In the second novel in Joanna Shupe’s the Uptown Girl series, a ruthless casino owner bent on revenge finds his plans upended by a beautiful women who proves to be more determined than he is–and too irresistible to deny.
Powerful casino owner.
Destroyer of men.
He lives in the shadows…
As the owner of the city’s most exclusive casino, Clayton Madden holds the fortunes of prominent families in the palms of his hands every night. There is one particular family he burns to ruin, however, one that has escaped his grasp…until now.
She is society’s darling…
Florence Greene is no one’s fool. She knows Clayton Madden is using her to ruin her prestigious family…and she’s using him right back. She plans to learn all she can from the mysterious casino owner—then open a casino of her own just for women.
With revenge on his mind, Clay agrees to mentor Florence. However, she soon proves more adept—and more alluring—than Clay bargained for. When his plans are threatened, Clay must decide if he is willing to gamble his empire on love.
Ok fellow Greene Family fanatics, Florence’s story is here, and it’s pretty great!
In the first book of the series we met the Greene sisters: Mamie, Florence, and Justine. That book is all about Mamie and how her drive, and dedication to help the downtrodden women of the city lead her to find her very own true love. I am starting to think determination is an inherited trait for these sisters because Florence too has it in spades. At first glance she is clever, cunning, charming, and beautiful with a seemingly “devil may care” attitude. But once you get to know her you will see that she is all that and so much more. So far, she is my favorite of the sisters, yet I’m going to hold out on final judgement until we get to experience Justine’s story.
Florence Greene is the middle child of Duncan Green – one of few men at the top of the New York food chain. Her independence and disregard for society and its rules is sure to be her ruin. Or so her father says. Little does he know it, but Florence has a plan that will secure her future independence and leave her at no mans mercy. To make this plan a reality she will stop at nothing to learn the skills needed to open and run a successful gaming hall for women. To get the training she needs she seeks out the owner of New York’s most exclusive casino as her private tutor. Will she acquire the skills she needs to secure the future of her dreams, or will attraction to her mentor get in the way?
Clayton Madden has a reputation as being cold and unfeeling. As the owner of the Bronze House this well-earned reputation helps dissuade his guests from cheating, stealing, or breaking any of the establishment’s rules. Well it works on most of his guests, all of them except her. The beautiful middle daughter of the man he has spent the better part of 20 years plotting revenge against just so happens to keep sneaking into his club and winning. What could be her purpose, surely, she knows gambling is illegal and that women aren’t allowed in the Bronze Horse. What reason could she possibly have to keep coming back? And will her reasons thwart his plans to ruin her father?
I love this family and I completely enjoyed this book! I can’t wait to get to know Justine and see where her story leads us.