Historical romance – Standalone in a Series
A former Five Points hooligan turned steel magnate. A blue-blooded beauty with a knack for trading stocks.
New York City’s Gilded Age will never be the same.

‘All that glitters isn’t gold…..’

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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 millionaire, 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…


Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

‘The stains on my soul are vast and permanent. I don’t deserve a woman like you…’

It’s been a while since we’ve devoured a Historical romance and we’re not sure why because we absolutely adore them! This is our first book by this author, and the first time we’ve experienced a story set in the Gilded Age period and didn’t we just love it! Joanna Shupe lured us into her world by vividly and beautifully capturing the essence of New York 1887 with her stunning imagery. Thanks to the descriptiveness of her prose we not only experienced this journey with Emmett Cavanaugh and Elizabeth Sloane, we felt as though we had been transported back in time with them to live it….and it doesn’t get better than that!

‘Love was like stock, Lizzie realized. You gambled on it paying off in the long run – but just as easily it could cost you everything.’

The Gilded Age was a time when women had to keep to themselves, attended parties, support their husbands and remain in the background – spending their time gossiping with the other society women and always remembering their place. Aspirations of maintaining a career was deemed unacceptable where reputation, wealth, standing and proprietary were considered the measure of success.

Lizzie was such a fabulously strong character. Beneath her beauty and innocence, lay a bold and intelligent woman who sought to start her own stockbroking firm, however this had to be attained on the quiet, so as not to be shunned by society. Although she’s demure with a beautiful soft heart, Lizzie had a tenacity that sees her wanting to succeed in a ‘man’s world’ … fierce and determined, Lizzie seeks a career and independence and always vowed when she did eventually marry, it would be for one based on love and mutual respect.

“You are entirely unexpected, Elizabeth.”
“Is that good or bad?”
“I haven’t decided yet.”

Seeking the assistance of Emmett Cavanaugh, an enigmatic man who both entices and confounds her, Lizzie proposes to start a Stockbroking firm with Emmett as the face of the business. However, what starts out as a business venture, soon turns to an intense attraction between the pair and gosh, didn’t we feel that intensity in every pore!

And where do we start with Emmett Cavanaugh? Goodness this man made us week at the knees! Strong, masculine, virile, imposing, passionate and so caring despite his tough facade. Emmett was from ‘new money’ and considered an outsider to society’s elite who termed his rise from the Five Point slums in New York to one of the wealthiest and most revered men, to be vulgar and crass, rather than admired and celebrated.  Society merely tolerated Emmett, they would never accept him.

“They said ladies never call on you.”
“That’s because most ladies know better.”

Emmett certainly hadn’t had an easy life and little by little we experience his story as it is unfolded and it indeed a sad story, yet it is a story of strength, loyalty and perseverance and testament of his character because not only did Emmett survive life in the slums, he escaped and prospered.

“Ask me about anything else, Elizabeth. I won’t answer questions about my childhood.”

The drive for Emmett is his three siblings and best friend Kelly. There is nothing Emmett wouldn’t do for them to ensure they never suffer the pain and squalor that he and his brother, Brendan did.

“I’ve done many terrible things in my life and will no doubt commit hundreds more. But you are the first woman I’ve ever me who makes me ache to be worthy”

Emmett admired Lizzie’s resolve and persistence, becoming lost in her passion, innocence and heart. Lizzie accepted Emmett for who he was and where he had come from, never once judging him.

Oh and the passion between Lizzie and Emmett…..wow! The chemistry was scorching, the passion…torrid, gripping, steamy and consuming. Their love story that grabbed our hearts!

“Why do you call me Elizabeth instead of Lizzie, like everyone else?”
“It’s a noble name, for a queen. A conqueror. ‘Elizabeth’ sounds like a woman strong enough to change history, to chart any course she chooses. Anyone could be a Lizzie – but only you could be Elizabeth.”

We adored Magnate and we fell deeply in love with the strong, loyal and alpha Mr Cavanaugh, unable to put it down for a minute. Magnate reminded us why we love historical romances so much. We reveled in the elegance, the intrigue, the sweeping setting and the romance… Joanna Shupe’s story completely captivated us. We would have liked a little more from the epilogue as there was one aspect we would’ve loved to have experienced with them, but maybe we’re just being a little greedy by not wanting to let them go.

4.5 ✯

Williams story will appear in :
BARON – Knickerbocker #2

Releasing 25th October



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