Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas: Review

Posted June 25, 2016 in review Tags:

Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas: ReviewCold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
Pages: 419

Series: The Ravenels #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Also in this series: Marrying Winterborne, Devil in Spring, Hello Stranger, The Devil's Daughter, Chasing Cassandra
Also by this author: Marrying Winterborne, Devil in Spring, Hello Stranger, The Devil's Daughter, Chasing Cassandra, Devil in Disguise
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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?

Cold Hearted Rake
Lisa Kleypas

what i think

So, I will start this review with a confession. I had never, prior to this book, read anything by Lisa Kleypas. In fact, in the interest of full disclosure, I had never even heard of her. Thankfully, Nick at The Girl with the Happily Ever Afters schooled me! She has raved so much about Kleypas that I simply had to check it out. Her review of Marrying Winterborne is what made me decide on starting the series. My point: Thank God Nick told me how awesome Kleypas is!

So, Cold Hearted Rake is the story of recently widowed Kathleen, who was married (for 3 days) to Theo Ravenel, the earl of Trenear. He died and the earldom transferred to his cousin, Devon Ravenel. Oh Devon…He and his brother West were playboys to say the least. They wanted nothing challenging from life and inheriting an estate was CHALLENGING. They go to the estate with plans to sell, but Kathleen is not having it. She is feisty!

Then, you throw in Theo’s 3 younger sisters and you have a seriously awesome cast of characters! The twins, Cassandra and Pandora, are a hoot! Helen is one of those truly gentle and sweet people in a world seriously lacking gentle and sweet. You know-the kind of people you wish existed more often!

But, this is the story of Kathleen and Devon. Kathleen didn’t have quite the conventional life and marriage and she is struggling with everything but determined to do whatever she can for herself and more importantly, her sisters-in-law, whom she has come to love. The Ravenels are not easy to get along with and Devon and Kathleen butt heads a LOT. I loved every minute of it! Seriously, the banter is on point!

If you like your historical romances to be filled with ladies who are complex, men who are soon to be converted rakes, and a cast of supporting characters you can’t wait to find out more about, you need this book.

In conclusion, thanks Nick! You were totally right!


  • POV: 3rd
  • Tears: no
  • Trope: death of a spouse
  • Triggers: none
  • Series/Standalone: book 1 in the series
  • Cliffhanger: Not for Devon and Kathleen but for another character…
  • HEA: View Spoiler »

if you liked

The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah Maclean, Luck is no Lady by Amy Sandas, The Unexpected Circumstances series by Shay Savage…then you will probably like Cold Hearted Rake!

where to get it

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Other Books in the Series


LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.

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6 responses to “Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas: Review

  1. I was so scared to open this review, but ahhh! I’m so so so happy you loved Devon & Kathleen! They aren’t my favorite LK couple, but I still loved them so much. So can you imagine just how much you’ll love LK’s other couples??
    Pandora & Cassandra are my favorite! Pandora’s book is next and I can’t wait to read it.
    Seriously so happy you loved this one as much as I did! I love it when my book recs work!! <3
    And I hope you love Winterborne even more!!

    • Oh Pandora’s book is the 3rd? I thought for sure she would be last! I have now put like every LK book on my list for the library. I think I am 3rd in line for Marrying Winterborne! I might just cave and buy it! Thanks so much for the recommendation! I am totally hooked now!

  2. oh this is such a wonderful book!! I adore this author, one of my favorites. I am thrilled to see you liked this one so much. Marrying Winterborne is AMAZING!! Definitely worth buying if you decide to do it. Kleypas does great with her banter right? I can’t wait to see what you think of Rhys and Helen’s book.

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