Audiobook Review: Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypes

Posted February 9, 2016 by Felicia S in 2016 Read, 3.75 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 10 Comments

Audiobook Review: Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa KleypesSource: Library Borrowed

Format: Audiobook

Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
Narrator: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins

Date Read: January 2016

Genre: Historical, Romance

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?

More Information:
Publisher: Avon
Series: The Ravenels #1

Also by this author: Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, Crystal Cove, Seduce Me at Sunrise


Listened for fun (Library)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: While I feel that too much of Cold-Hearted Rake centered on laying the groundwork for the rest of the series, it did have characters I loved and an ending that I adored!

Quick Thoughts: This was a really good book! The main leads were both strong, stubborn, and really easy to like. Devon was a total Rake but an oddly lovable one. Kathleen was strong enough to handle him. Actually my biggest complaint with the story was there wasn’t enough time spent on them. I don’t think the rest of the series will suffer from that though because we have a pretty good picture of the rest of the motley crew. I am really looking forward to the next book!

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Mary Jane Wells / Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins

I have said it before but Mary Jane is probable one of my favorite historical romance narrators. I just love her voice, cadence, and spunk! Yes I said spunk! Most historical leading ladies have a bit of spunk that makes them different from their peers and Mary Jane delivers that well.

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Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
Narrator Rating
4.5 / 5
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10 responses to “Audiobook Review: Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypes

  1. Thanks for sharing! It can be difficult when a book is so obviously setting up a series. You feel like you don’t get enough of certain aspects. Glad you liked the characters though!


    • Mary Jane Wells does some of Cathy Maxwell’s audiobooks and knocks them out of the park. She is seriously becoming my favorite Avon Audiobook Historical Romance narrator.