REVIEW: LISA KLEYPAS – CHASING CASSANDRA

REVIEW: LISA KLEYPAS – CHASING CASSANDRAChasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas
Also by this author: Devil's Dauther
Also in this series: Devil's Dauther
Series: The Ravenels #6
Published by Avon on February 18,2020
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, Avon
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Narrator: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Cliffhanger: No

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Everything has a price...

Railway magnate Tom Severin is wealthy and powerful enough to satisfy any desire as soon as it arises. Anything—or anyone—is his for the asking. It should be simple to find the perfect wife—and from his first glimpse of Lady Cassandra Ravenel, he’s determined to have her. But the beautiful and quick-witted Cassandra is equally determined to marry for love—the one thing he can’t give.

Everything except her...

Severin is the most compelling and attractive man Cassandra has ever met, even if his heart is frozen. But she has no interest in living in the fast-paced world of a ruthless man who always plays to win.

When a newfound enemy nearly destroys Cassandra’s reputation, Severin seizes the opportunity he’s been waiting for. As always, he gets what he wants—or does he? There’s one lesson Tom Severin has yet to learn from his new bride:

Never underestimate a Ravenel.

The chase for Cassandra’s hand may be over. But the chase for her heart has only just begun...

CHASING CASSANDRA

by Lisa Kleypas

When I met Tom Severin in this series I was so intrigued by his characterization. He came across a little cutthroat, cunning, opportunistic and a little manipulative and calculating. And he is all that to be sure but I felt that he wasn’t born with these traits so I’m glad I finally found out what made him so. Tom’s childhood wasn’t the easiest but he made the best of it. When he meets Cassandra he is head over heels in lust but him being the man who has limited his emotional repertoire to five feelings total, he is positive that he can’t offer what she deserves.

Cassandra is a woman who hides her quiet strength and backbone behind charm and sweetness. With her endearing personality she transforms Tom into the man he was supposed to be. And makes it look like it was his idea too. With her gentle force he learns that he actually has more than five emotions to offer and while he first is convinced that that love isn’t part of his repertoire it shines through in every action. His protectiveness extends to a street urchin and I was moved by the way he softened toward Bazzle. There is so much more to this man than meets the eye and I feel like I’m not doing these characters and the story justice.

And there he stood, with his heart in his fist. What was the name of this feeling?

Charming and delightful banter is something you can always expect in a Lisa Kleypas romance and I ADORED the dialogues.

“You’re trying to appear as harmless as a lamb. But we both know you’re not.”
“I have lamblike moments,” Tom said. At her dubious glance, he insisted, “I’m having one right now. I’m one hundred percent lamb.”

I especially loved Tom’s friendships with the Ravenels, Winterborne and St. Vincent. Their friendly ribbing was oh so funny and I was glad to see that all of them ultimately offered Tom the respect he deserved even though it may not have seemed that way at first.

As always this author captivates you with fabulous, lovable characters, there isn’t much in the way of angst or drama but that’s fine with me! I hope Ms Kleypas continues to write Historical Romance although I’m sure her Contemporary Romance is fantastic. The way she expresses the emotions of her characters, her words, her stories, they are just sublime and like a melody that settles in your heart.

“There are no limits to what I would do for you.”

About Lisa Kleypas

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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