The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh

The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh

by Stephanie Laurens

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Bold and clever, THE CAVANAUGHS are unlike any other family in early Victorian England. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues to explore the enthralling world of these dynamic siblings in the eagerly anticipated second volume in her captivating series.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778369394
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Series: Cavanaughs Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 17,444
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens originally began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career; she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she spends most of her days writing new stories in her signature 'Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen" style. Visit her online at

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The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Laurens gives the reader a story filled with an interesting mystery, as well as the blossoming of what promises to be a lifetime type of relationship. Although the book is not filled with an abundance of sexual interludes, when it does happen finally, it is worth the wait.
ECD 10 months ago
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.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Am enjoying this series of books
Anonymous 12 months ago
georgia1 12 months ago
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. Lori Dykes
Historical_Romance_Lover 12 months ago
I really enjoyed Kit and Sylvia's story! I loved watching these two come to know one another. They had met in the previous book and thought they know what the other was like. They soon learned that their first impression was not an accurate one. I also really enjoyed that this story took place away from ton and the high society life. It was a nice change of pace. It's been awhile since I have read any of Laurens' work and I'm so glad that I came back to it! I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Cat_Reader 12 months ago
Kit is a man marked by the past, after being shown by his mother as a trophy for most of his life, he decided that he did not want to live in the London or live with the high society, because of this he decides to join his best friend and builds yachts in Bristol. When he arrives, he is already faced with Syliva, a girl who snubbed him at his brother's wedding . Sylvia was charmed by Kit from the first moment she saw him but his fame made her want to saty away from him for fear of falling in love and end up suffering. But when fate puts them in front of each other again, it will be difficult to hide this passion. Little by little, they are approaching and realizing that the impression and the image they had of each other was totally wrong and that both combine a lot. Mixing up a good suspense with romance and a good touch of comedy, Stephanie Laurens has created an engaging plot that has conquered me since the first pages. With every created situation I felt even more attached to the book and when the end came, I was sighing wanting more. I loved it too much as the writer changed that image of characters strongly moved by physical passion and created a story with more moments of conquest, waiting and anticipation.
Pompie1999 12 months ago
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.
CaroleBurant57 12 months ago
Who is the real Miss Sylvia Buckleberry, the woman who gave the cold shoulder to Lord Kit Cavanaugh at his brother's wedding or the woman who storms into his office and passionately defends her school for impoverished children? This was such a wonderful story to read and I enjoyed it from start to end. Kit is such a swoon worthy hero and Sylvia is a very passionate and determined heroine. She soon finds out he's nothing like she thought he would be and in fact, he does everything he can to help her out. There are a few twists and turns in the story as well and just when you think you know who has been following Sylvia and sabotaging both her school and Kit's Yacht construction company, it's not as it seems to be!! I was given a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Booktalk_with-Eileen 12 months ago
Kit, the hero, is the not the typical character which plays out between the pages of a novel. He hides who he is, masquerading as a rake for many years. It was his way of protecting himself from the machinations of his mother. After his mother dies, he is free to become the man he wants to be. He is quite an admiral character, when he sets out to be his own man, starting a business of yacht building. He is able to procure an old warehouse which hadn’t been used for years. With astuteness, he and his old friend from school days pull a team together of experienced and seasoned workers who had lost their jobs as businesses moved out of the town. Kit's dream, unfortunately, dashes another’s—Miss Sylvia Buckleberry’s. Miss Sylvia Buckleberry realizes she is ‘on the shelf’. She is not one to let that stop her in being an active person in society. She decides to move out of London to a small town which can use her help. She starts a school for boys, particularly, those boys whose fathers have lost their jobs with little means to live. She’s given an old warehouse without rent for a place to teach, close to the boys’ homes. She has made great headway in the town—her school teaches 17 boys, employing two teachers and an old woman as their assistant. When the warehouse is taken from her, she no longer has the church’s support to teach the boys if she can’t procure another place to teach. Sylvia met