- File Size: 450 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zebra Books (May 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0138NHA8A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had only previously read the novella that introduced the series and while I didn't care too much for that book, I liked the authors voice enough to give this book a shot and I'm glad I did. This author reads like a cross between Lisa Kleypas and Judith McNaught. Like Kleypas class differences trope plays a big part, notably a hero from humble beginnings works his way out of the slums and like McNaught there are misunderstandings trope, mostly on the hero's part, that could be resolved with one good conversation. This combination works very well here though. Emmett' s mistrust of Lizzie' s motives were understandable given his history. The love scenes were romantic and pretty steamy for a historical. The h/h had great chemistry and the secondary characters well developed. Gilded age New York was brought to life perfectly and the historical facts were blended seamlessly into the story. My only quibble and the reason this book failed to be five star read was that while I can deal with a hero with Alpha-hole tendencies *read: treats the heroine poorly due to his own issues* I require a proper and preferably long grovel at the end. In other words I would like the heroine to put the hero through the wringer. It's only fair. While Emmett apologizes and grovels a bit, Lizzie is much too quick to forgive and fall into his arms again. Aside from this I highly recommend this book. I am highly looking forward to the next book in the series with Lizzie' s snobby brother as the hero. Here's hoping he gets taken down a peg or two by a highly unsuitable heroine. Highly recommended.
I really enjoy the evolution of our main characters. Emmett Cavanaugh is our Horatio Alger-esque hero who grew up in the Five Points slums to become one of the riches men in New York City. A member of the Knickerbocker Club, this elite group of me wield their influence to shape the politics and business in New York City and beyond. These men are the movers and shakers of their age.
Elizabeth Sloan bristles under the restrictions society has for women. Those who defy the norm are often outcasts or are seen with suspicion. However, Elizabeth is determine to forge her own path in the world of finance. She only needs someone to give her a chance.
I love strong and smart female characters and Elizabeth easily fits the bill. I enjoy her tenacity and her ability to outsmart the men in her life. She is adventurous and unconventional. Emmett is hardworking and hard-edged, but a loving brother. He is totally focused on his business but with her, he feels alive: "...she'd burned hot and bright, a live electric change in his arms. A jolt of current that reached the long-dead places inside him." The relationship takes a through a gamut of emotions and it reaches a truly satisfying end.
This book triggered a fascination from me to learn more about this age. I can't wait to get to the next book.
I liked the H and h - opposites in background. He spent his childhood in the New York slums as a son of an abusive, alcoholic father and whose mother had left because of the abuse. Emmett found he had a talent for numbers and finance and has spent years building his empire and caring for his younger brother, now a doctor, and their two young sisters.
Elizabeth is from New York Old Money, the Knickerbocker set, but she, too, has financial acumen. But as a female, she isn't allowed to exercise that talent. Her older brother insists she should concentrate on society and finding a husband. But she wants to open her own brokerage firm, so she goes to Emmett and makes him a wager and if she wins, he will provide the capital for her business.
I really enjoyed the story, the setting and period details. I look forward to the other novels and novellas in the series.