New York City’s Gilded Age shines as bright as the power-wielding men of the Knickerbocker Club. And one pragmatic industrialist is about to learn that a man may make his own destiny, but love is a matter of fortune . . .
Born into one of New York’s most respected families, William Sloane is a railroad baron who has all the right friends in all the right places. But no matter how much success he achieves, he always wants more. Having secured his place atop the city’s highest echelons of society, he’s now setting his sights on a political run. Nothing can distract him from his next pursuit—except, perhaps, the enchanting con artist he never saw coming . . .
Ava Jones has eked out a living the only way she knows how. As “Madame Zolikoff,” she hoodwinks gullible audiences into believing she can communicate with the spirit world. But her carefully crafted persona is nearly destroyed when Will Sloane walks into her life—and lays bare her latest scheme. The charlatan is certain she can seduce the handsome millionaire into keeping her secret and using her skills for his campaign—unless he’s the one who’s already put a spell on her . . .
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.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
Baron, the second full-length book in Joanna Shupe's Knickerbocker Club series, was another great historical romance story from the always amazing Joanna Shupe. After reading Magnate earlier this year, I had some mixed feelings about Will, but with this book I really fell in love with his character. But as much as I loved Will, the real highlight for me in this book was Ava. From the moment the blurb for this book was released I was dying to meet Ava. How could I not be when her character was making a living pretending to be a Russian medium. I just knew that fact was going to lead to some good scandalous historical romance fun especially given how straight-laced Will is and I was not wrong. Seriously, the plot of this book was so much fun to follow as Will tried and failed to get Ava to do what he wanted. That paired with all the campaign drama, Will's not so trustworthy campaign manager and the people trying to blackmail Ava had me completely engrossed from start to finish. And of course we can't forget about the romance. The love story in this book was absolutely amazing. It was hot and emotionally satisfying. It was everything I need it to be and more! I loved this book to pieces and I can't recommend it enough.
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2016/08/baron-knickerbocker-club-2-by-joanna.html