Friday, March 3, 2017

Guest Mini Review by Julie: Baron by Joanna Shupe

Series:     Knickerbocker Club #2
Pub. Date:Oct. 25, 2016
Length:311 pages

Descended from an established family line, and a successful railroad baron himself, William Sloane is debating about running as lieutenant governor. Unfortunately, his ticket mate has been taking his social cues from psychic medium, Madame Zolikoff/aka Ava Jones, and Will has decided she has no business being involved. She could ruin his name and reputation-an unacceptable option. 

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! Will and Ava were complete opposites and their attraction..the build-up of sexual tension and their witty banter lead to a combustible explosion that reminded me of why I fell in love with romance books! Their relationship may have started out backwards, but it was a wonderful journey to watch both of them figure out what they truly wanted. 

The story started out slow, but once it picked up speed it was relatively smooth sailing. I liked that the focus was on the central characters and not bogged down with political details. The minute reference to NY's political scene in the 1880's was interesting enough to have me googling for more details once I finished reading, but didn't detract from the romance itself. 

I believe BARON is the second book in the Knickerbocker Club series yet I had no problems reading this as a stand alone book. Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable read and would recommend it to historical romance readers.

Reviewed by Julie H. for Bambi Unbridled
Julie is a transplanted military brat that now calls the Midwest home with her own romantic hero, daughter and two furbabies. While she toils the day away in a medical office, she would really rather be reading! Julie loves historical romance, steampunk, romantic suspense, military romance (duh!), paranormal and urban fantasy.  She loves a kickass take-charge heroine, lots of action, and the all-important HEA. Julie can get down with an alpha male, but she does not discount a nerdy hero with a sexy brain.

Julie and Bambi met at the RT Convention where they found themselves standing in many lines, sharing their similar reading interests, and fangirling over attending authors.