Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
Also by this author: Scandal in Spring
Series: The Ravenels #1
Also in this series: Marrying Winterborne
Published by Avon
Genres: Historical Romance
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A twist of fate...
Devon Ravenel, London's most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl's three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon's own.
A clash of wills...
Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:
Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she's ever known?
I was very excited for a new historical romance by Kleypas because I really love her books. She always has a great setting, interesting characters and romance that draws you in.
In this book we get to meet Kathleen who is a recent widow and now has another man coming in to take over her house as the new Earl. This is entertaining to watch as Devon, the new Earl, comes to stay and how he decides he wants things is really to have none of it at all. Devon wants nothing to do with the title and the estate before he meets Kathleen.
I have to say that I enjoyed both Kathleen and Devon as individuals and also as a couple but they did seem to have some flaws here and there in their relationship. I felt that Devon only wanted her because she was the widow of a rival relative and because she looked a little different from mainstream society. Also they spend a lot of the book on opposite sides of the country so it is hard to really watch their romance grow with the distance. I wish they could have spent more time together in order for the relationship to feel more real and put together.
Apart from the main couple I really enjoyed the side characters, Devon’s brother in particular. West was the one character who actually seemed to become a little bit more reformed. I would have expected this from Devon but I felt Devon didn’t change all that much over the course of the whole book. I did however really love West and his growth and development over the book. I can’t wait to see who he will end up with in the end. I also enjoyed Winterborne for his stubborn nature and I really hope that Helen is able to hold his attention in the next book. She does seem a little bit boring to me right now but I think that maybe she has potential to stand up to Winterborne and demand real feeling from him. I can’t wait to see if we can get real honest feelings from him in the romance department.
Overall, I did enjoy the main characters and their romance but it felt a bit distant at times due to the way the storyline kept them in separate areas of the country. I wish they had more time to develop more. I am very excited for the books to come because I want more of West and also to see emotion out of Winterborne. So while not my favorite Kleypas book I feel the rest in this series have extreme potential.