- Series: The Knickerbocker Club (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zebra (January 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1420139886
- ISBN-13: 978-1420139884
- Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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. Please visit Joanna at www.joannashupe.com or on Twitter @joannashupe.
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I really enjoyed reading this latest tale in the Knickerbocker Club series. It helps to have read the earlier books, but it's not necessary to do so. I received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley, but all opinions are my own.
There were a few things that set this boom apart from other historical romances: the period and setting (1880s New York), the hero having been raised by missionary parents in China, and a fairly complicated plot that involves a former slave, a rags to riches millionaire, a wealthy debutante, and two chinese women who are in love with men their culture considers inappropriate.
I loved every minute of this book. It had steamy love scenes as well as complex characters. Not many authors can weave three love stories into one novel in a way that keeps the pages turning without confusion about who is in love with whom, and how all these story lines relate.
This is definitely a keeper, and I loved Tycoon, which was included as a bonus. The only thing I don't like is that my knickerbocker reading binge is over!
I've been waiting for this book. The plot was very intriguing. I honestly feel in love with all the characters, especially Emmett and Calvin.
This is my first time reading the Gilded Age. I find that I enjoying reading from
this period. This period feels very modern.
I can wait for your new series. It's too bad it's isn't going to be published until the latter part of 2017. I guess I do read pretty fast.
THE STORY: Calvin Cabot has risen from a reporter to owning a number of large newspapers. His only regret is the woman he had to leave behind. Lillian Davies is the daughter of a self-made man but her father has greater aspirations for her. Calvin and Lillian had married in a whirlwind courtship until Lillian's father stepped in. After an annulment, the two have been apart. Now Lily needs Calvin's help when her brother disappears and the two find that their attraction to one another has not diminished with time.
OPINION: I liked so much of this book, but the romance was a weak point. So while I loved the time period, loved the motivating story about Lily's brother's disappearance. There was a little too much drama with Lily and Calvin and too many things working to keep them apart that the drama exhausted me and my patience in the book. So while I liked the book, it's not one I would return to again.
Lily is a woman who has taken the reins of her family's business, Lily is strong and independent but still hurts from what she believes was Calvin's betrayal years ago. I liked her and liked her journey, but I couldn't help but think that she was annoyingly naive for believing the explanation for the annulment in the beginning.
Calvin was a character that I had expected to like a great deal, but once again, I got too annoyed and caught up in his continued lies and half-truths to Lily. I understand his loyalty and his feeling that he could not reveal the truth, but it got tiring that he kept being placed in the position to self-destruct his relationship with Lily. I was inclined to like him, but I got tired of his drama by the end.
It might sound that I didn't like this book. Actually, I liked it well enough, but it didn't live up to the promise of the other books in the series. I suppose I was more disappointed because while I loved the premise of the book and I found the history explored in it fascinating, I just got too annoyed by the misunderstandings between the characters to want a re-read.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book explores the history of discrimination against the Chinese in the United States and the consequences of the exclusionary policies of the government.
CONNECTED BOOKS: Mogul is the third book in the Knickerbocker Club series. It is not necessary to have read any of the previous book in the series although there are overlapping characters.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.