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Occupying the house along with Kathleen Lady Trenear a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon's ownA clash of willsKathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to den 4 starsOkay so here it is A new Historical Romance by my ueen of Historical Romances I'm also a firm supporter and believer of her Contemporaries but yeah The Historicals right? I loved this story not necessarily because it was spectacular or breath taking but because this is the second opportunity this year where Lisa Kleypas takes us on a ride to her romance land again And from the oil rich high society in Joe's Brown Eyed Girl we come to Hampshire the motherland of the Hathaways and Lord Westcliff It's not necessary to summarise a detailed plot since it's a fairly simple formula Cold hearted Rake Devon inherits an earldom and has to take on the responsibility of a title with all it entails being in debt The widow of the late earl Kathleen doesn't want Devon to interfere and to leave her and her three sisters in law alone Huh think again Kathleen The story doesn't start off very smoothly since there's a lot of tension between Kathleen and Devon Both hate each other uite fiercely and it got to a point where I was suirming in my seat because I feared that it would break any chance for them to develop tender feelings But it turned for the better before I got frustrated so everything was fine And then for the biggest body part of the novel I downright loved it Loved it in a way that reminded me of my dear old favourite author and her characters her narrative voice and her sheer talent when it comes to creating a rounded up well developing story Her humour has developed in a nice way over the last few years with the result being a laid back smooth and simultaneously enticing humour And above all else the secondary characters were what held my interest the most and kept the entertainment level very highWeston He starts off as an overweight drunk who hasn't a care in the world except well his next drink And because this is not the first character in Lisa Kleypas' re­per­toire who starts out as a drunk or nearly drunk I can emphasize that it's a beautifully optimistic process to watch them take a turn for the better Weston turns out to be a funny hardworking man with high scruples and a way of charming himself out of every bad situation I can't wait for his story since there's still much of the cynical man behind the smooth talking comedian and this author certainly knows how to write about those heroes Kathleen's sisters in law were adorable There are the hellion twins Pandora and Cassandra and the slightly older and uiet and demure Helen I connected to them all instantly to both twins with their endearing uirks and their never ending flow of conversation stuff but even a bit to Helen She's shy doesn't talk very much and stands mostly in the background but there are some progresses in this novel where I think that she is really well matched already view spoilerWinterborne and Helen please? hide spoiler

