Devon Ravenel had no plans to become an earl, but unfortunately for him, the title falls to him upon the death of his cousin. Arrogant, charming, and more than a little wicked, Devon is a scoundrel who thinks only of himself. His new title brings with it a dilapidated country estate, disgruntled tenants, and the guardianship of his cousin’s three sisters. Devon is all for evicting the sisters, selling the estate, and moving on with his life. The only thing that stands in his way? The stubborn disapproval of his late cousin’s widow, Kathleen. And Kathleen seems to have the ability to worm her way into the new earl’s thoughts, and sway his decisions. To his great dismay, the title of “earl” seems to force a personality change. Devon Revenel begins to *care.* Not only that, but he begins to care a great deal for Kathleen.
Devon has a long list of challenges to overcome: can he save the estate, help the beleaguered tenants, provide care for the late earl’s three sisters, and find a way to Kathleen his own? Sparks will fly and tempers will flare, but perhaps, in the end, true love will prevail.
Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite Regency romance authors. Cold-Hearted Rake is the first of a new series, and I am already eagerly awaiting the next one.