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?
So, Lisa Kleypas finally makes readers overjoyed and returns to historical romance! Though I must say I’ve recently discovered she also writes brilliant contemporary romance.
Was it worth the years of waiting? I definitely think so. Was the book perfect? No, but I was hooked all the same. My biggest gripe is the secondary romance which had (bloody well!) better be resolved in the next book, as it is not finished here.
Kleypas’ Victorian (yes, VICTORIAN, never Regency!) books are a favourite for many, with good reason. She is the author who fully converted me to historical romance, when I wasn’t convinced there was much that was romantic in an era where women could expect to have a dozen babies – if they were lucky enough to survive the first attempt.
There are some books you read and you KNOW they’re well-written, and you KNOW you like them, but a week later, inexplicably, you’ve still only waded halfway through.
Then you have books by an author like Lisa Kleypas, and you sit down to read a couple of pages and end up reading half of it without a break.
I love the Victorian era. I think in many ways it was more exciting with technological advancements than the twentieth century was. To go from the very-much-in-the-past Regency era into an era of trains and telegraphs and machines nobody could ever have conceived of not all that long before was amazing. Fashions changed, empires changed…
Kleypas sets her new series a few decades after her other books, which is interesting. I really love the 1870s, and it’s one of the better eras in Victorian fashion, so she chose well as far as I’m concerned.
I love that so many characters grow and change in this one. It’s a very complete story from that perspective, and much more than a rake waking up to himself and finding a wife. I liked all the characters (a few are a little silly, but then there’s also some pretty serious stuff going on to balance it out).
Readers are going to be desperate to see what happens with the secondary characters. The next book can’t come soon enough. However, I’m not generally a fan of books that leave the reader hanging. I prefer it when authors write stories that can be read as one-offs, as standalones.
I also cannot tell you how excited I was to see a few uses of ARSE!
One thing with the language bothered me: a half hour, a quarter hour, a half million, a half mile, a half step, a half… I don’t know anyone in the British Commonwealth who speaks that way! Other than that, there’s a lot of research that had to go into this one, which must have taken forever to do.
I’m very glad I read Cold-Hearted Rake, and I’d like to read more – soon.