Read Magnate

Read Magnate (The Knickerbocker Club, #1) by Joanna Shupe

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…

There were aspects of this I liked – namely the heroine defying society to start her own shop and daring to wager with the hero – but the dramatic emotional ping-ponging was over the top. The hero was way too jealous and untrusting, which didn’t match up well with his supportiveness for his wife’s business. I disliked the ending drama which was different than what I had expected was being set up. Not planning to read the other books in the series.

By Tracy Durnell

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