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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?

©2015 Lisa Kleypas (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Glorious!

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!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Glad I ignored the bad reviews!

I LOVED this book! Dialogue - funny moments - steamy scenes - heart wrenching scenes - ALL SUPERB!
Hamlet the pig - West the brother - the twins! Truly never a dull moment.

I lost sleep - kept having to restart my sleep timer.

Narrator is GREAT!! Her Devon is sexy (which is sometimes hard to pull off with a female narrator)

Devon doesn't become a love sick following behind puppy. Kathleen isn't a fainting miss. Both are strong willed and stubborn - they work! The relationship doesn't slowly blossom - it was a bit abrupt - but then it was a small roller coaster ride.

Worth a credit - I'm already into book 2 and spending my next credit on book 3!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Worth the point!

This was a sweet story. Devin is a jerk with a loser brother, Weston. Devin inherits the Ravenell estate even though he and his loser brother dont want it. The estate, however, saves the loser brother and gives him purpose as well as making Devin see a softer side of life. Kathleen and her three sisters in law are anticipating being abandoned, however the werent, and got much more than they thought. I always enjoy a book where the main couple is working towards a relationship without a bunch of chaos getting them there... this was one of those. There were obviously obstacles, but nothing thst made you feel pain.

I also really like how in this one book, we can so clearly see all the potential upcoming stories. I hope we'll see Westons story as well as the girls' stories. I am actually going right into the next book "Marrying Winterbourne" which is something I very very rarely do.

It always takes a bit to get used to the narrator, no matter if theyre new or familiar. MJW was new to me and her reading style even newer. She is the first narrator that I can recall actually 'acted' as well. She would sigh when the character sighed, or whine, or cry or be angry... It took a little over halfway for me not to cringe. She obviously put in a lot of effort, and once I got used to it, I quite liked it. She did a great job on the various voices and keeping track to not mix them up. (I would love to know how the narrators do that so well!)

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Fun, heartwarming and brilliantly narrated by MJW!

If you could sum up Cold-Hearted Rake in three words, what would they be?

Fun, Heartwarming, complex

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold-Hearted Rake?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

This one:
“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.”

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Devon holding Kathleen as she cries for the first time was heart wrenching.

Any additional comments?

I adored the narration! From now on, I'm on a lookout for Mary Jane Wells's narration :)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Still the best historical romance writer out there

Where does Cold-Hearted Rake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 50--around 39 or 40

Who was your favorite character and why?

Devon or his brother...maybe the twin with issues.

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

Everything--good different voices, not overdone

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Book's not that good, but...Mourning in Hampshire.

Any additional comments?

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I Thoroughly Enjoy Her Humour

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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One of the better written books by LK

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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 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.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Unexpectedly delightful

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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Soft porn

The story line is great. Performance is excellent. The heroine goes from blushing virgin to vixen so fast and made it so easy for the hero that it made the story lose appeal to me. The sex scenes are the main detractor. Too long, numerous and explicit for me. I found myself fast forwarding multiple times to get to the end of it all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful