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Magnate (The Knickerbocker Club Book 1) Kindle Edition
A Washington Post Top Romance of 2016
Winner! RT Book Reviews May 2016 Seal of Excellence
A Library Journal Cool Summer Read of 2016
"Shupe delivers a tremendously entertaining romance -- sexy and clever -- set in an era the genre has been waiting for." -- Sarah MacLean, New York Times Bestselling Author
New York City's Gilded Age shimmers with unimaginable wealth and glittering power. The men of the Knickerbocker Club know this more than anyone else. But for one millionaire, the business of love is not what he expected...
Born in the slums of Five Points, Emmett Cavanaugh climbed his way to the top of a booming steel empire and now holds court in an opulent Fifth Avenue mansion. His rise in stations, however, has done little to elevate his taste in women. He loathes the city's "high society" types, but a rebellious and beautiful blue-blood just might change all that.
Elizabeth Sloane's mind is filled with more than the latest parlor room gossip. Lizzie can play the Stock Exchange as deftly as New York's most accomplished brokers--but she needs a man to put her skills to use. Emmett reluctantly agrees when the stunning socialite asks him to back her trades and split the profits. But love and business make strange bedfellows, and as their fragile partnership begins to crack, they'll discover a passion more frenzied than the trading room floor...
About the Author
Joanna Shupe has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. In 2013, she won Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart Award for Best Historical. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.
Amy Melissa Bentley is a professional stage and screen actress. A member of SAG-AFTRA, she has performed in Scotland, New York City, and throughout Connecticut. Her narration of The Education of Dixie Dupree won her an AudioFile Earphones Award.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B0138NHA8A
- Publisher : Zebra Books (1 May 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 450 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 229 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #286,080 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I had only previously read the novella that introduced the series and while I didn't care too much for that book, I liked the authors voice enough to give this book a shot and I'm glad I did. This author reads like a cross between Lisa Kleypas and Judith McNaught. Like Kleypas class differences trope plays a big part, notably a hero from humble beginnings works his way out of the slums and like McNaught there are misunderstandings trope, mostly on the hero's part, that could be resolved with one good conversation. This combination works very well here though. Emmett' s mistrust of Lizzie' s motives were understandable given his history. The love scenes were romantic and pretty steamy for a historical. The h/h had great chemistry and the secondary characters well developed. Gilded age New York was brought to life perfectly and the historical facts were blended seamlessly into the story. My only quibble and the reason this book failed to be five star read was that while I can deal with a hero with Alpha-hole tendencies *read: treats the heroine poorly due to his own issues* I require a proper and preferably long grovel at the end. In other words I would like the heroine to put the hero through the wringer. It's only fair. While Emmett apologizes and grovels a bit, Lizzie is much too quick to forgive and fall into his arms again. Aside from this I highly recommend this book. I am highly looking forward to the next book in the series with Lizzie' s snobby brother as the hero. Here's hoping he gets taken down a peg or two by a highly unsuitable heroine. Highly recommended.
What kept me furiously turning those pages? Attraction, a wager, tease, drama, scandal, forced marriage, drama, drama, draaaama, will you just f***ing bone already!! That was the first 65%, haha!
A refreshing change, instead of the usual historical recency set in England with Dukes, this is set in the Guilded era of New York (late 19th century). A world where self made men are butting up against old world money. A world where it's frowned upon to work like a commoner, especially women.
Elizabeth buck's the trend, and is desperate to run her own investment firm. She can play the stock market as deftly as New York's most accomplished brokers. However being a woman, and therefore banned from entering the stock exchange, is a small irritation in her way that Emmet can help her solve by becoming a start-up investor. Having a man front her business for proprietary is a small price to pay, as long as she gets what she needs to get ahead.
Emmett is all like hell no, prove yourself first and I'll think about it, formulating a wager that will begin a delicious slow Burn romance filled with teasing attraction and banter. Two strong and stubborn characters, building mutual respect and admiration - yet at the same time insecurities cause for much angst.
I admired the level of detail to the time and place, the layers of secondary characters of all classes/staff/family/associations to love and to despise, the conventions and limitations to the time.
I especially admired that for self made magnate Emmett, instead of the author using the "I have a dark secret past that caused the deaths of men, which may affect your love for me so I'm not going tell you anything about me" plot device, Emmett laid out his dark history right at the start to Elizabeth, kind of like a dare. "This is what I did in my past to get ahead, yeah I was a complete jack-ass, but this is who I am, take it or leave it." Allowing Elizabeth's intelligence and depth of character to shine through, by allowing her to make up her own mind through deduction. This daring set up my attraction to the characters, and the story.
And when we eventually got the sexy times? (boy were we painfully forced to wait!!) Holy hotness! Wonderfully written that sizzles across several pages in great descriptive delight, with feelings. I loved the desperate tone.
Overall, a very satisfying read, 4 1/2 stars, rounded up. Can't wait to continue on with everything else this author writes.