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    Historical Romance

    The last of the men currently members of the Knickerbocker Club finds his woman in a fast-paced, well written, second chance at love love story. I am not sure if others will be added to the club or if another series will begin using some of the support characters from this series. Either way, this was an ambitious and delightful book. Why ambitious? Well, it deals with Chinese tongs, the Chinese Exclusion Act, privilege, kidnapping, friendship, honor, honesty, trust, love, family, expectations, goals, culture and a whole lot more. Calvin Cabot and Lily Davies have history – history that not many know about in New York – history they have both tried without success to forget and put behind them. When Lily’s brother goes missing and finding him is essential she calls on Calvin to assist her. Their past issues, their volatile relationship, their intense attraction and their misconceptions make a partnership rather tempestuous and difficult but, as time passes and more is revealed and the plot thickens the air also clears making for a very interesting read. I liked Calvin and Lily together. I might have liked a bit more about their courtship but the glimpse into it was probably sufficient. I can see why things worked out as they did but really wish the two had not had to spend so many years apart. I wonder if Lily’s brother, Cora, Marcus and perhaps others will find themselves in a new series set in this era and if so, look forward to reading their stories. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC. This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars
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    Breathtakingly fabulous!

    Since her father’s death, Lily Davies has been acting as president of the Davies Mining Company, mostly until she can hand over the reins to her younger brother Tom. But Tom has mysteriously disappeared, and not even the Pinkerton detectives have been able to locate him. Lily knows there’s only one man who can find Tom, newspaper MOGUL Calvin Cabot. I have loved this series from the first book, and I was very much looking forward to Calvin’s story. While we didn’t know much about him, I found him quite intriguing. And I had thought that the previous book, BARON, was the best! MOGUL is exciting beyond belief and so very sexy as well! Ms. Shupe gives us yet another look at 1889 New York City. The plot is absolutely fabulous, multilayered, and filled with twists and turns. Calvin and Lily share a very complicated history, and Tom’s disappearance stirs a hornet’s nest that has repercussions on several people’s lives. Joanna Shupe’s research is thorough and exemplary, and the appalling Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 plays a huge part in the story. If the author’s Victorian-age America shines in all its glory – and squalor – the characters steal the show. Lily is a formidable woman: she is fearless and reckless; Calvin is loyal, ruthless, and sometimes unscrupulous, and sometimes he lets secrets rule his personal life. Calvin and Lily share an immeasurable passion, that all but consumes them, but Lily remains the level-headed one. And dear readers, whip out your fans, because those sex scenes are incredibly steamy. I still marvel at how realistic Joanna Shupe has kept her world during the whole series; how genuine each character is, and again we see how difficult it was for a career woman. I also very much appreciated the melting pot angle in MOGUL, as Hugo – Calvin’s friend and glorified valet – is a freed slave, and some Chinese characters play pivotal parts. MOGUL is utterly captivating from beginning to end, it can also easily be read as a standalone even though characters from the previous books appear briefly. MOGUL is the cherry on the sundae that is the fabulous The Knickerbocker Club series! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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