Mogul (Knickerbocker Club Series) by Joanna Shupe
Overview by Publisher:
As owner of a well-respected national newspaper, Calvin Cabot has the means to indulge his capricious taste for excess—and the power to bring the upper crust of society to its knees. So when a desperate heiress from his past begs for his help, Calvin agrees . . . as long as she promises to stay out of his way. Except, like the newsman, this willful beauty always gets what she wants . . .
Lillian Davies lives a life brimming with boundless parties, impressive yachts, and exotic getaways. But when her brother disappears, Lily knows that blood runs thicker than champagne and she’ll spare nothing to bring him back alive. Unfortunately, the only man who can help her is the one she never wanted to see again. Can Lily keep Calvin at arm’s length long enough to save her brother and protect her name . . . even when the tenacious powerbroker turns out to be absolutely irresistible?
This is a really great series! It’s set in the gilded age of America which is a departure from most historical romance novels. It’s a very interesting time in the world and the author Joanna Shupe has definitely done her research to make the series authentic.
I have a weakness for books that feature reunited lovers. Calvin and Lily were briefly married. We are lucky that we get an upclose and intimate view of their honeymoon in the Poconos. It was really smart to begin the story with these lush and lusty passages as it really gives the reader a clear view of the relationship between Calvin and Lily as they find their way back to each other.
A Chinese under lord is blackmailing Lily and Calvin to get something valuable back that Lily’s brother took. This conveniently throws them together and after four years apart, they have a lot to catch up on. What makes this story work so well is the attention to details. The treatment of the Chinese immigrants to America is highlighted and how unfair the policies of the time were. Racism is shown without glossing over how society viewed foreigners at that time. I appreciated that the author didn’t gloss over this or romanticize it.
The heart of the story is the relationship between Calvin and Lily. Members of the Knickerbocker Club (and previous book characters) make appearance, but the heart of it is the reunion between the two. Since they had been married, the action between the two gets hot quickly. There are some pretty memorable love scenes in this book. Calvin is a man of words and Lily is a woman of action. They make a formidable pair. I couldn’t put the book down as I couldn’t wait to find out how the story unfolded.
Joanna Shupe presents the characters with all their flaws. Calvin and Lily are not perfect. Calvin has an aversion to telling the truth. He would fit right in as a political pundit on CNN with how he manipulates and bends the truth to suit his purposes – even if they are noble. Lily was headstrong and could be impetus with her actions. However, they compliment each other and as I got to know them, I fell in love with them.
This is the last book in the Knickerbocker series, which is great! It starts with a short novella and is followed by three full length books. Joanna is a confident and adept writer who takes the standard recipe for historical romance and infuses it with interesting and engaging characters and plot. The book comes out January 31st.