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The Heiress Hunt by Joanna Shupe(Review Post)

Published March 28, 2021 by bookbesties

High society reprobate.
An unconventional heiress.
Childhood friends.

Is it too late…
Knickerbocker scoundrel Harrison Archer returns to New York to discover that his deceased father has bankrupted his estranged family. To save them from ruin, he’s forced to quickly find and marry an heiress. For a matchmaker, Harrison turns to the one woman he wishes he could marry: his childhood friend and true love, Maddie, who once broke his heart and is now engaged to a duke.

For true love? 
When her best friend Harrison left for Paris without a word, Maddie Webster took refuge in her infatuation with tennis. Now Harrison is back and needs her help in finding a bride. Begrudgingly, Maddie arranges a house party in Newport with a guest list of eligible heiresses. But watching Harrison flirt with potential brides is more than she can bear.

When Harrison and Maddie reunite, the passion between them ignites. But with their marriages to others looming, time is running out. Is their fate inescapable . . .or can love set them free?

 Yeay!!!!! A new series by Joanna Shupe, I’m so excited!!!!!  This is book one in The Fifth Avenue Rebels series and it’s a gorgeous way to start.  I mean it!  The characters, the setting, the romance… it really all is gorgeous. I love how even though I’m not a sports fan in any way other than tailgating and throwing sports themed parties this book made me want to go look up the history of women’s tennis when I finished reading it.  Although the book is set in 1895, heroine’s passion for tennis reminded me of my dad’s mom, who loved tennis and take me with her to watch and be the ball girl when she would go play with her friends. 

In fact I think one of the reasons I found this book so endearing is because I saw a lot of my grandmother in our leading lady.  Both would do anything to help a friend in need, were devastated if they thought they did anything to hurt the ones they love, and both knew exactly what they expected and what they were willing to tolerate from the men they chose to marry.  It was really nice reading this book and having my own personal sentimental connection to it. 

Aside from that aspect I felt like the book had the perfect blend of darkness, warmth, realism, playfulness, and just enough heart break at all the right moments to keep readers on the edge of their seat and cheering for the HEA we all hope will come.  I really enjoyed this book (for more than just my own sentimental value) and read it in one sitting.  I can’t wait for October and book two!!!! 

Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe(Review Post)

Published June 30, 2020 by bookbesties

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The final novel in Joanna Shupe’s critically acclaimed Uptown Girl series about a beautiful do-gooder who must decide if she can team up with one of New York’s brashest criminals without losing something irreplaceable: her heart.

Manhattan kingpin.
Brilliant mastermind.
Gentleman gangster.

He’s built a wall around his heart…

Orphaned and abandoned on the Bowery’s mean streets, Jack Mulligan survived on strength, cunning, and ambition. Now he rules his territory better than any politician or copper ever could. He didn’t get here by being soft. But in uptown do-gooder Justine Greene―the very definition of an iron fist in a velvet glove―Jack may have met his match.

She wears hers on her sleeve…

Justine is devoted to tracking down deadbeat husbands and fighting for fair working conditions. When her mission brings her face-to-face with Jack, she’s shocked to find the man behind the criminal empire is considerably more charming and honorable than many “gentlemen” she knows.

Forming an unlikely alliance, they discover an unexpected desire. And when Justine’s past catches up with them, Jack may be her only hope of survival. Is she ready to make a deal with the devil…?

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Joanna Shupe has done it again!  Another amazing book that is a great closing to her Uptown Girls series.   As you all know this series follows the Greene sisters as they buck tradition and forge their own ways and find love in the streets of New York.  Three sisters, three books, each one with their own unique personality and story.  These leading ladies are inspirational.   They are game changers and social justice warriors and I love them equally for it.  The men who win over their hearts are equally as endearing and work to make change in the world right along with the women they love.  I adore this book and LOVE this series, and am sad it has ended but I cannot wait to see what adventures the next series will bring. 

Justine, the youngest Greene sister is just as courageous, independent, and driven as her older sisters.  But as the quiet, plain, and sensible sister, they refuse to see it.  It doesn’t matter that through her work, for the Lower East Side Legal Aid Society, she goes in to some of the most dangerous parts of New York to face down wife deserters who don’t want to be found and factory owners who maintain poor working conditions, most times completely alone.  It’s on one of her investigations that she finds her way to the office of crime boss Jack Mulligan.  She needs Mr. Mulligan’s help and in order to get it she makes a deal with the devil that will change her life. 

Jack Mulligan is an intimidating, good looking, powerful man who is used to getting what he wants without question from anyone who crosses his path. The youngest Greene sister is not his usual type, not like her stunning older sisters, but her fiery passion for justice sets her a-glow, add to that the fact that she refuses to succumb to his charms nor his intimidation tactics and he just may have met his match. He was shocked and aroused when she, “downtown’s notorious do-gooder” laughed in his face after coming to his office asking for help with one of his men. Of course he will help her, but he doesn’t do anything for anyone without a price, and now he wants to see just how far the do-gooder will go to get what she wants.  He finds himself drawn to her and will use any means at his disposal to keep her close.  Will he win her over or will he lose everything trying?

Again I am inspired by these characters, loved this series, and adored this book and I hope you do too.

 

 

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