Lisa Kleypas ~ Cold Hearted Rake (The Ravenel’s #1)
Back Blurb :
A Twist Of Fate. . .
Devon Ravenel, London’s most wickedly charming rake, has inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibility’s. . .and more then a few surprises. His estate is saddled with dept, and the late earl’s three innocent sister’s are still occupying the house. . .along with Kathleen Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon’s own.
A Clash Of Wills. . .
Kathleen know’s 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 hold’s her in his arm’s, he vow’s to do whatever it take’s to possess her. As Kathleen find’s herself yielding to his skillful erotic seduction, only one question remain’s:
Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she’s ever known?
It has been a long wait for the new Lisa Kleypas book and as much as I do love her writing to me this one seem’s to lack something, I can’t quite explain it but to me it’s like something wasn’t there what should have been. True it has all the ingredient’s of a classic Kleypas novel; Handsome scoundrel. Complex and beautiful Lady. Mischievous and entertaining Sibling’s. Interesting story. Sensual and evocative atmosphere. I will admit that it is a good read but yet this one seem’s to be missing that special Kleypas magic that you find in all her previous book’s.
I do hate to say it but Devon isn’t one of my favorite of character’s he is manipulative, ruthless and to me he just doesn’t come across as a strong character; whereas his brother West is one of the best thing’s in the book. Weston Revenal is an interesting character and one that I am looking forward to getting to know more about. The transformation in him is great, in the beginning he went from drunken lay about with no care’s for anyone to the hand’s on, intelligent young stand – in Lord of the Manor.
Same can be said about Rhys Winterbourne, he is another character that I can’t wait to get to know a bit more of. True that Rhys, Weston and Devon are basically cut from the same cloth, all three are notorious rake’s and scoundrel’s but there is something else that I see in Rhys and West that I never really saw in Devon and that is a shame.
But there is some really lovely scene’s between Devon and Kathleen, where you get to see below his ruthless exterior and you see that tender side that you expect from all of Kleypas’ lead men but unfortunately for me there isn’t enough of those moment’s. But there are some great part’s; I do particularly like when West bring’s a piglet back to the manor and the Ravenel sister’s adopt him and name him Hamlet, that for me is pure Kleypas and there is more then a hint of The Hathaway’s in that and I love it.
All in all I do feel a bit contradictory; on one hand it is a well written, and really good read and what we have come to expect from Lisa Kleypas but on the other hand there is something missing. . .Something that can’t really be put into word’s but as you read it you come to understand that, that special thing that resonate’s with her other work such as The Bow Street Runner’ s and The Hathaways just isn’t there with this one.
Maybe it’s just because it’s a brand new series and we are having to get to know and love these new character’s. As I said it is a decent book and it is worth reading.