The Prince of Broadway (Uptown Girls, #2)
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.Ruthless mastermind.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.

The Prince of Broadway (Uptown Girls, #2) Details

TitleThe Prince of Broadway (Uptown Girls, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 30th, 2019
PublisherAvon
ISBN-139780062906847
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical

The Prince of Broadway (Uptown Girls, #2) Review

  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Prince of BroadwaySeries: Uptown Girls #2Author: Joanna ShupeRelease date: December 30, 2019Cliffhanger: noGenre: historical romanceI don't give out a ton of one star ratings, but if I do you know the book really made me angry. Unfortunately this is the case for The Prince of Broadway. I thought for sure this was going to be a huge hit for me considering how much I loved the previous book and enjoyed this author's writing. Not only that, but Clay and Flo were such compelling Title: The Prince of BroadwaySeries: Uptown Girls #2Author: Joanna ShupeRelease date: December 30, 2019Cliffhanger: noGenre: historical romanceI don't give out a ton of one star ratings, but if I do you know the book really made me angry. Unfortunately this is the case for The Prince of Broadway. I thought for sure this was going to be a huge hit for me considering how much I loved the previous book and enjoyed this author's writing. Not only that, but Clay and Flo were such compelling characters in The Rogue of Fifth Avenue that I was really excited to read more about them. Disappointment is a vast understatement for what I'm feeling right now. Where do I start? I love a good revenge plot, in fact, it's one of my favorite tropes. So I wasn't bothered by Clay's hardened, cold exterior at the start. Clayton Madden has climbed his way out of the slums and now owns the most prosperous, illegal casino in New York. His need for power and revenge is as essential to him as the very air he breathes. He used the hatred he feels for Flo's father as fuel to come out on top, and have the means to always be in control of his life. Thing is, no one ever has that power no matter how much money or status you attain. Flo is the daughter of his greatest perceived enemy, but he can't resist his instant attraction to her. And her rebellious heart can't help but flutter over this dangerous, broody man's focused interest. The first thing that really bothered me about these two came very early on. She has a grand plan to start a casino exclusively for women, and asks him if he will mentor her in the business. He agrees to give her lessons, while admitting that he has a scheme in motion to get revenge on her father. With a vague thought that she'll somehow change his mind later, she accepts this and commences lusting over him. I understand that she's an unconventional woman for the time who has no interest in marriage or finding love. Nothing wrong with that. But how do you knowingly team up with a man who is bent on harming your family? He keeps repeating throughout the book that he is being honest and transparent, so he's not taking advantage of her, but that's an outright lie. He never tells her specifically what he's doing, even after they become involved on a personal level. Even after she tells him that the very home he intends to steal from her grandmother will one day be passed down to her. She's depending on that home to secure the independent future for herself, and he never even hesitates in this knowledge. Flo was meant to appear bold and adventurous, but she was better described as an immature, privileged kid who does what she wants without thoughts of the consequences. Namely, trusting him enough to sleep with him. Despite his continued determination for revenge, she throws herself at him and he treats her like trash afterwards. (view spoiler)[Getting up from the bed, he tells her they're done. Both personally, and professionally. "I don't need to provide reasons, Florence. We screwed. It was good. Really good. Now it's over and we shouldn't repeat it.Her response: "Can't the lessons continue even if our personal relationship does not?"Him: "No, they can't. You are a distraction I don't need." The man only feels a twinge of conscience about the hurt he causes. And I'm supposed to believe he's falling for her?? (hide spoiler)]She foolishly sneaks out to the casino night after night, disregarding the danger in doing so. When her father finds out and rails against her for putting herself at risk and associating with a criminal who wants to harm them, she petulantly acts like he's being unreasonable. What adolescent scene would be complete without an "It's not fair!" Yes, she goes there. In the end, she gets burned badly but I couldn't feel much sympathy for her. Clay remains cold and unfeeling about the woman he's supposed to have deep, unwanted feelings for, but actions speak louder than words. He continues to push his plans forward, knowing the hurt and devastation he will cause. I didn't see any character growth whatsoever from his starting point, and the more he clung to his hatred, the more mine grew. When the big confrontation happens in the last 15%, the things he said and did were not redeemable. The remorse he feels afterward is way too little, too late. I wish I could have jumped inside the book and punched him in his smug face. She finally shows some backbone at this point and rebuffs his apologies, but that was not enough for me either. I wasn't rooting for them to make up, and I felt nothing for the two of them as a couple. I would say that's a complete fail when reading a romance novel. I'm so sad that this book didn't work, but I would still give the rest of the series another chance. The next book is about Mulligan, and once again I'm curious to read more about him in his own story. Hopefully others will find more to enjoy with this second installment, but for me this one missed the mark in a big way. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    <3 4 STARS <3I'm not reading often historical romance even though I love them.So I'm not easy with them!This one hooked me from the beginning, it was fast paced and I enjoyed the story.There are several things I enjoyed about the book and the characters.Both were interesting and I liked the romance a lot!I loved the attraction and the tension between the characters!Clay is a swoon worthy hero , the heroine was ok . I didn't like her a lot all the time, there were moments she frustrate me. <3 4 STARS <3I'm not reading often historical romance even though I love them.So I'm not easy with them!This one hooked me from the beginning, it was fast paced and I enjoyed the story.There are several things I enjoyed about the book and the characters.Both were interesting and I liked the romance a lot!I loved the attraction and the tension between the characters!Clay is a swoon worthy hero , the heroine was ok . I didn't like her a lot all the time, there were moments she frustrate me.Overall, it was a great and enjoyable read!I'm looking forward for more books from this author!    
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved everything I've read from Joanna and I no longer even read the synopsis.I love love loved Florence and Clay. They're both determined, business minded, and know how to go after what they want. I especially loved that she was ready to do whatever it took to get her casino going. Mamie and Justine are supportive and fantastic sisters, but their grandmother stole every single scene she was in. Plot wise, it was great. There are a few plot threads and I was eager to read about all of I have loved everything I've read from Joanna and I no longer even read the synopsis.I love love loved Florence and Clay. They're both determined, business minded, and know how to go after what they want. I especially loved that she was ready to do whatever it took to get her casino going. Mamie and Justine are supportive and fantastic sisters, but their grandmother stole every single scene she was in. Plot wise, it was great. There are a few plot threads and I was eager to read about all of them. I did enjoy seeing that this book runs at the same time as the previous one, as there are some mentions of Mamie and her dealings with Frank. Oh, and I was beside myself at the mention of Eva Mansfield. There are a few shoe drops and I wasn't prepared for all of them, even when I knew they were going to happen; however, the grand gesture is the absolute best. And in this instance, the lack of epilogue is perfection. Overall, I'm 100000% here for anything Joanna writes. I know this will be a series I reread and I can't wait to see what Justine gets into.**Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Jessica Grogan
    January 1, 1970
    I seriously have to wonder what I missed in this book. I disliked Florence from the very beginning so I honestly didn’t care what happened to her. She very much came across (to me, at least) like a sullen teenager behaving badly to try and get attention, not a grown woman. Insta-lust reared it’s ugly head very early on and that makes a boring read for me, especially when they don’t fight that attraction all that long. I also found the casino lessons and all the talk of the different games at I seriously have to wonder what I missed in this book. I disliked Florence from the very beginning so I honestly didn’t care what happened to her. She very much came across (to me, at least) like a sullen teenager behaving badly to try and get attention, not a grown woman. Insta-lust reared it’s ugly head very early on and that makes a boring read for me, especially when they don’t fight that attraction all that long. I also found the casino lessons and all the talk of the different games at casinos to be boring scenes. I guess I expected more. I’m not sure if I’ll be continuing with this series since I didn’t particularly like Mamie either so I can’t imagine I’ll like the third sister. I still think Joanna Shupe is an enjoyable author to read, however. *I received an eARC from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • GigiReads
    January 1, 1970
    I had really high hopes for this book but alas! The heroine, lack of chemistry and character development made this a big old dud for me. I didn't read the previous book and maybe these characters were developed there? I felt like book just dropped me right into the middle of a story where I was supposed to already know these people so I felt lost from page 1.Florence wants to open a casino for ladies. Which is fine and dandy except she seemed to have no concrete plans to make it happen. Her I had really high hopes for this book but alas! The heroine, lack of chemistry and character development made this a big old dud for me. I didn't read the previous book and maybe these characters were developed there? I felt like book just dropped me right into the middle of a story where I was supposed to already know these people so I felt lost from page 1.Florence wants to open a casino for ladies. Which is fine and dandy except she seemed to have no concrete plans to make it happen. Her plans rest on getting her grandmother to finance it except the grandmother has no idea about any of this. Maybe you should have a business plan in place? Just a thought. So she goes to casinos to play and learn how to run one. It's never explained how she came to be such a card shark or if it was I totally slept through it. Eh. Anyway, she wants personal training from the most successful casino owner in the city so she goes to him and they fall into Insta Lust. He tells her right off the bat that he wants to sleep with her but he intends to take revenge on her father. She doesn't seem to give this much thought until it's convenient for the author to have a conflict at the end of the book. I'm willing to suspend disbelief to alarming degrees as long as the author creates compelling characters. Unfortunately, Florence is a modern woman in a corset which is fine but please show me how she came to be this way. She goes around proclaiming the fact that She's Not Like Other Girls until my eyes almost rolled all the way out of my head. She had lovers and she will tell you this repeatedly lest you forget that She's Not Like Other Girls. She was very casual about sex, she traipsed around town playing at casinos at all hours of the night, she wanted to be a businesswoman and she proclaimed she would NEVER marry. The problem with all this is that we are being TOLD how independent and daring she is. Florence came across as a self-absorbed spoiled, petulant child instead of an independent liberated woman. The author furthered hammered that point home for me when Florence, in a fit of pique, goes to a rival casino in the middle of the Gilded Age hood to gamble and when she has to be rescued from her idiotic choices she has the lady balls to exclaim that she can take care of herself. Do uptown debutantes in Gilded Age NYC spring forth from the womb as fully formed feminists? They do not. So character development here is a must for me and there was none.The hero was also suffering from the same lack of development. I was told he was a criminal (he owned a casino which was illegal so that's his only claim to criminality) he's dark and dangerous. I was told this but what I was shown was a man that was a borderline hermit who never left his casino and had a serious case of I'm Not Good Enough For You for Reasons. He was pretty much a cardboard cut out too. There was no nuance to either one of these characters. The conflict rests entirely on the hero's revenge scheme except he told her he was taking revenge on her father from the get-go so the entire climax felt forced and Florence's inability to forgive him just made her look more like a petulant child. He literally told her his plans and she claimed he lied to her. He insists he never lied he just omitted the finer details..she still feels betrayed. Like, what? He told you and you still slept with him! I just can't even with this heroine. A strong heroine doesn't have to be selfish and inflexible to be independent and she shouldn't have to treat the hero like poop to be strong. Speaking of climaxes this book is much steamier than the author's previous ones but since I wasn't invested in the characters or their relationship I couldn't care less.Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC. All opinions are my own.
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  • b.andherbooks
    January 1, 1970
    Florence Greene is a beautiful society darling, certainly not someone who should be sneaking her way into a men-only casino run by one Clayton Madden and challenging even his best dealers. While she is an excellent gambler, Florence is intent on forging her own future as a casino owner in 1890s NYC, a move that will lose her place in nice society but will make her secure in her own future with no need for a marriage or a man to control her. And she needs Clay's help.Clayton is intrigued and Florence Greene is a beautiful society darling, certainly not someone who should be sneaking her way into a men-only casino run by one Clayton Madden and challenging even his best dealers. While she is an excellent gambler, Florence is intent on forging her own future as a casino owner in 1890s NYC, a move that will lose her place in nice society but will make her secure in her own future with no need for a marriage or a man to control her. And she needs Clay's help.Clayton is intrigued and attracted to the daughter of his enemy while he agrees to help, it is on his terms. Just because Clayton agrees to help her does not mean he won't stop seeking revenge against her father or offering to tutor her in more than just the odds.What follows is sizzling seduction of the wills as Clayton introduces Florence to his world and falls madly for a woman who's only goal is her own future.So much fun, so absolutely sexy, and one of the best and most feminist HEAs I've read in a long time. Plus, some really great sexy times involving voyeurism, scandalous paintings, and great bathrooms. If you haven't read The Rogue of Fifth Avenue this can stand alone, but the events of this book run concurrently and you will be a bit spoiled for Mamie and Frank's story.
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  • Timitra
    January 1, 1970
    With Romance I usually fall for the hero first but with this series it's the heroines who have my heart a-twitter, don't get me wrong I love the heroes but the heroines are something extra special. I loved The Prince Of Broadway. It hit all the buttons for me in terms of things I enjoy but there were things here and there that I wasn't fond of. However, those things didn't ruin my overall reading experience. I highly recommend this book and series.Copy provided provided by publisher through With Romance I usually fall for the hero first but with this series it's the heroines who have my heart a-twitter, don't get me wrong I love the heroes but the heroines are something extra special. I loved The Prince Of Broadway. It hit all the buttons for me in terms of things I enjoy but there were things here and there that I wasn't fond of. However, those things didn't ruin my overall reading experience. I highly recommend this book and series.Copy provided provided by publisher through Edelweiss
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  • ☕️Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Coffee Dates With The Prince Of BroadwayFirst Date: Clayton Madden owns the most successful casino in the city. Men Only! But a brazen young woman by the name of Florence Greene has appeared three times and even had the audacity to win! Clayton is familiar with the Greenes after dealings with the older sister and when he has had enough, he orders his man Jack to bring her up to his office. He’s shocked to learn the young woman wants lessons on running a casino. Florence has plans to open her own Coffee Dates With The Prince Of BroadwayFirst Date: Clayton Madden owns the most successful casino in the city. Men Only! But a brazen young woman by the name of Florence Greene has appeared three times and even had the audacity to win! Clayton is familiar with the Greenes after dealings with the older sister and when he has had enough, he orders his man Jack to bring her up to his office. He’s shocked to learn the young woman wants lessons on running a casino. Florence has plans to open her own exclusive club for women. What cheek! I liked the secondary characters, especially Jack and the brothel owner across the way. Clayton is holding a grudge so large I am surprised he can walk but he is upfront with Florence and agrees to give her lessons.Second Date: Admittedly I struggled a little with Florence. She has her admirable qualities, but she often behaved like a spoiled child. I warmed up to her, and we saw growth in both characters. When the lessons begin, one cannot help but notice the chemistry developing and soon another bargain is struck. Holy hotness! Sharpe brought some heated scenes that will surely melt your Kindle. It was delicious until feelings, stubbornness, and misunderstandings caused some turbulence. However, bigger issues involving a cop soon have Clayton and Florence in serious trouble.Third Date: Revenge, smart grandmothers, double-double crosses and second chances… Oh my! This last date was a whirlwind and Sharpe had me flipping the page hoping for a happy ending. You’ll have to take The Prince of Broadway out on your own coffee dates to discover what happens. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
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  • Maida
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t care much for revenge stories but I was willing to give this a chance because I love Joanna’s writing so I was hoping she could make it work. I liked Clayton. He was upfront about his desire for revenge from the beginning. Unfortunately, I didn’t like Florence very much. Her aspirations and the way she went about attaining them did not resonate with me. Her personality grated. I was also not convinced about her father’s change of heart. It was too abrupt. I thought the same in the I don’t care much for revenge stories but I was willing to give this a chance because I love Joanna’s writing so I was hoping she could make it work. I liked Clayton. He was upfront about his desire for revenge from the beginning. Unfortunately, I didn’t like Florence very much. Her aspirations and the way she went about attaining them did not resonate with me. Her personality grated. I was also not convinced about her father’s change of heart. It was too abrupt. I thought the same in the previous book but I enjoyed the story there between Mamie and Frank, I forgave the lack of proper transition. I find myself liking the secondary characters better than the main ones and that’s a problem.
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  • Maria Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this one! Bad boy hero meets a woman who knocks his socks off - full review to come!
  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the Gilded Age are New York Joanna Shupe creates in her books and had high expectations of this one. I liked it OK but I never quite warmed to the heroine's dream of opening a women’s only casino presented as a safe place.I liked the hero, understood the reasons for his behaviour and desire for revenge. Overall, I found him relatable and appealing - silent, broody and intimidating, determined to achieve success, led moistly by desire for revenge only to find it carries little comfort I loved the Gilded Age are New York Joanna Shupe creates in her books and had high expectations of this one. I liked it OK but I never quite warmed to the heroine's dream of opening a women’s only casino presented as a safe place.I liked the hero, understood the reasons for his behaviour and desire for revenge. Overall, I found him relatable and appealing - silent, broody and intimidating, determined to achieve success, led moistly by desire for revenge only to find it carries little comfort when you lose the one person that makes you happy. The heroine, ion the other hand, I didn’t like her much. I liked her drive for independence, her free spirit but at the same time I was uncomfortable with the message of gambling as empowering for women. All through the story I kept thinking gambling is an addiction and the success of a casino is based on the patrons losing, being more of less cheated of their money (it was very explicitly said in the text). I realise what she did was aimed at wealthy ladies as a form of entertainment but I kept thinking how many poor people are drawn to gambling as an easy way to win money, only to end up losing everything. I found her risk-taking too much, bordering on reckless, putting herself in danger only to achieve what she wants. There was also childish disobedience on her part that I didn't like much. That said, I liked the romance, liked them as a couple, liked the way her (and his) relationship with her family developed in the end. I got the first book in the series which was on sale and I still plan on reading it, maybe not just right way though.
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  • Yomi M.
    January 1, 1970
    I don't even know what this book is about but just by the title I know I NEED it!!!
  • Tracy Emro
    January 1, 1970
    New York City’s finest casino, the Bronze House, is not only illegal, it is exclusively for men, but that doesn’t stop Florence Greene from bribing her way in the door or from winning a fortune in an effort to gain the attention of the owner Clayton “Clay” Madden. Florence wants nothing more in life than to own a casino of her own, exclusively for women, she understands the actual games, but she need a teacher for the finer points of club ownership and she has decided that Clay is the perfect New York City’s finest casino, the Bronze House, is not only illegal, it is exclusively for men, but that doesn’t stop Florence Greene from bribing her way in the door or from winning a fortune in an effort to gain the attention of the owner Clayton “Clay” Madden. Florence wants nothing more in life than to own a casino of her own, exclusively for women, she understands the actual games, but she need a teacher for the finer points of club ownership and she has decided that Clay is the perfect man for the job.Clay has been running games and bets for many years, his success is gratifying, but the true reason he has pushed so hard to succeed is for the money and power he needs to enact his revenege against Duncan Greene, Florence’s father. Duncan bought the property he lived in as a boy, forcing out his family and therefore putting into motion events that changed Clay’s life, including his brother’s death and his father’s abandonment. Clay has spent the last 20 years plotting and is on the brink of seeing his plan come to fruition. He plans on buying the property Duncan’s family home is on and tearing it down to build a casino. So when Florence asks him to teach her the ropes, he agrees but is honest about his feelings towards her father and his sexual interest in her – he won’t tell her why he hates her dad or what he is going to do to him, but says he isn’t trying to ruin him or break him financially, he is also clear that while he is interested in her as a lover, he will not force her or do anything to make her uncomfortable. Florence can’t imagine what her father did to earn Clay’s hatred, but since he isn’t going to ruin him and she really needs a teacher, she accepts his terms. She is also attracted to him and she is not a virgin, having long ago decided (this crack me up because she is only 21) that she never wants to marry and sees no point in “saving herself”, she has enjoyed lovers, but is determined to keep her relationship with Clay strictly professional. Clay agrees and they begin her lessons.The more time they spend together, the more the attraction grows, both physically and emotionally, they like each other and enjoy working together, he teaches her the darker side of casino ownership, with lessons on the payoffs and handling cheaters, but through it all, he continues with his plan against her dad. When a Clay pisses off a policeman on his payroll, trouble comes to his club and he and Florence are forced to flee a raid. While hiding in the brothel next door, their relationship takes a serious turn and the result leaves Florence feeling embarrassed and she flees. But after he comes to her rescue while playing at another club, she decides to return and makes it clear that nothing like that will ever happen again. But it does and this time they actually have sex – but Clay’s reaction afterwards is appalling and cruel to Florence, who is justifiably angry and leaves.Clay thinks this is for the best, until he learns that she has begun taking “lessons” with Mulligan, another crime lord in the city. He finally admits he was wrong and misses her, but when he goes to see her, it is clear that she is not going to let him off the hook that easy. They come to an agreement and their relationship changes, they are both happy and things are going well until Florence learns the truth about Clay’s plans and how it affect her and her hopes and dreams. This book is very well written, flows nicely and has some very hot, steamy love scenes, but in my opinion, the leads are not likeable, there isn’t really any romance (there is a lot of lust and sex, but that isn’t romance) this book read more like “ChickLit fiction” set in the gilded era, rather than an actual historical romance. Florence has very 21st century ideals and her dream is to run an illegal gaming house. And Clay went from being a badass gaming lord to be Florence’s whipped lover. I really, really didn’t care for the ending, I thought it was unrealistic for the era and just cemented my feeling that Florence was selfish and expected everything to be on her terms. I didn’t actually hate the book, but it is my least favorite by Joanna Shupe and while I would recommend this author and this book, I wouldn’t read it again. This is this the second book in the series and it runs concurrent with the first book, so it can be read as a standalone with no problems.*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by Edelweiss and the publisher.*
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  • AnnMarie
    January 1, 1970
    The Prince of Broadway is the second book in the Uptown Girls series by Joanna Shupe. This can easily be read as a stand-alone novel, but having loved the first book in the series I recommend that you read it. You don't have to read it first, but of course, there will be some spoilers if you don't.First of all, I love the cover of this book, the couple is just like I pictured them in my mind. I love that Florence, a young society woman, is planning on having her independence as soon as she is The Prince of Broadway is the second book in the Uptown Girls series by Joanna Shupe. This can easily be read as a stand-alone novel, but having loved the first book in the series I recommend that you read it. You don't have to read it first, but of course, there will be some spoilers if you don't.First of all, I love the cover of this book, the couple is just like I pictured them in my mind. I love that Florence, a young society woman, is planning on having her independence as soon as she is able. She doesn't want to marry and have children, her dream is to own a Casino, one exclusively for women. With that in mind, she seeks out Clay, a very successful casino owner and coerces him into being her mentor. She wants to learn all that there is to successfully operate a casino. Who better to ask than the one man who is top of the heap when it comes to casinos.The relationship that develops between our main characters is a passionate one. The writer certainly knows how to paint a picture with her intimate scenes between the couple. I would have reached for the proverbial fan if I had one. As well as the steamy passion between Clay and Florence their relationship is built on trust with Clay even telling Florence from the very start that he is planning revenge on her father. He's upfront about it even though he won't go into detail about what happened to make him need his revenge. He promises it's not financial ruin, nor physical damage, but whatever it is, quietly Florence believes that he won't go through with his revenge in the end.Does he go through with it, I'm not telling! You will need to read the book to find out for yourself. What I will say is that the ending was a great one, one that let Florence remain true to herself which was quite unique and surprising for me. It ended what was a truly exciting, wonderful story perfectly.
