by Joanna Shupe
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Book #3 in The Knickerbocker Club series
Number of Pages: 406
Source: Warren Public Library
Ages 16 and up
CW: kidnapping, drug use
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?
First, I have to express how much I love the FMC, as I love all of this author’s heroines. She doesn’t let any man keep her down or treat her like a wilting flower. The following thought Lily has after she’s told she shouldn’t panic about her brother’s disappearance because he’s “a grown man” gave me a huge smile.
Meaning a grown man could not disappear or be hurt in some way? That testicles made one infallible?
I’m not generally one for a contentious relationship. I’m fine with enemies to lovers, but not when the couple is mean to one another or constantly sniping. What I loved with this story is how much Calvin adored the fire Lily had. He loved going toe to toe with her and seeing her brilliant mind at work. Of course, it led to some fights. Calvin was so impressed with Lily during these fights that it made them fun instead of tense. Lily is a very outspoken woman, Calvin never wanted to see that fire within her stamped out.
Lily’s hard-headed personality could go a bit too far sometimes, but it was always from a place of caring. I hated that Calvin kept secrets from her, yet understood his reasons. To Calvin, a promise is a promise and must be kept at all costs. His promise to his best friend was made well before he met Lily and his moral center wouldn’t let him stray from his path even for the love of his life.
Calvin and Lily have great chemistry, both while fighting and while getting along. They both have a need to fight for what is right and good, no matter the consequences to themselves. I love that about them. Yet sometimes sticking to their guns put others in danger and I wasn’t always happy with them seeming to be oblivious to some of the backlash from their actions. It was almost like they would pick and choose which repercussions they wanted to acknowledge.
All in all this book was great fun with some intense moments of suspense.