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Cold Hearted Rake

A twist of fateDevon Ravenel London's most wickedly charming rake has just inherited an earldom But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities and than a few surprises His estate is saddled with debt and the late earl's three innocent sisters are still Lisa Kleypas is back and back in a big way with Cold Hearted Rake her first historical romance in years and it's everything we long time fans have come to expect from her storytelling It's romantic poignant funny and oh so very sexy BlurbA twist of fateDevon Ravenel London's most wickedly charming rake has just inherited an earldom But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities and 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 ownA clash of willsKathleen 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 uestion remainsCan she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she's ever known?My thoughtsI have to say I was over the moon when I learned Ms Kleypas had teamed up with Avon Books again and would be giving us a new historical romance series Many will agree with me when I say she's easily one of the best romance authors out there and it's stories like Cold Hearted Rake which bear proof of thatDevon is a bastard and I couldn't believe I'd ever come to love him But love him I do He's honorable sexy compassionate but before those things surfaced he had to open his eyes to the world around him to find that he's not the only person who matters Fortunately there was a red haired beauty to help him see the err of his waysKathleen has had it rough but that's only served to make her a strong independent woman; the kind of woman who can stand up to a rake like Devon Ravenel I could be wrong but this might just be the steamiest book Ms Kleypas has written Kathleen and Devon's sexual chemistry sizzled throughout their story and made this one very hot readThe supporting cast Helen Cassandra and Pandora are all ladies needing their stories told and I can't wait to read their happily ever afters Helen is up next and wow Just wow I can already tell her's is going to be one roller coaster ride of a tale An ARC was provided by Avon Books In appreciation I'm giving them an honest review The Pope and Mussolini new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities and than a few surprises His estate is saddled with debt and the late earl's three innocent sisters are still Lisa Kleypas is back and back in a big way with Cold Hearted Rake her first historical romance in years and it's everything we long time fans have come to expect from her storytelling It's romantic poignant funny and oh so very sexy BlurbA twist of fateDevon Ravenel London's most wickedly charming rake has just inherited an earldom But his powerful The Burn new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities and 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 ownA clash of willsKathleen 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 uestion remainsCan she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she's ever known?My thoughtsI have to say I was over the moon when I learned Ms Kleypas had teamed up with Avon Books again and would be giving us a Diary of the Fall new historical romance series Many will agree with me when I say she's easily one of the best romance authors out there and it's stories like Cold Hearted Rake which bear proof of thatDevon is a bastard and I couldn't believe I'd ever come to love him But love him I do He's honorable sexy compassionate but before those things surfaced he had to open his eyes to the world around him to find that he's The Brides of Rollrock Island not the only person who matters Fortunately there was a red haired beauty to help him see the err of his waysKathleen has had it rough but that's only served to make her a strong independent woman; the kind of woman who can stand up to a rake like Devon Ravenel I could be wrong but this might just be the steamiest book Ms Kleypas has written Kathleen and Devon's sexual chemistry sizzled throughout their story and made this one very hot readThe supporting cast Helen Cassandra and Pandora are all ladies The Daughter of Time needing their stories told and I can't wait to read their happily ever afters Helen is up The World of Rafael Salas next and wow Just wow I can already tell her's is going to be one roller coaster ride of a tale An ARC was provided by Avon Books In appreciation I'm giving them an honest review

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Y 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 uestion remainsCan she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she's ever known 35 STARSIt's been a while since LK has written a HR She's among my top 3 fave authors and she writes beautifully I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it If I'm comparing it to other HR books she's written most notably The Wallflowers series then this isn't AS good Why?Let's get the good stuff out of the way The writing was flawless of course The descriptions the emotion the use of proseI enjoyed all that The hero Devon Ravenel was alright He was uite an asshole at the beginning but I like that since it opens up so much room for improvement He did improve but I wasn't always impressed by him When you have previous heroes that slayed me Sebastian St Vincent from Devil in Winter is the most notorious comparing Devon to him was like comparing a dandelion to a rose Really the whole lot of heroes from The Wallflowers series were amazing and memorable For me Devon was okayThe heroine Kathleen was the fiery and independent type She was headstrong and stubborn I don't mind that but I prefer my heroines like Evie from Devil in Winter or Daisy from Scandal in Spring I love the uieter heroines the Unlikely ones the underdogs I love how they accomplish what the stubborn ones do but effortlessly through their strength and merit I became annoyed with Kathleen many times and found her to be abrasive with her remarks As a couple Devon and Kathleen fought too much They weren't as convincing as they could have been The funny thing is I loved Helen and Winterborne Theirs was a secondary story line but the next book is devoted to them They reminded me of Evie and Sebastian Helen's shyness hides a passionate woman desperate for a chance to get out I think Winterborne is the man to help accomplish that with his unpolished nature and hard edges I honestly can't wait for their book Marrying Winterborne and I felt LK's trademark magic with those two as apposed to the main characters Anyways I did like this and am so glad LK is back Even not being a fan of the main characters you can't help but fall in love with the story and how it's written


10 thoughts on “Cold Hearted Rake

  1. says:

