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  • Excellent Writing - Great Characters

    Kit Cavanaugh first met Miss Sylvia Buckleberry (I love her name) in the first book of the series, The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh and it was not an auspicious beginning for them. She treated him coldly and it seemed that she couldn’t wait to get away from him. So, while she intrigued him, he left his brother Rand’s wedding never expecting to see her again. Kit spent some time with his older brother, Ryder, and his family and then left for Bristol where he is starting a yacht building business. He rented the perfect warehouse for building the yachts and all he had to do was to wait for the charity that was using the warehouse to vacate the premises. He wondered what sort of charity was using the warehouse. The next day, an absolute force of nature in the guise of Miss Sylvia Buckleberry accosted Kit in his offices. She was quite different from the cold, aloof woman he met at Rand’s wedding. She demanded his help in relocating her charity school since he is the cause of them having to move. Kit had no idea it was a school he was dislocating and he was anxious to help with the relocation, the costs – whatever was needed. Sylvia couldn’t believe this was the same man whose reputation she had so much about before. Kit and his partner, Wayland Cobworth, can hardly wait to begin work. Bristol’s shipbuilding industry is floundering since the invention of iron ships. Luckily for Kit and Wayland, that leaves the finest craftsmen available for hire. They are fortunate to put together a top-notch crew including a secretary that keeps it all together. Kit and Sylvia spend more and more time together because of the school. Who knew that a charity school could have an enemy? But it does. Then again, who knew that a new business providing many jobs to an impoverished community would have enemies? But it does. Add to that – someone is watching Sylvia. Are they all related? The road to romance is fairly smooth with each person coming to know and respect who the other really is. It is the danger to the school, the business, and Sylvia that moves the plot along. The mysteries are interesting and you won’t know who the villain is until the solution presents itself. This is an excellently written book with interesting and compelling characters to whom you can totally relate. I really liked Kit who is not at all what his reputation makes him out to be. I also admired Sylvia who set a goal for her life and then went about making it happen. She’s quite an admirable heroine. I definitely recommend this book! I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Great Story!

    Bristol, England 1843 Lord Kit Cavanaugh has finally determined his niche and purpose. Moving to Bristol, he and his partner Wayland are starting a new venture, Cavaugh Yachts. They find a warehouse to rent and want to get started right away but find that a charity who was occupying the space needs a few days to relocate. Sylia Buckeberry (yes love that name!) finds out that the school she runs will have to find a new place to operate, but the problem is they have no funds to pay the rent! Confronting Kit, she rants about there is no place to go and the children need the school. What is amazing is that Sylia and Kit met at his brother's wedding not too long ago, but this seemed a passionate woman compared to the seemingly icy one he had met! Intrigued he assures her he will help find a place. He is very drawn to her and she to him. But there are outside forces that come into play that threaten Syvia's school, he comes to her aid but at the same time someone messes up the ship workshop. What is going on? Stephanie Laurens is one of my all time favorite authors. Her books have brought me hours of entertainment and swoonworthy heros and fiesty heroines. This story is no exception and I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially with the mysterious spin of who is trying to hurt Sylvia. I highly recommend any story by this author and cannot wait for more on the Cavannaughs! I read this book through NetGallery.

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  • Love can change anyone

    The title "The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh" is so appropriate. He pursued his love of sea faring yacht making. He built his team and moved forward with his new endeavor. At the same time his new business pursuit displaced a school for underprivileged youths in the area. The school was led by an acquaintance Miss Sylvia Buckleberry. His first met her at his brother's wedding a few months past. Now she was before in him with rage about her school being displaced. He became fascinated with her. They worked together to solve their problems amicably. However, prejudice, anger, revenge and danger were following both of them. Neither one could figure out why. I loved the way the author wrote about the children/kids in her school. Very realistic, loyal, kind, funny and adventurous. When danger came to the school and to Sylvia personally, it was three of the boys who enabled Kit to find her and rescue her. He also had to deal with the fact that someone was trying to sabotage his business. So as the title suggests, Kit pursued his business but fate also had him pursuing romance with Sylvia. A lovely read and worth the time.

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  • The romance was a slow build

    After watching the way the connection starts at the end of Rand and Felicia’s book, I was looking forward to seeing where Kit’s story would take us. And I’m happy to report that I quite enjoyed it. Kit is very much like his brother in that he’s very aware of the ways his mother’s actions have scarred him. Yet Sylvia’s contrary nature intrigues him to the point he’s willing to overcome his past history. I was a little concerned by Sylvia when we first see her striding into the fray like an avenging harpy. I was worried that she was going to turn out to be one of those overbearing, managing heroines I thoroughly dislike. Thankfully, that fear was unfounded. The romance was a slow build as we followed our leading couple through their days. I appreciate the amount of research that has obviously gone into this book but, like its predecessor, it goes way too far into the minutiae of Kit and Sylvia’s passions. For myself, I didn’t need to know about the building of tool racks or schoolboys’ lessons or many of the other tidbits peppered throughout the story. The intrigues come from many varied sources and successfully kept me guessing all the way to the end. Partly, I suspect, because there’s no real clues provided that would have allowed me to predict most of them beforehand. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley.

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