Tycoon is the prequel novella to Joanna Shupe new series about a group of business tycoons, the Knickerbocker Club. It takes place in 1887, during the Gilded Age, a period that fascinates me. This was my first book by this author and I love how she gives life to her characters, despite the short format of this story.
Clara Dobson, a perfume shop girl, is on the run after witnessing a possible murder, involving a well-known politician and a corrupt police officer. Desperate for help and a place to hide, the lively and talkative Clara accosts Ted Harper on Grand Central platform. Unbeknown to her, Ted is not a simple businessman travelling for his employer, but the wealthy and powerful president of one of America’s largest banks.
Against his better judgment, Ted accepts to let Clara accompany him to St. Louis, where her family lives, in his private car.
Clara is a very endearing character, funny, vivacious and full of positive energy. She totally takes Ted by surprise. Usually, he is a man dealing in cold numbers and facts, but with her, it’s all about feelings and emotions he can’t control. What follows is the delightful beginning of a romance between two people who just seem perfect for each other.
Clara and Ted’s story takes place over a period of a few days. Everything happened rather quickly, due to this book short format. I wanted to know more about them ! I’m definitely looking forward to reading more in future books in this series. I give this book 4 delightful stars !
The expected release date for this book is February 23rd 2016.
I received an ARC, courtesy of publisher Kensington Books, in exchange for my honest review.