‘Mogul’ by Joanna Shupe

m-jsSTORY: 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?

REVIEW: Chinatown, New York City – 1889

Lillian (Lily) Davies has just discovered her ex-husband, Calvin Cabot, in an opium den. Lily and Calvin had never truly gotten along. He dislikes her family’s wealth and what they represent. After paying his bill for having stayed in the opium den for several days, she has him removed.

Four years earlier

When Lily and Calvin first met, they were drawn to one another and quickly eloped. He had worked as a reporter for the New York Bugle, rooting for poor people and exposing corruption and hypocrisy in the politics of New York. Now that they are married, Calvin must face Warren Davies, Lily’s wealthy father who demands that he sign annulment papers because he knows about the wife Calvin left behind in China!

Four year later

Lily is trying to wake up Calvin. Along with the help of his friend, Hugo. Truthfully, Calvin was not ill from having smoked opium. He only hides out there when he is battling the Hong Kong fever which returns on him now and then.

Lily had been disgusted when she learned that Calvin signed the annulment papers and also took a large check from her father. It literally broke her heart. But now she is engaged to Montgomery Fields, a man from a wealthy New York family.

Lily knows Calvin’s background with the Chinese so she needs his help to find her brother, Tom, who has gone missing. She has a note in Chinese and needs Calvin to read it. But he is still weak and only wants to go back home and back to his successful businesses which have made him a very rich man.

But Calvin and Lily team up to find Tom which leads them into the dark side of opium trade and some very dangerous Chinese characters.

I have read all of these books in The Knickerbocker Club Series. This one is very tense as it exposes some of the very seedy parts of New York in late 19th century. I hope others will read these books. While some of the characters are in each of the books, it is not at all necessary to read them in order as each book is written to stand alone.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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