Lord Cavanaugh the previous month when her close friend married. They were paired together as part of the wedding party. Knowing his lordship’s reputation, she made sure to freeze every sentence uttered to him, even when her senses were mesmerized by his handsome physique. Lord Cavanaugh, in turn, thought she was a cold fish and even though he liked what he saw, she didn’t interest him. Ousted out of the warehouse, she is frustrated and angry, and decides to confront the demon who did this to her—the rake who cares only for himself. Her anger, passionate appeal and beauty quite undo Kit. Getting off on the wrong foot has made it hard for Sylvia to see a different man than she imaged. He surprises her with his proposal to sponsor her school. Kit surprises himself. He finds he enjoys helping people and when he can do a good turn for the folk of the town, he does. I’ve got to love the way he handles Sylvia with kid gloves. She’s a clergy’s daughter, and must be wooed gently, not his usual method of enticing a woman, but then, Sylvia is not just a woman to him. He quickly becomes protective of her. Something or someone is afoot to destroy property. Who are they after? What are they trying to damage? Author Laurens writes an entertaining story of mystery and suspense supported by spirited characters willing to fight for what they want or believe to be true.
Sunshine1006 12 months ago
Sylvia has had a crush on Kit, Lord Kavanaugh for as long as she can remember. She tries to hide it even from her self, obsessing in the night. She meets him at a wedding and does her ice queen act so she can hide what she feels. He believes it. She has a school for the dock worker's children in an old warehouse. She hopes to better their lives. It seems that Kit wants that warehouse to start a yacht making business. Sylvia goes to see Kit and the ice queen demeanor is gone. Kit likes the new Sylvia and Sylvia likes this side of Kit. Kit has a family secret that has caused him great pain. Will they be able to solve their differences? Will they be able to overcome Kit's former life. I loved this book. The interaction between the two main characters were really great. I received this book from Net Galley and Harlequin/Mira for a honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 12 months ago
3.75 stars--THE PURSUITS OF LORD KIT CAVANAUGH is the second instalment in Stephanie Laurens’ THE CAVANAUGHS historical romance series, a spin off from the author’s Cynster/Cynster Sisters Duo. This is twenty-nine year old, Lord Christopher ‘Kit’ Cavanaugh, and Miss Sylvia Buckleberry’s story line. THE PURSUITS OF LORD KIT CAVANAUGH can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Kit and Sylvia) THE PURSUITS OF LORD KIT CAVANAUGH follows the slow building relationship between twenty-nine year old, Lord Christopher ‘Kit’ Cavanaugh, and Miss Sylvia Buckleberry. Hoping for a successful upstart to his new Cavanaugh Yacht building business, Lord Christopher ‘Kit’ Cavanaugh finds himself in a predicament when the new lease on his warehouse forces a charity school, for impoverished children, onto the streets with nowhere to go. Enter Miss Sylvia Buckleberry, the school’s director and administrator, and the woman with whom Kit will fall in love. Hoping to make right his ill-timed business venture, Kit helps Sylvia find a new place for her school, but a place that doesn’t sit well with some of the locals. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Kit and Sylvia, and the potential fall-out as both Kit and Sylvia are targeted for who they are, and what they do. Sylvia Buckleberry, the daughter of a preacher, knows that someone is following. From the destruction at Kit’s Cavanaugh Yacht building, to the numerous attempts to break and enter, Kit and Sylvia are unsure from where the threats are coming. The relationship between Kit and Sylvia is slow to develop having previously met at Lord Randolph’s wedding (THE DESIGNS OF LORD RANDOLPH CAVANAUGH #1). Sylvia struggles with her attraction to a man whose reputation as a rake precedes his introduction to their small ton but Kit has no idea as to the cold indifference aimed in his direction. The lone $ex scene is passionate but mostly implied. There is a large ensemble cast of colorful and energetic secondary and supporting characters many of whom struggle to survive the streets of 1843 Bristol, England. From destruction to thievery, desperation and loss, the number of locals hoping for a job increases as our hero gives everyone a second chance. We are reintroduced to Kit’s siblings Rand and his wife Felicia, as well as Eustacia aka Stacie, Godfrey and Ryder. THE PURSUITS OF LORD KIT CAVANAUGH is an entertaining and engaging story; a well-written, slow burning romance between two people who battle not only their attraction to one another but an unknown force that is trying to destroy everything they love. The premise is captivating; the romance is sweet and tender; the characters are edgy and intelligent.
Kristen Bergh-Lewendon 12 months ago
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.
nku 12 months ago
The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (The Cavanaughs #2) by Stephanie Laurens I enjoyed this second book in THE CAVANAUGHS .. Thanks to the publisher and #NetGalley for allowing me to preview and review this book. This is Kit and Sylvia's story... They both have love and marriage hangups his caused by his mother.. hers avoiding her attraction to him "the rake". There are laughs, mystery, danger, twists and turns all leading to a leading to a very HEA.. Can't wait for number three. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Entertaining Action-packed Happily Ever After Page-turner Great world building Easy-to-read Romantic Funny Wonderful characters Steamy