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?
©2015 Lisa Kleypas (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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.
I liked the younger brother best as far as characters went. He was funny and engaging, but all too human as well.
I thought she did a very good job, and her accents, for the most part, were convincing.
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 book...it'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.
This book is one of my favorite books by LK in the writing sense. Very well written and clever. Characters were developed nicely and the change in personalities was also very well delivered as the story took shape. My only disappointment? Well I hate an unfinished ending. Forces one to wait for the next book to determine what the fate of the characters involved truly is. Other than that I LOVED this book
Top 50--around 39 or 40
Devon or his brother...maybe the twin with issues.
Everything--good different voices, not overdone
Book's not that good, but...Mourning in Hampshire.
I have read a bizillion historical romances. Lisa K hits all the highlights of the genre. 1. She always has great historical details and explains what is going on in the era. 2. Her humor is really clever. 3. hot romance. Other elements are a plus such as great camaraderie and deep insights into the human condition, but I can do without them if the above 3 are in place. This was a decent story that satisfied my basic needs in a romance novel. I haven't quite finished it; I figure it is the first of a new series.
Say something about yourself!
As usual LK's writing is very good, but this one - she usually makes her characters more likable. The male 'lead' Devon was MUCH more likable that Kathleen - the shrew. I really had no sympathy for her, and she had none for anyone else.
The twins Casandra and Pandora are 19 and act like they are 8 and I found them annoying. Ms. Kleypas went overboard in making them intolerable.
The relationship I am interested in is Helen and Reese's - and I think Devon's brother West would make an awesome story - he is hilarious and completely lovable.
Of course there is the HEA but for the life of me I cannot figure out why Devon would go there. Marrying Winterborne is a MUCH MUCH better story - but skipping this one would kind of mess up some context. Maybe not.
Fun, Heartwarming, complex
There are just too many memorable moments in this story, from the initial meeting of the two, their slow-burning attraction, but the time he told her he loves her and was giving her time to accept that love and would be faithful to her from that moment on, that was such a memorable speech and moment.
“Time is what I'm giving you," he said, staring down at her. His hand curved beneath her chin, compelling her to look at him. "There's only one way for me to prove that I will love you and be faithful to you for the rest of my life. And that's by loving you and being faithful to you for the rest of my life. Even if you don't want me. Even if you choose not to be with me. I'm giving you all the time I have left. I vow to you that from this moment on, I will never touch another woman, or give my heart to anyone but you. If I have to wait sixty years, not a minute will have been wasted- because I'll have spent all of them loving you.”
Devon holding Kathleen as she cries for the first time was heart wrenching.
I adored the narration! From now on, I'm on a lookout for Mary Jane Wells's narration :)
love audio books - Anglophile
This may not have been the strongest storyline ever, but I love her humour and her writing. .
West's social comment about workers gave me the chillls:
“I’ve heard that hat making drives people mad,” Pandora remarked. “Which I don’t understand, because it doesn’t seem tedious enough to do that.”
“It isn’t the job that drives them mad,” West said. “It’s the mercury solution they use to smooth the felt. After repeated exposure, it addles the brain. Hence the term ‘mad as a hatter.’ ”
“Then why is it used, if it is harmful to the workers?” Pandora asked.
“Because there are always more workers,” West said cynically.
The narration was wonderful.
I've already pre-ordered the next book in the series, Marrying Winterbourne.
Yes. Very romantic!
Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas. Zachary Bronson fell for Lady Holland, also a widow. However their circumstances were quite different.
When Devon confessed his love to Kathleen. I also love the twins and especially Helen's story.
When Devon was in the train accident and decided that he needed to see Kathleen again but he needed to save others in the wreak first even if it meant his death.
It took me a while to get used to the narrator Ms. Mary Jane Wells, but she is now right up there with one of my favorite narrators Ms. Rosalyn Landor.
After listening to many books by the incomparable Rosalyn Landor, I was completely prepared to be disappointed in Mary Jane Wells. But she is FANTASTIC. I am now looking for books narrated by her. The book itself is very enjoyable, made me laugh out loud more than once and am looking forward to finishing the series.
With more than 1600 audio books to hitchhike along with, I've realized only now that I started "reviewing"...boy I need to catch up!
There was no balance with the characters.
Absolutely! It was a very well wtitten story, just needed a slight twist with the characters to nalance themselves out into a well rounded personally base.
Okay, I LOVE KLEYPAS books and this was still worth a listen. These are just my critiques.
Having a cosin simply handed an entire family & town essentialally to pick up go with out of no where....there are bound to be some hiccups. You know, like the three girls needing a season with no dowry, or the house in shambles and land in debt. But all of that is nothing when you have the overbearing widow who questions his every move while plaguing him in his every dream.
Now, it truly had such potential and bottom line Im glad I got it...but, there were some contradictory actions that kept it from being more. You know, going on amd on of how cold she is and a big story of her "no crying" EVER her entire life, to but have a breakthrough and be tearing up out all the time. That felt hard to believe.
I did really like where the story was going and the "background" character build up. All of that was great to go along and see what happens; howver, the two lead personalities were equally cold. With both being at the same level of "I don't care" to then five seconds later be...all sweet and caring was very strange. There wasn't a build up of the compassion to soften the harshness we started off with. With the tiny bits of background family history, it felt a little disjointed.
I listened to Cold Hearted Rake after Marrying Winterbourne because I wanted to understand the inception of Ryse and Helen's relationship but had no real interest in the H/H initially. Wow I should have more faith! This was fantastic! I loved how Devon changed and grew throughout the story and I liked the heroine mostly even if she was a bit too proper and managing at times (it does make sense for the most part). I loved that the characters knew how they felt very early in the story. The bickering, especially with West, was so good I really laughed out loud at moments. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one!
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