Chasing Cassandra

The Ravenels
Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
Series: The Ravenels, Book 6
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (908 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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....

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©2020 Lisa Kleypas (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Good but...

Loved this series and LK so I eagerly looked forward to Cassandra and Tom's story. While the story was entertaining, much more could have been done with both the main character's and story's development. It was too short and had the appearance of not just referencing previous characters and scenes, but just cutting and pasting from earlier books and putting them into an underdeveloped story.

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A good but not great conclusion to the series.

Chasing Cassandra is the final book in the Ravenel saga. i enjoyed the book though it had its shortcomings. I would have given this book 4 stars but the last quarter or so of the book wasn’t as good as the first three quarters. I loved Tom’s character, he was irreverent dead pan funny and it was great getting to know him better. I’ve never cared much for the twins and while I liked Cassandra better than Pandora they both were a little to silly for me. Additionally, I think there was a little too much sex. I usually wouldn’t complain about this but it just seemed like overkill. A few scenes is more than enough for me unless I’m reading erotica. I liked Basil though I thought that the whole climax of his story towards the end was poorly executed. Either It should have happened earlier in the book or not at all. It seemed like an after thought. Also, there’s a scene where a sexual assault takes place that some people might be sensitive to. I wasn’t bothered by it, however, I could see some being affected by it. I did not lower my rating because of this. I’m just leaving this here as a warning. My review might sound harsher than i feel. I think it was a good addition to the series, probably my third favorite after Marrying Winterborn and Hello Stranger. The series was good but not great. Though very few series are. Final score 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Disappointed.....It was like an abridged version.

I adore Lisa Kleypas and was joyfully anticipating the next Ravanel novel - Cassandra's story. It was very disappointing. Other than the basics of getting together and the inevitable "I love you" there was no real story. The usual richness of character development, plot and showcasing the unique brilliance of the characters was absent in this book. So much more could have been developed - What was ultimately done with the tenement buildings? How did Cassandra step into her power and influence to affect change as the wife of wealthy Mr Severin? What happened to the boys Basil stayed with in the rookery after they were cleaned up? To name a few! I vote for a rewrite. Cassandra deserves as much of a story as Pandora - which was an absolutely BRILLIANT book!

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Should be called “Avoiding Cassandra”

This story was the epitome of throwing promising sweet lovely characters into a dull, disjointed plot line. I actively disliked the first half of this book. We spent the first half with short encounters starting with Tom’s insta lust at Pandora’s wedding driving him to offer for Cassandra which he quickly abandons after getting to know her just a little better and realizing that he might grow actual feelings for her. Months pass. Nothing happens. More months pass and they are at another wedding and another encounter happens. Months pass, nothing happens. Ok fine. Flees and love happen. Months pass and both get involved with other people, at this point in the book this is a bit infuriating. Then FINALLY some drama! Cassandra is molested and maligned by a beau and Tom comes to the rescue. At this point half the book is over, thankfully what follows is super cute and sweet if lacking in any real drama at all. Tom and Cassandra come to an understanding via contract about the particulars of their marriage- that process is cute as is the wedding and honeymoon and even the after honeymoon. But no conflict happens here, Tom just easily sheds his former guards and lays himself at Cassandra’s tender feet. Honestly it was sweet but it could have been more satisfying if there had been less MONTHS AND MONTHS of separation and more fleshing out of Tom’s hangups about love, maybe more about Cassandra’s reform, her concerns about her weight, maybe comeuppance of her molesting beau, there were a lot of ways this could have gone and it sort of just petered out. The resolution of Basil was very sweet but also abrupt and only one of several things that should have had more time and development. Even Mary Jane Wells seemed tired, her accent for Tom sometimes sounded like an old man and Cassandra sounded like a little girl. Though her accent for Ransom improved tremendously! Basically I wanted more of the second half and maybe a prologue only spent in the first half. I am glad I finished the series and I hope to get more of the Challons and maybe Westcliff’s kids but otherwise this addition was a bit of a flop for me.

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A fizzle rather than a bang

Warning: slight spoilers in this review. I LOVE Lisa Kleypas, and I was pretty excited to read this book. And it's good. It is. LK rarely, if ever, truly disappoints...BUT. This is a story about a man (Tom Severin) who, for years, has restricted himself to 5 emotions, and who finds himself inexplicably attracted to a sweet, romantic young woman (Cassandra Ravenel) who is clearly about to expand his emotional vocabulary in significant ways. There is a lovely, lovely moment early on in the story where Tom realizes the effect Cassandra is having on him, and he actually presses a hand to his chest to (presumably) ease the discomfort of Cassandra's thawing effect on his frosty heart - and then he runs about five thousand miles away from his feelings, and from Cassandra. When I read that part, I was THRILLED, because obviously that foreshadows an EPIC explosion of passion that would challenge the hero in really, really interesting ways! But then...nah. He just kinda quietly acknowledges his feelings, they get married, and everything is cool. That's all very mature and rational, of course, but it was also a bit of a let-down, given the amazing setup for something much more complex and passionate. Overall, I felt like this resolved far too quickly and easily, with very little momentum during the second half. That said, if you've enjoyed the rest of this series, this is still worth a listen. Mary Jane Wells is hilarious and perfect, as always.