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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe is book Two in the Uptown Girls Series. This is the story of Florence 'Flo' Greene and Clayton 'Clay' Madden. I have read the previous book which did add to my enjoyment of this one but I did feel you could make it a standalone book if you wish to do so. Clay learned young you have to fight for everything you had after his family was left with nothing. Clay fought his way up to be a successful casino owner but he has held out a wish for vengeance to those The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe is book Two in the Uptown Girls Series. This is the story of Florence 'Flo' Greene and Clayton 'Clay' Madden. I have read the previous book which did add to my enjoyment of this one but I did feel you could make it a standalone book if you wish to do so. Clay learned young you have to fight for everything you had after his family was left with nothing. Clay fought his way up to be a successful casino owner but he has held out a wish for vengeance to those that wronged him. So when Flo presents him with a request to show her how to run a casino he ends up helping her with that request and he is up front with her about his revenge towards her father. Flo isn't a innocent and has no plans to marry but does want to open an exclusive club to women and plans on keeping things professional with Clay. Flo also doesn't take to much consideration in his revenge plan toward her father it would seem. Clay does play very harsh with Flo when he starts to struggle with his feelings for her and his wish for revenge.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    What I like about this book is Clayton. He is a gambling hall owner, a bit rough around the edges and a bit vulgar. You know what I mean…love that about heroes. What I did not care for so much was Florence. I loved her in the previous book but in this story she comes across as a bit naïve and young for her age. She thinks she is worldly but actually she is not. The scenes where Clayton is teaching her about the casino are great. Also the scene at Mulligan’s where Florence decides to go on the What I like about this book is Clayton. He is a gambling hall owner, a bit rough around the edges and a bit vulgar. You know what I mean…love that about heroes. What I did not care for so much was Florence. I loved her in the previous book but in this story she comes across as a bit naïve and young for her age. She thinks she is worldly but actually she is not. The scenes where Clayton is teaching her about the casino are great. Also the scene at Mulligan’s where Florence decides to go on the stage and perform in amazing. I thought in that scene she was showing her self-confidence. The “epilogue” is not one I cared about – Florence makes a decision without discussing it with Clayton that I think was wrong. However, as with all of Ms. Shupe’s books, the storytelling is fantastic and flows so well you feel as though time has flown by you when you get to the end. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.
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  • Diane K. Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    It is rare when a historical romance is actually different from the usual. Most historical romance writers create lovely stories that stick to the usual conventions. In The Prince of Broadway we have a unique character - Florence Greene is truly a feminist. The middle daughter of a wealthy family, she seeks her path and wants to build a casino just for women. She enlists advice from the most successful and ruthless casino owner in New York, Clayton Madden. Clay is bent on revenge for damage done It is rare when a historical romance is actually different from the usual. Most historical romance writers create lovely stories that stick to the usual conventions. In The Prince of Broadway we have a unique character - Florence Greene is truly a feminist. The middle daughter of a wealthy family, she seeks her path and wants to build a casino just for women. She enlists advice from the most successful and ruthless casino owner in New York, Clayton Madden. Clay is bent on revenge for damage done to his family and the focus of his revenge is Florence's father.Florence has an indomitable spirit and a dogged determination. As a result, we have a character that is fascinating, but may not be as appealing as many other characters. Choosing such a different path from other girls of the time makes Florence a little harder to relate to. Shupe did a good job on this book. Clay needs some major character work and he achieves that in a believable fashion. In some ways less appealing, in some ways more appealing, this book is hard to pigeon-hole, but enjoyable to read.
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    Florence Greene has never quite fit in with New York City's high society. Her parents certainly don't understand her and she knows her father will soon start pressuring her to marry. She must take steps now to ensure her future independence and work toward her dream of opening a casino for ladies, which means seeking lessons from one of the most mysterious and dangerous men in New York.Clayton Madden hustled his way up from ruin to become one of the most powerful and wealthiest men in the city. Florence Greene has never quite fit in with New York City's high society. Her parents certainly don't understand her and she knows her father will soon start pressuring her to marry. She must take steps now to ensure her future independence and work toward her dream of opening a casino for ladies, which means seeking lessons from one of the most mysterious and dangerous men in New York.Clayton Madden hustled his way up from ruin to become one of the most powerful and wealthiest men in the city. From his upscale casino, The Bronze House, he controls the fortunes of the city's wealthiest and most prominent individuals. But his ultimate goal is to bring ruination upon the man who ruined his family and inadvertently caused his brother's death: one Duncan Greene. So when Greene's daughter sneaks into his club seeking his mentorship, Clay agrees, eager to annoy her father by bringing Florence into the seedier sides of the glitzy city. Clay is always a step ahead of everyone, but even he isn't prepared for the allure of Florence or the long-dead feelings she dredges up in him. Soon Clay has to decide which is more important to him: the revenge plan that has been twenty years in the making or the terrifying feelings of love he's afraid to acknowledge.Some potential spoilers ahead.Florence was a well-drawn strong heroine, without the shrewishness that so annoys me and is so common lately, but her utter naivete at times was rather trying, especially given her worldly boasts. I found this book to be very hard to rate. I did wind up liking Florence and her determination to be her own person, but I felt like at times she wasn't fair to Clay and was a bit naive in her understanding of his life, circumstances, and motivations. I was a bit disappointed that she and he didn't actually get married in the end and her dream came relatively easily while Clay had to give up nearly everything he'd worked for. Though at least this came at a time when Clay was ready to move on to more above-board projects so that made this work for me. I loved how utterly brilliant Clay was and always one step ahead of everyone, though I would've liked to see him get one last victory over Bill in the end; the ending emasculated Clay a bit and think my hang up is that that really doesn't fit with the rest of his character, no matter how much he developed he should never lose that edge of danger. I loved being immersed in this world of ruthless, powerful kingpins, all with their own empires and alliances and I don't think Clay should've lost any of that edginess that was so much a part of his allure and mystique. Regardless, I did love how much Clay grew and overcame his past to finally focus on himself and his own happiness. I just wish Florence had shown a bit more of that same growth, though it must be said they had amazing chemistry.Overall I found this book to be an engrossing read, though I don't think I liked it quite as much as the previous book. Nonetheless, this book was very well written and free of errors, with language so descriptive I could picture everything as though I were watching it on screen. I can't wait for Justine's story.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • D.M. Quincy
    January 1, 1970
    This is maybe my favorite Joanna Shupe book yet. And that's saying something because I love all of her books. In this story, Clay (the downtown bad boy casino owner) and Florence (the uptown beauty rebel) are perfectly matched. I loved Florence, in part because of how she unapologetically flouts society, but mostly because she's a woman on a mission who wants to open her own casino just for women. (Do these exist in real life because I want to hang out there!) Clay hates her dad but falls in This is maybe my favorite Joanna Shupe book yet. And that's saying something because I love all of her books. In this story, Clay (the downtown bad boy casino owner) and Florence (the uptown beauty rebel) are perfectly matched. I loved Florence, in part because of how she unapologetically flouts society, but mostly because she's a woman on a mission who wants to open her own casino just for women. (Do these exist in real life because I want to hang out there!) Clay hates her dad but falls in love with his enemy's daughter. The sex scenes between these two involve a little voyeurism(!) and the chemistry is off the charts. Loved it!
