About the Book:
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?
Eve Hart's Romance Review:
I am SO glad Ms. Kleypas is writing historical romance again. I LOVED her Wallflowers and Hathaway Series', and I knew this book would be just as good. It did not disappoint.
The level of heat was great, as was the truly delicious Devon - good Lord, the things that man says...Mmm! Kathleen, while a witty characters was a little unlikeable. The twins were charming but a little too flighty, immature, and annoying for my taste. I liked the Weston redeemed himself and transformed into a man who could be respected and love by a respectable, patient woman. Helen was sweet if a little naive, but I hope this is addressed in her book.
The smexy scenes were steamy but not too hot, which is typical of LK, and they were enjoyable.
Of course, Lisa's done an amazing job creating a book I COULDN'T PUT DOWN, but, unfortunately, there are two things I didn't like:
Kathleen, the heroine...she was too...bossy and inconsiderate of how things affected other people outside of her little sphere of influence. Just because SHE didn't like something, it couldn't happen. What right did SHE have to get all pissed about Helen's engagement to Winterborne? Get off your high horse and deal with your OWN problems, of which there were many. Yes, she's allowed to be concerned for her family, but not to the point of overstepping her bounds and the bounds of propriety to have her say -- and SHE being the harpy who prattled on and on about what's proper. Also, her insistence about adhering to the time of mourning took a little of the fun from the story. My God, the woman probably didn't take a piss without wondering if it were proper for a widow to do so. UGH! Seriously. Kathleen also seemed so cold and analytical about everything. I know she's experienced tragedy in her life, but COME ON! This is a ROMANCE novel! Why does the heroine have to take ISSUE with every little thing.
Her taking issue with everything and the hero being a proud, stubborn man led to too many arguments! They fought over everything, it seemed like. They couldn't be civil to one another in the same room unless they were screwing each other.
Also, I didn't like that a good portion of the book was taken up with Helen and Winterborne's relationship. While I understand they ARE getting their own book, their romance beginning's should've had more time and space to develop without being squished in with someone else's. I feel like I got cheated on TWO romances.
All in all, I liked the book, and I look forward to reading the next one in the Ravenel's Series.
This book gets a a slightly chilly: