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The Fortune Hunter (Lord Rival #2)

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It was time to swallow his pride and face the obvious. It would take a fortune to replenish his estate. He could neither borrow it nor earn it. Very well, he must marry it.

Desperate and destitute, the devilish Lord Rival has drawn up a list of wealthy women who might be willing to wed--and Lady Olivia Fairfax is one of them. But when he finally meets the mysterious spinste
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Signet (first published 2002)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
If you like the reformed rake romance trope -- and I have to admit that I'm kind of a sucker for it, logic and sensibility be hanged -- this is a really good one. Maybe even my favorite, partly because the man's change in heart is explained so well and is actually believable.

The scandalous Lord Rival has decided it's time to stop wasting away his life, and try to restore his family estate. But he's (secretly) a pauper, so clearly he needs to marry a rich woman to fund the restoration of Rye Vale
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Kathleen
Awesome story. Perfect (for me). Lord Rival, aka Baron George Carstairs, aka the fortune hunter, is about the sexiest fellow I've met in a tame Regency romance. Delicious. Emotional.

This author hit all my sweet spots: an earthy hero who trades in sexy banter and devil-may-care bravado while pulling madly for shore, an amusing surface with deadly serious undertones, and so much emotion: desperation, hope, elation, sadness, compassion, poignancy, protectiveness, passion, fear, shame, heartbreak, s
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Jacqueline
Dec 13, 2013 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
A surpassingly lovely story about a fortune hunter who falls in love with the rich lady he is chasing. Beautiful, charming, witty dialog. Lovely characterization of both the hero and the heroine.

The hero makes the mistake in the beginning by admitting to the heroine that he needed to marry money. He thinks that the heroine is a housemaid and then has to dig himself out of the hole he has placed himself into. He refuses to go on and try a different heiress since he has fallen hard for the heroine
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Anne
I know I love a book when I develop a massive crush on the hero. This was the case here with our charming, heart-melting and devilish Lord Rival, who captured my interest early on in the previous book, Falling For Chloe, and who totally had me at his feet in this book. Talk about ensnaring and manipulating an innocent woman!

There are different types of rakes, and to be perfectly honest, before I started reading Regency romances, I never thought I would like a rakish hero. I soon discovered that
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Carisa
The title and blurb supposedly say it all, so I expected ‘predictable’ only to get unpredictable at every turn. Excellent writing, beautiful love story.
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GENRE/TONE:
Historical/Light
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FULL SCENES:
none, some kissing, making out not described, FM
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HERO:
Playful, a sexy rake, gambles for a living. With heroine
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Leona
Mar 30, 2016 Leona rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, regency
A lovely romance about a young heiress and a fortune hunter. Though the story line has been done again and again, this time it was absolutely fresh. Nothing was as it seemed. The hero was to die for, yet I didn't start out liking him. In fact, I was pretty sure that he would end up on my "worthless heroes" bookshelf. But, the author did a great job in peeling back the multiple, complex layers that revealed a very worth man.

Secondary characters added depth to the story and the ending had a great
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Ashley
Dec 13, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
I am very picky when it comes to romance novels. Too often it seems that good writing, fully-developed characters, and witty dialogue are swept aside to make room for an overabundance of cliches and bedroom scenes. Fortunately, that is not the case with this book. The Fortune Hunter is, in a word, delightful. It is everything you could wish for in a romance novel. I have read it three times, and it still makes me laugh out loud. The characters are interesting and well-developed. Devilishly ...more
Sophie
Feb 16, 2013 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
A wonderful, passionate story of trust and the importance of love, with no catches! It made a nice change to read a story about a rake, the one that doesn't seem to be the hero type, especially when he was the 'bad guy' in another story. But this character, as you discover throughout the story, does have a true heart, deep down, and heroic tendencies. And the heroine helps to stir these real and honourable characteristics and discover the hero lurking beneath. As you discover more and more about ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I’ve had this one on my radar for a long time now and finally decided to give it a try. I read Falling for Chloe first, mainly to get a glimpse of Lord Rival before reading his story in The Fortune Hunter. Lord Rival (George, which isn’t a very sexy name) is dirt poor. His father and grandfather squandered all their money and left them in ruin. George is fed up with his lazy life and has finally reached a point where he wants to return his childhood home to its former glory. In order to do that ...more
Corduroy
This is my second Diane Farr read, after The Nobody. How did I not know about her before? Especially as a Georgette Heyer fan, I can't believe I am only just discovering her work.