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  • Lisarenee
    January 1, 1970
    >>>>> My Synopsis (Review follows): <<<<<Florence Greene is not your typical society miss. She doesn't have grand plans of marriage or of raising a family. Her dreams consist of opening a casino for young ladies and she's come up with a plan to accomplish just that. It all revolves around a rather illusive man named Clayton Madden. Clayton owns the most successful gambling establishment in the city call the Bronze House. She wants her casino to mimic his and she's >>>>> My Synopsis (Review follows): <<<<<Florence Greene is not your typical society miss. She doesn't have grand plans of marriage or of raising a family. Her dreams consist of opening a casino for young ladies and she's come up with a plan to accomplish just that. It all revolves around a rather illusive man named Clayton Madden. Clayton owns the most successful gambling establishment in the city call the Bronze House. She wants her casino to mimic his and she's hoping he'll mentor her on how she can go about making that happen. Gambling, after all, is illegal in the great state of New York, but Florence isn't the type to let a little thing like that get in her way. The one thing she hadn't counted on, however, was finding herself attracted to the man, or that he'd be attracted to her... "You should know a few things before we finalize any apprenticeship."She leaned in, all eagerness and devotion, hanging on his every word.(...)"I'll put my cards on the table. I'm attracted to you."Her brows shot high on her forehead, her face slackening. "W-what?"(...)"Understand that my motives are never pure. I'm as selfish as they come, and if there's an opportunity to get you in my bed I won't hesitate to take it."(...)"Was there anything else?""Yes, actually. I plan to bring about your father's ruin." >>>>> My Review: <<<<<This was the second book in the Uptown Girls series and it can be read out of order as a standalone. It actually takes place at the same time as 'The Rogue of Fifth Avenue,' the first book in the series, so the reader truly will have missed nothing if they haven't read the previous book first. The series revolves around the Greene sisters who are unconventional young women who are the daughter's of one of New York's richest and most influential men. The series is set in the 1890's when Carnegie Hall has just been built, child labor laws are all but nonexistent, and women still have yet to acquire the right to vote. It's set in an era when there is a great divide between how the upper and lower classes of New York society live. The novel takes place during a time when corruption in the police department runs rampant and justice is not always served. In other words, it's a great period to use for the backdrop of a story. If you've not yet read one of Ms. Shupe's novels, you will not be disappointed.Florence Greene is smart and beautiful, but has never truly felt like she fit in with high society, mainly because she's never cared what they thought of her. Plus, she isn't one to engage in games unless they involve a gaming table. She's played her role in society seamlessly, however, for the sake of her mother and sisters. She's even turned down several proposals, but being married to some society fop whose ego barely fits in the room is not her idea of bliss. The only thing that has kept her sane over the years is her dream of one day opening up a casino for ladies, and being able to be the person she'd always felt she was meant to be. She found out at an early age she had a love and knack for cards. She intends to make use of that.Clayton Madden is a self-made man who blames his family's demise on Florence's father. All he's done over the years has been driven by the thought of one day being able to exact revenge on him. Florence, however, is something he hadn't expected. The more he gets to know her the more he comes to like her. He convinces himself he can still exact revenge upon her father without it affecting their relationship. He'll soon find out the truth of the matter and have to deal with the consequences.Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. The book had a nice combination of drama and romance which kept my interest from start to finish. While Clayton and Florence would appear to be an unlikely couple, their chemistry is undeniable. As they start to work together and get to know each other they gain a mutual respect for one another. Clayton has no problem letting Florence be who she wants to be and, for the most part, encourages her endeavors. Some of Florence's behavior, however, was a little questionable for someone who supposedly was trying to protect her mother and sisters from scandal. Plus, it took me some time to warm up to Clayton, but by the end he won me over. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a SHOWER rating--a cold shower may be necessary. Need I say more? Some books should come with a warning--make sure your significant other is handy or your shower is in working order. lol Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher for review purposes. This in no way affected my review or rating. All quotes are subject to change as an ARC is not the final version. Please not any errors in quotes are most likely my own and not the authors.
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  • Elodie
    January 1, 1970
    The Prince of BroadwayUptown Girls series #2Joanna Shupehttps://www.facebook.com/joannashupea...Release date 12/30/2019Publisher Avon Blurb :Powerful casino owner.Ruthless mastermind.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 The Prince of BroadwayUptown Girls series #2Joanna Shupehttps://www.facebook.com/joannashupea...Release date 12/30/2019Publisher Avon Blurb :Powerful casino owner.
Ruthless mastermind.
