Thursday, February 13, 2020

Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas

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...

Book 6
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I have read all of the previous books in The Ravenels series by Lisa Kleypas and loved every single one of them. Plus, I have also read the Wallflowers series by Kleypas, which has some characters that appear in The Ravenels series. Honestly, I am not usually much for historical romances, but something about the stories Kleypas weaves in both The Ravenels series and the Wallflowers series I find completely riveting! Kleypas does such a fantastic job of spinning a beautifully romantic tale set in the late 1800s in Hampshire, England and I couldn't put it down. I just adore all these characters and I am always so charmed how beloved characters from the Wallflowers series have been slightly intertwined in the storylines of The Ravenels series.

Reading the previous books in The Ravenels series is not necessary, but I personally found it more enjoyable having read them.
Chasing Cassandra is the sixth book in The Ravenels series, and it took me completely by surprise. For the majority of this series, Cassandra has been such a quiet character, especially compared to her twin sister Pandora, but in Chasing Cassandra I got a whole new side to her character. In fact, I had no idea how much I would end up loving Cassandra Ravenel and Tom Severin's story, which turned out to be a close second for my favorite in this series by Kleypas, which was Devil in Spring! I can't wait to see what Kleypas does next!

5 stars for
Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas

Chasing Cassandra is the sixth installment of The Ravenels series. Can this novel be read as a standalone with little to no confusion? Absolutely. Should it be read as a standalone is another question entirely. I would strongly suggest starting at Cold-Hearted Rake and moving along through the series. Why? Because it's worth it. The emotional investment is better, as the characters are shown in previous installments. I also suggest reading the Wallflowers series first, as The Ravenels was a slight spin-off, starting with Secrets of a Summer Night.

Believe it or not, Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflowers series was the first historical romance I ever read. I decided to read it on a whim, after spotting the pretty cover at a library book sale, and the rest they say is history. I've been addicted to the genre since.

Cassandra and Tom Severin are like two facets of my own personality. We all have that romantic side that wants to marry for love, have a giving and caring relationship, and lead a normal life without fanfare or the spotlight. Then there is Tom, who is logical to a degree that comes off as uncaring or unemotional, as if having logic means a lack of empathy. If you're not warm and fuzzy, have a tendency to be the devil's advocate, maybe a bit pessimistic as well, and don't enjoy being emotionally manipulated, clearly, you're a sociopath. But maybe I'm just projecting. ;)

Obviously since Cassandra and Tom are two individuals (not the same person warring with themselves), their personalities create the ultimate of balances. Where Cassandra shows Tom the softer sides to life.

Chasing Cassandra begins with a meet-cute of sorts between the pair. The flow of their relationship, as it built over the course of the novel, was realistic and natural, without feeling forced or happening in an instant. Avoiding all spoilers, I will say that their chemistry was through the roof, the banter, and the need to know what happens next. A lovely page-turner of a novel.

Where Kleypas always shines is how a family is portrayed. The layers of different types of relationships, how past narrators and current side characters connect. It was bittersweet to discover this is the finale of the series, while heartwarming to see cameos of past favorites.

I highly recommend Kleypas as a historical romance standard. After finishing the novel, I'm left with the urge to start all over again, at the very beginning, by reading the author's entire backlist.

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenels #6) by Lisa Kleypas to read and review.

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