    Lisa Kleypas is so important to me as a fan of historical romance She was the reason I got into the genre in the first place and it was most of her books that became the standard by which I judged others The latter of course changed once I broadened my horizons and got acuainted with the works of Amanda uick Elizabeth Hoyt and Monica McCarty but LK is still definitely a legend in her own right That was why I waited patiently for her comeback to historical romance And we're talking about years here man I was so freaking happy when I heard about Cold Hearted Rake that it was all I could do not to dance around the house with my hands in the air mimicking a lunatic on crackAnd this is the reason why my disappointment over this book cuts so deep I expected so much only to be sorely disappointed No I take that back The appropriate term would be devastated Like in my usual reviews I first make it clear that reviewing a book is a matter of opinions and preferences I'm judging this one as with every book I judge according to a set of parameters which may or may not correspond with yours So if you can't tolerate criticisms about this novel feel free to ignore this review I don't want any fanatic commenting shit about my feelings about the storySo anyway I judge according to how well the story was written how the characters were developed and how likeable they are and how the plot was executed Cold Hearted Rake is without a doubt well written I could not find a fault in the prose; it was exactly the way I remembered an LK novel should beHowever the story's downfall was caused by its characters especially the hero Devon and the poor execution of the plotFirst let's talk about the characterisation This is actually the main reason for this 1 star rating For one I cannot respect Devon as a man as a character and definitely not as the hero of this story I can't say that I hate him since he never did anything that crossed the line like say bodily harming the heroine or cheating on her; but damn dislike is far too bland and tame a word to describe my feelings for this asshole And he was really just that a fucking assholeLook I know that LK's heroes are usually very human; there are always big flaws in their personalities that are glaringly obvious to the readers on the get go And what's beautiful about it is seeing these guys come into terms with their humanity to become a better man someone worthy of the heroine's love The best example of that would probably be Derek Craven in Dreaming of You Or Sebastian in The Devil in Winter These guys are on the top of my list of favourite heroes They were crass uncouth and immoral But they changed for the better because of loveAnd that's what's wrong with Devon Like the usual LK hero he's characterised as having a rather unsavoury personality Well for one he's a Ravenel a family that is described as followsThey yielded to every temptation indulged in every sin and scorned every virtue with the result that they tended to die faster than they could reproduceNow there were only two leftSo they're a reckless immoral and bad tempered lot Nothing really new there for an LK fan I just brushed this off having full confidence that LK would somehow someway change Devon into a better manAnd so I read onAnd became increasingly concerned and later on incensed at the manWith effort Devon swallowed back his outrage Deliberately he stretched out his legs with relaxed indolence and glanced at his brother “West are we uite certain that Cousin Theo perished in a fall?” he asked coolly “It seems far likely that he froze to death in the marital bed”West chuckled not above the enjoyment of a malicious uipTotthill and Fogg for their part kept their gazes downKathleen crossed the threshold and sent the door shuddering with a violent slam“Brother” West said with mock chiding “that was beneath you”“Nothing’s beneath me” Devon replied stone faced “You know that” HOLY MOTHER OF EVERYTHING THAT IS SACRED WILL SOMEONE LEND ME A BAT TO BEAT THIS MOTHERFUCKERYou'll understand my outrage once you know that at this point in the story Kathleen the heroine and Devon had already established some kind of a rapport with each other albeit a shallow one They've chatted in what seemed to me as a friendly manner and I definitely don't think that Kathleen deserved such an cruel insult Especially since Kathleen and Theo's marriage despite the imperfections was not a marriage of convenience; they went through proper courtship and Kathleen liked the man Unfortunately Devon's bad temper and unsavoury personality is consistent in the story After Devon and Kathleen's spat Helen the sister of Kathleen's dead husband tried to appeal to him to send for her Our heroine went to a villager who was suffering from a fever and was expected to be caught up in the impending storm And you know how Devon reacted? There was nothing in the world that Devon would love than the sight of Kathleen rain soaked and bedraggled He had to restrain himself from rubbing his hands together in villainous glee“There’s no need to send a footman” he said casually “I’m certain that Lady Trenear will have the sense to stay at the tenant farm until the rain passes”“Yes but the downs will have turned to mud”Better and better Kathleen wading through mud and clay Devon fought to keep his expression grave when inside all was joy and exploding Roman candles He went to the window No rain yet but dark clouds seeped through the sky like ink on wet parchment “We’ll wait a bit longer She could return momentarily”WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST READSERIOUSLY WHAT GROWN SELF RESPECTING MAN WOULD ACTUALLY THINK LIKE THAT?????? ONLY A CRUEL ASSHOLE WOULD I'LL TELL YOU AND THIS IS CONSIDERING HAVING A FEVER BACK THEN COULD KILL YOUAnd this just keeps on going on and on really this bad tempered streak of his This fucker lashes at people every time he got mad I became so fucking disgusted at him that I detached myself from the story I just finished the novel because I hoped I really hoped that he would redeem himselfBut he did not In the end he just realised his feelings gave a pledge of eternal love and that's it No soul bearing life changing redemption in his part I demand pining for fuck's sake especially after everything Kathleen went through One bucket of tears for every tongue lashing he gave wouldn't even begin to satisfy me I demand so much especially after seeing awesome LK heroes like Derek and Sebastian toil for their redemption The worst part of this is that I can't see Devon changing his spots I can't imagine him becoming less of an asshole everytime he was angry And what kind of a relationship with such a man would be? I'm sure as hell it wouldn't be a healthy one SighKathleen herself is far too inconsistent and indecisive to be likeable I thought she was a strong character at first especially with the way she stood up to Devon in the first chapter but as the story progress she becomes and obedient pliant and a downright push over At one point I was sorely tempted to call her an invertebrate because of her lack of willpower My God She frustrated the hell out of me Instead of apologising to Devon like she did I would have kicked him in the balls and left him for goodAnd all this brings me to my second point the romance is far from convincing In fact I've never seen two people ill suited for each other than Devon and Kathleen I think another factor that made their love unconvincing is the fact that there was no proper build up to their relationship Every single thing in the story seems orchestrated in order to make things convenient for Devon Some events don't really make any sense For instance when the two first met Devon said something about throwing Kathleen and his cousins from the house a remark which our heroine overheard They had a huge fight Okay so they were arguing and because of the widow's veil he couldn't see her face When he lifts it up BAM He was transfixed by her original beauty and then they stopped arguing Kathleen was the first to speak and shocked the fuck out of me when she actually obeyed him and answered his uestion And then they had a friendly chat And Devon started lusting after her And Kathleen agreed to tour him around his estateIn the first chapterWay too early It's fucking way too early for a friendly chat between those two Hello? The man just told you he wanted you ass off the property and HE DIDN'T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT YOUR AND HIS COUSINS' WELFARE and THIS IS HOW YOU ACT KATHLEEN?????? DEAR GOD I would have bloodied his nose for his remark BlechOverall this book's just a big let down I love LK but no amount of loyalty could make me stomach Devon Kathleen while annoying with her inconsistent and flimsy character is tolerable Sigh Some may like this but I sure as hell will not be reading this again


