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Book 1, The Knickerbocker Club

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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 titan of industry, 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…
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“Original and alluring.” —Publishers Weekly
“Riveting.” —Sabrina Jeffries
“Passionate and seductive.” —RT Book Reviews
“Captivating.” —Booklist

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 28, 2016 – This original and captivating historical romance splendidly portrays two protagonists with complex and layered personalities. Steel magnate Emmett Cavanaugh is one of the most powerful and feared men in business, but by the standards of the glittering Gilded Age, he's nouveau riche and can't hope to be welcomed into the circles of New York City's powerful Knickerbocker families. Former debutante Elizabeth Sloane knows that having dinner with Emmett is scandalous enough to ruin her reputation, but she bucks tradition to use her brains and change her life. Lizzie chafes at the strict rules that say she is just ornamental, and she talks Emmett into backing her own investment brokerage firm. Emmett learned to be ruthless when he was growing up in the slums, but the all-consuming passion and gentle tenderness he feels for Lizzie terrifies him. He's entranced by Lizzie's beauty, ambition, and determination, but is convinced she would never stay with him, while Lizzie tries to protect herself from getting hurt. The ensuing battle of wills is engrossing as Emmett and Lizzie work through past hurts, pride, and mistrust to have a future together. The poor boy turned millionaire marrying the princess is typical romance fare, but Lizzie and Emmett's marvelous portrayals add fresh life to a familiar story.

Customer Reviews

Great beginning to a series

I really enjoyed this story. Emmett is a self-made man, coming from the lowest of lows and a rough home. He gets what he wants when he wants and keeps people at a distance to maintain his privacy. He is unprepared for the determined Elizabeth who wishes to run a business in a world where only men can do such things. Lizzie knows that she needs to keep herself in the background in order for her dreams of running a brokerage firm and goes to Emmett for his backing and name. The two spark but neither want to admit there is more. Circumstances push the two together and now they need to work out how to be married to each other. This was a fun, thought-provoking read and had my heart engaged from the beginning. I highly recommend this book.

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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Apr 26, 2016
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Knickerbocker Club
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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