The Devil of Downtown (Uptown Girls, #3)
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...?

The Devil of Downtown (Uptown Girls, #3) Details

TitleThe Devil of Downtown (Uptown Girls, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 30th, 2020
PublisherAvon
ISBN-139780062906861
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical

The Devil of Downtown (Uptown Girls, #3) Review

  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured the first book in this series earlier this month and already know that I need to read more of Joanna Shupe's books. I was excited to read the story of the last sister and her romance with a bad guy! When this book first started, it was definitely a soft, sweet story. Justine is a do-gooder like her sisters but she's more kind and not as risk-taking. She's still do whatever it takes to help the women of the city in need, though. She enlists the help of Jack, who is a bad guy who is bas I devoured the first book in this series earlier this month and already know that I need to read more of Joanna Shupe's books. I was excited to read the story of the last sister and her romance with a bad guy! When this book first started, it was definitely a soft, sweet story. Justine is a do-gooder like her sisters but she's more kind and not as risk-taking. She's still do whatever it takes to help the women of the city in need, though. She enlists the help of Jack, who is a bad guy who is basically the head gangster of New York. He's dangerous, but when Justine asks for help, he decides to help her if she returns the favor in whatever way he asks. Their relationship is very sweet and slow and I wish it had more oomph in the beginning. Once we got halfway through, though, this book picked up, the sparks flew, we knew more about Jack, and there was some serious suspense that kept me on my toes. If the beginning wasn't so slow and sweet, this book would have easily been a five star read. I loved how Jack became so vulnerable with Justine and how they did have some conflict near the end that almost ripped them apart. We also got to see Justine's sisters and I just loved how close they were and how they were there for each other. Seriously, I cannot recommend Joanna Shupe enough! You need to pick up her historical romances as soon as you can!
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  • b.andherbooks
    January 1, 1970
    God I adore this series. Is it wrong to want more? Watching Jack Mulligan slowly lose his heart to the quiet but never meek and never weak Justine was fan-fucking-tastic.I adored how Jack was as fastidious about his appearance (manicures, perfect bespoke suits) as he was filthy mouthed in bed. I loved how learned consent and good bed manners from his mother and the other sex workers he grew up with and how he always made sure Justine was 100% on board with every touch and kiss. SWOOOOOOOON.Where God I adore this series. Is it wrong to want more? Watching Jack Mulligan slowly lose his heart to the quiet but never meek and never weak Justine was fan-fucking-tastic.I adored how Jack was as fastidious about his appearance (manicures, perfect bespoke suits) as he was filthy mouthed in bed. I loved how learned consent and good bed manners from his mother and the other sex workers he grew up with and how he always made sure Justine was 100% on board with every touch and kiss. SWOOOOOOOON.Where Florence stole my heart in The Prince of Broadway, Jack for me was the star of this book. I love Justine too, Jack's character was just riveting.Pour me a glass of cold lager, I need it to cool off.I received an ARC for review from the publisher and Edelweiss+. Thank you!I'll be re-reading and posting a more coherent review closer to the pub date, but this is definitely a must!
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  • Renaissance Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I think this was my favorite book in this series! 4.5 stars. RTC!!
  • Joanna Shupe
    January 1, 1970
    So, what can I tell you about Justine and Jack? First off, I love them both...but that is probably obvious. It was important to me that Justine is good without being TOO good. She thinks of everyone before herself, but there are times when she wants to get a little wild. Jack was a bit harder to write because he had to be BAD without making the reader hate him. And we had to see it on the page to believe it. So that required some thinking of creative ways to show it to you without . . .well, mak So, what can I tell you about Justine and Jack? First off, I love them both...but that is probably obvious. It was important to me that Justine is good without being TOO good. She thinks of everyone before herself, but there are times when she wants to get a little wild. Jack was a bit harder to write because he had to be BAD without making the reader hate him. And we had to see it on the page to believe it. So that required some thinking of creative ways to show it to you without . . .well, making him *too* evil.He is based on a real criminal in New York City history named Paul Kelly. Kelly was a Gilded Age gangster who dressed like a Fifth Avenue dandy, spoke multiple languages, and many said he did actually condense the various NYC gangs into one criminal enterprise (under his command, naturally).I hope you like the way these two come together. And remember, be careful what you wish for!
