Magnate (The Knickerbocker Club) – Joanna Shupe

(Reviewed by Ishita RC)

Born in the slums, Emmett Cavanaugh has known and learned the true grit of life and hard work at a very early age. With his booming steel empire,  he now lives in an opulent Fifth Avenue mansion. But he knows he will never be welcomed amidst the welcoming arms of London’s fawning high society and he has nothing but disdain for it.

But the beautiful and strong-willed blue-blood Elizabeth Sloane just might melt through the steel around his heart. Only if he lets her in. At least that’s what he is fighting against, for now.

There is something alluring about a start of a new series: the introduction of new characters while maintaining the essence and integrity of the lead characters and their story. Historical romances have a way of bringing the best of that. The plot is rich and strong and yet very simplistically based on the age old romance. but its the characters who bring life to the words. Each have been penciled out to make them real and humane which makes the readers wish to transport themselves to the era of London high society and meet them. I would not fault either the plot or the characters because I am in love with them. The simple and eloquent narrative style captures the beautiful romance, subtle personality difference and added a zing of color through the rich and deep passion. The touch of mystery and drama is definitely an added boon.

The cover image felt very weird in comparison to the whole book.  I did understand the symbolic use of it, but only after I finished reading the book. The title is just a mere word and yet symbolism can be understood as you leaf through the pages.

I absolutely loved this book and I am looking forward to the continuation of this series.

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