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 . . .
Joanna Shupe is an author that I’ve wanted to try out, but always seem to put off for another day as tends to happen when your TBR is way to big. So when I came across Tycoon and saw that it was not only a start to a new series, but a novella I knew that it was a sign that the time had come to see what Ms. Shupe had to offer and I am very happy that I did. It was a fun, quick read that gives a great introduction to “The Gilded Era” and gives the reader a sense of the kinds of characters we’ll be meeting along the way and the tone of the series.
I really liked Clara. She is determined, independent and her tendency to talk a lot was actually quite endearing. Ted is much more reserved and a cynic when it comes to women and relationships, but is quite considerate and kind. Their romance develops quickly, but considering the length of the story it didn’t bother me. I could see why they were attracted to each other and actually liked the fact that it was simple and quick and that the drama was not drawn out.
The Bottom Line: This was a fun introduction to a new series and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for Magnate, the first full length book in the series.
~ ARC provided by Kensington Books - Zebra via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. In 2013 she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical.
Joanna’s first Regency historical, The Courtesan Duchess, has received a nomination as Best First Historical by RT Book Reviews, while the Washington Post named The Lady Hellion as one of 2015’s top five romance novels.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.