Ravenel #1 Den Nye Jarl
Title: Cold – Hearted Rake
Series: The Ravenels #1
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Published in English: 2015
Dansk titel: Den Nye Jarl
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2018
Forlag: Pretty Ink
Finished Reading: April 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction & Romance
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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?
I was looking for a way to describe what’s so great about Lisa Kleypas, and this book shows exactly the talent she possesses. It’s romantic, poignant, funny and so very sexy.
I liked Devon very much – at first, I was skeptical but he grew on me and I ended up obsessed with wanting great things for him.
Kathleen reminded me somewhat of Lillian Bowman from Wallflower series, same independent and strong willed mind. Those two were a match made in heaven and I believe it’s the first time I’ve ever met two characters with so much chemistry sizzling through the papers. Even the supporting character’s whom are all getting their own book in the series were different, yet entertaining and I can’t wait to see how their fairytale will end.
I like how the story took it’s time to get started. Some might call it boring or slow even, but as a true Kleypas fan it doesn’t really matter. This is how the climax of the story is executed by giving the reader time to get to know the main characters.
I had problems putting the book down at certain times it was just too excited and other time too hot for me to handle. Overall, it’s a great mixture of all kind of emotions and it was a ride I particularly liked.
If I have to mention something I wasn’t happy about it was the fact that, the book spend an awful long time on the supporting characters, rather than Devon and Kathleen, Kleypas’ other series didn’t invest in the same amount of time on supporting actors as this did. Some might be annoyed by this and grant it a lower score – but for me, it was a very enjoyable read and start to the series.