ARC Review: Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

Posted October 27, 2015 by Suzanne in Reviews / 6 Comments

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ARC Review: Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
Cold-Hearted Rake
by Lisa Kleypas

5 Stars


Released: 27 October 2015
Series: The Ravenels #1
Published by Avon
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

Recommended Read!

“Skillfully written, and imbued with humour, romance and emotion Lisa Kleypas has once again proven why she is the best in the historical romance genre” ~ Under the Covers

 WARNING: This review contains more fangirling than a 13 years old girl at a One Direction concert. 

Do you even need a synopsis? This is a Lisa Kleypas book after all and even more than that, it is a HISTORICAL Lisa Kleypas book, something we have all been waiting for since she foolishly decided to dally in contemporary romance (although, I kind of loved those for the most part as well, the woman has skillZ with a capital Z). I admit, I didn’t waste time reading the blurb, I was too busy opening the first page and getting my read on.

This had the potential to seriously disappoint me, as you can tell, my expectations of Lisa Kleypas are sky high, and I really didn’t want to topple to hard ground of reality by finding this book less than what I expected. However, I should have known better than to doubt, to sum up in three small words: I loved it.

Cold Hearted Rake introduces us to the Ravenael family, famous for their hot passions and even hotter temper, in particular the last two men left in the family Devon and West. Devon has unexpectedly inherited the Earldom after the death of his cousin, a burden that he doesn’t want, especially when it comes with three younger girl cousins and Kathleen, his cousin’s widow. And he especially doesn’t want to feel this helpless fascination with Kathleen who manages to drive him mad as she ignites his lust and other feelings he doesn’t want to think about.

As always Kleypas has delivered a romance that was intense, full of emotions and sexual chemistry as Kathleen and Devon alternatively battle each other and fall in love. She masterfully builds up the relationship between them with a bit of sexual tension, arguments and a few tender and vulnerable moments thrown in as well. But, it wasn’t just the main couple that I loved seeing, we were introduced to the quiet, shy Helen, the rambunctious twins Pandora and Cassandra and Devon’s younger brother the dissipated West as well.

Skillfully written, and imbued with humour, romance and emotion Lisa Kleypas has once again proven why she is the best in the historical romance genre. I am now impatiently waiting for the next  book in the series, which I have feeling I will love even more than this one, is it possible to give a book 6 stars?



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About Lisa Kleypas

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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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Jonetta (Ejaygirl)
Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

She’s just an auto read for me. Great review and I’m so glad you think it 5-star worthy.

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Under the Covers Book Blog

Same for me Jonetta, it really was a fantastic read, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did



Yay new series by a favorite author!!


Thanks for the great review Suzanne

Sharlene Wegner
Sharlene Wegner

Great review! I wouldn’t need to read the blurb either! I just need to get to the store!

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review, I have yet to read anything by Lisa Kleypas but I’m adding her to my wishlist.