Cold-Hearted Rake, Lisa Kleypas
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Historical
I don’t dip into historical novels very often but sometimes I just want to lose myself in the past, and oddly the last book I read was a time travel back to 1600’s and I’ve another set in late 1800’s waiting to be read. Like buses – historicals all seem to come at once! Anyway, this was a fun read, some unexpected heat and my second Lisa Kleypas novel.
I love this sort of read where the main characters hate each other to start, and the author then has the job of getting them to fall in love, but in a way that’s realistic and believable to the reader. Lisa does that well here and Devon does a complete turnabout, but we see why and how his feelings towards his unwanted inheritance change. He was a great male lead, and I really enjoyed reading about him. Likewise Kathleen, I loved her spunk, her snarkiness, her refusal to be cowed by his abruptness and rudeness. She wasn’t going down ( no not that way!!) without fighting first for all the estate tenants, and letting him know how much she disagreed with him. She was open minded enough too to later look at his reasons – albeit put forward by his delicious brother West. He made another great character, one who was a much needed bridge between the two.
As well as Kathleen, Theo’s widow, there are his sisters, the quiet and somewhat introverted Helen and the twins. Helen’s story looks set for the future from the way this was left, and TBH its the one part of the book that didn’t feel right to me, the way the two characters acted so out of character to what we’d learned of them both so far. I could see the reasons put forward but for me it didn’t feel right, and let the story down 😦 The twins, 18 and yet the acted and seemed more like 12….and yet they were so funny, such a source of pleasure that I could get past that. I think if they had been a little younger, say 15 or 16 I’d have felt they were more realistic, but even back in those days and having been so sheltered it’s hard to see 18 year olds acting as they did.
So a fun read, with some Great characters and humour, some very unexpected but welcome heat and sensuality, and it made for a fun story. A realistic one too in that females were property, were subject to male relations deciding their futures and owning their assets, and inheritances did get passed along like this, often land rich yet full of debt. It made Devon’s initial plans seem a sensible things to do and a decision many in his position undoubtedly did choose despite the repercussions to the estate tenants livelihoods.
Stars: I’m hovering here between a four and five, but on balance I’m going for a five. It was a fun, surprisingly spicy with some humour lifting it. Its unlikely to be a re-reader for me but I did really enjoy it.
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