. To be honest the only reason I got to a third book of Heath's was because I like the audiobook's narrator. This was the worst of the three books. The heroine does not like the hero the entire book. She gets a glimpse of his nude body at the beginning of the book and of course he was bronze like every other English hero. I don't know how these lords and dukes get bronze bodies in rainy England to begin with. I am pretty easy going and usually like the heroine ...more
An interesting plot with several turns that though predicted, didn't make it any less enjoyable. After all, it's ok if some of the parts you can see coming - at least the author is laying groundwork. I have never enjoyed the "SURPRISE! Everything out of left field ending" so there is that in its favor.

I did like the male lead in particular and enjoyed the story. Heath once again writes a good romance.
I can't... I just can't begin to comprehend how Lorraine Heath can be the author of the delightful Scoundrels series AND this horrendously terribly series which got worse with each book.

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Mar 17, 2017 Carmen rated it really liked it
Very good read . .a bit long but very enjoyable.
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Lady Wesley
Duke lusts after rich American girl who is engaged to marry his best friend. He knows that best friend will be a terrible husband, but he can't tell her why. So, he just decides to sweep her off her feet to the point that she'll jilt the best friend. Tragedy intervenes. Not hard to figure out what's going on here.

LH can tell a story, but in this case it's a rather silly one.
Mary Lauer
I liked this one much better than Lydia and Rhys's story. I figured it all out before the big reveal. I wish that Kitty hadn't had such a negative impression of Jessye in the beginning. That made it kind of unbelievable. I don't think that David and his wife would ever have let that impression go uncorrected.
Nov 17, 2010 Saral rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hated Nicky in the book and guessed he was gay at the 100th or so page... Also it was pretty obvious that he didn't die in the storm at all... from the beggining too!

Plus Kitty is not likeable. I couldn't support her anymore after half the book was over and Richard was too good a hero for her.
Lawless Lily
Mar 04, 2017 Lawless Lily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entah kenapa, pas awal2 Richard menekankan klo Nicky ga bisa ngebahagiain Kitty, aku udah curiga klo Nicky ini punya hasrat lain tentang cinta. Tapi dengan apik Lorraine Heath sangat pandai membuat pembacanya dimabuk kepayang oleh cerita yang menguras emosi. Dibuat bingung kepada siapa pembaca harus memberi dukungan. Untuk Richard yg terang2an ingin mengambil tunangan teman baiknya. Atau untuk Nicky yang terang2an membutuhkan Kitty melalui uangnya. Dan berakhir dengan klimaks yg cukup menegangka ...more
Angela Noviana
Pantesan aja aku gak tau anak siapa si Kitty ini. Ternyata "Kitty" adalah nama panggilan dari seorang wanita yang dilahirkan di luar pernikahan kemudian diadopsi oleh salah satu keluarga Inggris. Tahu siapa? Yep, Mary Ellen, anak dari Jessye.

Kitty terpukau oleh Richard ketika ia melihat pria itu berenang di laut. Richard sejak mengetahui wanita berambut merah itu melihatnya, pria itu semakin penasaran dengan si wanita ini. Kemudian ketika Richard berhasil menangkapnya, Kitty mengatakan bahwa dia
Bintang 2.5
Daughters of Fortune #4.

Tidak suka dengan tokoh Kitty yg menurutku munafik yg selalu menolak Richard Stanbury Duke of Weddington baik pendekatan, perasaan dan juga lamarannya yg tulus, bergelora dan penuh gairah. Padahal dalam hati Kitty selalu mengingat dan membayangkan Richard dalam pikirannya bahkan membandingkannya dengan tunangannya Nicholas "Nicky" Glenville Marquess og Fartingham. Selama setengah buku aku dibuat bosan dan sakit hati akan penolakan Kitty atas pendekatan dan rayu
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Rating 2 1/2 Stars

Posted on What I'm Reading

I struggled with An Invitation to Seduction by Lorraine Heath. Don't get me wrong, I love her writing and she's able to make impossible situations work. However, this one didn't work for me. You know it's not working for you when it takes you two weeks to listen to the story.