  2. says:

    Lisa Kleypas is back and back in a big way with Cold Hearted Rake her first historical romance in years and it's everything we long time fans have come to expect from her storytelling It's romantic poignant funny and oh so very sexy BlurbA twist of fateDevon Ravenel London's most wickedly charming rake has just inherited an earldom But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities and 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 ownA clash of willsKathleen 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 uestion remainsCan she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she's ever known?My thoughtsI have to say I was over the moon when I learned Ms Kleypas had teamed up with Avon Books again and would be giving us a new historical romance series Many will agree with me when I say she's easily one of the best romance authors out there and it's stories like Cold Hearted Rake which bear proof of thatDevon is a bastard and I couldn't believe I'd ever come to love him But love him I do He's honorable sexy compassionate but before those things surfaced he had to open his eyes to the world around him to find that he's not the only person who matters Fortunately there was a red haired beauty to help him see the err of his waysKathleen has had it rough but that's only served to make her a strong independent woman; the kind of woman who can stand up to a rake like Devon Ravenel I could be wrong but this might just be the steamiest book Ms Kleypas has written Kathleen and Devon's sexual chemistry sizzled throughout their story and made this one very hot readThe supporting cast Helen Cassandra and Pandora are all ladies needing their stories told and I can't wait to read their happily ever afters Helen is up next and wow Just wow I can already tell her's is going to be one roller coaster ride of a tale An ARC was provided by Avon Books In appreciation I'm giving them an honest review


