The privileged members of the Knickerbocker Club can never climb too high up the social ladder. But for one charming New York bachelor, does the ascent take precedence over love in the Gilded Age?
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?
Despite what the cover tells you, this book is NOT about a young scullery maid going through her awkward, mousy teen phase. And the heroine certainly didn’t wear gowns that make her look like a kid playing dress-up with her mother’s stuff!
Here is how the book describes the real – BLOND – heroine:
Blond hair streamed over the cream sheets like a streak of sunshine.
A familiar statuesque, blond-haired vixen stormed in.
She’d filled out in four years, her body more rounded, more womanly.
Moving on… I love this series to bits, and each book is a complete work on its own, exploring a different aspect of New York in the late nineteenth century. I like that there is “New York royalty”, but because there is no aristocratic system in the US, characters move between different classes, and build themselves up from nothing.
This instalment deals with a man who has come from nothing to run a newspaper empire, and a woman who goes from society princess to having to take over the family business when her father dies.
They elope at a young age, but are found and the marriage is annulled.
Reunion stories are my favourites, so of course I liked this one. I liked both hero and heroine, and liked that they managed to be a little unconventional at the same time as fitting into the social rules of the day.
The storyline relies heavily on the Chinese immigrant community, and the laws and crimes surrounding the subculture, and the research was fantastic. Yet again a book in this series goes a lot deeper into the life and culture of the past than most in the historical romance genre.
I have been enjoying this series more than almost any other for a while now. I hope both this author and other authors make use of this time period and setting in the future.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.