Joanna Shupe comes to the blog with the second in her Gilded Age series, Uptown Girls, in which Frances, the middle sister gets her story in
The Prince of Broadway
The Greene Sisters have a pretty good life – if it weren’t for their father’s determination to see them all married to ‘suitable’ men. We met Mamie in the first book, where she agreed to a betrothal arranged by her father if her sisters would be left to marry for love. Of course, Florence, always the troublemaker and the most independent and daring of the three is chafing at the expectation of marriage, let alone being told she has to. She’s decided, after being a very clever and curious sort, that she wants to open a gambling parlor for ladies only – and her success with her grandmother’s card games and some voracious study have made her more determined then ever. To that end, she’s roped Mamie into her ‘illicit night rambles’ to The Bronze House, a new and upscale club for gentlemen – and she’s never been refused entry.
Clayton Maddox has spent the past twenty years planning revenge on Duncan Greene, Florence’s father, for his demolition of his family home when he was a child and the family’s subsequent hardships. He’s started in gambling from the ground floor up, legally and illegally, and built influence that lessens the chances of police raids or trouble. But something about Florence charms and intrigues him – and while he’s honest about wanting to destroy her father, he’s also attracted to her, and agrees to teach her about running a casino.
The connection between these two is not only electric, but everyone can see it BUT them, and brings them both great worry and great satisfaction. Of course, the lack of trust Clayton has for anyone not himself, and Florence’s need for honesty and her unwillingness to believe that he is, in fact, intrigued by her as a whole person and not just a ‘thing’ as most women of society are in her time, makes for some interesting moments. From her heartfelt desire to make her own way, along with her sister’s advice and cheering on, her father’s frustration and Clay’s inability to not need her deep down in his bones brings the two to many moments that will enchant readers as they reach for a cold drink! Taking the interest in the sisters that was built with Mamie’s story, and bringing a determined, stubborn and often willful Florence into the light as we get to hope the best for them – makes this a wonderful installment in the series and a favorite of it so far. Shupe’s writing is clear and evocative, allowing readers easy entry into both character’s thoughts and seeing them played out on the page just as you’d wish is marvelous and a wonderful escape. Set in Gilded Age New York, there is a sense of the city on the move, with fast development, corruption and excitement all to hand – and described with flair as setting and backdrop to our couple’s journey.
Title: The Prince of Broadway
Author: Joanna Shupe
Series: Uptown Girls #2
Also in this series: The Rogue of Fifth Avenue
Genre: Family Saga, Friendship, Gilded Age, Historical Romance, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: American
Published by: Avon
Published on: 30 December, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 4 minutes
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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 woman 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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.