  3. says:

    I've hated main characters before and I'd feel absolute glee if some of Kristen Ashley's alpha assholes were slowly tortured and killed by a girl scout troop But this main female character is definitely on the very top of my most hated females list She is the biggest hypocritical self righteous bitch I have ever had the misfortune to read in HR I hope she dies of a minor feverThe story is about a guy Devon who inherits a title and land from his jackass cousin who dies from a fall from a horse The horse hated him and it seems that his bitchy widow Kathleen hated him just as much They were married for a total of three days before his death Maybe he just realized what a shrew he married and fell off the horse on purpose I wouldn't blame himDevon's inheritance is actually a giant money pit because the estate is in debt the house is in disrepair and the whole thing is a money bleeding mess He thinks he may just sell the whole thing and cut his losses It is definitely the wise choice Oh but the widow of three days Kathleen won't have it She freaks out and blames Devon for all of the problems of the estate that he barely knew existed until days ago Of course it's his fault How dare he not come in and take on all the problems and debts of a cousin who hated him and by the way he wasn't even invited to the wedding I'm sure his invitation just got lost in the mail right? A beloved family member who will inherit everything would certainly be an important guest on the big dayFor a completely unknown reason Devon crushes on Kathleen Because bitchy widows who constantly preach about how horrible someone is must be irresistible Therefore he decides to try and fix the house and make things work out He also allows Kathleen to continue living in HIS house as well as his female cousins who lived there He's a pretty nice guy for doing this Does Kathleen appreciate it?Well let's see He decides to fix up the house that has floors literally falling apart and she is pissed off that there are workers in the house He has indoor plumbing installed so they no longer have to pee in bowls and use an outhouse and she freaks out I won't have it is her reaction to the plumbing being installed Oh so it's YOUR house and YOUR decision? Um no Plus for someone who was supposedly sooooo concerned about the welfare of others she doesn't give a shit if servants have to cart around her shit in a bowl Not her problem It's inconvenient for her to have plumbing installed in not her house As a matter of fact even though she guilted and cajoled him into keeping the place she bitches complains and freaks out about everything he does to try and make things better It is exhaustingAnd then midway through the book we find out that she has been lying the whole time Mrs Self righteous Bitch is the biggest hypocrite ever She has even less moral ground to stand on when it comes to everything Her marriage of three days her mourning that makes everyone miserable her staying around this house as a parasitic shrew it's all a bunch of bullshit When this was revealed I was done She was bad enough before the big secret was revealed but when it was? Um no I hated her with as much passion as Devon mysteriously has for herThe romance was so not believable that it was a joke Devon decided he loved her within minutes of seeing her It was literally ridiculous He hated his cousin and his cousin had bullied him when they were younger I think his real motivation is to screw his cousin's widow and have the last word in that battle And if he had said that I would have actually believed the romance and kind of liked him for being nefarious But for me to believe that any actual male would be attracted to this bitch? No not buying it I got than halfway through this frustrating read and then just skimmed the rest for mentions of Helen Winterborne and West


  4. says:

