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Seducing the Heiress (Heiress in London #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  589 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews

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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2009)
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Dec 02, 2009 Rane rated it it was amazing
Colin Byrd, Viscount Ratcliffe is broke and has creditors breathing down his neck! Having his eye on the richest heiress of the season to get him out of his bind, he thinks it’ll be a breeze to charm his way with the heiress all the way to the wedding. Until he has to match wits and charm with the rich heiress herself Miss.Portia Crompton.

Colin is in a very tight bind, with the bills stacking up and running out of time and money, he comes up with a mercenary scheme. Marry the richest heiress o
4 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 thank
Beanbag Love
Dec 11, 2009 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
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
♡Karlyn P♡
What a fun historical read. A light romp with great characters.
Dec 20, 2009 ChloeLeeNH rated it it was amazing
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!
Inshirah Kamal
Jun 11, 2017 Inshirah Kamal rated it liked it
“Passion is nothing to be feared,” he murmured. “It all begins with a kiss.”
Jan 20, 2013 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Annii Frazer
Apr 16, 2010 Annii Frazer rated it it was ok
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.
Tabetha Waite
Jun 22, 2014 Tabetha Waite rated it really liked it
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!
Dec 29, 2011 Sheila rated it liked it
Shelves: read2012
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?
Jun 18, 2012 Amanda rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Ann Lorz
Mar 08, 2011 Ann Lorz rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
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 ...more
Shan ~ A ~
Aug 21, 2012 Shan ~ A ~ rated it really liked it
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
Nov 10, 2011 Amanda added it
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 ...more
Feb 21, 2011 Kristi rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Michelle Cerrato
Jun 12, 2012 Michelle Cerrato rated it it was ok

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.
Jun 18, 2011 Tishke rated it it was ok
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Apr 16, 2010 Annii rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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.
Jan 29, 2012 Jean rated it liked it
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.
Jun 06, 2012 Donna rated it liked it
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.
Aug 07, 2012 PBnJ rated it it was ok
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.
Fira Rosli
Jul 05, 2012 Fira Rosli rated it liked it
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.
May 03, 2010 Cathiecaffey rated it it was amazing
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!
Nov 29, 2012 Charlotte rated it it was ok
A spunky heiress and a rake with a heart of gold make for a satisfying, if not particularly original, love story. It's a pretty cartoonish portrayal of the regency period and the plot can't be taken seriously but the dialogue is sharp and the writing goes down easy.
Nov 19, 2014 Kerry rated it liked it
This is a pleasant vacation read. It follows the standard formula to a T, but I did rather like the drama of the viscount's relationship with his mother. I think my boyfriend enjoyed my sporadic updates on said drama, told with flair.
Jan 06, 2010 Claudine rated it really liked it
Shelves: olivia-drake
Enjoyed the story overall. Will be looking for the next bok in the series to come out this fall, Never Trust A Rogue. The three Crompton sisters (Portia. Lindsey & Blythe) will make for a delightful series.
Jun 24, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it
Loved the main characters!! There were times in the book that I didn't think they were going to make it. To my relief they pulled through. A very enjoyable read!
The first book in the series Heiress in London by Olivia Drake. It had its moments but not a winner for me personally.
Nov 30, 2014 Krissi rated it liked it
fun read, nice ending...
Oct 06, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Great story & characters. Mystery & romance with a little comedy. I loved it & couldn't put it down.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 06, 2015 08:18AM  
  • Her Notorious Viscount (Stoneworth, #1)
  • Seduced at Midnight (Mayhem in Mayfair, #3)
  • When Marrying a Scoundrel (Victorian Soap Opera, #2)
  • When Harry Met Molly (Impossible Bachelors, #1)
  • Tempt the Devil
  • Compromised
  • Touched by Fire
  • How to Marry a Duke (How To #1)
  • Promise Me Tonight (Weston #1)
  • Too Wicked to Wed (Lords of Midnight, #1)
  • Mastering the Marquess (The Stanton Family, #1)
  • Twice Tempted by a Rogue  (Stud Club, #2)
  • To Tempt a Saint (Sons of Sin, #1)
  • Taming Her Irish Warrior
  • The Earl's Dilemma
  • The Confessions of a Duchess (The Brides of Fortune #1)
  • Seducing the Duchess
  • Bride of a Wicked Scotsman (McBride Family, #3)
Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism, Olivia Drake sold her first novel two weeks after sending it to a publisher. She now lives in Texas in a cozy cottage with a feisty cat, a loving husband, and two wonderful daughters who still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal.

Many of you already know Olivia as Barbara Dawson Smith, author of 24 his
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Other Books in the Series

Heiress in London (3 books)
  • Never Trust a Rogue (Heiress in London, #2)
  • Scandal of the Year (Heiress in London, #3)

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