Lets start with the positives. Her writing is still amazing and the narrator they had selected to read the part did an excellent job at reading. She did a marvelous job between swi
Megan Lavey-Heaton
This was a brilliant book, and it was such a refreshing read coming off the spate of mediocre books I just finished. I think I'm really starting to become a Lorraine Heath fan, as I not only read one, but two of her books last night.

In "An Invitation to Seduction," we get the pairing of two minor characters from Heath's other books. We initially see them as children, though because I read them out of order, I read Richard's story before seeing him as a child. The sensuality was just lovely thro
Mar 07, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story. Kitty and her adopted parents are in London to give Kitty a season. She falls in love with Nicholas Farthingham, an impoverished earl (maybe-? I don't really remember, now). Anyway, the book begins with her spotting a man on the shore at dawn swimming nude. She is immediately attracted to him. It turns out to be Richard whose land they are on. He just happens to be a duke, of course. He briefly spots her running away. He is intrigued as well. He discovers she is betrothed to his b ...more
Eleanor Shakespeare
Steady steady seduction sees triumph

Kitty is a Texan born débutante in London but has gone to the Cornish coast for a holiday with her family before the Season begins. Richard Duke of Weddington has a manor there and is spotted by Kitty before the sea naked and at a distance. Although seen from a far he is determined to find and posses the woman who so boldly looked at him. He finds her in London at the start of the Season but she is soon to be married to his best friend the Marquis of Farthingh
Jan 06, 2012 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started out rating this with a solid 5 stars, however as the story played out it just went downhill for me until the end (and thank goodness an Epilogue that redeemed itself back to a likable read for me)
I loved Richard's passion, strength, and loyalty, and through most of the story for me, Kitty's character just never measured up to a standard good enough for him (until the trial) which was so far into the book, I wished it had come to light much, much sooner. The fact that Richard tried so
Yulia Anggraini
habis bca c ryhs yg punya keluarga yg kurang normal n harmonis,ketemu dgn richard yg pny keluarga normal n bahagia g pny masa lalu suram bin muram sungguh melegakan rasax... :)

sukaaa sangaat richard....g ad yg namax galau2 ria,katax dy tipe pria yg tidak mengingkari ap yg dy inginkn...jadiii saat dy melihat kity n mginginginknx,tanpa malu n ragu dy nguber2 kity...

kity yg menganggap bernapsu n terengah2 itu menjijikan... ;p
setengah mati menghindari richard yg bsa membuatx membayangkan hal2 yg tid
Kiki Belle
May 28, 2015 Kiki Belle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why Kitty is getting all the hate in reviews because I found Richard to be abominable in all sorts of ways. I've long since gotten used to romance novel heroes being essentially terrible in a way, but he really irritated me right from the start. He wants to make Kitty his duchess for no real reason other than he wants to screw her. He knows nothing about her, and she's engaged to his friend. He allegedly admires her loyalty but wishes for her to betray his friend. I couldn't even fi ...more
Dilla Nanditya
Awal-awal baca, menurutku Kitty itu SUPER MUNA dan bikin aku sebeeeeellll sampe nyaris menyesal gegara ngasih nama salah satu anakku (boneka bantal kucing betina) "Kitty" juga! Argh! Udah deh lo gak kenal sama Jessye juga kan kenapa elo nge-judge dia sebegitu kejamnya!? Mana pake bergairah sama si Richard lagi. Habis itu menolak habis-habisan although her denial patut diacungi jempol. Tapi syukur deh di akhir dia finally mengerti dan memaklumi pilihan yang terpaksa diambil Jessye di masa lalu. S ...more
I've enjoyed so many of LH's books and her Scoundrels of St. James series has two of my all time favorite heroes. That being said, if this was the first LH book I'd ever read I would not have bothered to read any other of her books. I almost didn't finish it and had an overwhelming desire to throat punch the heroine through the vast majority of the book. There are so many things wrong with this book I won't list them all, because that would give away the entire plot. I liked Richard, but he wasn ...more
Alexandria Tale
Wow, I really can't stand the heroine. She was such a bitch! She judge her own mother even though she didn't know anything about her. She denied and loathed Richard, the hero, about how he made her in heat for him. She blamed Richard for Nicky's "death", even though Nicky was an irresponsible fellow. I really don't understand how Richard could love someone as annoying as her. He was hurt countless times, but still, he tried to please her. She didn't deserve his undying devotion. He deserved bett ...more
Limau Nipis
I should stop reading this stupid book in the first chapter. I forced myself to finish this yesterday, after such a long time.