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Chasing Cassandra is Lisa Kleypas excellence

I loved this witty and touching version of Cassandra Ravenel’s story. Tom Severin is the Hero. I loved everything about this book. Add a little boy named Basil, who made me laugh out loud and narrator Mary Jane Wells and you have a hit! I love humor in my books and I’m a sucker for cute and funny kids or animals. That’s a bonus. There were few, of any cuss words. No intercourse before marriage.

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A Little Disappointed

I love Lisa Kleypas’ books. There is not a lot to this one. Light plot. Light characters.

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Flawed, but enjoyable

Setting: mainly London, England 1876-77 Genre: romance As with the previous novel in this series (Devil’s Daughter, Ravenels #5), the h/H meet in Hampshire during the wedding festivities of Lady Pandora Ravenel and Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent ( see Devil in Spring, Ravenels #3). Tom Severin, a rich railroad magnate, is discontented. This is not one of the five emotions he had decided were acceptable, nor is the envy he feels at so many happy marriages (and there are many demonstrated or eluded to, from some of the older couples from the Wallflowers series all the way down to the happy pairings from the previous novels in this series). He overhears Lady Cassandra despairing of ever meeting the right man for her and he volunteers. However, after discussing goals - she wants love and he doesn’t believe it exists - they decide it wouldn’t work. This does not, however, kill off their mutual attraction, which seems to grow with every chance meeting. One thing leads to another, which leads to an HEA. Aside from the main romance, which includes a charming suitor who turns out to be not so nice, and his creepy, manipulative masher of a dad, there is a subplot involving a cute little street urchin. The character, Basil, added some levity and a bit of drama. This is very much a character-driven story. There is some conflict outside the relationship, but it is only important for its affect on Cassandra and Tom’s developing affinity. Even Basil, as a character, serves mainly to illustrate Tom’s growing self-awareness, and the catalyst for revealing his past to Cassandra. I did have some problem with Tom. It seems that Kleypas wants us to glean that he is on the autism spectrum (one mention of his not making much eye contact, photographic memory, mathematical/engineering genius, conscienceless dealings in business, even if it involves friends, acceptance of only 5 emotions), but this doesn’t ring true. He starts out and subsequently gains too much self awareness. He is too social. He is too self-directed, requires too much cooperative behavior in his profession. Her attempt at modern shorthand means Tom is not a fully dimensional character. If he were more realistically ASD, he likely wouldn’t have been as successful without family support or a partner. As it is, he is a character in need of more depth. He could use a sense of humor, for instance. Cassandra is more fully developed. She is kind, loving, good humored, generally happy, but as with most women since we started criticizing one another in pre-history (“oh my gosh Betty, doesn’t that bear skin make Mrs. Slate’s ass look huge?” “Oh yes Wilma! And look how short her legs look the way she’s got those skins wrapped around her feet”), she has a bit of body dysmorphic syndrome, worrying about her weight and wearing her corset too tight. And the men find her stunningly beautiful, curves and all. Including Tom (as it seems most men prefer women with some T&A. My late husband called thin women lollipops because their heads seemed disproportionately large compared to their bodies). Despite the flaws in character development, I found this an enjoyable way to pass a few hours. Mary Jane Wells provides a fairly good performance, differentiating between gender, age, and class quite well. I think she was a bit challenged by the sheer number of minor characters at beginning of the book, but she did okay with the main contingent. Someone finally told her that “mischievous” has 3 syllables, not 4 (in previous books she had pronounced it “mis-che-vee-us”). Now she needs to investigate the pronunciation of epitome - 4 syllables, not 3.

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Will read no matter what

I had to get this audiobook to continue the wonderful Ravenels series. Mary Jane Wells is just about the best narrator I've listened to. That being said, this story could have been so much more. Possibly I was anticipating so much that the actual story couldn't live up to my imagination. But no, really, the story is just a little flat.

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Audible review only

Although I have enjoyed the narration performance of this series, I am disappointed in the Mary Jane Wells interpretation of Tom Severin. i might expect such voice inflections in a 60÷ yr old man but listening to this takes away any attraction I could have imagined. i cannot even describe it. But I will always buy a performance by Mary Jane Wells.

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