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The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh

(The Cavanaughs #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  876 ratings  ·  126 reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns with a new series that captures the simmering desires and intrigues of early Victorians as only she can. Ryder Cavanaugh’s stepsiblings are determined to make their own marks in London society. Seeking fortune and passion, THE CAVANAUGHS will delight readers with their bold exploits.

An independent nobleman

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by MIRA
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Kindling Micky
2.5 stars

I’m shocked at my own reading experience with this book considering that I have such love for Stephanie Lauren’s Cynster series. THE DESIGNS OF LORD RANDOLPH CAVANAUGH is the start of a new series and I launched at it with great enthusiasm and expectation.

I have to say, I started off interested and open-minded but by 35%, I was having difficulty with the book for a few reasons. Firstly, this might have well been a rookie’s guide to steam engines for all the technical information and des
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lord Randolph Cavanaugh arrives at Throgmorton Hall unannounced. He's checking up on one of his investments. He alights from his carriage to witness the explosion of the engine to the Throgmorton Steam-Powered Horseless Carriage. Lord Randolph further discovers that the inventor has died and his son, William John, has ascended to the position. William John's sister, Felicia, wants nothing to do with inventions or inventors. She has seen the damage they do to the family and staff. When she learns ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Intriguing, authentic, and romantic!

Full review to follow shortly closer to publication.
Barbara Rogers
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Series: The Cavanaughs #1
Publication Date: 4/24/18

What a wonderfully, delightfully different take on a historical romance. It was such a refreshing change that I felt like starting at the beginning and reading it all over again. What, you might ask, is so different? Well, the romance itself. Rand and Felicia had never met – they didn’t hate each other, they weren’t childhood friends who had become enemies. There wasn’t a malevolent family member trying to do either of them harm. They were both w
Caitlyn Lynch
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the throes of the Industrial Revolution, Britain’s inventors competed ferociously with each other to push the technology of the time to its available limits and beyond. Even more ferocious than the inventors were the investors, however, with fortunes made and lost by investing in the inventions which would power the future.

Lord Randolph Cavanaugh is such an investor, and William John Throgmorton’s horseless carriage is, he hopes, the greatest invention yet. The only problem is that it isn’t r
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good beginning to a new series. Rand is the younger brother of Ryder Cavanaugh (The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh). He has an excellent reputation in the financial world, but he is ready for more in his life. On his way to visit his brother, Rand stops to check on an investment just in time to find it has exploded, leaving him in doubt about its future. His only hope lies in the hands of the inventor's son and daughter.

Since her father's death a few months earlier, it has been up to Felicia to keep
Tracy Emro
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lord Randolph Cavanaugh aka Rand, the younger half-brother of Ryder Cavanaugh, Marquess of Raventhorne has carved out a life for himself as an investor. He is currently on his way to see William Throgmorton, an inventor with a project due in less than a month, whom he has not heard from in months. Throgmorton's invention is the Throgmorton Steam-Powered Horseless Carriage. As the exhibition at Birmingham is going to be attended by Prince Albert, Rand wants to make sure the project is on schedule ...more
Sheila Melo
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received this book for free from Netgalley in order to prepare an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

FINAL DECISION: I found the topic very interesting dealing with an invention of the combustion engine, but I thought the romance bland and the ultimate story line didn't have much consequence. I liked the characters, but the story didn't give them enough to delve into.

THE STORY: Lord Randolph Cavanaugh is determined to make something of himse
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ryder Cavanaugh’s step-siblings are determined to make their own marks in London society.
Lord Randolph Cavanaugh is loyal and devoted but only to family. To the rest of the world he’s aloof and untouchable, a respected and driven entrepreneur. Rand yearns for more in life & is on his way to visit Ryder & Mary when he makes a detour to review a recent investment as the letters from William Throgmartin have dried up, he discovers a passionate woman who will challenge his ruthless self-con
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lord Randolph Cavanaugh has become a very successful backer of new inventions. He’s smart and can tell what will and won’t succeed. When he doesn’t hear from one of his inventors who is working on the Throgmorton Steam-Powered Horseless Carriage he decides to stop by his home on the way to visit family. He learns that William Throgmorton has died, but his son, William John, is trying to finish the engine without much luck. Rand decides to stay and help as he has quite a lot of money invested in ...more
2.5 Stars

I debated on how to rate this as there are pros and cons I felt on the book. It’s been a while since I last read Stephanie Laurens and her Cynsters (I really need to catch up on those) so I was excited to read her new series that set in the Cynsters universe. Only it turned out not as I expected and not totally in a good way.

One of the things I like about this book is the heroine’s smartness and take charge nature. In an era when female still considered second-class citizens, Felicia’s
I really enjoyed this latest book by Stephanie Laurens. Rand as his friends refer to him is supposed to be going to visit his brother Ryder, Mary and their three children. He first set his mind to a home of an inventor, that he had invested with, and encouraged others to as well. He had not heard from the gentleman in almost three months, and soon his investment in the form of a horseless carriage, was to be presented to Prince Albert He finds things are not as they should be, and the steam engi ...more
Amanda Siegrist
I really wanted to enjoy this novel, and for the most part I did. I guess the story just lagged for me in quite a few parts when it got overly detailed about the invention.
MB (What she read)
Nice idea for a plot and intriguing "career" for a female of this era, but I was quite bored and started skimming about halfway through.

Money tips for the main character provided gratis:
Here's an idea-- to conserve on household expenses, maybe you can cut your overhead by laying off some of the many many many servants??? How many footmen are really needed to take care of 3 (minor) gentry? And there are lots more people in service listed here. Was this amount of employees normal for what seems
Sandy S
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars

ABAOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 24, 2018

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns with a new series that captures the simmering desires and intrigues of early Victorians as only she can. Ryder Cavanaugh’s stepsiblings are determined to make their own marks in London society. Seeking fortune and passion, THE CAVANAUGHS will delight readers with their bold exploits.

