ROMANCE

Chasing Cassandra

Avon. (Ravenels, Bk. 6). Feb. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780062371942. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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As far as self-made railway magnate Tom Severin is concerned, there are only five feelings worth having, and love isn’t one of them. That is, until he meets the lovely Cassandra Ravenel and is instantly smitten. Despite being attracted to the handsome and intriguing Tom (who resembles a love-struck Sherlock as portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch), Cassandra has no interest in marrying a man who declares he can’t care for her or anyone else. Still, she’s not willing to give up on him, so she assigns him novels that will help him figure out these mysterious "emotions," which Tom reads while hopelessly (and hilariously) missing their point. When Tom reluctantly employs a boy from the slums whom he sees has potential, Cassandra realizes Tom’s heart is not as stone cold as he claims.

VERDICT Kleypas’s dialog sizzles with sexual tension and witty banter, while the enjoyable secondary characters, particularly the tough but sensitive street urchin Bazzle add humor and warmth. Simply delightful. Recommended for all libraries that serve romance readers.

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