D on concealing the truth and vading Ted s direct uestions about the reasons for her running from New York It s true that Ted doesn t tell her his true identity On Such a Full Sea either and that perhaps had he done so Clara would have realised that he really would have been able to protect her from the bad guys Andven after the truth is out between them yet another misunderstanding is thrown in to create a bit tension between them before the HEA Even with those reservations though Tycoon is one of the better novellas I ve read recently and while the page count doesn t allow for the same sort of scene setting that is so impressive in Magnate it s a good introduction to the series and is definitely worth a look when you re in the mood for a uick but satisfying read 35 StarsPreuel NovellaLove the setting I believe it s turn of the century New York City It s difficult to find American historicals that aren t cowboy romances The heroine in this book is a hoot She talks a lotand Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! even acknowledges that she does so to try to confuse Tycoon is the preuel novella to Joanna Shupe new series about a group of business tycoons the Knickerbocker Club It takes place in 1887 during the Gilded Age a period that fascinates me This was my first book by this author and I love how she gives life to her characters despite the short format of this story Clara Dobson a perfume shop girl is on the run after witnessing a possible murder involving a well known politician and a corrupt police officer Desperate for help and a place to hide the lively and talkative Clara accosts Ted Harper on Grand Central platform Unbeknown to her Ted is not a simple businessman travelling for hismployer but the wealthy and powerful president of one of America s largest banksAgainst his better judgment Ted accepts to let Clara accompany him to St Louis where her family lives in his private carClara is a very Cannibal endearing character funny vivacious and full of positivenergy She totally takes Ted by surprise Usually he is a man dealing in cold numbers and facts but with her it s all about feelings and Mastered (The Enforcers, emotions he can t control What follows is the delightful beginning of a romance between two people who just seem perfect forach otherClara and Ted s story takes place over a period of a few days Everything happened too uickly due to this book short format I wanted to know about them I m definitely looking forward to reading in future books in this seriesI received an ARC courtesy of publisher Kensington Books in Man, Son of Man exchange for my honest review I read this because I personally find the time period chosen by Ms Shupe very interesting using the almost mythic lives of the Captains of Industry as a set up for her heroes in her new series The Knickerbocker Club I think. Ndler 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 becomesntangled in a terrible crime Desperation propels her into a stranger's ar.
Closer to 25 starsI rarely read novellas as their real Alter Ego estate don t allow for adeuate character development But this book is a precursor to a promising series about a group of business tycoons the Knickerbocker Club plus I like the time period the Gilded Age and what can I sayI love the coverThe novella is 80 pages long Despite the length the author was able to create a believable historical setting and intriguing characters with glimpse of potential The story hadnough material for a full length novel But packaged as is I felt I was reading CliffsNotes of some very good novel Intrigue mystery corruption chase romance and all of it was crammed into 80 pages and therefore nothing was fully developed I m looking forward to future series installments which appear to be full length novels 325 Stars This is a new series kick off by JS Since it is a short and a kick off book she has to pack a lot of information and world building and a romance in a very short word count format Of course the ILYs came pretty fast and furious but I am willing to give a lot of leeway considering what the author needed to accomplish I like the fresh time frame as the golden age isn t usually found in romances I liked Ted but he and his friends make no bones about being corrupt in their business dealings and knowing that it took bold men to become a part of history I am ok with that Maybe the right lady will be able to smooth out those rough dges I am ager to see how Ms Shupe does with the longer format and I am already intrigued by Magnate s story line I gave this a B at AAR so that s 35 starsHaving read and Uncommon Wisdom enjoyed Magnate which is the first full length novel in Ms Shupe s new Knickerbocker Club series I decided to backtrack and pick up this preuel novella In Magnate we met banking Tycoon Ted Harper and his vibrant voluble wife Clara a former New York shopgirl at first glance perhaps a rather mismatched couple In Tycoon we discover how they met and fell in love when Clara on the run after witnessing a murder accosts Ted at Grand Central station and insists on boarding the train with him in order tovade her pursuers This makes for a nicely dramatic opening and Ms Shupe keeps the thriller Unseen City element bubbling along nicely while also allowing Ted and Clara to spend time getting to knowach otherAt just thirty two Ted is a multi millionaire so is rather used to young women throwing themselves at him He is initially suspicious of Clara and Art especially so when she insists she has no idea who he is but heventually accepts her God Is in the Crowd explanation and comes to appreciate the breath of fresh air she brings to his busy life The story is well put together and Ted and Clara arengaging characters but I didn t like the way that Clara insiste. In Gilded Age New York City the bachelors of the Knickerbocker Club spend their days rubbing Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard elbows with Manhattan's mostlite citizens and their nights with its most intoxicating womenSometimes the journey is pleasurable than the destinationStanding 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 swi.
The moment I njoyed the story the most was when the hero Ted Harper let s us know that his wealth and success was built on his ruthlessness the methods used anything lse but legalSo what does this say about the romance Not much to be honest This is a novella How much Notes for the Everlost emotional growth between the MCs can be conveyed in a novella Especially when a subplot takes uite a bit of page time towards thend It s only 80 pages Nonetheless Clara Dawson and Theodore Harper were well portrayed characters It s a nice and cute story That being said 80 pages necessitated an When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) extremely speedy relationship development which I didn t buy but it was neither that important nor annoying Having read her debut novel The Courtesan Duchess I was uite relieved to see that Ted Harper didn t show any signs of man child behaviour like the hero in TCD Clara had me twitch nervously a few times I think I can see where Ms Shupe is going with her heroines and I really really really hope that they don t turn out to be annoyingly super feistyAnyway it s a nice change to thendless Regencies out there and I m looking forward to Magnate 25 Stars Setting up the stage for the upcoming new series revolving around a group of rich and self made men gathered in the No Biggy! exclusive Knickerbocker Club Clara and Ted s love story briefly introduces us to 1887 Gilded Age New York a nice and welcome change in the Historical Romance panorama these daysAt barely 80 pages I was alreadyxpecting the love story to unbelievably proceed at breakneck speed and in fact it did but the nice writing lively dialogues and the likeable characters Crush It! especially the gentle hero made for annjoyable read nonetheless While not necessary in order to better understand the following instalments as the plot is conclusive and there appear to be no other links Attracting Birds to Your Backyard except a mention of Ted being friend with future heroes and part of the Knickerbocker Club it is anyway a promising start and a uick way to get a taste of the mood that will permeate the series The story had good bones Just notnough pages to make it believable It s a novella I Deep Listening enjoyed the glimpse but love Meh Good sexual tension and uick plot 4 12 starsFrom page 1 the story and the delightful heroine s antics had menthralled I love it when I read a book and am immediately thrust right into the action when the Hh meet at the very beginning There s no better way to hold my attention The Bird-by-Bird Gardening ending was a bit rushed and there were some misunderstandings I felt could have been handled better but I can only take 12 of a star off for that The story wasngaging and the characters were really well fleshed out for such a short book and the time period felt authentic Given the limited number of pages Tycoon was The Works of Saint Augustine extremely well done. Ms at the train station but she hadn'txpected Ted to offer her the protection she so badly needs nor did she Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone expect their chemistry to develop steam than thengine of the train He's My Teacher Is a Robot everything she never thought she could have and she'sverything 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.
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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 instead of attending classes yet still managed to graduate with a journalism degree She enjoyed a few years in sports and theater marketing but soon returned to romance by crafting her own racy historical novelsIn 2013 she won Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical Joanna’s first Gilded Age historical novel MAGNATE was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Publishers Weekly and one of 2016′s top romances by The Washington Post and KoboShe currently lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband