Wednesday, February 24, 2016

NOVELLA REVIEW: "Tycoon" by Joanna Shupe

(The Knickerbocker Club #0.5)

For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Historical Romance -- Gilded Age America

Zebra -- Published on February 23, 2016
Ebook, 80 pages
Read in February 2016
Received from Netgalley


Cross-Class Romance, Road Romance

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 . . .

I received a free copy of this book from Zebra via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed Joanna Shupe's European historical romances (Wicked Deceptions series) and I am overjoyed to see that she is now focusing on Gilded Age America!  This is an era that I haven't read much about in romance and I am excited to learn more about it.

Tycoon is a fun, cute novella that introduces readers to the world of the Knickerbocker Club.  It focuses on bank owner Ted Harper who is waiting for a train and is randomly kissed by a woman who is clearly in trouble.  Clara Dawson is just an ordinary shop girl who suddenly finds herself on the run after witnessing corruption in her workplace.  Once the confusion is abated, a deal is settled that will provide protection for Clara on her journey home and give Ted a helping hand on a difficult business deal.

I thought the idea of a romance developing on a train was really cute, kinda combination of a road romance and a cabin romance.  It allowed for Ted and Clara to be in close proximity enough to discover that there might be something between them.  I liked both of their characters especially Clara's street sense and Ted's devotion to his work.  The short length of the book didn't allow for a ton of character development, but I still cared deeply about these two by the end.  On the romance side, there were some communication issues that irritated me though I understood why they were there.

Tycoon does a good job of providing insight into this historical setting and preparing readers for the rest of the series.  I love the idea of powerful men's lives being turned upside down by strong women so I am definitely looking forward to more stories with the Knickerbocker Club.


Tycoon Magnate

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds pretty interesting. I don't think I've ever read a book set in Gilded Age America before.


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