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    A Gilded Age Romance

    Tycoon is a novella introducing The Knickerbocker Club by Joanna Shupe. The series is set in the Gilded Age, complete with rides in private rail cars, a dashing gentleman and a damsel in distress. I loved the interaction between these two. Ted is a wealthy banker and thinks Clara is out for his money. Clara has no clue who Ted is, she just needs a way to leave New York immediately. Clara uses her keen judge of people to help Ted with a business deal. Ted helps Clara with the bad men who are chasing her. The bad guys are dealt with and Ted sweeps Clara back to New York City and his 17-room mansion. I hope we hear more from these guys in future books. I do hope Clara is not selling perfume at a department store (unless she owns the store).
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    Exciting Start Of New Series

    The Gilded Age NY is not your typical historical romance setting but then again nothing about Joanna Shupe is typical! In Tycoon, author Shupe gives her readers an enticing introduction to her new Knickerbocker Club series. Authentic in feel and well-researched Tycoon was an absorbing read that did not let up. Thrown together by extreme circumstances the hero and heroine’s honest and forthright attraction in this work, accompanied by an elemental passionate heat, showcased this author’s fine writing and creativity. There is no doubt that readers will be thrilled with this story and excited for what lays in store in the upcoming books in this series! *I received this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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    Romance Novella set in the Golden Age

    I started smiling on the first page and was entranced till the end. I can just imagine how Ted felt when Clara grabbed his arm on the train platform and started talking. I have always wanted to take a long train trip and the thought of having my own private car to ride in sounds heavenly. Clara’s talk of perfumes and the bridges in New York’s Central Park was interesting as was naming the stations the train went through on the journey. This is definitely more of a fairy tale than a “real” story but we all need a bit of that in our lives from time to time. I am looking forward to meeting the other men in the Knickerbocker club and hope that Ted and Clara will show up in those stories, too. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the copy of this novella to read and review.
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    Fun, fantastic, fabulously entertaining!

    Joanna Shupe kicks off her new Knickerbocker Club series in spectacular fashion with the fantastic TYCOON! New York City 1887, is the place to be. And that’s where Clara went from Missouri; she might not be rich and famous but she loves her job at the perfume counter at Hoyt’s. But then things go terribly wrong: she witnesses a crime involving a most prominent citizen, a corrupt policeman witnessed the crime, and goes after her. Clara runs for her life, and attaches herself to an honest-looking man waiting for the train, pretending to be his wife. Ted Harper, is the president of the New American Bank, very wealthy and well-known in financial circles, but seeing this beautiful redhead in distress, he goes along with it, and off on the train they go. Little did he know that this fortuitous encounter was about to change his life! TYCOON is in my opinion Ms. Shupe’s best book so far, and if this is any indication, The Knickerbocker Club is going to be a smashing series! Clara is a fabulous character: fiercely independent, she talks a mile a minute, she is straightforward, young and full of life; she’s positively irresistible. Ted is older, rather staid – he’s a banker after all – but they form an unforgettable team as he tries to help her evade her pursuers. Ms. Shupe’s writing is absolutely flawless; even though it is written in the third person, each character’s traits are evident: we can read the tempo of Clara’s machine-gun delivery as well as the Ted’s poise and calm. The dialogues are spot-on, the chemistry between Clara and Ted is palpable, and the descriptions are crystal clear: every character, the train, Victorian New York City are as vivid as if they were in front of our eyes. TYCOON is fast-paced, fabulously entertaining, so much fun; I loved every minute of it! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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    Tycoon

    Fantastic new series. Love story set in 1870s New York. Cant wait to read Magnate! Shupe is a gift!
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