The Fortune Hunter revolves around Olivia, who is a spinster of the 26-years-old and actually very attractive variety. Olivia has pretty good reasons for not wanting to get married: she understands that her money is a powerful lure for a certain kind of untrustworthy man, she likes what freedom she has as a single lady
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Linda
This romance is the follow-up to FALLING FOR CHLOE and is George Carstairs aka Lord Rival's story. His father and grandfather sucked his ancestral home dry before passing on to their great reward and leaving it in a mess for Rival to fix. Playing cards for money and wooing married women before moving on to someone else, he has finally reached rock bottom.

George has kept how he has lived a secret for so long that he seems to know nothing else. Both a scamp and a rogue, George finally realizes he
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MRB
Oct 04, 2013 MRB rated it really liked it
Poignant, subtly witty, warm, emotionally rich and with some highlight-worthy insights and turns of phrase. I absolutely adored the hero who, like most alleged 'wicked' rakes is, of course, a wonderful man at heart. And a very charming, appealing one as well!

The heroine was a tiny bit too perfect for my taste, but she's certainly likable and admirable. My one minor complaint is that the author tends to add in some superfluous descriptions of exactly what everyone is feeling at a certain moment
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Corduroy
Jan 12, 2016 Corduroy rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorites. Everything about it is so very good and competent. The people are real, the stakes are real, the witty banter is (thank the lord) genuinely witty. Heroine is an independently-wealthy heiress who quietly bears up under the weight of her own era's pressures on single women (no freedom, no respect, but maybe still more freedom and respect than are available to you if you marry poorly!) - hero is a penniless aristocratic fortune hunter, and among the finest examples of ...more
Tandie
This was light and fluffy goodness. I tell you, it made me feel all warm and fuzzy in my heart. It was formulaic, full of tropes, yet it worked. Definitely a character driven story.

Ivy is independent, intelligent, and kind. Oh, and an heiress. She founded a charity school single handedly and manages all aspects, including banking and bookkeeping, herself. That, the fact that Ivy was somewhat lax about being alone with a male, and her sparkly dress kind of left me questioning the time period. It
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Maqluba
Funny, entertaining, and a nice twist on a cliche. We've got a the biggest rake in London who's finally sick of his poverty and wants to marry rich so he can fix his family home. We've also got an independent (with a capital I) spinster who's very content with her life. They meet, he accidentally tells her his plans, she refuses to marry him but wants to be his friend to have a little adventure in her life, and he decides this is the perfect opportunity to seduce her into marriage. She's onto ...more
TJ
Dec 13, 2013 TJ rated it really liked it
Great read! Very well written, sexy and sizzling without being steamy, how nice for a change! Both the hero and heroine are so well defined that you feel you could know them personally. I guessed the twist at the end but even so, it was the perfect way to reconcile the problems the characters were facing.
Janet
Dec 13, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it
There were many funny bits but this book was very serious too. The heroine had been treated horribly earlier in her life: Lord Rival was, admittedly, a fortune hunter but he was also a real person with reasons for needing to marry money that were more than valid.

A real keeper shelf book for me!
Erica Anderson
Dec 13, 2013 Erica Anderson rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of Diane Farr's traditional Regencies, and The Fortune Hunter bridges the gap between trads and historicals. The plot is basically lady-reforms-rake, but Farr does great things with this theme--giving us two complex, thoughtful characters who spar constantly--to great effect. There's real emotional depth here, too. The heroine, who is independently wealthy, was burned by a fortune hunter in her youth. She is genuinely in love with Rival, the hero, but doesn't trust her own judgment. Fa ...more
Suzanne
Absolutely loved this book! It had all the wit, madcap charm, and the deep emotionality of a classic George Cukor romantic comedy. The hero, Lord Rival (George) is quite possibly the sexiest and most charming rogue hero ever, and his heroine, Lady Olivia, is as intelligent and feisty as a young Katherine Hepburn. The secondary characters are vivid and contribute to all the plot twists and surprises that unfold. Superb writing and a definite keeper.
Claire
Dec 13, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing
One of the unheralded gems in historical romance.