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  • Aila
    January 1, 1970
    Stunning, seductive, and sweet addition to a lovely series featuring three brash girls from the Gilded Age! THE DEVIL OF DOWNTOWN was everything that I wanted and more. Shupe delivers with her usual humor and sensual romances. I was particularly excited about this book because it features Justine, the youngest sister who loves to help people, and Jack, a hardened criminal lord who also likes to help people... at a cost. Opposites attract are one of my favorite tropes, and this book really brough Stunning, seductive, and sweet addition to a lovely series featuring three brash girls from the Gilded Age! THE DEVIL OF DOWNTOWN was everything that I wanted and more. Shupe delivers with her usual humor and sensual romances. I was particularly excited about this book because it features Justine, the youngest sister who loves to help people, and Jack, a hardened criminal lord who also likes to help people... at a cost. Opposites attract are one of my favorite tropes, and this book really brought two people with different backgrounds and personalities to a wonderful, steamy romance where each person appreciates the differences in the other. “Her life had been about others for so long that she forgot what it felt like to live just for herself. To take instead of giving, giving, giving all the time. The idea of being wicked and selfish was a thrill just waiting there, beckoning in the sizzle of his gaze as he stared down at her. Danger. You’re in danger, Justine.He wouldn’t hurt her, not in the physical sense. However, no one would ever believe that Mulligan could be good for her. He was worldly and charming. Cunning. A man who dressed like a duke but traded in violence and crime. An elegant sword dipped in poison. So why had she come here tonight?”Justine is my favorite kind of character in romance books. She’s sensible but sheltered, so she thinks she knows what’s right all the time when in fact she’s a little naive. All her life, she’s been pitted against her older sisters who are brash and reckless and fearless. She covered up for their escapades and went along with their dares, but at the end of the day, she was the dutiful one. We start the book with her tracking down wayward, runaway husbands so that they can be persuaded to come back to their families to support them. She ends up asking Jack to help track down one of those men, since the man she’s looking for works for him. He does so... for a favor in the future. She reluctantly agrees, and the fun begins. From the beginning, the dynamic between Justine and Jack is exploding with chemistry. They both say they’re not interested in each other, but the more Justine stands up for herself against Jack, without being afraid of him, the more he’s attracted to her. Thus begins his seduction... which Justine accepts. They’re both having fun, right? Neither of them go into the relationship with thoughts of being long-term, but there’s also no manipulation either. They just enjoy the other’s company a lot and are attracted to one another. I thought throughout it all, their communication channels were open and honest, which kept the romantic progression pure and sweet. However, other people don’t think the same, as he’s a criminal from downtown and she’s a do-gooder from uptown. We love some forbidden romance energy.Justine is a do-gooder, but she definitely deserves an adventure. She has a higher goal of becoming a detective in the police force and in general, helping the community around her. Being with Jack allowed her to explore her own character more as she stepped out of her comfort zone to become someone as daring and reckless as her older sisters. I love that even as she’s becoming more confident and her voice is being heard, she doesn’t compromise her integrity, even if it’s so easy to with someone as powerful as Jack beside her. Jack himself has a lot of power as the lord of downtown, and his motto of “You can never have enough” drives him to build his criminal empire and dive into business ventures. He’s rich and controls the neighborhood. What more can he want? Once he meets Justine, he realizes that there’s MUCH more to life than making the next bargain... and he has to decide if that’s worth the change in his life.I love how progressive this series has been, and book 3 is no different. Justine is excited at Jack’s interest in her, but she’s just looking for a little fun, and she certainly does not need him to save the day. I’ve been blessed by so many romance books with women who save the day, and Justine definitely uses her intelligence and kindness to do so in THE DEVIL OF DOWNTOWN. There’s also a small murder subplot going on, keeping the story fun, and not just romance-centric. With small pieces of action and making deals, THE DEVIL OF DOWNTOWN really doesn’t have a boring moment. The plot moves along quickly, and the relationship does too, but on the characters’ terms and not as insta-love. I really recommend this series to Historical Romance lovers who appreciate modern women with fierce views, and men who are worthy of them! I especially loved this book because of the opposites attract theme, the growth the characters go through, and their seductive romantic progression.
