Also in this series: Cold-Hearted Rake, Marrying Winterborne, Devil in Spring, Hello Stranger, Devil's Daughter
Series: The Ravenel's #6
Published by Avon on February 18, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Source: Self Purchased
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 is a beautiful masterpiece of a romance that delves into beauty of emotion and finding love when you least expect it to happen. This book is a work of art and I loved every single moment of it and I know if you are waiting on tinder hooks on book evaluations of this story that this book will win your heart and soul in every way you imagine that Lisa Kleypas is capable of. I will be honest in that I wasn’t expecting that much with this one honestly. I haven’t truly loved the books in the series since book two (although Rhys and Helen’s story still reign supreme but this one is very close to that one) and the previous book I was great disappointed in. *sigh* so I just wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, but BAM Lisa Kleypas comes in charging on a white horse to deliver a power-packed story I never saw coming.
Chasing Cassandra begins with a delightful meeting between Cassandra and our hero Tom Severin. Tom Severin is a railway and business magnate and has come to the realization that it is time to find a way. He isn’t looking for anything sentimental, he doesn’t believe in love and really only believe in five emotions and love isn’t part of the equation for him. But upon seeing Cassandra he is beyond intrigued and realizes he wants her as his wife.
“I’ll marry you,” Tom told her. “Any time. Any terms.”
West gently nudged Cassandra toward the door. “Go, darling, while I talk with the insane man.”
But Cassandra is wanting love and companionship and even though there is a strong connection between herself and Tom she wants more and doesn’t know if she could ever receive it from Tom. But as this dance of wills and discussion build between Tom and Cassandra, an incident occurs in which a marriage of convenience will take place in order to save Cassandra from a horrible scandal. But sometimes love enters your life when you aren’t looking for it and builds a beauty within one’s self….
Your body isn’t an ornament designed for other people’s pleasure. It belongs to you alone. You’re magnificent just as you are. Whether you lose weight or gain more, you’ll still be magnificent. Have a cake if you want one.
This book *sigh* was truly so magnificent in so many ways and I am not sure I will be able to rightly articulate my feelings for this story. This book wrapped me up in such warmth and wit I never wanted to let go of it. And yes it will become a future reread just like “Marrying Winterborne” has become. There was something so different about this hero that I loved. And I suspect he is on the autistic spectrum, much of his dialogue reminded me of other autistic characters I have seen written in romance. And boy I got such a kick out of his way of thinking and his blunt dialogue that enters the story. I laughed so hard throughout this whole story and I just couldn’t contain myself.
“Feelings are inconvenient,” Tom said. “It’s why I decided to limit mine to five”
Cassandra proved to be the best heroine for Tom in my opinion. She is just a sweetheart of a character, full of life and kind. I really adored how she is with Tom, she doesn’t dismiss him like others do, she sees him for who he truly is. The connection they have is power packed yet sweet and attentive to each other.
You’re trying to appear as harmless as a lamb, but we both know you’re not.
I have lamblike moments, I’m having one right now….one hundred percent lamb.
This story is so packed with great logic and feeling in seeing how Tom and Cassandra find each other and make a relationship work that benefits them best. But I do want to mention a scene that happens that may be triggering for some. (Big spoiler read with care) ………….There is a scene of sexual assault that Cassandra is faced with. Now its not a super bad scene but there is one and it does affect Cassandra in a certain way but Kleypas handled this situation in the story very delicately and just right. Any time we have seen this type of scene in one of Kleypas’ books she handles it just right and that is certainly the case for this book as well. I know this has been a concern for some readers…..but be aware there is such a scene but is handled just right in the way that only Kleypas can do it.
Overall I found Chasing Cassandra to be a brilliantly penned romance that delved into the heart and soul of TRUE LOVE and the power of connection and building a life together as partners. The intricate details, the vibrant play of emotion and stunning sensuality this story delivers will win you in every way…..A GEM OF THE HIGHEST ORDER!!