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Cold-Hearted Rake

by Lisa Kleypas

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Series: The Ravenels (1)

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Lisa Kleypa is back with a stunning new historical romance! Readers have long waited for the return of New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas to historical romance?and now she's back with her most breathtaking yet. 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?… (more)

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Cold Hearted Rake - Kleypas
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First book of a late 19th century romance series. The young Victoria is Queen and the industrial revolution is in full swing. The Ravenel Earldom has just passed to a distant cousin (the titular cold-hearted rake) of the recently and unlamented Earl. The unprofitable and decrepit estate also comes with an attractive young widow and her three beautiful sisters-in-law. Let the fairy tale plots commence!

I enjoyed the characters in this book. It’s a good setup for the rest of the series. Despite the obvious romance between the new earl and the widow, there’s more to the plot than the explicit sexual content. Rapid economic and social changes create unique challenges for the new Earl. The widow and the young sisters are prime examples of the societal and legal restrictions placed on women. Growing pains for all and sundry, but with a light touch. I really enjoyed the pet pig. ( )
  msjudy | Sep 20, 2020 |
A fun start to a new series-Kathleen is a widow after only 3 days of marriage to a hot-tempered Ravenal. Devon, the new lord, initially wants to sell the estate and continue his dissipations in London, but he and brother West find that they cannot abandon the estate and the 4 women to their fate. Well-written example of the Regency romance genre. ( )
  4leschats | Jul 15, 2020 |
No doubt LK suffers from first in a series syndrome, overdeveloping the dynamics of the family and secondary characters. By the end, I cared more about Winterborne & Helen.

And I was so there for the Ice Queen and hot tempered rake (apparently).

But eh mostly meh ( )
  samnreader | Jun 27, 2020 |
A good old fashioned bodice buster. ( )
  Carole0220 | Mar 23, 2020 |
Girl in a big swoopy gown on the cover - yup, it's time for my hit of historical romance that I shamefully can't resist. It started off promisingly, with good characters and decent writing. But the story veered off into a ridiculous and borderline pornographic direction (I guess sex sells, but I prefer much less detail.) I violated my strict "everything doesn't have to be a freaking trilogy" rule and now I remember why I have it - I think it prevents people from writing one GOOD book in the interest of stretching everything out over three. I have absolutely no interest in following these characters into the next book.

(Also, though not strictly the author's fault, this book caused the dreadful Paula Abdul song "Cold Hearted Snake" to get stuck in my head for a few days.) ( )
  AngeH | Jan 2, 2020 |
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The devil knows why my life should be ruined, Devon Ravenel said grimly, all because a cousin I never liked fell from a horse.
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Lisa Kleypa is back with a stunning new historical romance! Readers have long waited for the return of New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas to historical romance?and now she's back with her most breathtaking yet. 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?

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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?
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