The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company has provided this book club with a copy of this book for review or we have purchased the book with our own funds. The opinions shared about the story are those of the book club or the individual reviewer and not influenced by The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company if received for review.Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #1
Published by Avon on October 27th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
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?
For some, Cold-Hearted Rake was a disappointment. It was really hard to get into. Didn’t care much for the heroine’s story but liked the sister-in-law and will likely read her story. Cold-Hearted Rake was a disappointment considering how so many others raved about her books.
Other feedback conflicts. There is a consensus that Cold-Hearted Rake wasn’t as good as her others. It was slow and focus on other characters rather than the hero and the heroine. Too much set up for the next book. Fascinated by the heroes brother and the sister-in-law. There’s moments where even the two aren’t even in the scene and it didn’t feel like it was really their story.
Definitely see the potential for the second book and the readers feel they will really look forward to the following books. In fact, Cold-Hearted Rake is almost required to read just to get to know the future couple. Overall rating of 4.