READ Ë Cold Hearted Rake

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READ Ë Cold Hearted Rake Í A twist of fateDevon Ravenel London's most wickedly charming rake has just inherited an earldom But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities and 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 TreneaY 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 uestion remainsCan she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she's ever known. Not so cold hearted after allCold Hearted Rake was everything I hoped it would be Ms Kleypas has the remarkable ability to make you want to step back in time and live it You forget about the lack of modern conveniences medicine and rights of women You don't mind the idea of no phones or computers and instead have communication that takes hours or days instead of seconds to deliver It seems extravagant to have someone dress you and set your hair to attend breakfast instead of seconds to slip on a t shirt and shorts The indulgence of a man to hold your hand as you are helped into a vehicle instead of him hitting the button on the remote and expecting you to open your own bloody door Lisa Kleypas reminds me that acting and being treated like a lady can seem like a fairytaleOur Cold Hearted Rake Devon has been lumped with the title of Earl a crumbling estate and huge debts He doesn't want it and at first makes attempts to sell off whatever he can He has no desire to manage the estate or the tenants who live there Modernization hasn't been introduced which means both the servants and tenants have to work extra hard to do their jobs He knows that lives would be improved if a few thing were upgraded but he also knows that funds are needed that he just doesn't have Surprisingly his attitude changes when a little spitfire widow named Kathleen lifts her mourning veil looks him in the eye and gives him hellKathleen meets Devon and doesn't like what she seesactually she likes what she SEES she just doesn't like what she sees in him The two of them butt heads freuently and struggle to agree on the best course of action for the estate and the people who live thereKathleen was made a widow when her husband of 3 days falls off a horse that he shouldn't have been riding in the first place Theo her deceased husband and Kathleen had been having a disagreement when he went off in a huff She feels a huge amount of guilt when he dies and is traumatised because she witnessed the event Theo's three sisters have been left in her care and she feels responsible in helping them move on She doesn't like the idea of leaving them with a man who doesn't seem to take their well being into accountI enjoyed watching this couple come together The passionate way they love and the fiery way they clash makes every time they come together exciting Devon is stubborn and selfish while Kathleen can be narrow minded and judgemental Both of them must learn to curb their impetuous behaviour and think before speaking to avoid hurting each otherI enjoyed meeting Devon's brother West the three sisters Helen Pandora and Cassandra and Devon's friend Rhys Even though he acted wrongly at the end I felt that Rhys may have been judged too harshly I hope we haven't seen the end of Rhys and Helen togetherI loved Cold Hearted Rake from start to finish Lisa Kleypas has a talent for taking me out of my reality and placing me in a time where men stand when a lady walks into a room and department store shopping is new and exciting I can't pinpoint the exact reason why her historical romances are one of my favourites but it's kind of like my first cup of coffee in the morning Puts a smile on my face leaves me content and hopeful that there will be in the futureTo purchase from


Occupying the house along with Kathleen Lady Trenear a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon's ownA clash of willsKathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to den. If you like me enjoy a good piece of fluff every now and then you could do a lot worse than Lisa Kleypas' Cold Hearted RakeIs it perfectionI didn't think so Personal opinionBut like I mentioned at this pointI'm just in it for the fluffIn other words while I didn't fall in love with the hero or the heroine I have to say that Kleypas can spin straw into gold I mean I didn't even realize that I wasn't crazy about the couple until after I finished the bookSo YeahWell done By the way I read the teaser for the next book in this series and it looks pretty cool

