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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

ARC Review! Baron by Joanna Shupe

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 . . .

I enjoyed this for a lot of reasons...the characters were interesting and enjoyable.  The setting was fun.

Historical novels tend to be set in either 1800's London or 1600's Scotland, so the Gilded Age of this book was a change of pace.

William and Ava both seemed reasonably true to both society and to what they would have been able to accomplish in that time period, which is a difficult trick to pull off in historical romance, where in order to be historically accurate, the heroine often behaves in a way that likely would never have occurred to her.

Joanna Shupe's writing style is easy to read and the novel is balanced well between plot and historical description, which is necessary for a historical to work well.  As mentioned, the characters were realistic and their actions seemed in character throughout the book.

I recommend this book.



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