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The Beguilement of Lady Eustacia Cavanaugh

The Cavanaughs, Book 3
Narrated by: Justin Hill
Series: The Cavanaughs, Book 3
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
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Number one New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens continues the bold tales of the Cavanaugh siblings as the sole Cavanaugh sister discovers that love truly does conquer all.

A lady with a passion for music and the maestro she challenges in pursuit of a worthy cause find themselves battling villains both past and present as they fight to secure life’s greatest rewards - love, marriage, and family.

Stacie - Lady Eustacia Cavanaugh - is adamant marriage is not for her. Wealthy and well-born, she needs for nothing, and with marriage off the table, to give her life purpose, she embarks on a plan to further the careers of emerging local musicians by introducing them to the ton via a series of musical evenings. Yet despite her noble status, Stacie requires a musical lure to tempt the haut ton to her events, and only one musician commands sufficient cachet - the reclusive and notoriously reluctant Marquess of Albury.

Frederick, Marquess of Albury, has fashioned a life for himself as a musical scholar, one he pursues largely out of sight of the ton. He might be renowned as a virtuoso on the pianoforte, yet he sees no reason to endure the smothering overattentiveness of society. Then his mother inveigles him into meeting Stacie, and the challenge she lays before him is...tempting. Enough for him not to immediately refuse her.

A dance of subtle persuasion ensues, and step by step, Frederick finds himself convinced that Stacie’s plan has real merit and that it behooves him to support her. At least for one event.

Stacie’s first musical evening, featuring Frederick as the principal performer, is a massive success - until Fate takes a hand and lands them in a situation that forces them both to reassess.

Does Frederick want more than the sterile, academic life he’d thought was for him?

Can Stacie overcome her deepest fears and own to and reach for her girlhood dreams?

Impulsive, arrogant, and used to getting his own way, Frederick finds his answer easily enough, but his new direction puts him on a collision course with Stacie’s fears. Luckily, he thrives on challenges - which is just as well, because in addition to convincing Stacie that love can, indeed, conquer all, he and she must unravel the mystery of who is behind a spate of murderous attacks before the villain succeeds in eliminating all hope of a happy ending.

©2019 Stephanie Laurens (P)2019 Stephanie Laurens

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Fresh focus

All three of the Cavanaugh books have a different important focus in addition to the love story. This one's is music and musician's. I enjoy the fact that the characters are doing something with their lives.

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A bit slow and predictable -- excellent narration

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The narration was excellent. The voice was deep and resonating. He had very distinct voices for each character. All-in-all -- excellent narration. I chuckled about the book being named for Lady Eustacia as the central character - but the narrator is male, so you sort of feel like Frederick is getting one up on her - and he'd get a kick out of that.

I can’t believe I’m rating a Stephanie Laurens book anywhere in the 3’s. I liked the story, but I didn’t love it. I thought it was very predictable, just a tad slow, and the villain seemed almost like an afterthought – and – they didn’t really take any steps to try to find the culprit. You would have thought they would have had the police, a private investigator – something, but they didn’t. They just talked about what happened each time and tried to figure out which of them was the target, then it was business as usual until the next time. Well – duh – it doesn’t matter who is the target – you love each other and somebody is trying to kill one of you! Then, when their brainstorming session tells them who the villain is (it is a pretty big leap), they pretty much let him off. Yes, this person tried to murder them 4 times and they just told him he was a bad boy and told him to go live on the continent. I also thought Stacie’s very deep emotional problem was resolved much too quickly and easily. She suffered from deep mental trauma that had lasted for years and then – Frederick says a few words and all is well. Say what?????

I liked both Stacie and Frederick and both were very relatable characters. I loved that there wasn’t insta-lust and the relationship took time to develop – especially on Stacie’s part.

It was fun to have short visits with Stacie’s brothers from earlier books and to get to know Godfrey a little better since his will be the next book.

It was a pleasant read and I did enjoy it, it just frustrated me.

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  • 08-25-19

Excellent Laurens

Another triumph for Stephanie. I adore her stores and much look forward to the finale of the series.

As usual, the narrative was stellar!

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  • 09-20-19

I loved the Cavanaughs

This Eustacia’s story rounded out the aftermath of the Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh, after the blighting affect their had reaped upon then. I look forward to Godfrey’s story.