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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Throwback Thursday Review: Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

Throwback Thursday Reviews is dedicated to those books that have been around for awhile but you’ve only recently discovered (Or made time for). They’re the “New but Old” reads that are just too good NOT to talk about because there’s no such thing as “Too Many Books!”

This Week’s Throwback Thursday Book is:Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
I’ve had Cold Hearted Rake and Marrying Winterbourne sitting on my kindle for awhile and it wasn’t until late last year that I realized I was missing out on enjoying one of my all time favorite authors because I had taken on too many requests on the blog. Lisa Kleypas is one of the best historical romance authors EVER and I’m so glad I put the brakes on everything and everyone to read this book.

Format: .mobi (Purchased)
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: October 27, 2015
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?





What’s it About? Devon Ravenel has suddenly become an earl and with the title comes a dilapidated estate in desperate need of repair, along with the previous earl’s three sisters: Helen, twins Cassandra and Pandora and the late earl’s widow, Kathleen. Devon doesn’t want the attraction he feels for Kathleen but when he decides to try and repair the struggling estate he and Kathleen clash on more than just what needs to be done. She doesn’t trust him to do the right thing let alone with her future and those of her sisters-in-law but at the same time she can’t help her growing feelings for Devon.

Yay or Nay? Yay.

Why? As far as starter books go Cold Hearted Rake does what it’s supposed to and then some. The Ravenels have a notorious reputation for winding up dead or in the middle of a scandal due to their reckless tempers and now that Devon was the earl he seemed to find himself dealing with one situation after the next that was designed to provoke that same temper. He definitely had the Ravenel temper but with a notable difference, he didn’t abuse those around him and he could be reasoned with (to a point) when he was in a temper. He could be a bit cold at times when it came to making decisions about the estate and his wards but I could understand why since the best decision often came at the price of being an unpopular person for a time. All in all I liked Devon but I didn’t fall in love with him.

The same can be said of Kathleen. I liked her but I wasn’t 100% on board with her personality. She was a little shrewish for my tastes and controlling when it came to the three Ravenel sisters. Not to mention irrational and illogical when it came to Devon’s way of handling the estate. She had her good moments though, she genuinely loved the girls and wanted to protect them at all costs.

Truth be told, I actually fell in love with members of the supporting cast. Devon’s younger brother West who also has the infamous Ravenel temper was also quite the rascal. I enjoyed his humor and the huge transformation he went through in the background while Devon was struggling to be an earl. West surprised me with the playful but caring relationship he formed with his cousins Helen, Cassandra and Pandora and later with Kathleen. I loved the moments of interaction between him and one or all of the women because they provided most of the humor in the story. Then there was the introduction to business magnate Rhys Winterbourne, a bear of a man who was used to getting his way. He and Helen had some interesting interactions.

Speaking of the cousins I loved the twins but especially Pandora. Boy oh boy was she a hoot. She had a definite mind of her own and had no trouble speaking it in a way that was entertaining. She and her twin Cassandra got into all sorts of mischief that I kept forgetting that these were nineteen year old girls not adolescent children. They were never annoying though and the reason for their lack of “decorum” was explained in an easy to believe way. Pandora was a character ahead of her time. The sister I liked the least was Helen though. She seemed to be way too submissive and timid for my tastes, displaying none of the Ravenel temper.

Devon and Kathleen’s romance was a little on the “insta” side given that they spent a lot of time apart or bickering. The passion between them was believable but I had a hard time with the emotional connection. I wasn’t buying Devon’s first epiphany that he really wanted Kathleen though. It wasn’t until another event occurred that I could start to believe Devon’s claims that he was changing towards Kathleen but that wasn’t until the last quarter of the book.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Lisa Kleypas is one of the best historical romance authors out there and while Cold Hearted Rake isn’t my favorite book of hers it’s still more than worth the time.


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