Tuesday, June 7, 2016

~My Four Star Review of Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas 060/06/16


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?


Well let's see, it's been quite sometime since I have written a review so I'm a little rusty. Here goes nothing lol.
~My  Review~

Devon and Kathleen, both stubborn and not the most likable characters one will read about but honestly that's what makes it more interesting, sometimes.  I don't know about you, but I don't want a perfect character and I do enjoy reading about where the author will take them and what kind of impact they will have on the reader, in this case me :D
I do understand why people don't care for Kathleen and while she wasn't my favorite either, I can understand a bit why she was the way she was.  I mean, her parents basically abandoned her, she married someone who wasn't truly meant for her, one who acted irresponsibly which ended up causing his own death and now she is a widow with an estate that has many problems.  I would say she was a bit hurt, angry and perhaps bitter, so therefore she seemed bossy, cold and unlikeable.

Now here comes the ever so arrogant Devon, a man who has now inherited said estate but has no desire whatsoever to keep it nor does he want to take care of it.  He has no desire to marry or to be a father.  The Estate, has a ton of problems but letting it all go will affect so many good people and their families, including Kathleen.

I will say I enjoyed the secondary characters a great deal.  West, Devon's brother, Cassandra and Pandora all amusing to say the very least, and then there was Helen and Winterborne.  Helen I liked but I'm not too sure about Winterborne.  (His book or shall I say their book is next in this series)  just released recently.

West was funny and quite like his brother.  He certainly made me laugh more than once, especially when he and Devon would converse among themselves.

"When I die," he continued, "you're next in line."  "Do you actually believe I'll outlive you?"  West asked.  "With all my vices?"
"I have just as many"
"Yes, but I'm far more enthusiastic about mine."
Devon and Kathleen also had their fair share of catty conversation from time to time.  I mean let's face it they were a lot alike in some ways.
"I suppose you'd have ten wives if you could."
"I'd be sufficiently miserable with one.  The other nine would be redundant."

So I leave you with this...Will Devon decide to take on all that comes with the Eversby Priory Estate, including Kathleen and will she give in to his seduction?  Will it change who they both are? 

While this was not my favorite book by Lisa, I am still glad that I read it and I always look forward to her new characters and new books.  In my opinion she writes wonderful, historical romances with great characters whether they are the main ones or the secondary ones.  She also has a great way of creating a story that will keep you interested from the beginning to the very end.  There is some tragedy that comes along in her stories and the build-up that she is able to create between the hero and heroine will have you anticipating the heat of those intense, yet romantic, sexual encounters.
In other words her stories have great depth and they are not all about the sex so when you finally do get to those scenes it is well worth the wait. 
A couple more of my favorite quotes.

"Desire," he said, "is always better motivation than fear."

"My God, I can feel sincerity rising in my chest like a digestive disorder.  I have to stop."

I do recommend this book but if you are new to Lisa Kleypas, may I suggest you read Dreaming of You first.  This is by far my favorite book of hers, one that I will reread and I don't reread books, ever.  I also enjoyed the Hathaway's Series, The Bow Street Runners and the Wallflower's Series (I have one left to read of this one).


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