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.My review:Can two persons from both sides of the fence have an avenir together.Even if it is a second book in a series, it can be perfectly read as as standalone, the few details given about the heroine’s sister story reveal hardly anything.I was quite intrigued by Florence in the first book, she appeared so mature.Here I saw here at time more like a spoiled brat, playing the petulant one. She shows as the modern woman, but having lovers does not make her a liberated woman, it displayed more her immature side, not really seing where was the true fight.Even if for the time period, she was not far from wrong, she is quite a misandrist with a vision of the men as the bullies of the world.After that she wants to succeed all by herself is to be praised but it is also to be rightly planed and scheduled, that her lead investor is not aware of her project appears a little rough. Sometime she is reckless and at time stupidly naive, endangering herself and even her sister to prove she can do as she sees fit. Like a little girl trying to outgrow from her skin to spike her father by shunning society’s rules, no lovers, no outing outside the posh walls. Out of bravado, she is lucky she did not faced more pitfalls.Clayton has merged from the slum by fighting hard and being ruthless.He is a simple man, driven by one exigency, success to extract his retribution.From the beginning, he is honest, warning Florence of his revenge’s plans.Sure he didn’t tell her the why and how but she was warned.So when she discovered his way to get back at her father, she has every right to be furious, but being so unforgiving, not true.Especially when he proved her how accepting and respectful of her desires he was.But stubborn persons are often in need of eyes openers to see what was straight in front of them. At first their relationship was only driven by lust, which is far from my favorite way to conduct an acquaintance, the tutelage was a mean to bring them in close contact as both were attracted to the other. So when feelings were first sensed, Clayton backed down until they found a common ground to be together, even knowing it was doomed from the beginning.By the way, this read was very much axed on the bedroom time compared to the previous story.I was wondering about pregnancy risk as it was never discussed but as there is a remark by the very end of the book, I suppose Florence found a mean to protect her from unexpected and unwanted maternity.It was the 1890s, women were never allowed so much freedom without a price.Florence resents her family, but in their own way, they accepted her, they might not agreed but she was still free to come and go, even knowing her mistakes. It was very modern thinking and loving from her parents side.In all it was a fun read, which enlightened me on the working of the gambling dens, even if it stays a bit obscure for me, with two very forward-looking heroes, aplenty of sensual time and a panel of intriguing side characters.4 starsI was granted through Edelweiss by the publisher Avon an advance copy, and prior to it I preordered my own.Here is my true and unbiased opinion.https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...
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  • Dhaaruni Sreenivas
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a well-documented Joanna Shupe fan and have devoured all her books thus far but it took me until this one to really pinpoint why I like her writing as much as I do. I once offhandedly tweeted that my appreciation that romance novelists like Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole and yes, Joanna Shupe cheerfully brush off the often ludicrous criticism they receive from all corners of the Internet and quietly go on writing nuanced explorations of female agency and desire but of I'm a well-documented Joanna Shupe fan and have devoured all her books thus far but it took me until this one to really pinpoint why I like her writing as much as I do. I once offhandedly tweeted that my appreciation that romance novelists like Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole and yes, Joanna Shupe cheerfully brush off the often ludicrous criticism they receive from all corners of the Internet and quietly go on writing nuanced explorations of female agency and desire but of course, I got a reply that sanctimoniously informed me that the work of the authors I named isn't historically accurate and the authors are "faux feminist" and recommended I read a book whose hero is a medieval knight who indiscriminately kills hundreds of Muslims during the Crusades and rapes his future wife (but of course she falls in love with him anyway so it's all good). In school, history was one of my favorite subjects so historical romance is naturally my favorite subgenre of romance but honestly, "historical accuracy" is not very important to me. I have zero desire to read about dysentery and the bubonic plague and I obviously know that wealthy people in the 19th century were generally extremely racist and sexist (as if they still aren't today) but nonetheless, I enjoy reading about a quasi alternate universe where people are always held accountable for how they mistreat others, where mothers and fathers who abandon their children aren't forgiven and where men who abuse their wives are unequivocally condemned and where women, namely women who never thought happiness was even an option for them, are loved and respected and get their happy endings. And the thing is, the historical romance novels that have stuck with me are they aren't like awkwardly forceful about their desire to be feminist (unlike the work of a certain other author that's been attaining some prominence of late....). They just introduce readers to a world where we aren't condemned for desire, both sexual and otherwise. And that in short is why I like Joanna Shupe's books as much as I do. In this book, Florence is a modern heroine in the best way imaginable but still one of her era. She knows what she wants and is doggedly determined to achieve her goals but never at the expense of her principles. What I loved about this book is that it didn't shy away from depicting Florence as extremely intelligent and competent but also vulnerable and occasionally insecure which felt so much more realistic than pretending her confidence was infallible. She was permitted by the narrative be hurt and angry and sad when wronged and Clay only earned back her forgiveness and regard and love when he actually made substantive amends for what he did and said. Her loving him and him loving her was not enough and that's just how it is sometimes. There is a quote in Gone Girl from Amy Dunne's internal monologue about how love isn't unconditional because adults have to work for it and perhaps we're supposed to disagree with her because Amy's cuckoo for cocoa puffs but I happen to wholeheartedly agree. Love is about intention and making the active choice to be better than we were born to be, deciding to be smarter and stronger and kinder, for the sake of those we love. We aren't born perfect but in order to earn the love of others, we must endeavor every single day of our lives to be as good as we can and sometimes, it still might not be enough. But sometimes, like in the case of Florence and Clay, two imperfect people can find each other and work steadfastly every single day to earn each other's affection and regard and eventually get their happy endings, maybe not in the traditional sense with marriage and babies (kudos to Shupe for depicting a heroine who doesn't end up married with 2.5 kids in the epilogue!!) but with laughter and kindness and love. And at the end of the day, that's all that really matters.