    4 starsOkay so here it is A new Historical Romance by my ueen of Historical Romances I'm also a firm supporter and believer of her Contemporaries but yeah The Historicals right? I loved this story not necessarily because it was spectacular or breath taking but because this is the second opportunity this year where Lisa Kleypas takes us on a ride to her romance land again And from the oil rich high society in Joe's Brown Eyed Girl we come to Hampshire the motherland of the Hathaways and Lord Westcliff It's not necessary to summarise a detailed plot since it's a fairly simple formula Cold hearted Rake Devon inherits an earldom and has to take on the responsibility of a title with all it entails being in debt The widow of the late earl Kathleen doesn't want Devon to interfere and to leave her and her three sisters in law alone Huh think again Kathleen The story doesn't start off very smoothly since there's a lot of tension between Kathleen and Devon Both hate each other uite fiercely and it got to a point where I was suirming in my seat because I feared that it would break any chance for them to develop tender feelings But it turned for the better before I got frustrated so everything was fine And then for the biggest body part of the novel I downright loved it Loved it in a way that reminded me of my dear old favourite author and her characters her narrative voice and her sheer talent when it comes to creating a rounded up well developing story Her humour has developed in a nice way over the last few years with the result being a laid back smooth and simultaneously enticing humour And above all else the secondary characters were what held my interest the most and kept the entertainment level very highWeston He starts off as an overweight drunk who hasn't a care in the world except well his next drink And because this is not the first character in Lisa Kleypas' re­per­toire who starts out as a drunk or nearly drunk I can emphasize that it's a beautifully optimistic process to watch them take a turn for the better Weston turns out to be a funny hardworking man with high scruples and a way of charming himself out of every bad situation I can't wait for his story since there's still much of the cynical man behind the smooth talking comedian and this author certainly knows how to write about those heroes Kathleen's sisters in law were adorable There are the hellion twins Pandora and Cassandra and the slightly older and uiet and demure Helen I connected to them all instantly to both twins with their endearing uirks and their never ending flow of conversation stuff but even a bit to Helen She's shy doesn't talk very much and stands mostly in the background but there are some progresses in this novel where I think that she is really well matched already view spoilerWinterborne and Helen please? hide spoiler


  5. says:

    45 starsI can't wait for Rhys and Helen's book


  6. says:

    If you like me enjoy a good piece of fluff every now and then you could do a lot worse than Lisa Kleypas' Cold Hearted RakeIs it perfection?I didn't think so Personal opinionBut like I mentioned at this pointI'm just in it for the fluffIn other words while I didn't fall in love with the hero or the heroine I have to say that Kleypas can spin straw into gold I mean I didn't even realize that I wasn't crazy about the couple until after I finished the bookSo YeahWell done By the way I read the teaser for the next book in this series and it looks pretty cool


  7. says:

