The Fortune Hunter

The Fortune Hunter

by Diane Farr
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The Fortune Hunter 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am delighted and amazed when I encounter a perfect novel. Diane Farr¿s The Fortune Hunter is happily such a novel. The set-up is familiar: George Carstairs, Baron Rival, has managed to eek out an existence in London as a successful card shark. But he has struggled for years in vain to raise the capital to restore his beloved boyhood home, Rye Vale, which was impoverished by his deceased father¿s still outstanding gambling debts. Though George is infamous from his façade as a gambler and womanizer of the worst kind, he is actually a deeply honorable person and agonizes as desperate circumstances force him into his only remaining option: he must marry an heiress to save his estate. At the top of his list is the elusive and mysterious spinster, Lady Olivia Fairfax, whose secret past has made the truth of one fact absolutely certain to her: she will never give up her hard won control over her own life and over her own fabulous wealth by marrying anyone, especially a fortune hunter like the one who broke her heart when she was a girl. Yet George is not just anyone. When they meet, Olivia sees him immediately as the embodiment of her every fantasy. For his part, George is smitten by the saucy woman he takes to be a maid in his deceased friend¿s home. He helps her sort through the items left there to benefit the charity (school for poor but promising women) that Olivia founded. He ends up confessing to this alluring maid his plan to woo and marry Olivia for her money. His surprise and mortification are complete when at the reading of his friend¿s will he again encounters this unforgettable maid who has haunted his dreams¿and she turns out to be Olivia! To make matters worse, George receives an inheritance¿a modest quarterly income¿that the friend stipulates Olivia is to disburse based on whether George is making a useful contribution to Olivia¿s school. Hence, seemingly against their wills, Olivia and George are thrown together in her school, and the fun begins: irresistible force (George) meets immovable object (Olivia) as George seeks to woo Olivia even as he is completely honest with her about being a fortune hunter. The development of their relationship is among the most clever and entertaining I¿ve ever encountered. Farr has a gift for snappy banter that is never gratuitous but grows believably from the characters of these two complex and lovable persons she so vividly brings to life. There is so much cleverness, humor, deep emotion and verisimilitude in The Fortune Hunter that every page is a fabulously entertaining and pleasurable emotional experience. Farr¿s great writing skill also produces a very fun plot and lively supporting characters. Do not miss this wonderfully irreverent, wise and deeply emotional novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In her charming book Diane Farr manages what so few historical romance writers can these days: make us like the characters, experience their lives in a period setting, and yet keep us out of their bedrooms. While so many other authors lead us into voyeurism, Farr gives us all the romance and ample sexuality without writing an explicit how-to guide. thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with Julia Quinn. This book has a hero to die for and a heroine you would want as your best friend. And that's a good thing because otherwise you'd want to kill her for being so perfect for Lord Rival. I can't imagine anyone (female) reading this book and not wanting that man. I guess this book is a sequel to FALLING FOR CHLOE but I didn't read FALLING FOR CHLOE and I loved THE FORTUNE HUNTER, so you don't need to read the other book first. Run, do not walk, to the nearest bookstore and buy THE FORTUNE HUNTER. Or buy it here for that matter. You won't be sorry. The characters really come alive and the story will make you laugh out loud and also touch your heart. I am keeping this one to read it again and again. Check out the 5-star review on theromancereader.com if you don't believe me, they hardly ever give that high a rating.
BarbB More than 1 year ago
I bought this book due to the five star reviews I saw. I had never read this author before, but boy am I glad that I did. Lord Rival is broke thanks to his gambling family, leaving him with debt and an estate that needs the attention he desperately wants to give it. But he must marry an heiress and after meeting Lady Olivia Fairfax, he uses all his cunning abilities as a well known rake to seduce her. Lady Olivia Fairfax, is a beautiful, wealthy, charitable, loving woman, that spends her energies caring for orphans and an abused sister-in-law. Yet, after meeting George Carstairs, Baron Rival, a known rake, she is tempted to enjoy the delicious feelings he easily enflames in her body and heart. Knowing full well that Lord Rival is a rake, and knowing he wants to marry her for her fortune, she still cannot resist him. At first it was a game for Lord Rival, a game he had to win, for his heritage and the tenants of his estate. However, slowly it became a challenge to win Olivia's heart and make her fall in love with him. The irony came when he fell head over heels in love with her. This was a delightful romance, with a cunningly playful hero, and a strong yet emotionally vulnerable heroine, with a strength all her own. Both characters were extremely likable with a story you had trouble putting down. Highly recommended. I have ordered as many of Ms. Farr's books as I could locate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though he knows he is not the cause of Rye Vale¿s ruin, George Carstairs realizes he is as responsible as the Baron and understands that an infusion of a large sum of money is needed to save the estate. Since he has none, George tried to find a wealthy social climber to marry, but his reputation as a rake left him with only rejections as he has squandered his only asset, his title.

When a desperate George first meets Olivia Fairfax, he thinks she is a maid. When he learns that she is a rich heiress running a school for orphans, he decides she is perfect though she rejects any notion of marriage. As he courts her with his wit and surprisingly shows how much he cares for her charges, they fall in love. However, what will happen when he learns she has no fortune.

THE FORTUNE HUNTER is a pleasant Regency romance that fans will delight in due to the charming antics of the lead couple though the basic premise is a fixture of the sub-genre. The story line is fun to read as the rake and the do-gooder exchange witty barbs even as they fall in love. Along with the strong cast, the vivid descriptions of the period blended into the plot show the strength of Diane Farr to provide her audience with a delightful novel.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the chemistry between Olivia and George. The dialogue is a combination of clever, insightful, and genuinely touching repartee. The romantic story is enjoyably sexy, but not too explicit. Love is the most important consideration in life, not money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never tire of reading this book! If you enjoy strong, complicated characters then this is a book you can return to savor again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this rendering of the typical regency romance storyline. The author's writing is witty and touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very romantic and sexy without actually having sex in it. The hero and heroine are interesting and complex, and their interactions are by turns amusing, romantic, and heartbreaking, but of course, all's well that ends well! For me, it is very nice to find a heroine who is spirited and smart, but not a total uptight b*tch. Nothing ruins a good romance for me more than a harridan for a heroine... unless it's a hero who is a total jerk. Anyway, neither is the case in this book. They are both terrific, well-developed characters. It is truly a lovely story. I would recommend Diane Farr's other books too, but this was my favorite so far.
Lulu_Burroughs More than 1 year ago
This book has it all and I simply loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago