Valentine’s Day Review | Cold-Hearted Rake (The Ravenals #1) by Lisa Kleypas

Title: Cold Hearted Rake (The Ravenals #1) by Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: Avon

Published: October 25, 2017

Read as: ebook through Kindle

Average Goodreads rating: 3.81

My rating: 3

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?

This has become a Valentine’s Day habit for me. Each year since I started book blogging, even before Literary Weaponry, I would review a romance novel. This year is no different except I nearly missed it. I didn’t think it was time for it yet, I guess it kind of snuck up on me.

So, since I didn’t have time to go to the library and none of the books available on Libby tickled my fancy, I actually got on Kindle and *gasp* bought one. I know, I was shocked, too. I had read. Lisa Kleypas before and was pleasantly surprised so I figured I would give her another try.

The best I can say this time is meh.

We have a devilish rake, as you may have guessed by the title, and his cousin’s virgin widow. When I read romance I like to go all in with the cliches. The rake, Devon, inherits hid cousin’s title of Lord and all of his lands and holdings which includes the widow currently still living on the estate.

These kinds of stories usually follow the same general pattern. The two love interests meet and it is irritation and dislike at first sight, they are stuck doing something together anyway, they come to like the other person, a couple of chapters of hanky panky ensue, something happens and they are fighting or not talking, reconcile, and baby.

This book had all of those aspects except it didn’t draw me in. Our female lead, Kathleen, was painted as being strong willed and fierce but she still followed other people’s wishes to the letter despite her so called independent nature. She was more of a doormat and really rather dull.

Devon was mildly entertaining. He did not give a hoot about society’s rules and decorum and just went about his business however he saw fit. Of course, he ends being a kind hearted family man but that I neither here nor there.

Overall, the story didn’t have the spark that I look for in romance. The so called love story felt like a dead fish before it even had come out of the water. Even the sex scenes were lack luster.

While this year’s Valentine’s Day read didn’t give me the spark I was looking for, I want to wish you all a lovely day. If you don’t have someone by your side, don’t be sad. Remember…

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