STORY: Sometimes the journey is more pleasurable than the destination…
In Gilded Age New York City, the bachelors of the Knickerbocker Club spend their days rubbing elbows with Manhattan’s most elite citizens–and their nights with its most intoxicating women . . .
Standing on the platform at Grand Central Station, Ted Harper is surprised by a fiery kiss from an undeniably gorgeous damsel in distress. He’s certain she’s a swindler who’s only after his money, but he’s never met a woman so passionate and sure of herself. Disarmed, he invites her to spend the journey to St. Louis in his private car–perhaps against his better judgment . . .
Clara Dawson has long known how to take care of herself, but the savvy shop girl is at a loss when she witnesses–and becomes entangled in–a terrible crime. Desperation propels her into a stranger’s arms at the train station, but she hadn’t expected Ted to offer her the protection she so badly needs–nor did she expect their chemistry to develop more steam than the engine of the train. He’s everything she never thought she could have, and she’s everything he didn’t know he wanted. But as her secrets begin to unfurl, their fledgling romance could be in danger of derailing before they arrive at the next station . . .
REVIEW: New York City – 1887
Theodore (Ted) Harper, President of the New American Bank, is preparing to board a train when a lovely young woman comes up to him and starts acting as though they are married. Ted can see that she is terrified and plays along with her as they get on the train.
Clara Dobson works at a Perfume Counter at Hoyt’s. She introduces herself to Ted and says that she needs to get to her family in St. Louis. She is running from New York as she happened upon a prominent politician chocking her boss. However, Clara is hesitant to share this with Ted.
Ted is taken with her beauty and decides that she may be useful to him on the trip by acting as his wife. She agrees and they meet a businessman and his wife for dinner on the train. As Clara is such a talker, she charms the couple and ends up cinching the deal for Ted.
Afterward, Ted is unsure if the story that Clara has told him about being chased by a policeman who saw her witnessing the murder. He is not sure if she is lying or not. Ted has been working hard for so long that he hasn’t had a real relationship with a woman in quite awhile.
Just as Ted determines that she is lying to him, Clara is attacked. Who are these people and what if they hurt Clara? Can Ted rescue her from their clutches? Is she telling the truth or is she mixed up in something illegal herself?
This is a really great novella that kicks off the author’s new The Knickerbocker Club Series. The next book “Magnate” will be published in May 2016 followed by “Baron” which publishes in November 2016.
I enjoyed this story very much and looking forward to reading both future books.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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