Book Review: Cold-Hearted Rake (The Ravenels #1) by Lisa Kleypas

This was my first book by Lisa Kleypas and by about 15% in I was kicking myself for not reading her sooner. This was storytelling at its best and I pretty much want to read everything she writes now. Cold-Hearted Rake was exceptional! 

Book Review: Cold-Hearted Rake (The Ravenels #1) by Lisa Kleypas | About That Story
Cold-Hearted Rake (The Ravenels #1) by Lisa Kleypas

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?

5 out of 5 stars

What an absolutely elaborate and magical world the author has created with Cold-Hearted Rake and The Ravenels series. I loved it! There were so many wonderful details and incredible characters that made this story exciting and fun to read. It was truly fantastic!

I thought this story was so smartly crafted. There was an excellent introduction pulling me in and I was hooked as I learned the characters histories and fell in love with their personalities. Kathleen and Devon were like fire and ice and I loved the challenge between them. They had this amazing banter that was wickedly delightful. They were so entertaining together. I loved their simmering connection and how that heat grew. They were so passionate and full of life and I couldn’t get enough of them.

I also loved all the characters introduced and how everything intertwined and developed. I loved Devon's brother West and I have a mad crush on him. I really liked the sisters-in-law, they had infectious personalities. I am excited for Helen’s story and everything that was introduced with her and Rhys Winterborne. There was a great hook at the end for their story that makes me want to jump right into the next book!

This was just an incredibly addicting read. I felt like I was lost to this world and everything around me faded away. There were all these really wonderful moments that made me swoon. So entertaining and fun with these great characters and an undeniable passion. This was my first Lisa Kleypas book and I'm officially a fan! Absolutely excellent read!

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Over the last two years, I’ve read some historical fiction but not a ton. I have to say, finding Lisa Kleypas was a game changer. She has me excited to read more. Do you read historical fiction? Let me know some of your favorite authors or books!

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