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  • ☕️Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Each book in the Uptown Girls series features one of the Greene sisters and their romance. Each will work as standalone, but I recommend reading them in the order of release to get to know the city and key characters.Justine Greene is devoted to tracking down deadbeats and fighting for fair working conditions. She has earned a reputation on the streets as an angel. She fearlessly tracks down husbands into the depths of the Bowery. One such search brings her to the doorsteps of Jack Mulligan’s gy Each book in the Uptown Girls series features one of the Greene sisters and their romance. Each will work as standalone, but I recommend reading them in the order of release to get to know the city and key characters.Justine Greene is devoted to tracking down deadbeats and fighting for fair working conditions. She has earned a reputation on the streets as an angel. She fearlessly tracks down husbands into the depths of the Bowery. One such search brings her to the doorsteps of Jack Mulligan’s gym.Jack rules his territory with an iron fist. He and his men dress like politicians, and no women is to be harmed. In his world, his word is law, but a little do-gooder from the upper east side is about to challenge him.Gads, I loved the chemistry and back-and-forth banter between Justine and Jack. Jack is so used to people fearing him, and this tiny little waif of a woman undoes him. It was thrilling watching him fall.I loved Justine. She knows who she is, what she is about and learns from her mistakes. She is demure but tough..always a lady. She can see past the darker edges of Jack, but also expects him to rise above. She handled her over protective sisters and didn’t believe her privilege entitled her to anything.Jack was swoon-worthy and earned the respect of the gang not just by force but by fair wages and lifting them up. Shupe did a wonderful job of fleshing him out and sharing his story.Shupe, long a favorite at Caffeinated Reviewer, brought the period to life and weaved in historical tidbits from the gangs to the breweries and I loved it all. The suspense angle gave us a fright but also allowed for change and growth. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    This is the final book of the Uptown Girls series. You can read this as a stand alone if you don't mind a few minor spoilers for the previous 2 books in the series. Best character build will be to read in order. I believe all the characters appear together in all 3 books. (This is the only one I've tried from this series, but talked with a friend as she read the first of the series)Give this book a try if you are in the mood for-Mixed classes – Jack was born in a brothel and is a self made man t This is the final book of the Uptown Girls series. You can read this as a stand alone if you don't mind a few minor spoilers for the previous 2 books in the series. Best character build will be to read in order. I believe all the characters appear together in all 3 books. (This is the only one I've tried from this series, but talked with a friend as she read the first of the series)Give this book a try if you are in the mood for-Mixed classes – Jack was born in a brothel and is a self made man totally unwelcome in polite society, Justine is an uptown heiress-Antiheroes – Jack is the leader of a number of criminal enterprises-Lots of steam and f bombs ;)-Strong themes of feminism-Solid consent established-A splash of enemies to lovers – in the beginning, there's some snarkiness and push back from the heroine-A working herione!-Guilded age New York-Scarred hero (not a huge part of the story)Jack is our hero, and he's one of my favorite types. An antihero that grew up in the gutter and has more power now than anyone in town. He's drawn to Justine from the beginning. He's really rather charming. His emotions run deep, he can have a violent streak (never against the heroine), but usually he is not a brooding, grumpy character. Jack definitely is the reason I give this book 4 stars. I really enjoyed him. I love how he's so confident. He would do anything for Justine, and he helps her throughout the entire book. He's ruthless to his enemies and I love that too. What can I say, I love a man that has no problem protecting his territory and his woman.Justine truly cares about the suffering in New York. Being a member of the Greene family, she has lived a privileged life and wants to use it to help others. Her real passion is helping the women and children of the city, with her focus being on child labor and husbands that abandon their wives. I did find these parts really interesting. Definitely makes you more thankful for the world we live in today (even though there are still issues with it). I will say Justine rather annoyed me in this book. I find I am not liking the enemies to lovers much anymore. It doesn't last long in the book, but Justine in the beginning is rather snarky and rude to Jack, and I have no idea why it attracted Jack all the more. I don't see what's attractive about it at all. Thankfully that didn't last long, but then I felt like she made quite a few decisions that had me irritated. I felt like she put herself in stupid situations and didn't take the danger of the city seriously. I also felt like she went through a complete 180 of her feelings regarding Jack and it seemed to happen repeatedly until the end of the story. But I felt surprised the first time because it really seemed to come out of nowhere.The end of the book kind of took a dive for me as well. It seemed to have a bit excessive amount of overcoming the final hurdle. The back and forth of why they couldn't be together just went on a bit too long. Still, overall I enjoyed a LOT of this story. I give 3.5 rounded to 4.Thanks netgalley for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions on the book are my own
