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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 . . .

Raves for The Courtesan Duchess

"Original and alluring." --Publishers Weekly

"Riveting." --Sabrina Jeffries

"Passionate and seductive." --RT Book Reviews

"Captivating." --Booklist
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About the author

Award?winning author Joanna Shupe has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband. Please visit Joanna at www.joannashupe.com or on Twitter @joannashupe.
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Feb 23, 2016
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Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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New York City’s Gilded Age shines as bright as the power-wielding men of the Knickerbocker Club. And one pragmatic industrialist is about to learn that a man may make his own destiny, but love is a matter of fortune . . .
Born into one of New York’s most respected families, William Sloane is a railroad baron who has all the right friends in all the right places. But no matter how much success he achieves, he always wants more. Having secured his place atop the city’s highest echelons of society, he’s now setting his sights on a political run. Nothing can distract him from his next pursuit—except, perhaps, the enchanting con artist he never saw coming . . .
Ava Jones has eked out a living the only way she knows how. As “Madame Zolikoff,” she hoodwinks gullible audiences into believing she can communicate with the spirit world. But her carefully crafted persona is nearly destroyed when Will Sloane walks into her life—and lays bare her latest scheme. The charlatan is certain she can seduce the handsome millionaire into keeping her secret and using her skills for his campaign—unless he’s the one who’s already put a spell on her . . .
Raves for Magnate
“Original and captivating . . . Complex and layered.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
“An engaging romance.” — Library Journal, Starred
“A sexually charged, intense, poignant and powerfully written love story.” —RT Book Reviews
“A beautiful romance . . . Sexy and clever.” —The Washington Post

Lady Sophia Barnes nu acceptă să i se spună „nu“ – mai ales atunci când se aventurează prin zonele rău famate ale Londrei, deghizată în bărbat.

Sophie își pune spiritul justițiar și energia în slujba oamenilor săraci și lipsiți de protecție, printre care se numără și prostituatele din bordelurile londoneze, renumite și pentru jocurile de noroc. În încercarea de a-l descoperi pe criminalul în serie care face victime în rândul femeilor decăzute, ea ignoră pericolele care o amenință la fiecare pas și nu ezită să accepte provocarea la duel a unor bărbați, ca și când ar fi egala lor. Pentru aceasta însă are nevoie de ajutorul lordului Quint, care să o învețe să mânuiască arma, deși el este bărbatul care i-a frânt inima cu ani în urmă.

Dar ultimul lucru de care Damien Beecham, vicontele Quint, are nevoie acum este intrarea în viața lui a frumoasei și exasperantei Sophie – o femeie pe care nu a încetat vreodată să o iubească și care acum îi adresează o cerere absurdă și periculoasă. După ce drumurile lor se intersectează din nou, Quint duce o luptă atât cu el însuși, cât și cu sentimentele pe care le nutrește față de Sophie. Însă această luptă este la fel de zadarnică precum împiedicarea planului neobișnuit al atrăgătoarei femei. Astfel, nu va dura mult până când Quint se vede nevoit să accepte inevitabilul adevăr – viața lui nu mai are valoare dacă nu o poate trăi alături Sophie...

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