The Rogue of Fifth Avenue
by Joanna Shupe
Series Uptown Girls
Genre Adult Historical Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date May 28, 2019
Keeper of secrets.
Breaker of hearts.
He can solve any problem…
In serving the wealthy power brokers of New York society, Frank Tripp has finally gained the respectability and security his own upbringing lacked. There’s no issue he cannot fix…except for one: the beautiful and reckless daughter of an important client who doesn’t seem to understand the word danger.
She’s not looking for a hero…
Excitement lies just below Forty-Second Street and Mamie Greene is determined to explore all of it—while playing a modern-day Robin Hood along the way. What she doesn’t need is her father’s lawyer dogging her every step and threatening her efforts to help struggling families in the tenements.
However, she doesn’t count on Frank’s persistence…or the sparks that fly between them. When fate upends all her plans, Mamie must decide if she’s willing to risk it all on a rogue…
I will agree but only if you kiss me.
The thought came unbidden, a whisper from deep in her brain. Her gaze darted to his mouth, those full lips that flirted and cajoled every time they parted. What other feats could his mouth and lips perform, if needed?
Stop, Mamie. You have been listening to Florence too much these days.
She let her lids fall and tried to calm her racing heart. Chauncey. He was her future husband, the only man she should be lusting over. Desire for Frank Tripp was a complication she could not take on right now.
A finger swept under her chin to turn her head—and her eyes flew open. Frank was openly studying her, his stare hot and intense, with the gentle press of his finger holding her in place. The air in the carriage turned charged, an electricity that seemed to jump between them like alternating current. Her heart thumped in her chest, so loud she was certain he could hear it.
“Do we have a deal, Mamie?”
There was that deep grating tone again, the one she’d not heard him use before tonight. “Yes,” she heard herself whisper.
The side of his mouth hitched, a flare of male satisfaction lighting his gaze. He dropped his hold on her and before she could blink he rapped on the roof. “Here!”
The wheels slowed as the vehicle pulled over. She blinked in confusion. “What about seeing me home?”
“My driver will ensure you arrive safely. Remember our bargain. Good evening, Miss Greene.”
And he disappeared out the door and into the dark Manhattan night.
Oh, I really liked this one! It’s the first of a new series, but with some characters from a previous one (The Four Hundred), which is still on my TBR–this wasn’t at all a problem, except when a main character from the first book (A Daring Arrangement ) shows up at the 11th hour to play a minor role (but one that helps Frank get his butt in gear–so a major minor role, HEA-wise?) I was a bit confused as to where he suddenly came from. It wasn’t a big deal, though, and readers of that series will probably be really excited–doubly so because apparently Frank is a character who readers wanted a story for, so…
I think we can safely say that those readers won’t be disappointed!
Frank is a wonderful character, and Mamie is every bit his equal. I loved how they sparred from the very first few pages and kept it up throughout–bringing out the best and worst of each other in the process. He really needed someone to call him on his baloney–he’s a natural charmer and universally liked, but he’s been keeping some pretty major secrets from the world. Mamie is one of the few people who calls him out on his BS, and she’s the one who eventually inspires him to examine his biases and reconnect with the people and places of his past, inspiring him to be a better person. He in turn shows Mamie that she deserves a better life than the one she’s resigned herself to since–well, birth, practically–and makes her take a closer look at what she really wants for her future to be. Together they’re not only a wonderful couple, but I also have every confidence that they’re going to change their part of the world.
My only complaint–and it’s really not much of one–is that things are resolved very quickly in the last 20-percent or so of the book. I’m still not sure if I’m a fan of the girls’ father–he’s got two more books to prove himself, so he’d better get to work!
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. In 2013, she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband. To connect with Joanna, visit JoannaShupe.com.
To celebrate the release of THE ROGUE OF FIFTH AVENUE by Joanna Shupe, we’re giving away one paperback set of the entire Four Hundred series!
GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Giveaway open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback set of the Four Hundred series by Joanna Shupe. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Books. Giveaway ends 6/10/2019 @ 1159pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copy out to the winner directly.