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  • Tracy Emro
    January 1, 1970
    Justine Greene is the youngest of the Greene sisters and compared to her vivacious sisters, she appears to be a little dull – but as they say – looks can be deceiving! Unlike her sisters in both looks and temperament, Justine spends her days helping the poor and forgotten of NYC. She also helps out with her brother-in-law Frank Tripp’s legal aid society – tracking down missing husbands. It is on such a case that she meets Jack Mulligan – the city’s biggest crime lord. After weeks of looking for Justine Greene is the youngest of the Greene sisters and compared to her vivacious sisters, she appears to be a little dull – but as they say – looks can be deceiving! Unlike her sisters in both looks and temperament, Justine spends her days helping the poor and forgotten of NYC. She also helps out with her brother-in-law Frank Tripp’s legal aid society – tracking down missing husbands. It is on such a case that she meets Jack Mulligan – the city’s biggest crime lord. After weeks of looking for Robert Gorcey who left his wife and five children without a word, she learns that he works for Jack and hopes to gain his help in getting Mr. Gorcey to take care of his responsibilities! Jack agrees, but wants a favor in exchange and won’t lift a finger to help unless she agrees.Jack Mulligan was born with nothing and fought his way to the top, he is powerful and feared, but Justine Greene doesn’t appear to be impressed – which intrigues him. She grudgingly agrees to grant him a favor in the future and leaves. Jack shouldn’t give her another thought, he has problems of his own in the shape of an up-and-coming crime boss, Trevor O’Shaughnessy, a man that is testing the boundaries with Jack. But he can’t seem to get the little “do-gooder” out of his mind and has her followed. Days later he catches up with her to cash in his favor, he marvels at how much she does in the city and listens to her complain about not being able to get her police friend to help with a matter of a unfair factory owner. Jack buys her lunch and tells her that for his favor he wants to escort her to Frank’s fundraising gala – there is a man he wants to talk to that refuses to see him – Julius Hatcher – Justine agrees and demands an outrageous donation to boot – Jack agrees.When her family learns of her interactions with Jack, they all warn her off – Mamie and Florence are sure he will hurt her and ruin her reputation, Frank and Clay are concerned for her safety – but they all underestimate Justine – she is stronger and braver than they could ever imagine and she refuses to stop seeing Jack. For his part, Jack is caught in Justine’s spell – he wants her, but more than just sexually, he likes her and enjoys her company – she is a light in his dark world and even as he knows he should let her go, he can’t seem to send her away. But when Jack gives Justine her greatest desire, she finally admits that she is changing into someone she doesn’t like and she walks away from him. Can he win her back? This was a well written, fast paced, amazing read with very likable characters, red-hot love scenes, unexpected twists, wonderful secondary characters including cameos from Mamie, Frank, Florence, Clay and Julius Hatcher! I just loved this story, it was a wild ride from the first page until the last and is definitely my favorite in the series. This is the third book in the series and while it can be read as a stand-alone, do yourself a favor and read the books in order!*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by the publisher.*
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  • Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    This is the final book in the Uptown Girls trilogy, Joanna Shupe's Gilded Age series about the wealthy Greene sisters and the less than upstanding men they fall in love with. Going into this, I didn't have many feelings about the heroine, Justine, because she'd been kind of in the background for the previous books, off doing charitable works. It's those charitable works that lead her to Jack Mulligan, the kingpin of the downtown gangs, who helps Justine track down husbands who have abandoned the This is the final book in the Uptown Girls trilogy, Joanna Shupe's Gilded Age series about the wealthy Greene sisters and the less than upstanding men they fall in love with. Going into this, I didn't have many feelings about the heroine, Justine, because she'd been kind of in the background for the previous books, off doing charitable works. It's those charitable works that lead her to Jack Mulligan, the kingpin of the downtown gangs, who helps Justine track down husbands who have abandoned their wives and children. Despite everyone's warnings that Jack is bad news, Justine can't help but be drawn to him. But the more she asks for Jack's help, the further she gets drawn into his world and loses herself.I really love this series and Joanna Shupe. Jack was great, and I grew to really love Justine by the end. She was strong in a subtler way, and I really enjoyed how her determination to do the right thing wore down Jack's defenses. Shupe writes in the afterword about all of the real people and events she based this book upon (there is sexy historical bowling!), and I love how she always has such fresh plot and characters in each book.
