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The Fortune Hunter Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1998.

The Fortune Hunter Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1998. by. Meagan McKinney (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Are you an author? Learn about Author Central. I did anyway,and I am so glad I did. I couldn't put it down. Ms McKinney does use the tortured, misunderstood hero often, but she is still worth reading and so was this book. It seems she always deals with the underbellies of society which makes her work very unusual and so compelling.

The Fortune Hunter book. Ruth Leslie Goodman Roberson, well-known as Meagan McKinney gave up a thriving career as a biologist to become a full-time romance writer

The Fortune Hunter book. Ruth Leslie Goodman Roberson, well-known as Meagan McKinney gave up a thriving career as a biologist to become a full-time romance writer. She is author of over 20 critically acclaimed novels. Divorced, she lives with her two children in in New Orleans, Louisiana. Books by Meagan McKinney. Mor. rivia About The Fortune Hunter.

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Now bestselling author Meagan McKinney delivers a diverting new tale of love and mystery. Meagan McKinney is the pen name of Ruth Goodman. She was born in 1961 and worked as a biologist before becoming a full-time romance author. It's 1881, a time when all of New York City is caught up in the spiritualist frenzy, and nothing is more fashionable than attending a seance. In Manhattan, there is no medium more revered than the mysterious Countess Lovaenya. As mysterious as the Countess is, she keeps nothing more secret than her true identity.

New York in the 1880s is caught up in the spiritualist frenzy, and there is no medium more revered than Countess Lavaenya, . Lavinia Murphy, who has fled a brutal St. Louis orphanage with four younger "siblings". Now, to protect her family, Lavinia enters into an uneasy bargain with the bitter man who has threatened to destroy them.

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Escaping from a cruel past, Lavinia Murphy reinvents herself in New York City as Countess Lovaenya, a fortune teller, and must enter into a fragile alliance with Edward Stuyvesant-French the son of one of her wealthiest clients, who is bent on ruining her, with passionate results. Reprint.

The story was just too out there. Lavinia Murphy is an orphan who has made a name for herself as a Russian Countess who holds seances and "talks" to the dead. Her accomplices are 4 fellow orphans. They all escaped from an orphanage and have gone into the business of swindling the rich in order to make it.

Lavinia has became infamous among Manhattan's elite social circles, and the rich come to her to talk to their dear departed loved ones. One of her best clients is a wealthy, old man with an illegitimate son. The illegitimate son is on to her and is angry that she is duping people out of their money. He wants to prove her a fraud but ends up being attracted to her. Edward blackmails her and in the end, she is forced to leave her occult business and move with her family to Europe. The illegitimate son Edward gives her money, but they end up on the same ship to Europe. Enter some English aristocrats (a duke, his brother and eccentric aunt!) The duke and his brother are attracted to Lavinia and her sister. The duke ends up marrying Lavinia's "sister," which is just too unbelievable. An orphan with no money and no social status? Too unrealistic. I didn't like this book because there were too many secondary characters with unrealistic stories. The hero was also a jerk and insulted Lavinia several times in so many ways. Once you call the heroine a whore 5-6 times, that's just too much. I give it 2.5 stars for the originality with the occult theme, but the hero was a jerk and there was too much going on within the story. Too many dubious happy endings.
I loved this book! I can't understand why it had low stars. This book has typical revenge and angst between the characters that I've so come to love with this author.
The leading man was a douche, from beginning to end. That about sums up why I was not at all enthralled with this novel, nor even a tad invested. Anything nice he said, I didn't buy it, coming on the heels of insults and disagreeable behaviour, which was soon followed by more of the same.

McKinney is a talented writer, but her talents could have been put to better use. Like... making her hero evolve into a likable person? Douchiness is okay if the douche realizes he is one and changes. No such luck with our Edward. He seemed to not even be aware of his faults, never mind trying to fix them.

If the characters were real people, I would not forsee a happy ending. I see spousal abuse, both mental and physical, at the hands of a cold, controlling jerk. Dismal prospects.
Readers love dark, tortured heroes because they know that in the end, they will have the satisfaction of seeing these men regret their actions and make it up to their women. Unfortunately, Edward Stuyvesant-French goes through no such transformation and continues to treat Lavinia as if she were less than human throughout the book. The thing is, in order for a romance with such an angry character to work out, the reader HAS to be able to BELIEVE in his love despite his actions in the beginning...sadly, McKinney was unable to accomplish this with ESF because she placed too much focus on his hatred for the heroine- WITHOUT BALANCING IT with his remorse and attrition in the end. I don't think that reserving Edward's soft side for his sister Daisy makes up for what he did to Lavinia at all- and unfortunately, McKinney seems to have a penchant for heroes who make good brothers but bad lovers.

So far, based on the couple's dynamic I would say that Edward's profession of love for Lavinia was totally unbelievable...

in a realistic situation, I would think it more likely for a man like him to have made her his mistress; the whole happy ending just seemed so enforced at this point. I could believe that Lavinia loved Edward (though I'm not sure why)... but Edward? I don't think he cared about her in ANY WAY.

A past review of this book said that the love between the couple seemed to humiliate rather than enoble them, and I agree, though I would say that it is the heroine who bears the brunt of suffering and humiliation in the hero's hands. Not the other way around.
I am a Meagan McKinney fan, but after reading many of the reviews, I almost didn't read the book. I did anyway,and I am so glad I did. I couldn't put it down.

Ms McKinney does use the tortured, misunderstood hero often, but she is still worth reading and so was this book. It seems she always deals with the underbellies of society which makes her work very unusual and so compelling.

If you are looking for a "boy meets girl and falls in love" type of book, this one is not for you. But if you really want to look at the ugly side of love, this is it.

There are some authors that you should not read one right after another, and McKinney is one of them. Her work takes a while to absorb.

I love it.
Ms. McKinney has written some very good ones, but this one just isn't. I don't where to begin. The story seems interesting enough, but I didn't feel I could really relate to these characters. I didn't really like Edward and didn't feel there was any real depth or growth to his character. As for Lavinia, I was annoyed by her lack of strength in some areas. One minute there's anger, the next they're in love..no gradual movement that i could follow..it jumped a little too much for my taste. However, I can say one good thing..you could definitely detect the passion and chemistry between the two, so i suppose that's what carried me through the story. It's not a real bad read, but again, Ms. McKinney can do better. She's still one of my favs though!
This is by far one of Megan McKinney's worst efforts to date. In it the author has created one of the most unlikable heroes in a romance novel, and as a result, you couldn't care less whether Edward and Lavinia got together or not. And for actually falling in love with Edward when the guy hasn't had one good word to say about her during all the time they've known each other? Well, Miss Lavinia Murphy must have a load of self-esteem problems as well as an extremely bad taste in men. Consequently, she was no more likable than the dark, spiteful, self-righteous Edward.