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When Seducing a Duke (Victorian Soap Opera #1)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  804 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Enchant. Tempt. Entice. Beguile. Just a few things a woman must do when seducing a duke...

Rose Danvers charms her way into the glittering masked ball with only one man on her mind. She would risk certain scandal for a kiss from Greyden Kane, Duke of Ryeton—though she lusts for much, much more.

The ravishing woman in burgundy takes Grey's breath away. She reminds him of the
Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Avon (first published 2009)
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After a brutal attack that leaves the Duke of Ryeton Greyden Kane beaten and half his face carrying a scar, Grey removes himself from society and the wagging tongues, but his desire can not be denied so easy as the woman he swore to protect Rose Danvers is the one he can never have..until she puts matters into her own hands.....

Greyden Kane the Duke of Ryeton was well-known womanizer and scoundrel in the first degree and worse way. When he gets his dues he’s left with a scar that runs across h
After her father's death, Rose Danvers and her mother are under the protection of Greyden Kane, the Duke of Ryeton. The Duke is scarred from a scorned lover slashing his face, and has become reclusive. He hates the society he used to be a part of and will only appear in public wearing a mask. Rose is one of the few people he allows to see his face. Rose has always loved and respected Grey for taking her mother and herself into his home when they had no where else to go. She has no idea that Grey ...more
When Seducing a Duke takes place in London, 1877. Greyden Kane, Duke of Ryeton is a very rich and privileged man. He has lived a very debauched life where he has seduced both mothers and daughters alike, enjoyed taking the virginities of young innocent misses and has “frigged” more than his own share of widows. Then an event three years ago changed his life forever. One night while he was enjoying himself and had too much to drink, he was attacked and given a six-inch scar on his face. That atta ...more
The reason for the 3 stars is that the hero completely did a 360 on me. In the beginning he worship the heroine. Then once she revealed her feelings in return he turned his back to her. He became annoying as he kept going on why they couldn't be together. Dude, you wanted her in the beginning. What changed? There were also other little things that needed to be tweaked for me to give this a higher rating.
♥ Melody
*4.5 stars*

First book I've read by this author and I have to say I was really impressed with the story and the writing. What surprised me the most was the dark edge to it. Really liked that and really wasn't expecting it. What I liked was the fact that it wasn't over the top and 'crass' for the sake of being crass. I hate when authors have characters swearing off in every other line for no reason but the fact to show off that they are 'oh so bad' yet oh so charming. Here, completely different
BJ Rose
Rose Danvers loves Greydon Kane; Greydon Kane loves Rose Danvers. And this we know at the beginning of the book. So what’s the problem?! For starters, neither one knows how the other one feels. And Rose’s father made each of them promise to have nothing to do with the other – an understandable action at the time, since Grey was living the life of an unrepentant libertine. Grey has since changed his lifestyle, but Rose’s father is not alive to see that, so Grey feels honor-bound to keep his promi ...more
I agree with every negative comment on here, from the language being too contemporary for the time period down to the heroine being way too sexually forward. My first "peeve" about this book was in chapter 2 when they first had their sexual encounter and even though he recognize how "tight" she was and he even mentioned it...but not one time did he look at those sheets to see if she was a how can you NOT know...just ridiculous writing...and HELLO...this book sounds extremely like t ...more
I liked the story well enough especially the first half of the book, but it took a turn I really wasn't expecting. I wasn't prepared for what I thought was excessive language, especially the "F" word and sometimes coming from the heroine too. I thought it was too erotic as I don't remember her earlier Regency books(this was Victorian) being much more than I bargained for. I was really looking forward to the others in this new series, but if they are like this one, I will pass. Just my opinion.
Petie McCarty
Very entertaining regency read. I like my heroes a bit damaged as it makes them more lovable, but this one was just a little too damaged for me, which is why I gave it four stars instead of five. The plot and pacing were just right.
Awesome book! Absolutely loved it. The hero is scarred due to some sort of revenge thing(I can't remember exactly). He has feelings for his ward but thinks he can't do anything about it. The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 or 5 is because(and it could be just me) the scene where the truth comes out I couldn't tell if the hero already knew it or didn't. His response kind of pointed towards yes, he knew. But yet, up to that point his actions and thoughts never hinted that he did. Or may ...more
The writing was alright but I did not intend to finish this because there's no sense continuing.

At about 30% of the story, Rose admitted that it was her whom Grey was meeting at the club. But Grey already knew it before she admitted her secret.

The big secret has already been revealed so what's the point of reading on wards? [That's a rhetorical question.]

Like, who slashed Grey's face? Don't care who did it.
Will Grey and Rose end up together? Hell yeah they will as any historical is down right pr
I liked this B&B story. I thought I would be turned off by the instant bed action in the beginning but it brought something to the story. And that and the others scenes like that were very steamy! I thought that it was a good representation of the recluse hero and the heroine who tried to break through that. This is a beginning of a series I think so I keep my eyes out for the others!
I love historical romances, but most of all I love a heroine who knows what she wants and goes after it.

Rose Danvers wants Greyden Kane, Duke of Ryeton, so she puts herself in a position to get him. Its completely scandalous, but she goes for it anyway.

After her plan is set in motion she starts to get anxious, because regardless of everything Grey seems clueless.

Greyden Kane, a scarred man in more ways than one, is obsessed(his words), with Rose Danvers. This obsession is so great that he see
Dec 14, 2014 Michelle marked it as did-not-finish
DNF about 25% through. When I first opened the book, I thought that it was going to be a hit. But the hero was so weak, the heroine was ok. I just couldn't continue reading a weak duke. Dukes are supposed to be strong, self assured, alpha. He was none of these. But the kicker was when she confessed to be his masked woman and all of sudden he knew. We were in his head and he told us how hard it was to sit across from her and want her. Never once did he indicate that he knew it was her. And then a ...more

He loved her for a long time

So did she

However they were warned off each other

till she take drastic measures ..

Can they both be happy ?
A book that can take you from interest, to ecstasy, to boredom, back to holy-shock-wowness has some serious props going for it, in my not so humble opinion. Having never read Kathryn Smith before, I can definitely say I've been missing out.

When Seducing A Duke was probably one of the most dynamic books I've read in approximately sixteen billion years. Such reality isn't so difficult to pull off in a paranormal, or even contemporary romance, but in historical? Yeah, that's rare like a virgin who

I admit it, I'm a complete sucker for a well-done, interesting, engrossing historical story. It doesn't matter whether it's a historical mystery, historical romance, or whatever; if the characters are interesting, the story is fun, and the setting is reliable and accurate to a certain degree, I'll probably enjoy the book.

When Seducing a Duke fit those criteria, certainly, and did a good job of using familiar elements of stories set in this time period, but with twists and added elements that mad
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Heroine confesses to rake-turned-recluse Duke that she is the masked lover he's been having a secret rendezvous with. Hero is upset with her confession b/c he knew her identity & preferred that they keep engaging in their pretense. This way he's not openly breaking his promise to her now-deceased father to not touch her. As much as they care for each other, Hero thinks marrying her is a bad idea. He doesn't want to damage her already-shaky reputation with his formerly disreputable past. But ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I loved this story!! and I highly recommend; you to read it. BRAVO TO KATHRYN SMITH!!! The story is about Duke Greyden Kane and Rose Danvers. The Duke has a very rakish, rogue type past that he now regrets because of all the harm it has done to himself and the people he loves. Rose is a beautiful, loving, bold and forgiving young women who has loved Greyden for many years. After her fathers scandalous ruin and death Greyden becomes Rose and her mother Camillia's benefactor and protector. I won't ...more
Nicol Althea

I'm so glad i stumbled upon Kathryn Smith! This is the first book i read that's hers and so far i really liked it! The plot of When Seducing a Duke interested me so i grabbed it and gave it a chance. I'm so glad i did!! i super enjoyed the progress of the story from beginning till end! Although i admit there were parts of the story that were kind of slow but i promise you wouldn't mind it because the author already got you too engrossed with the book!

I found Grey really dark and dangerous. I cou
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If you haven't yet read this book then all I can say is: OH-EM-GEE you live under a rock, you're missing a lot in life!!!

Story goes...Greyden Kane is your typical duke: lusty, hot for woman's form, looking for redemption and that ever elusive feel of belonging-ness. For that he hides under a mask (uh, literally). He's so torn and wrecked inside that he couldn't even let himself be in love with the girl who caught his heart, Rose Danvers. Lucky for him, she reciprocates his love ten-fold (althoug

I feel so conflicted about this, because it was such a lovely and delightful story until the later half of the book when we got to all the manpain. This book could have been everything I ever wanted if it didn't drag on so much about the hero's tortured past. And really, it has some of the hottest make-outs (and more) scenes I've ever read in a historical romance. So I would recommend it, but beware of the manpain of the later half of the novel.
Lori Kurochkina
This was my first time reading a book from this author. The back of the book sounded like a good story line... and it was OK in the beginning. But the fact that during their first encounter, the guy did not notice that the girl had been a virgin after certain signs of being so (like another reviewer commented) was a little far-fetched. Another huge drawback was the excessive use of the F-word (which I didn't feel went together with the time period) and the feeling that the author was trying to u ...more
Buen cóctel de novela histórica, romántica y erótica.
La prosa de la autora consigue engancharnos desde el principio, y los personajes y época en la que tiene lugar me han gustado mucho cómo los ha plasmado. Aunque creo que ha dado demasiadas vueltas a una historia que es sencilla, pero si tenemos en cuentas la época y los protocolos que se daban en ella, quizá justifican todo esto.
Leeré los siguientes de esta serie.
Ok, first, this is a well written book. The author is wonderful at pulling in all your senses with details that are vivid yet concise. There is rich allegory, well developed characters and a story line that keeps you engaged the whole way through.

