Book 2, The Knickerbocker Club
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New York City’s Gilded Age shines as bright as the power-wielding men of the Knickerbocker Club. And one pragmatic industrialist is about to learn that a man may make his own destiny, but love is a matter of fortune . . .
Born into one of New York’s most respected families, William Sloane is a railroad baron who has all the right friends in all the right places. But no matter how much success he achieves, he always wants more. Having secured his place atop the city’s highest echelons of society, he’s now setting his sights on a political run. Nothing can distract him from his next pursuit—except, perhaps, the enchanting con artist he never saw coming . . .
Ava Jones has eked out a living the only way she knows how. As “Madame Zolikoff,” she hoodwinks gullible audiences into believing she can communicate with the spirit world. But her carefully crafted persona is nearly destroyed when Will Sloane walks into her life—and lays bare her latest scheme. The charlatan is certain she can seduce the handsome millionaire into keeping her secret and using her skills for his campaign—unless he’s the one who’s already put a spell on her . . .
Raves for Magnate
“Original and captivating . . . Complex and layered.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
“An engaging romance.” — Library Journal, Starred
“A sexually charged, intense, poignant and powerfully written love story.” —RT Book Reviews
“A beautiful romance . . . Sexy and clever.” —The Washington Post
From Publishers Weekly
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a book that is hard to put down.
Wiliam Sloan is a rich, powerful railroad man with his eyes on political office. He’s ruthless in business and financial dealings, and has connections throughout the social who’s who in the city. Not solely a self-centered man, he’s also protective of his friends and those he cares for, and is particularly upset when his friend seems enchanted with and addicted to a Madame Zolikoff, a medium.
Confronting Madame Zolikoff, convinced her intentions are nefarious and will result in his friend being conned out of money, Will comes across the very down-to-earth and honest Ava. Determined to support her family in the best way she can, Ava has become the medium, providing comfort and some relief to those who wish to converse with loved ones who have passed on. Sure, it’s not entirely on the up and up, but she is seeking only to provide comfort, and the money she earns is her payment for that moment of happiness.
These two are electric: Ava is more than up to the task of standing up to Will: her determination and independence despite her circumstances strike a chord in him, reminiscent of his own difficult relationship with his father. The connection they share is palpable, the conversations and slow sharing of secrets, wishes and desires, as well as some secrets make the relationship feel more real and plausible as well. With some moments of political machinations of the day, wonderful settings that provide a view of the time and its various social restrictions and some serious steam, it’s a book that is hard to put down.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions and expectations are my own responsibility.