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One pragmatic industrialist is about to learn 
that a man may make his own destiny, 
but love is a matter of fortune . . .


The Knickerbocker Club #2
Joanna Shupe
Releasing Oct 25th, 2016
Kensington Zebra
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 . . .
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Award-winning 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. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.


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Joanna Shupe does it again. She creates a vivid world of the New York Gilded Age and draws the reader in. Baron portrays the social differences between Will and Ava in a believable and surmountable way. Both the characters have deep goals about bettering their lives, Ava through moving her siblings out of New York City and Will by entering politics. However, as their relationship grows, they are faced with the realities that perhaps their goals aren’t the best things for them. The chemistry between Will and Ava is steamy but even more satisfying was how their relationship overcome social status. Another excellent book by Joanna Shupe that I can’t recommend enough!



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Magnate by Joanna Shupe

Magnate-300wDescription: Book #1 of The Knickerbocker Club series

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…


I just devoured Joanna Shupe’s Magnate. I can honestly say I never thought I would enjoy a book about stock trading so much. Usually, American history is not my thing. I rarely read books set in historical America. However, I’m glad I decided to read outside my comfort zone. I owe the adventure solely to Joanna Shupe’s writing ability. If I hadn’t read her Regency series and loved her plots and writing style, I would have been hesitant to pick up this book. I would have missed out. Kudos to Joanna Shupe for writing about a time period which is not usually covered by romance writers. After reading this book, filled with delicious scandal and powerful millionaires, I’m questioning why more romance novels aren’t set in this time period.

On to the story itself. I fully admit that I really liked the first book in this series, Tycoon. Joanna Shupe did an excellent job of hinting at the millionaires which will be the focus of this series. It centers around a group of businessmen, each focused in different fields, who meet up and aid each other in business matters. The first book focuses on Emmett Cavanaugh, a self-made steel tycoon. He worked his way from the slums of New York into the life of the wealthy. He has all the allure of a self-made millionaire as well as the horrific backstory and trust issues. The story starts with him being approached with a business by Elizabeth Sloane. She is the sister of one of the other tycoons in Emmett’s group. Elizabeth is one of the best romance heroines I’ve read this year. She is determine, smart, and gutsy. She wants to start her own stockbroker firm and needs Emmett’s backing. Elizabeth is a blue blood but wants more than balls and shopping in her life. She’s smart and she knows it. She is perfectly capable of dealing with the stubbornness, and at times, irritatingly masculine nature of Emmett.

What I liked most about this book is the how well Shupe develops her characters. Their motivations are real and heartfelt, even when they are being stupid. What’s more, she takes these characters and creates an undeniable chemistry between them. Emmett and Elizabeth steam up the pages. However, behind that lust is the foundation of a deep relationship, even if it takes the characters a while to realize that. In my opinion,  that’s what romance readers truly want. We want a couple who builds a relationship which we believe will endure once we close the book. Joanna Shupe creates that relationship in this book.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

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Author Recommedation:

Joanna Shupe

Joanna Shupe is a relatively new romance author.  I discovered her books last yejoanna_shupear at a local book signing. I was immediately intrigued by the plot of her first book, The Courtesan Duchess. It had a similar plot to an old Virginia Henley book. The heroine and hero were married but he didn’t know what she looked like since they married when she was young. So the heroine sets off to seduce the hero, while pretending to be a courtesan, as one does. Needless to say, it is an immensely amusing book and I was quickly hooked on Joanna Shupe’s writing style and wit. I recently read the first two books of her new series, The Knickerbocker Club. I’m not usually a fan of American history and honestly was hesitant to read a book set in the Gilded Age. However, I adore both! I truly recommend Joanna Shupe if you’re looking for a new historical romance to read. Her Regency Wicked Deception series would be great for anyone who loves Sarah MacLean’s writing. And if you’re looking for a less traditional time pcover1-183x300eriod, or just like the Gilded Age, check out her new series!



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Tycoon by Joanna Shupe

TycoonDescription: Sometimes the journey is more pleasurable than the destination…

In Gilded Age New York City, the bachelors of the Knickerbocker Club spend their days rubbing elbows with Manhattan’s most elite citizens–and their nights with its most intoxicating women . . .

Standing on the platform at Grand Central Station, Ted Harper is surprised by a fiery kiss from an undeniably gorgeous damsel in distress. He’s certain she’s a swindler who’s only after his money, but he’s never met a woman so passionate and sure of herself. Disarmed, he invites her to spend the journey to St. Louis in his private car–perhaps against his better judgment . . .

Clara Dawson has long known how to take care of herself, but the savvy shop girl is at a loss when she witnesses–and becomes entangled in–a terrible crime. Desperation propels her into a stranger’s arms at the train station, but she hadn’t expected Ted to offer her the protection she so badly needs–nor did she expect their chemistry to develop more steam than the engine of the train. He’s everything she never thought she could have, and she’s everything he didn’t know he wanted. But as her secrets begin to unfurl, their fledgling romance could be in danger of derailing before they arrive at the next station . . .



Joanna Shupe has been a relatively new discovery for me, mostly because she’s a new writer. I discovered her books when she came to my local Barnes and Noble. I really liked her first trilogy, which was set in Regency England. However, her new series, The Knickerbocker Club, is set in the Gilded Age. I’m not usually the biggest fan of novellas. I tend to find them too short. Often times, the background of the main characters is not well fleshed out. My other issue is that the love story plot usually feels rushed, especially if there’s other plot points happening within the story. However, I do recommend Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh if you want a well-done novella. Okay, tangent over!

I really liked both of the characters in this book. Clara was interesting and determined to make an independent life for herself. When she gets pulled into a dangerous situation, she uses her brain and comes up with a solution. Ted Harper just happens to be at the right place at the right time and becomes that solution. He’s a self-made millionaire banker but Clara just thinks that’s he’s a bank employee and is unwilling to pull him into her problems. They fight their chemistry as well as dangerous outside forces. This novella is an excellent set up for the next book and I can’t wait to read what Joanna Shupe writes next!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

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