I got this book after having read some of the author's Steampunk Chronicles, a youth fantasy series written under a psuedonym. When I saw that she is originally a romance writer I thought, "What the heck, I liked the writing of Steampunk. I'll check it
Katherine Smith
I prefer Vampire Romance but I really loved "Smith's - "Brotherhood of The Blood" series, and I went to my local book store in search of a steamy romance novel.
And I was not disappointed, totally the opposite. I loved it!!! And so immediately went out and got " When Marrying a Scoundrel" and loved it as well. Kathryn Smith has absolutey become my favorite author. It's never confusing, YOU always understand exactly how the characters feel, and the reason behind their actions. And I find myself
Daniela Alejandra
Creo que es adorable leer sobre como las mujeres somos capaces de transformar al hombre que amamos, que aunque no sea perfecto, podemos ayudarlo a serlo.
I absolutely love the historical paranormal romance series by Ms. Smith, and I enjoy her regular historical romances just as much. Something about this book just grabbed me; I was seduced by Grey, he of the wickedly scarred face and equally wicked past. Rose is quite an unusual heroine. She knows what she wants, and she doesn't hesitate to go after it. That includes reading dirty magazines. I won't go into the storyline. Suffice it to say it was filled with wonderful characters, an intriguing st ...more
Overall, this is a really well written book. Kathryn Smith had no problem with the flow and it made sense. However, the book could have been a little shorter. I feel like Grey's pity party could have ended sooner. I like Rose as she was as patient and understanding of Grey's situation and I did understand his POV because society was extremely viscous. In the beginning I was wondering about how thick he could be not knowing the woman he was meeting as Rose, but it did get explained.
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“A gasp caught her attention, followed by a rush of whispers that filled the sudden silence that fell over the room. People stopped talking to turn and stare. People stopped dancing. Even the orchestra stopped playing.
Curious, Rose turned to see what everyone was staring at with such blatant shock.
Oh, dear God. Her eyes had to be deceiving her! But no, she knew who it was she saw standing just inside the ballroom doors, looking as though he owned the place, meeting every gaze with calm, ducal arrogance.
It was Grey.
And everyone else knew it was him as well, because unlike every other person in that ballroom, the Duke of Ryeton did not wear a mask.”
“He told me to stay away from you.”
Strong hands roamed her back in the most comforting fashion. “You should have listened.”
Rose raised her face to look at him. “But then I would not have known what it was to be truly happy.”
Grey’s eyes widened, and for a moment he looked young and vulnerable. “Don’t say that. I’ve made you miserable.”
She smiled sadly. “True, but those nights with you at Saint’s Row? That was happiness for me. The most I’ve ever known.”
His mouth opened and she pressed her fingers again his lips to close them. “You don’t have to say anything. I already know it’s not what I want to hear.”
Grey frowned, and reached up to move her hand from his face. He held her fingers within his. He gave off more heat than the fire she’d fried herself in front of earlier. Heat that went straight to her bones, right to the very center of her being, radiating out into her limbs. There was nothing seductive about their embrace and yet she ached inside, that wet and willing part of herself desperate to take him inside once more. She wanted to claim him, mark him.
Ruin him for anyone else.
“I was happy too,” he said softly. So softly she wouldn’t have known it was him who spoke were she not watching his beautiful lips as they formed the words. “God help me, you make me forget every vow and promise I’ve ever made.”
Heart pounding, Rose didn’t resist as he dropped her hand to thread his fingers in her hair, pressing against her scalp. “You make me feel like someone else,” he told her gruffly. “A good man. A worthy man, and not a selfish bastard too corrupted to ever be loved.”
Her eyes burned, but Rose managed to hold the tears at bay. She bit her lip, staring at him, she knew, with her heart in her eyes. She didn’t care. “You are a good man,” she whispered. “The best I know.” Who else would cut himself off from almost all contact with people simply to keep himself from returning to a way of life he wanted to leave behind?
“You shouldn’t say things like that.”
“Why not? I believe them.”
“Because when you say them, I want to believe them.” And then he lowered his head and captured her mouth with his own.”
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