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Cold Hearted RakeA twist of fateDevon Ravenel London's most wickedly charming rake has just inherited an earldom But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities and than a few surprises His estate is saddled with debt and the late earl's three innocent sisters are still. Lisa Kleypas is so important to me as a fan of historical romance She was the reason I got into the genre in the first place and it was most of her books that became the standard by which I judged others The latter of course changed once I broadened my horizons and got acuainted with the works of Amanda uick Elizabeth Hoyt and Monica McCarty but LK is still definitely a legend in her own right That was why I waited patiently for her comeback to historical romance And we're talking about years here man I was so freaking happy when I heard about Cold Hearted Rake that it was all I could do not to dance around the house with my hands in the air mimicking a lunatic on crackAnd this is the reason why my disappointment over this book cuts so deep I expected so much only to be sorely disappointed No I take that back The appropriate term would be devastated Like in my usual reviews I first make it clear that reviewing a book is a matter of opinions and preferences I'm judging this one as with every book I judge according to a set of parameters which may or may not correspond with yours So if you can't tolerate criticisms about this novel feel free to ignore this review I don't want any fanatic commenting shit about my feelings about the storySo anyway I judge according to how well the story was written how the characters were developed and how likeable they are and how the plot was executed Cold Hearted Rake is without a doubt well written I could not find a fault in the prose; it was exactly the way I remembered an LK novel should beHowever the story's downfall was caused by its characters especially the hero Devon and the poor execution of the plotFirst let's talk about the characterisation This is actually the main reason for this 1 star rating For one I cannot respect Devon as a man as a character and definitely not as the hero of this story I can't say that I hate him since he never did anything that crossed the line like say bodily harming the heroine or cheating on her; but damn dislike is far too bland and tame a word to describe my feelings for this asshole And he was really just that a fucking assholeLook I know that LK's heroes are usually very human; there are always big flaws in their personalities that are glaringly obvious to the readers on the get go And what's beautiful about it is seeing these guys come into terms with their humanity to become a better man someone worthy of the heroine's love The best example of that would probably be Derek Craven in Dreaming of You Or Sebastian in The Devil in Winter These guys are on the top of my list of favourite heroes They were crass uncouth and immoral But they changed for the better because of loveAnd that's what's wrong with Devon Like the usual LK hero he's characterised as having a rather unsavoury personality Well for one he's a Ravenel a family that is described as followsThey yielded to every temptation indulged in every sin and scorned every virtue with the result that they tended to die faster than they could reproduceNow there were only two leftSo they're a reckless immoral and bad tempered lot Nothing really new there for an LK fan I just brushed this off having full confidence that LK would somehow someway change Devon into a better manAnd so I read onAnd became increasingly concerned and later on incensed at the manWith effort Devon swallowed back his outrage Deliberately he stretched out his legs with relaxed indolence and glanced at his brother “West are we uite certain that Cousin Theo perished in a fall” he asked coolly “It seems far likely that he froze to death in the marital bed”West chuckled not above the enjoyment of a malicious uipTotthill and Fogg for their part kept their gazes downKathleen crossed the threshold and sent the door shuddering with a violent slam“Brother” West said with mock chiding “that was beneath you”“Nothing’s beneath me” Devon replied stone faced “You know that” HOLY MOTHER OF EVERYTHING THAT IS SACRED WILL SOMEONE LEND ME A BAT TO BEAT THIS MOTHERFUCKERYou'll understand my outrage once you know that at this point in the story Kathleen the heroine and Devon had already established some kind of a rapport with each other albeit a shallow one They've chatted in what seemed to me as a friendly manner and I definitely don't think that Kathleen deserved such an cruel insult Especially since Kathleen and Theo's marriage despite the imperfections was not a marriage of convenience; they went through proper courtship and Kathleen liked the man Unfortunately Devon's bad temper and unsavoury personality is consistent in the story After Devon and Kathleen's spat Helen the sister of Kathleen's dead husband tried to appeal to him to send for her Our heroine went to a villager who was suffering from a fever and was expected to be caught up in the impending storm And you know how Devon reacted There was nothing in the world that Devon would love than the sight of Kathleen rain soaked and bedraggled He had to restrain himself from rubbing his hands together in villainous glee“There’s no need to send a footman” he said casually “I’m certain that Lady Trenear will have the sense to stay at the tenant farm until the rain passes”“Yes but the downs will have turned to mud”Better and better Kathleen wading through mud and clay Devon fought to keep his expression grave when inside all was joy and exploding Roman candles He went to the window No rain yet but dark clouds seeped through the sky like ink on wet parchment “We’ll wait a bit longer She could return momentarily”WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST READSERIOUSLY WHAT GROWN SELF RESPECTING MAN WOULD ACTUALLY THINK LIKE THAT ONLY A CRUEL ASSHOLE WOULD I'LL TELL YOU AND THIS IS CONSIDERING HAVING A FEVER BACK THEN COULD KILL YOUAnd this just keeps on going on and on really this bad tempered streak of his This fucker lashes at people every time he got mad I became so fucking disgusted at him that I detached myself from the story I just finished the novel because I hoped I really hoped that he would redeem himselfBut he did not In the end he just realised his feelings gave a pledge of eternal love and that's it No soul bearing life changing redemption in his part I demand pining for fuck's sake especially after everything Kathleen went through One bucket of tears for every tongue lashing he gave wouldn't even begin to satisfy me I demand so much especially after seeing awesome LK heroes like Derek and Sebastian toil for their redemption The worst part of this is that I can't see Devon changing his spots I can't imagine him becoming less of an asshole everytime he was angry And what kind of a relationship with such a man would be I'm sure as hell it wouldn't be a healthy one SighKathleen herself is far too inconsistent and indecisive to be likeable I thought she was a strong character at first especially with the way she stood up to Devon in the first chapter but as the story progress she becomes and obedient pliant and a downright push over At one point I was sorely tempted to call her an invertebrate because of her lack of willpower My God She frustrated the hell out of me Instead of apologising to Devon like she did I would have kicked him in the balls and left him for goodAnd all this brings me to my second point the romance is far from convincing In fact I've never seen two people ill suited for each other than Devon and Kathleen I think another factor that made their love unconvincing is the fact that there was no proper build up to their relationship Every single thing in the story seems orchestrated in order to make things convenient for Devon Some events don't really make any sense For instance when the two first met Devon said something about throwing Kathleen and his cousins from the house a remark which our heroine overheard They had a huge fight Okay so they were arguing and because of the widow's veil he couldn't see her face When he lifts it up BAM He was transfixed by her original beauty and then they stopped arguing Kathleen was the first to speak and shocked the fuck out of me when she actually obeyed him and answered his uestion And then they had a friendly chat And Devon started lusting after her And Kathleen agreed to tour him around his estateIn the first chapterWay too early It's fucking way too early for a friendly chat between those two Hello The man just told you he wanted you ass off the property and HE DIDN'T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT YOUR AND HIS COUSINS' WELFARE and THIS IS HOW YOU ACT KATHLEEN DEAR GOD I would have bloodied his nose for his remark BlechOverall this book's just a big let down I love LK but no amount of loyalty could make me stomach Devon Kathleen while annoying with her inconsistent and flimsy character is tolerable Sigh Some may like this but I sure as hell will not be reading this again