    A ruined estate a depleted fortune and a woman he couldn't have Or better an inheritance he's too selfish and immature to appreciate not enough somebody else's money left for him to suander and how to bed a woman silly while carefully remaining the same jerk you were on page one and then wanting to pass off as a romance novel hero at the end of the book Devon Ravenel of the infamous hot tempered Ravenels a man unrepentantly bent on living off the glorious ancestral badass charm but only good at exercising the attached lousy reputation to a disenchanted eye mine is not happy at all about inheriting Eversby Prior the Hampshire rundown estate entailed with the title His cousin Daniel relatives being the obnoxious lot that they usually are had the bad taste of dying young thus suddenly making a broke earl out of him not to mention making him also responsible for a household full of uerulous females Devon is already plotting to boot out a soon as possible Starting with the newly minted widow Lady Kathleen but wait She's hotter than he thought so let her stick around some and see if we can pull a half baked love story off where the obstacles standing in the way derive exclusively from our own pettinessThis the plot in a nutshell and no not much else happens And no it cannot be considered a character driven romance either since the main couple had such inconsistent annoying and forgettable personalities reflecting in all their interactions to the point of leaving no chance for real growth Though I have to admit they fully deserved each other by the end Many things about this book have managed to irritate me From the hero's boorish attitude to the heroine's mood swings and hypocrisy From the lack of effective wit to the insufferable twins Cassandra and Pandora with their stilted originality splendicious From the lack of substance in the plot to the rather wallpaperish setting must be 1875 if there's a train Way interesting than the main couple the secondary romance West the hero's brother and Hamlet the pigIf I had to rate based solely on the hero and heroine's romance arc Cold Hearted Rake would have been a one star for me but for the occasional glimpses that reminded me of the wonders this author can be capable of see for example Dreaming of You I decided to upgrade to two Maybe many years away from the historical sub genre have taken their toll or maybe it's just a coincidence but there was a mood decidedly off about the whole package going from the uninspiring main relationship to a narrative style which surprisingly succeeds in being old fashioned with an often uivering heroine and an often overbearing hero and anachronistic at the same time with expressions such as bitch and adolescent drama casually thrown around And with two protagonists conveniently remembering of being Victorians social norms and classism included only when meddling in other people's lives The storyline was not well balanced either The sections with Kathleen and West working on restoring Eversby Prior's conditions and Helen and Winterborne's secondary romance while intriguing and promising for the next book take up too much space especially when compared to a main couple who doesn't spend a lot of time together after all not enough to make their developing feelings believable or achieving something beyond lustThe reasons behind Devon's dislike of marriage and sentimental engagements let alone the ones behind his resentment toward his cousin which sound ridiculous and Kathleen's emotional block and fear of intimacy seem flimsy contrived and are never fully explored anyway More often than not Devon appears self serving condescending and irascible obsessed with the heroine but not in love Kathleen on her part readily drops her initial token attempts at feisty and embraces the role of simpering woman overwhelmed by the hero's robust masculine prime and not only in bed old fashioned like I saidNo truly meaningful dialogues no truly eual recognition no truly sensual sex scenes between them Few pages to the end and we're stuck at this When I return he said leveling a steady stare at her you and I are going to have a long talk AloneHer lips tightened at his severe tone Am I to have a choice in the matter?Yes you'll have the choice of whether we go to bed before the talk or after Why of course your jerkship Good luck Kathleen


  8. says:

    Not so cold hearted after allCold Hearted Rake was everything I hoped it would be Ms Kleypas has the remarkable ability to make you want to step back in time and live it You forget about the lack of modern conveniences medicine and rights of women You don't mind the idea of no phones or computers and instead have communication that takes hours or days instead of seconds to deliver It seems extravagant to have someone dress you and set your hair to attend breakfast instead of seconds to slip on a t shirt and shorts The indulgence of a man to hold your hand as you are helped into a vehicle instead of him hitting the button on the remote and expecting you to open your own bloody door Lisa Kleypas reminds me that acting and being treated like a lady can seem like a fairytaleOur Cold Hearted Rake Devon has been lumped with the title of Earl a crumbling estate and huge debts He doesn't want it and at first makes attempts to sell off whatever he can He has no desire to manage the estate or the tenants who live there Modernization hasn't been introduced which means both the servants and tenants have to work extra hard to do their jobs He knows that lives would be improved if a few thing were upgraded but he also knows that funds are needed that he just doesn't have Surprisingly his attitude changes when a little spitfire widow named Kathleen lifts her mourning veil looks him in the eye and gives him hellKathleen meets Devon and doesn't like what she seesactually she likes what she SEES she just doesn't like what she sees in him The two of them butt heads freuently and struggle to agree on the best course of action for the estate and the people who live thereKathleen was made a widow when her husband of 3 days falls off a horse that he shouldn't have been riding in the first place Theo her deceased husband and Kathleen had been having a disagreement when he went off in a huff She feels a huge amount of guilt when he dies and is traumatised because she witnessed the event Theo's three sisters have been left in her care and she feels responsible in helping them move on She doesn't like the idea of leaving them with a man who doesn't seem to take their well being into accountI enjoyed watching this couple come together The passionate way they love and the fiery way they clash makes every time they come together exciting Devon is stubborn and selfish while Kathleen can be narrow minded and judgemental Both of them must learn to curb their impetuous behaviour and think before speaking to avoid hurting each otherI enjoyed meeting Devon's brother West the three sisters Helen Pandora and Cassandra and Devon's friend Rhys Even though he acted wrongly at the end I felt that Rhys may have been judged too harshly I hope we haven't seen the end of Rhys and Helen togetherI loved Cold Hearted Rake from start to finish Lisa Kleypas has a talent for taking me out of my reality and placing me in a time where men stand when a lady walks into a room and department store shopping is new and exciting I can't pinpoint the exact reason why her historical romances are one of my favourites but it's kind of like my first cup of coffee in the morning Puts a smile on my face leaves me content and hopeful that there will be in the futureTo purchase from