An independent nobleman

Lord Randolph Cavanaugh is loyal and devoted—but only to family. To the rest
Scott Rhee
Fun fact about the Victorian Era: you could be institutionalized for masturbation. The fact that mental asylums, at the time, were full of people who were chronic masturbators says a lot about the era. The Victorians were a hot mess of rampant lust, stifled sexuality, and weirdly strict societal rules and morals.

So, of course, it’s a perfect setting for romance novels. (He said facetiously...) Seriously, though, I’m not sure why Victorian romance is such a popular sub-genre of romance novels. Th
I love this expansive series by Stephanie Laurens, and this book is no exception. However, I did have reservations at first because Rand’s character in ‘The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh’ was not a encouraging. You didn’t think of Rand and future ‘hero’ in the same breathe.

But my worries were for nought as this was a fun book. The meeting, and subsequent romance of Rand and Felicia was well done and not overly dramatic and unrealistic. Felicia’s relationship with her absentminded brother, William, w
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Great read
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
This book was a real bummer. No chemistry, no romantic struggle, and way too much about the actual machine. It was boring. After reading the Cynsters, this was a big let down.
N.W. Moors
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Lord Rand Cavanaugh stops by the Throgmorton estate to check on the progress of an invention he's invested in. He arrives just as the steam engine blows up and must stay to ensure the inventor William John Throgmorton meets the deadline for an exhibition. However, William John's sister Felicia promises to make his stay enjoyable.
I read The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh when it came out and enjoyed it very much. This is sort of the next book though it is the first in this series. I find that Ms. Laur
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I truly enjoy everything I read from this amazing author, the characters were well developed and I didn't deel any missing holes, we sweet and just a tad of intrigue.
Harlequin Books
Apr 28, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018, mira, may
"Laurens has proved time and again that her fans adore a family chronicle. Now that the Cynsters are on hiatus, she brings us the Cavanaughs, a band of siblings building business empires in an age of industrialization and economic growth. Brimming over with this energetic atmosphere and drawing on the Victorian passion for invention/technology, Laurens crafts a love story that suits her style and the era’s history. Adding a bit of suspense, a strong heroine and a hero who appreciates her intelli ...more
Kay Smith
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it

So, I didn't really think of myself as a 'I love shorter love stories to get me out of my mental funk' human before today.
Really, I didn't. I've always thought of myself as enjoying longer romances.
Today, I was not in that frame of mind apparently. So what follows is going to be an impartial listing of what I currently perceive as the flaws in the length of this lovely tome.

Because it is one.
Guys, this puppy is 380 pages.
Maybe 11 point font, if that.
Lots. Of. Words.

I l
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This Victorian setting is apart from many historical romances. Our characters are not partying with the ton or attending glamorous gatherings in London. Felicia and William John Throgmorton, siblings, are working in Berkshire to complete their father’s last invention. William John works on the horseless carriage and Felicia runs the household.

Only when the organizer of an investment group stops in to check on the status of his current gamble does he (Lord Randolph Cavanaugh) discover that the o
Katie Cat Books
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow burning. Unrealistic. Strong female lead.

Story: In 1843 England, Lord Randolph Cavanaugh visits the countryside to check on one of his investments. William Throgmorton has plans to reveal a groundbreaking invention at an exhibition Prince Albert will attend. But when Rand arrives to the hall amidst the scenes of an explosion, more than just his investment will be at stake, when he witnesses a slender, pale, fine featured young lady step from the midst.

Language: Told in third person mostly f
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This read has a slow commencement, nothing is rushed, everything was set up before the real action began.
Alas I thought it was only the first part of this read, but the more I advanced in my reading, the more I felt it was too slow.
I didn’t see any chemistry between the h&H, their interactions are too quiet, they lack of sensuality and longing.
I’m not fond of heroes thinking only with the head between their legs nor of swooning heroines with weak knees each time they see the man of their dre
Iza Soares
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rating 7 of 7

I have a special place in my heart to SL and this book is the proof of why. It wasn't love at first sight. It wasn't lust at first sight. It was two persons knowing each other and not simply falling in love, but seeing that they would be great together. It's so refreshing. I love when the character decides to marry because it's a great idea, not only you know lust. I wondered how Rhys family would turn out after all the shit that woman did and I'm really glad about everything that
I read everything that Stephanie Laurens writes. I love the Cynsters & their kin, but she does occasionally produce some clunkers. This one isn't a full on clunker, the way The Masterful Mister Montague was was or the Adventurers Quartet in general were, but it does fall a bit flat.
The mystery part of the story was good. Will they figure out who is trying to sabotage the steam engine? Will they be able to stop him? I enjoyed the 'troublemaker' who turned out not to be that bad after all.
Kate Vale
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of the Cavanaughs series with links to previous books, in which we meet Lord Randolph Cavanaugh, an investor in new inventions. He has concerns about the potential for financial disaster or wealth-building of an invention for a horseless carriage being built by the Throgmorton family. To check things out, Lord Randolph decides to visit the inventor and see for himself how things are progressing in advance of a big display of inventions at which Prince Albert will be present.

Lord Randolph d
Romantic Intentions Quarterly
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read my first Stephanie Laurens novel when I was seventeen. Lying in a tent that filtered warm amber light in the afternoon of an Australian summer, I was captivated by Felicity and Demon in A Rogue’s Proposal, having never read anything quite like it. Years passed, and my interest in Laurens’s output faded slightly, as successive Cynsters prowled and stalked through history in plots that seemed increasingly similar.

It’s therefore been a while since I picked up a Laurens book, but I’m glad I c
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Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

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