What the??? A very weakened plot. The hero is a chauvinist, all macho, stubborn as hell - and simply put, I don't like it.

The heroine, I think I want to scream to her at some point. She cannot choose between her fiancée and the hero. It is either her fiancée or the hero. Back and forth, back and forth. Muddled feelings all the time.

Such weak characters and such a weak plo
I can totally see why this book has received mixed reviews. Especially regarding the heroine. I, however, felt that although the heroine's actions could be seen as ridiculous at times, Heath explains well enough why Kitty is the way she is. For me the character made perfect sense. Now Richard, like most everyone else I absolutely ADORED him. He was the epitome of a sexy historical hero. His character is definitely up there as one of my all time faves. For me, this was a great story. It was a pag ...more
Nov 01, 2009 Kit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can see why the reviews were polarized. Definitely a typical Lorraine Heath page turner, well written- great ending and epilogue. What was different was the plot and the amount of angst from the heroine- that was not typical from Ms Heath. Usually her books have rated a 5 with me, this one had a sadness running through it that even though it ended beautifully it pulled that 5 star quality from it.
Sep 14, 2016 Libby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gosh I've managed to acquire and read some seriously questionable books over the years. While Ms. Heath has written some truly enjoyable stories, this one just didn't work for me.

The hero falls in love and proposes marriage after about a total of 10 minutes interaction with the heroine - another freaking feisty American. Turns out she's in love and engaged to the hero's gay bestie. Nothing really came together in this story for me.
Wicked Incognito Now
I'm really on a roll. Another "did not finish" for me.

Amazon reviewers say that if this is your first Lorraine Heath, then don't let this book keep you from reading others.

So, I will give her another try, later.

But as for this book, it had no flair. The writing is very bland, the characters are not believable....

I think the really great romance authors have ruined me for all others. Now if those authors would only write more often!
I'm not sure what happened with the synopsis for this book on this Goodreads record. The man she meets is Richard Stanbury, Duke of Weddington. Although I'm only 24% of the way through, I'm pretty sure I've guessed Nicky's secret. But I'm so enjoying the interaction between the characters that I'm finding it difficult to put it down.
Richard and Kitty. He wanted her from the very beginning but she was set to be engaged to someone else. She kept calling the man she wanted to marry "safe". Th book was well-written, but I wanted to smack Kitty on numerous occasions. I couldn't see what Richard saw in her, beyond the physical attraction.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 21, 2015 11:44AM  
  • The Golden Leopard
  • How to Deceive a Duke
  • To Marry the Duke (American Heiresses, #1)
  • Never Dare a Duke (Sons of Scandal, #2)
  • My Cherished Enemy
  • Swept Away
  • Sin and Sensibility (Griffin Family, #1)
  • The Prince's Bride (Effingtons, #4)
  • The Husband Trap (The Trap Trilogy, #1)
  • Tempted By the Night (Marlowe, #2)
  • After Dark with a Scoundrel (Lords of Vice, #3)
  • A Historical Christmas Present
  • Dance of Seduction (Swanlea Spinsters, #4)
  • The Bride Price
  • Confessions at Midnight (Mayhem in Mayfair, #2)
  • Wicked Angel
  • Confessions of a Scoundrel (Talisman Ring, #2)
Also writes Young Adult under Rachel Hawthorne, Jade Parker, and with her son as J.A. London)

Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® durin
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Other Books in the Series

Daughters of Fortune (4 books)
  • The Outlaw and the Lady (Daughters of Fortune, #1)
  • To Marry an Heiress (Daughters of Fortune, #2)
  • Love With a Scandalous Lord (Daughters of Fortune, #3)

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