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Baron

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

Oct 03, 2016 – In Shupe's engaging and sexy second romance set in the glittering Gilded Age, sparks fly when a hardworking and enterprising performer crosses paths with one of New York City's powerful Knickerbocker families. Railroad tycoon William Sloan knows his fledgling gubernatorial campaign needs his sterling reputation and every single one of his connections to take on the corrupt Tammany Hall political machine. His political aspirations cannot afford the romantic distraction of Ava Jones, who supports her three siblings with the money she earns as the medium Madame Zolikoff. Unlike his sister, Lizzie (the heroine of Magnate), who chafed under society's strictures, Will doesn't mind the traditions of New York's moneyed elite, but Ava's scorn for the wealthy throws him off balance. He's intrigued that a young woman with no connections, money, or venerable family name still refuses to be awed by his wealth or impressed by his grand plans. The sexual heat between them burns slowly, but when Will finally gives in, he loses control. Will is starch and pomposity personified, but every minute with Ava, in and out of bed, musses him up and makes him more human. They have nothing in common, but their personalities are highly complementary; Ava's pragmatism and devotion to her siblings draw out Will's sense of fair play, honesty, and justice, and it's increasingly difficult for him to remember why they have to stay in their own social spheres. The impoverished, good-hearted woman marrying the stuffy millionaire is what fairy tales are made of, but Shupe keeps the romance grounded with the realistic details of Ava's hardscrabble life. This tumultuous love affair will charm even the most jaded society matron.

Customer Reviews

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.

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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Oct 25, 2016
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, The Knickerbocker Club
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