Review: The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (The Cavanaughs #2) by Stephanie Laurens

Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (April 30, 2019)

From A Gentleman of Means

One of the most eligible bachelors in London, Lord Christopher “Kit” Cavanaugh has discovered his true path and it doesn’t include the expected society marriage. Kit is all business and has chosen the bustling port of Bristol to launch his passion—Cavanaugh Yachts.

A Woman of Character

Miss Sylvia Buckleberry’s passion is her school for impoverished children. When a new business venture forces the school out of its building, she must act quickly. But confronting Kit Cavanaugh is a daunting task made even more difficult by their first and only previous meeting, when, believing she’d never see him again, she’d treated him dismissively. Still, Sylvia is determined to be persuasive.

An Unstoppable Duo

But it quickly becomes clear there are others who want the school—and Cavanaugh Yachts—closed. Working side by side, Kit and Sylvia fight to secure her school and to expose the blackguard trying to sabotage his business. Yet an even more dastardly villain lurks, one who threatens the future both discover they now hold dear.


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I will say this book was a pleasant surprise. When I originally requested it, I misread the title and thought it was from another series about a family with a similar name. Diving into this one without having read the first book however was no challenge. In fact, minus a few things here and there about the people and events from book one, this story stands entirely on its own. 

I enjoyed the characters, even if they were a bit too "good" for my liking. They took the idea of "turn the other cheek" a bit too far, for example, the Yacht company offering a man a job after he specifically set out to sabotage their work. Or when Kit not only immediately offered to sponsor Slyvia's school, but then tying up his funds and personal time with it when he was trying to launch his business. I also would have expected a bit more "fight" from Sylvia was concerned rather than allowing Kit to do whatever he wanted. I will say that the romance between these two was enjoyable as well as believable. It was definitely one of those slow friends to romance stories that I like so much.

There was also a great deal of mystery and sabotage going on within this story, and while I definitely feel that it added to the romance, I feel there were just too many players involved. I feel like there could have been just one person involved as the mastermind, weaving more of a "Who is behind this" feel to the story rather than the back and forth, "we solved this problem, but not this problem" that made up this story. ''

Overall however, I do believe this story will appeal to those who enjoy well written historical romances with a dash of mystery thrown in. I would read more from this author!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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