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  • Esme Brett
    January 1, 1970
    He’s a fearsome legend and she’s a princess: beautiful but smart, independent and ambitious; aka quicksand for stupid men. Luckily Clay isn’t stupid.This book is feminist AF (too many great lines for me to even quote!) and the highlight is Florence. She‘s the uptown gal who threatens to shoot the hero after he says some saucy things when they meet and from that moment I was head over heels. PS: she’s also not a virgin Clay is a Bad Boi with grudges BUT he’s scrupled — this book steered clear of He’s a fearsome legend and she’s a princess: beautiful but smart, independent and ambitious; aka quicksand for stupid men. Luckily Clay isn’t stupid.This book is feminist AF (too many great lines for me to even quote!) and the highlight is Florence. She‘s the uptown gal who threatens to shoot the hero after he says some saucy things when they meet and from that moment I was head over heels. PS: she’s also not a virgin 🙌Clay is a Bad Boi™️ with grudges BUT he’s scrupled — this book steered clear of nasty ploys like f*king a woman to get revenge on a man in her life.The first and second book in this series are happening simultaneously, which I loved; and I’m REALLY looking forward to the third because Mulligan is fascinating. And I hope Clay’s bff, the madam Annabelle, gets a book or novella, she’s fire. See proof👇“Women must worry about other women,” [Annabelle] snapped. “God knows men won’t do it.”’This novel is utterly feminist, saucy as hell (if a book has a brothel but no voyeur scene I get mad, but this de👏liv👏ered👏), and the scene where Flo asks her Dad for back up re: an unwanted suitor will kick you in the teeth.Most importantly (to me), this is one of the few historic romances I have ever read where the Fem Protag doesn’t get a “traditional feminine trappings of happiness” ending/epilogue and I LOVED THAT. Read it and you’ll know what I mean.I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Norah Gibbons
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe is the second book in her delightful Uptown Girls series. It could be read as a standalone but I do recommend reading the first book as well because I enjoyed it immensely. Florence Greene is the middle sister in the wealthy Greene family. She has always felt that she doesn’t quite fit in and uninterested in society or marriage she intends to open a casino for women. I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe is the second book in her delightful Uptown Girls series. It could be read as a standalone but I do recommend reading the first book as well because I enjoyed it immensely. Florence Greene is the middle sister in the wealthy Greene family. She has always felt that she doesn’t quite fit in and uninterested in society or marriage she intends to open a casino for women. Wanting to make a success of her plans she approaches Clayton Madden owner of The Bronze House the most successful and elegant casino in New York and asks him to mentor her in casino ownership. Expecting a spoiled debutante Clay is surprised to find that Florence is much more and as their attraction grows he will have to decide which is more important to him Florence or the revenge on her father that has motivated him for the last 20 years. One of the things I liked most about this book is the HEA. Their HEA is on their own terms, not societies and it is perfect for the characters involved and perhaps not what one might expect. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. Medium Steam. Publishing Date December 30, 2019. #Edelweissplus #ThePrinceOfBroadway #JoannaShupe #AvonRomance #AvonBooks #historicalromance #bookstagram #HarperCollins Canada @AvonBooks @HarperCollinsCanada
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  • Lori D
    January 1, 1970
    NYC 1891A ruthless, powerful man, Clay Madden ran his casino with no mercy for those who tried to cheat him.He had pulled himself from the bottom up and now he was the ruler of all gambling activity in town. So when Florence Greene, kept coming to his casino, one where women were not allowed, he determined to put her in her place.Florence's plan seemed to be working when she was finally summoned to Clay's office. When she put her proposal before him, to mentor her in the casino business so she NYC 1891A ruthless, powerful man, Clay Madden ran his casino with no mercy for those who tried to cheat him.He had pulled himself from the bottom up and now he was the ruler of all gambling activity in town. So when Florence Greene, kept coming to his casino, one where women were not allowed, he determined to put her in her place.Florence's plan seemed to be working when she was finally summoned to Clay's office. When she put her proposal before him, to mentor her in the casino business so she could open one for women, he finally relented. But he had conditions and he told her he seeked revenge against her father.I was totally enthralled from the beginning of this story. I was looking forward to seeing how this couple came together due to each of them being strong forces, not backing down from one another. Each thought the other attractive from the beginning but the journey for them was riff with high emotions, distrust and feelings that could be hard, especially from the hero.Prepare to be mesmorized and not able to put this one down once you start.
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  • Lena
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars!A strong book. Joanna Shupe is a talented storyteller and this book proves it once again. A good story with enough conflict to keep it going but that is doesn't make it over the top. There are several things I enjoyed about the book and it's characters. I like that the heroine enjoys sex and doesn't feel like she has to hide that part of herself but what I really enjoyed the most was the honestly between them. He tells her from the start that he's attracted to her and that he plans to 3.5 stars!A strong book. Joanna Shupe is a talented storyteller and this book proves it once again. A good story with enough conflict to keep it going but that is doesn't make it over the top. There are several things I enjoyed about the book and it's characters. I like that the heroine enjoys sex and doesn't feel like she has to hide that part of herself but what I really enjoyed the most was the honestly between them. He tells her from the start that he's attracted to her and that he plans to ruin her father. That was such a refreshing twist as it would have been such a letdown to have all those secrets between them. I found that original and interesting because it also intrigued me to see where the conflict was going to come from. So, overall, a great book that I heartily recommend.*I was given an ARC by the publisher*
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    He lives in the shadows...She is society's darling...In this second novel in the Uptown Girl series, by Joanna Shupe, a ruthless casino owner bent on revenge finds his plans upended by one of the daughters of the man he intends to ruin.Florence Greene comes to Clayton Madden's casino even though women aren't allowed. She intends to find out everything she can about running a casino since she wants to open one for women only.What she finds is a man she simply can't resist in spite of the fact He lives in the shadows...She is society's darling...In this second novel in the Uptown Girl series, by Joanna Shupe, a ruthless casino owner bent on revenge finds his plans upended by one of the daughters of the man he intends to ruin.Florence Greene comes to Clayton Madden's casino even though women aren't allowed. She intends to find out everything she can about running a casino since she wants to open one for women only.What she finds is a man she simply can't resist in spite of the fact that he intends to ruin her father. Why does Clay hate her father so much? He has told her as much but refuses to divulge the reason.In this second book of this series we meet the middle sister and society darling of the Greene household. In the first book we met Mamie and Frank Tripp who is her father's lawyer. These two are mentioned a few times in this latest book.Both books in this series so far have been of the can't put down variety. Sometimes the second book of a series is a disappointment after a fabulous start but not in this case. I found myself reading into the wee hours of the morning to make certain I didn't miss one thing.I in fact am already re-reading this one as I did the first book even though it has yet to release.I gave it 4.95 of 5.0 stars for story line and characterization.I received a complementary digital ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ to read.This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    Okay authors. If you're going to write really interesting supporting characters, you need to at least be willing to give me novellas about them at some point. In this instance, Bald Jack and Anna (though not necessarily together.)
  • ReadWithE
    January 1, 1970
    3.5. I liked a lot of this book and it read really quickly, but I never connected with the heroine or her motivations
  • Kimberlee
    January 1, 1970
    Phenomenal. Heat was next level for Joanna which I loved. Can’t wait for the next!
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