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  • Diane Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    I have really enjoyed the Uptown Girls series. This final installment has the same tone as the others. This one centers around the youngest daughter of the wealthy Greene family. She is a dedicated do-gooder and her family doesn't realize how strong and capable she is. She butts head with the notorious ruler of the Bowery underground, Jack Mulligan. Of course, Jack has a heart of gold buried beneath his rough-and-tough exterior and Justine is just the girl to bring it out. No matter that her sis I have really enjoyed the Uptown Girls series. This final installment has the same tone as the others. This one centers around the youngest daughter of the wealthy Greene family. She is a dedicated do-gooder and her family doesn't realize how strong and capable she is. She butts head with the notorious ruler of the Bowery underground, Jack Mulligan. Of course, Jack has a heart of gold buried beneath his rough-and-tough exterior and Justine is just the girl to bring it out. No matter that her sisters have married similarly rough guys, they want to protect Justine. I loved how Justine rose to the occasion and became her own woman. I like the way Jack was attracted to her and was surprised by her strength. This was a fitting and satisfying end to the series. I look forward to see what new Gilded Age book ideas Joanna Shupe has brewing. She is a terrific writer.
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  • Carissa
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this one. Justine didn't bow down to kingpin Jack. It was for sure fun and entertaining with their banter and being together. I love the synopsis of the story and whats neat is that Joanna tells us exactly who these characters are based on real life people. I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Timitra
    January 1, 1970
    Rated 4.5 StarsThe Devil of Downtown was wonderful. It was steamy and sexy. I loved the interactions between the main characters, Jack and Justine as well as getting glimpses of the previous couples. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it and the rest of the series.Copy provided by publisher through Edelweiss
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  • Kristina Birch
    January 1, 1970
    Who needs grump and sunshine when there’s the Devil and the Do-Gooder?! So I really thought Florence from the Prince of Broadway was going to be my favorite Greene sister but then Justine slayed me as she slayed Jack Mulligan. The quiet, earnest Greene sister has been volunteering her time and help to those in need since she was fifteen but being a woman in Gilded Age New York, even a wealthy one, means that she often needs the assistance of a man to really get things done (ugh!). Jack Mulligan Who needs grump and sunshine when there’s the Devil and the Do-Gooder?! So I really thought Florence from the Prince of Broadway was going to be my favorite Greene sister but then Justine slayed me as she slayed Jack Mulligan. The quiet, earnest Greene sister has been volunteering her time and help to those in need since she was fifteen but being a woman in Gilded Age New York, even a wealthy one, means that she often needs the assistance of a man to really get things done (ugh!). Jack Mulligan has built an empire of less than honorable and legal standing but he still cares for his people and is always willing to help...for a price. Jack’s reaction to Justine’s passion in the first chapter had me hooked. He calls her a do-gooder but he doesn’t fetishize her, he respects the hell out of her and that was so sexy. But what I loved most about the book was Justine and her unwillingness to compromise who she is, a fighter and a natural leader even though she doesn’t always see that (but he does!). And let me just say, her leading the march down Bowery is one of my favorite things about this whole series that has been five stars all the way. I just wish we could have more of these Uptown Girls and their men! I received a complimentary review copy of this book but all opinions are my own.
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    I have a feeling this one is going to be soooo good!
