Cold-Hearted Rake : The Ravenels

  • by Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by Mary Jane Wells
  • Series: The Ravenels
  • 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lisa Kleypas is back with a stunning new historical romance!
Listeners have long waited for the return of New York Times best-selling author Lisa Kleypas to historical romance - and now she's back with her most breathtaking yet.
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?


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

good, but far from her best

What made the experience of listening to Cold-Hearted Rake the most enjoyable?

The characters were strong, very clearly drawn so I had a clear understanding of what drives them. The descriptions were also detailed but not tedious...not always an easy thing to do.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the younger brother best as far as characters went. He was funny and engaging, but all too human as well.

What about Mary Jane Wells’s performance did you like?

I thought she did a very good job, and her accents, for the most part, were convincing.

Any additional comments?

I found the H/h to be rather unlikable. They were both prickly and mistrustful. There wasn't much to draw them together except physical passion. Maybe I missed it, but there was no spark of love (not lust) between these two, and no blissful, weepy moment at the end. I really missed Kleypas's usual humor in this book. It's much darker than her other historicals, IMO. I've missed her historical romance, and so I've been looking forward to this for months. I was more than a little disappointed by this's not as engaging as the Hathaways series or the Wallflower series. Still, it's better than most of other authors historicals, so I give it a solid four stars.

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- kestergayle


I sidled up to this one with a bit of caution -- initial reviews were not glowing. Imagine my delight to discover not only is this a great book (Kleypas, duh) -- but it's a new kind of Kleypas novel. In fact, it felt more like a Jennifer Ashley "Mackenzie" novel, without the Scots twist, but with a seriously sexy hero, and a challenging love story.

I love reading reviews on here, and reviewers have saved me from some stinkers, but the initial reviews on this book -- in hindsight -- are perplexing. I'd say if you like either of those authors, give it a try.

Mary Jane Wells was wonderful here, as well. Her voice for Devon was a steamy revelation!

Highly Recommended -- by me!
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- bluestategirl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio