ROMANCE

Mogul

Zebra: Kensington. (Knickerbocker Club, Bk. 3). Feb. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781420139884. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781420139891. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Lillian Davies had never planned to kidnap anyone, let alone her former husband, powerful newspaper publisher Calvin Cabot. But when her brother, Tom, goes missing, Lily knows Calvin is the only one who can help. When he ignores her letters, she has no choice but to pluck him out of an opium den and take him home with her. Tom has run afoul of a relentless, deadly enemy whose web of crime and corruption goes deep. As Calvin and Lily are drawn into the morass, they must put their antagonism aside and work together—and the results are most surprising. Shupe (Baron) winds up her steamy "Knickerbocker Club" escapade through the varied social strata of New York's glittering Gilded Age with a complex, danger-filled story that dips into the murky depths of the Chinese underworld.
VERDICT An independent pair kept apart by lies and a dismal lack of communication come to terms with their feelings in this intricately plotted tale that is awash in secrets and peppered with sassy dialog, erotic sex, and a fascinating bit of history. A print version of the series-related e-novella Tycoon is a delightful bonus. Shupe lives in South Orange, NJ.

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