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When Seducing a Duke

(Victorian Soap Opera #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,295 ratings  ·  85 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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Erika ♥OwlwaysReading♥
$2.99 RN on Amazon Kindle 8/13/19

“All I want is a man who will hold me above everything else, including his horse, his fortune, and his pride.” -Rose

"Fortunately, any man worth his salt realized that women became more interesting and attractive as they got older" -Grey


This was AMAZZzz-Balzz! I sometimes feel like I’ve read ALL of the FANTASTIC HR books already, and then an oldie but a goodie sneaks up on ya and surprises the crap outta ya. 😁👍
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
*4.5 stars*
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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 diffe
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Al George
What the hell was I thinking?

The Victorian Soap Opera really should have given it away. Why didn't I listen to my gut? Ugh. I'd almost say it was a waste but I did learn a new term gamahuching. So, there is that.

The author's one simile or metaphor a page should have stopped me cold. I mean the writing was on the page.

this is bad

And bad it was. And boring. And overwrought. See soap opera for more one that. I skimmed 70% of the book and that's 70% I'll never get back.

Gamuche me.
Apr 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
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. ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
"The most difficult choices are sometimes
the easiest to make when the time comes."

Jun 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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BJ Rose
Sep 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Oct 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: b-b
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!
Fangirl Musings
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
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
Petie McCarty
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
May ّمي
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-romance

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 ?
Mary Vilarino
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I found the two central characters not very likeable. Grey den is a man who hasn't changed. Rose is still spoilt. So the first part of the book is a bit of a long drawn affair. But it certainly improved after the two were forced to marry. The character I liked the best was Lady Devane would love to know her story. ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In love!!!!!!!!!

What a story! Wonderful author, now my new fave! This story was so awesome, i couldnt put it down. If u love a sensual, passionate, sexy romance, this is it. Now the duke is a hurt soul but his love for Rose is so deep. I dont understand any of the negative reviews, if u love a good ward story, this is it. So is Lord of Ice, this is a close one!
May 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF @77%

I’ve read good books and I’ve read bad books and somehow the books I hate the most are the ones that are so boring that I physically cannot finish them! and this book was so boring I couldn’t get into to the story or get attached to the characters, even the smut wasn’t so good!!
definitely do not recommend reading.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A bit silly at first but it was a nice break from reality. Overall well written and captivating.
Vicky Skinner
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was exactly the book I didn't know I needed. Unlike any other historical romance I've read and I loved every single second of itm ...more
Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books

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
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
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Stars 3/4 (Kate Pearce, Maureen Driscoll, Elisa Braden)

Hey fellow readers I don’t summarize the books (as there are always great full summaries written that I read myself).

I only give it my personal, general, summary of 5 stars to 1 star.

3 stars: This book is worth a read but didn’t really have me excited about interacting with the book where I could not put it down. It lacks the excitement and well roundness of my personal markers for a great read throughout the book.

Development and interest
Lucy Qhuay

I picked this book up expecting an epic story of forbidden love, push-and-pull, 'you're-out-of-my-league', 'I-don't-deserve-you' and all the dramatic tropes that are so dear to my heart.

Unfortunately, it was a big disappointment.

Rose and Grey were two of the most frustrating characters I've ever read about.

It was obvious they had loved and desired each other desperately for years. They were friends for years. They were close to each other, since he was her father's best friend and her guardian,
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historicals
A sweet passionate read.

Interesting storyline, involved & flawed characters, entertaining London society, and a masked scared hero......all awesome!

Handsome commanding Grey lead a life of extreme debauching not caring who he hurt as long as he had pleasure. But all that comes to an end when he is attacked one night and saved by his friend Charles. When his friend dies and leaves Grey his family to protect.....Grey does his duty but can't help the attraction he feels for Rose. I loved his flawed
Shan ~A~
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
❀ ℓu-ℓu-ℓuna ❀
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
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“Grey was here.”
He hadn’t known, that was obvious from the way his eyes widened. “You lie.”
Rose chuckled. “I saw him. I spoke to him. He said he came to see me. And then he ran out of here as though the hounds of hell were nipping at his heels.”
Archer shook his head, an expression of disbelief on his face. “They tend to do that when Hades freezes over.” Then he offered her a grin. “He braved being seen in public just to come here and see you?”
“He was watching from a balcony. I wouldn’t have known he was here if the fortune teller hadn’t told me.”
His brows shot up. “And there’s a story for another time. Look, Lady Rose, I know he’s frustrating as all get-out, but you cannot expect Grey to change years of behavior in a week. You have to be patient-like waves lapping at a stone.”
That was so very easily said. He wasn’t the one being pressured to find a husband. He wasn’t the one who felt as though everything she wanted was just out of reach. “You know, I suddenly find myself very interested in Lady Monteforte’s literary tastes. Shall I make the introductions?”
“I will hang your puppy if you do not.”
Rose grinned. He truly was the most charming of rascals. “How very fortunate for me then, that I do not own a puppy.”
“For shame. Every young lady should have a puppy.”
Rose made the introductions, and Archer wasted no time in asking Lady Monteforte if she cared to dance. For a moment it seemed the lady might decline, but then Rose offered to stay with Jacqueline and Archer offered the widow his arm. She hesitated before taking it.
Interesting. Rose had never seen a woman react so coolly to Archer’s charm before. The Kane men were obviously losing their touch.”
“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.”
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