Title: Chasing Cassandra
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: February 18th 2020 by Avon
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“The more of you there is in the world, the better.”
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…
4 of 5 stars to Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas
Chasing Cassandra is yet another proof that Lisa Kleypas is the master of historical romance. The prologue alone is a masterpiece of humorous banter that aptly sets the tone for the rest of the book, and is the perfect bait to hook readers.
The story unravels slowly in every chapter but it’s the indulgent kind you’d want to relish in, savoring every moment that would eventually lead to the much awaited happy ending.
Moreover, the hero, Tom Severin, has quite a bit of room for redemption giving way to amusing monologues. One bit I really loved and that he kept doing was touching his chest as if to feel a different beat because Cassandra, the heroine, made him feel a new emotion. He was known to only have five because according to him, that’s all he ever needs in life. An arrogant statement but that’s what makes his character development interesting.
Another thing I love about this book is Kleypas’ characterization of Cassandra. Cassandra is unapologetic about wanting a simple life as a mother to her children. In the regency setting this might not be groundbreaking but in today’s climate where feminist ideals are rife and often used to degrade ‘archaic’ notions such as Cassandra’s, it’s a breath of fresh air.
What Cassandra wants is just as admirable as her twin sister Pandora’s whose dreams are the opposite of her (Pandora wants to pursue business and wants nothing to do with men and marriage). They’re two ends of the spectrum but no one is better than the other. Both dreams are valid.
Needless to say and not surprisingly, I enjoyed the reading experience as with every Lisa Kleypas historical I’ve read. I just can never get enough of her stories. It takes no genius to conclude that I am looking forward to her next release.