Saturday, April 23, 2016

ARC Review: Magnate by Joanna Shupe

Title: Magnate

Author: Joanna Shupe

Synopsis:

New York City's Gilded Age shimmers with unimaginable wealth and glittering power. The men of the Knickerbocker Club know this more than anyone else. But for one titan of industry, the business of love is not what he expected…

Born in the slums of Five Points, Emmett Cavanaugh climbed his way to the top of a booming steel empire and now holds court in an opulent Fifth Avenue mansion. His rise in stations, however, has done little to elevate his taste in women. He loathes the city's "high society" types, but a rebellious and beautiful blue-blood just might change all that…

Elizabeth Sloane's mind is filled with more than the latest parlor room gossip. Lizzie can play the Stock Exchange as deftly as New York's most accomplished brokers--but she needs a man to put her skills to use. Emmett reluctantly agrees when the stunning socialite asks him to back her trades and split the profits. But love and business make strange bedfellows, and as their fragile partnership begins to crack, they'll discover a passion more frenzied than the trading room floor…

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Magnate, the first full-length novel in Joanna Shupe's Knickerbocker Club series was a remarkable historical romance read. The story, the characters were all even better than I was expecting them to be from what I glimpsed in the novella, Tycoon. Elizabeth was a great historical romance heroine in that she was the complete opposite of what women were supposed to be like during that time period. She was intelligent and oh so determined to make her dreams of making money in the Stock Exchange a reality no matter what. And Emmett was also a really good historical romance character. There's just something about a man who has made something of himself from nothing that I just absolutely love. Also I really loved all the little things he did for his brother and his little sisters and that despite the fact that he wasn't so sure about helping Elizabeth at the beginning that he at least heard her out and gave her chance even though he expected her to fail.

The love story in this book was really great. I really don't know why, but pretty socialites being forced into marriage to preserve their reputations always really works for me and the way everything happened between Emmett and Elizabeth was particularly engrossing. I really loved getting to see these two fall in love with each other. It was absolutely wonderful and all the sweet moments between them left me absolutely giddy. Really the only complaint I had about their relationship was that Emmett didn't pull his head out of his ass quickly enough.

Anywho, this book was a really great historical romance. I usually prefer to stick to Regency romances when it comes to my historical romance reading, but this book was so good that I'm convinced that I need to start reading more historicals set in this time period starting with book two in this series later this year!

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