Title: Magnate (The Knickerbocker Club, book#1)
Genre: Historical Romance/Gilded Age
Author: Joanna Shupe
Publisher: Zebra, April 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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…
Emmett is not very likable in his treatment of Lizzie. He really blows hot and cold. On the one hand he is attracted to her and does believe she can succeed in business, on the other hand he is mistrustful of her and his doubts nearly mean the end of their relationship. Lizzie needs Emmett if she is to succeed in her business endeavors since she will need an important man’s involvement because she is treading where women of her social station were not supposed to tread. The author attempts to soften Emmett’s rough image by showing how devoted he is to his brother and young sisters. This somehow does not translate to his relationship with Lizzie.
This author relates the time period and mores of the gilded age very well although I sincerely doubt that dinnerware could be flown in from France. But then again it seemed that Emmett could make anything happen.
I can recommend this book to those who are interested in the time of the late 1800’s and the mores of the upper crust society of old New York.