He's a fortune hunter, alright but he does care for heroine. I like the hero's assurance that if Olivia was to be stripped of all her inheritance anyway, who better to marry than him as he already knew how to economise and live in genteel poverty.
Marilyn
Jun 01, 2011 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of an heiress determined to stay unwed to avoid repeating another heartbreak of being desired only for her money and a handsome schemer, desirous of her money for compelling reasons of his own, both of whom end up learning the true meaning of love. Very much in the tradition of Georgette Heyer.
Cjboyle
Feb 21, 2014 Cjboyle rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book. The premise of the storyline dragged me into reading this book, and while there were parts of this story that I enjoyed, I found the story dragging quite frequently.
Christina (AKA Babbling)
Sep 01, 2008 Christina (AKA Babbling) rated it really liked it
Quoted from my review @ http://misscz.wordpress.com

George Carstairs is good-looking and charming. He’s far from rich, however. Having inherited a destitute estate at a young age, George has lived hand-to-mouth for many years. He has no servants, not even a valet — he must press his own linen and polish his own boots. And, at the start of the book, he doesn’t even own a carriage. So far, he’s kept his true financial plight from most of the ton. He has survived all these years by relying on his lu
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Cruth
"Misspent money may lead to poverty, but a misspent life leads straight to hell." p.431, loc.5335

Author: Diane Farr
First published: 2002
Length: 462 pages, 5730 locations
Setting: London, Sussex. Regency-ish.
Sex: Not frequent. Sensual and somewhat frantic.
Hero: Destitute rake who must marry an heiress to save his estate. 34yo.
Heroine: 26yo spinster heiress. Innocent.
Trigger: Domestic violence. Olivia's 17yo sister in law (child bride) is severely beaten by her husband (Olivia's older half-brother)
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H2bourne
Jun 03, 2014 H2bourne rated it it was amazing
Excellent story! This is a compelling read from start to finish. The main characters, Lord Rival, and Lady Olivia Fairfax, aka Ivy, are engaging and have great chemistry. There is witty dialogue and banter between the two. Ivy's innocence and honesty are refreshing. She is able to see right through to the real person under the social facade of Lord Rival. She is a strong woman but it's balanced with a touching regard for other peoples feelings and circumstances. She is a well-rounded character ...more
C.
One Of My Top Three Funniest Reads!

I loved the synopsis for The Fortune Hunter and thought it sounded hilarious. I was right.This book truly IS hilarious,and Joins, "How Not To Live Abroad" by Shaun Briley and "It Had To BE You" by Linda Windsor as one of my favorite funny 'non-comedy genre' books.

The verbal sparring between the hero and heroine is excellent,and I really liked them both, which always improves your enjoyment of a book.The romance between them is developed sweetly.Wonderful 'refor
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P.
Jul 06, 2016 P. rated it it was amazing
This is so well written I was seriously concerned for George, the fortune hunter. He was on the ropes and I worried for him. The future looked bleak. Then, in a neat twist George lays waste to his own plans to save himself and his decaying estate. Ivy, the heiress and heroine, is a gentle yet suspicious woman and they make a good pair as they find their way to a happy ending, which has a twist of its own. A very good read.
Elen
Feb 26, 2014 Elen rated it it was amazing
This was awesome. It does have familiar elements in regency romance, but Diane Farr worked magic with them. Oh, I really can't describe it.. it was just perfect. PERFECT. The story flows seamlessly, characters feel alive - no black and white villains/heroes here! Lord Rival himself is sometimes downright pathetic, and that's what made me ache for him. HE WAS REAL - the writing is superb.
Anna
Jul 14, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing
What can one say about Lord Rival except mmm... Ha ha. (That's for you Mel.) But seriously, I loved him as a villain in her previous book. He's probably just one of my all around favorite characters. :)
Agnes
Jan 23, 2009 Agnes added it
Shelves: regency
Sequel to Falling for Chloe by Diane Farr. Lord Rival, the villain from previous book, is the hero in this one.
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