Title: Cold-Hearted Rake
Series: The Ravenels #1
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Release Date: Oct 27, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Blurb: 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 am honestly quite surprised that I ended up enjoying this book as well as I did. Devon is a complete alphahole, and I honestly didn’t think I’d ever care for him. And I’d even be aggravated with myself as he’s attempting to seduce Kathleen throughout the story. Very aggravated because I was feeling a little seduced myself. And let me tell you his behavior can be absolutely abhorrent!
I always enjoyed Kathleen, though. She’s bold, resourceful, strong, and willing to admit when she’s wrong. With the exception of her allowing herself to be seduced, she was an excellent character. But again, as I’ve already admitted, I couldn’t resist Devon’s advances either. Their chemistry was off the charts!
Aside from the main couple, one thing I love about this series is that it’s about a family, and I absolutely LOVE some of the side characters. First, let me start with Devon’s brother West. West is as much as an alphahole as his brother in the beginning, but as he moves onto the estate with Kathleen and the other Ravenels, you begin to really see some growth in his character. He begins to appreciate hard work and he begins to view Kathleen and his cousins, Helen, Cassandra, and Pandora as sisters. He would easily be my favorite character if it wasn’t for the twins, Cassandra and Pandora, who are just super amusing!
Now back to Devon and Kathleen. I would have liked to see a slower progression in the change of Devon’s character like we get with West, but he still ultimately won me over. I’ve read a few reviews and can say that Devon doesn’t succeed in winning every reader over, so I was fortunate there. And it’s because he won me over, and because I so thoroughly loved the family in general, that I gave this 4.5 stars! I’m looking forward to continuing the series.
This is the first book in this series, but it’s not the first book of the series that I’ve read. I read Hello Stranger, the fourth book in the series last year. I find myself doing that often – reading a book in the middle of the series and then going back to the beginning of the series because I really enjoyed the book. Am I the only one that does that? I honestly don’t know why I don’t just start with the first book.