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    35 STARSIt's been a while since LK has written a HR She's among my top 3 fave authors and she writes beautifully I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it If I'm comparing it to other HR books she's written most notably The Wallflowers series then this isn't AS good Why?Let's get the good stuff out of the way The writing was flawless of course The descriptions the emotion the use of proseI enjoyed all that The hero Devon Ravenel was alright He was uite an asshole at the beginning but I like that since it opens up so much room for improvement He did improve but I wasn't always impressed by him When you have previous heroes that slayed me Sebastian St Vincent from Devil in Winter is the most notorious comparing Devon to him was like comparing a dandelion to a rose Really the whole lot of heroes from The Wallflowers series were amazing and memorable For me Devon was okayThe heroine Kathleen was the fiery and independent type She was headstrong and stubborn I don't mind that but I prefer my heroines like Evie from Devil in Winter or Daisy from Scandal in Spring I love the uieter heroines the Unlikely ones the underdogs I love how they accomplish what the stubborn ones do but effortlessly through their strength and merit I became annoyed with Kathleen many times and found her to be abrasive with her remarks As a couple Devon and Kathleen fought too much They weren't as convincing as they could have been The funny thing is I loved Helen and Winterborne Theirs was a secondary story line but the next book is devoted to them They reminded me of Evie and Sebastian Helen's shyness hides a passionate woman desperate for a chance to get out I think Winterborne is the man to help accomplish that with his unpolished nature and hard edges I honestly can't wait for their book Marrying Winterborne and I felt LK's trademark magic with those two as apposed to the main characters Anyways I did like this and am so glad LK is back Even not being a fan of the main characters you can't help but fall in love with the story and how it's written


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    Not what I expectedHad it not been for the fact that I couldn't warm up to the heroine Kathleen throughout the whole book I would have had no problem rating this one higher than 3 stars Apparently Cold Hearted Rake had so much potential to be a great read too bad it ultimately fell short Honestly I loved everything about this book Everything except Kathleen In my opinion it was obvious that there was not enough depth to her character so that I couldn't connect with her There was nothing appealing about her nothing to make me care about herThere was evidently no chemistry between Devon and Kathleen I don't understand why he was strongly attracted to her I genuinely don't know what he saw in her Alright I understand where she's coming from but damn she's such a difficult bossy bitter stiff and cold woman As I read further into the story I found that she became and annoying But what put me into an instant moment of rage was that she interfered with Helen's relationship with Winterborne on her behalf without her knowledge which in fact was none of her business That was totally unacceptable Helen was a grown woman She was capable of making her own decision about whom she wanted to marry Kathleen not only ripped that choice away from Helen but she also caused the rift between Devon and Winterborne who used to be best friendsAnd by the end I didn't care about their HEA at allMuch as I wish Kathleen didn't exist in this book I 100% enjoyed the other characters and I'm certainly looking forward with enthusiasm to finding out about them in their own stories However the premise of the next book sounds very promising And now I need to know what will happen between Winterborne and Helen Hopefully their story will not disappointI could go on and on but I think I'd better end my rant here Perhaps it was my fault for setting my expectations too high


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