COLD-HEARTED RAKE by Lisa Kleypas
Kirkus Star

COLD-HEARTED RAKE

From the "The Ravenels" series, volume 1
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Inheriting an earldom riddled with debt, Devon Ravenel intends to sell everything off and sink back into his feckless life—until he sets foot on the land and feels the seductive pull of responsibility and meets the beautiful widow trying to hold everything together.

Devon detested his cousin Theo, the Earl of Trenear, but he's extremely annoyed when Theo dies and he inherits the title and the ramshackle estate that goes with it. Determined to get every cent he can from his inheritance and then turn his back, he's stunned to discover that he feels an unwelcome responsibility toward his legacy. Figuring out how to save Eversby Priory becomes an exhausting burden, but working toward a difficult goal has a positive effect on him and on his brother, West, who takes on the unofficial role of estate manager. Both men, who had previously avoided emotional attachments, quickly become connected to their three young female cousins who live on the estate and to Kathleen, Theo’s widow, who has been running things with graceful competence since her husband's death. Devon spends most of his time in London, but when he's involved in a devastating train accident on his way back to Hampshire for Christmas, Devon and Kathleen admit to a sizzling attraction despite the fact that she's in mourning and he is resolved to never marry. Kleypas begins a new historical romance series with two damaged characters who might find happiness if they can ever learn to trust themselves and one another. Intricately and elegantly crafted, intensely romantic, and with secondary characters and an epilogue that will leave readers anxiously awaiting more.

A gratifying series starter from a not-to-be-missed romance author.

Pub Date: Oct. 27th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-06-237181-2
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2015




BEST ROMANCE NOVELS OF 2015:

FictionTREMAINE'S TRUE LOVE by Grace Burrowes
by Grace Burrowes
FictionWHEN A SCOT TIES THE KNOT by Tessa Dare
by Tessa Dare
FictionTHE BOLLYWOOD BRIDE by Sonali Dev
by Sonali Dev
FictionANYTHING FOR YOU by Kristan Higgins
by Kristan Higgins
FictionCOLD-HEARTED RAKE by Lisa Kleypas
by Lisa Kleypas

MORE BY LISA KLEYPAS

FictionDEVIL IN SPRING by Lisa Kleypas
by Lisa Kleypas
FictionMARRYING WINTERBORNE by Lisa Kleypas
by Lisa Kleypas
FictionBROWN-EYED GIRL by Lisa Kleypas
by Lisa Kleypas

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

FictionMAGNATE by Joanna Shupe
by Joanna Shupe
FictionA LADY'S CODE OF MISCONDUCT by Meredith Duran
by Meredith Duran
FictionONE GOOD EARL DESERVES A LOVER by Sarah MacLean
by Sarah MacLean