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I just adore the strong feminist heroines in this series and I think Justine May be my favorite. The hero, Jack, who we met before is a really great hero for Justine. I really love big badass hero’s, especially if they are on the wrong side of the law, and the rich, uptown good girl trope. I really enjoyed this one and I’m sad to see the series end.
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  • AnnMarie
    January 1, 1970
    The Devil of Downtown is the third and final book in the Uptown Girls series by Joanna Shupe. Although part of a series it can easily be read as a stand-alone.What a fabulous ending to an exciting series. Our heroine is Justine Greene, a woman who has been brought up with all of the privileges of the wealthy. Rather than just sit at home and embroider, she likes to help people in need by helping out in her brother-in-law's Legal Aid Society. One of her more challenging jobs is finding runaway hu The Devil of Downtown is the third and final book in the Uptown Girls series by Joanna Shupe. Although part of a series it can easily be read as a stand-alone.What a fabulous ending to an exciting series. Our heroine is Justine Greene, a woman who has been brought up with all of the privileges of the wealthy. Rather than just sit at home and embroider, she likes to help people in need by helping out in her brother-in-law's Legal Aid Society. One of her more challenging jobs is finding runaway husbands. Husbands that leave and won't pay towards their children's upkeep. In one of those cases, the man in question works for Jack Mulligan.Jack was born into poverty and has worked his way from the slums to being kingpin amongst the criminal factions in the city. He owns a gaming establishment and has his finger in every pie. He is the perfect antihero. He is handsome, he is fair, and he would never harm a woman. Jack was astounded when Justine pushed her way into seeing him in his club. He was even more astounded when he realised that she expected him to just hand over the missing husband that she was searching for. Nobody made demands of Jack Mulligan, least of all a do-gooder woman. She was quite rude to him, and despite his shock, he found her sass attractive. He decides to help her but tells her she owes him a favour that he will collect on when it suits him.I am not going to tell you what the favour is, you can find that out for yourself. I will say that they end up spending a lot of time together. They share passionate moments, steamy passionate moments at that. They also share dangerous moments, and moments of heartbreak. There are some fun light-hearted times too making this book neither predictable nor boring. It was fast-paced and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was surprised at how the couple ended up with their happy ending. At first, I thought it was an unlikely scenario but the more I pondered on it and carried on reading the more I thought that it was indeed believable and I loved it.This whole series has been fabulous and I am so happy to recommend it and of course this final book.
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  • Aracely
    January 1, 1970
    It was a very interesting and entertaining read.This is book 3 of the uptown girls series and again I was initiated in this series in disorder, I have to read the previous ones.I really liked Justine, her determination and spirit to help anyone in need no matter where they are and the danger they are in. And the fact that she is just exactly the same in her personal and intimate life only adds more points to his already very well defined personality.Jack would be the other part of that world whe It was a very interesting and entertaining read.This is book 3 of the uptown girls series and again I was initiated in this series in disorder, I have to read the previous ones.I really liked Justine, her determination and spirit to help anyone in need no matter where they are and the danger they are in. And the fact that she is just exactly the same in her personal and intimate life only adds more points to his already very well defined personality.Jack would be the other part of that world where to stand out and be respected you do anything to achieve it, although there are villains and then there is Jack, although he operates blackmailing and scaring everyone we also see that he has a compassionate and fair side in the whole world of crime, cares about its people and because of than he earns not only respect but also loyalty and support that is well tested when he need it.Justine and Jack will begin a relationship of favors that will lead them to a relationship that none of them seemed prepared to have but without realizing it, they will fall into their web and even if they try to escape it will be too late.I like that the story is moving slowly and the relationship of Justine and Jack in the same way, the author does not rush anything, on the contrary, gives us a little taste of what would be a relationship between these two characters with well-defined personalities, no doubt I have enjoyed very much of those passionate moments as those were keep debating their views.It's certainly a highly recommended reading.4.5 starsI received an ARC from author and Netgalley on exchange of my honest review.Thank you so much.
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  • Sophie Barnes
    January 1, 1970
    This story is absolutely fan-freekin-tastic! Filled with three dimensional characters and the sort of world building that brings late 19th century Manhatten to vivid life, this is a romance you don't want to miss!Raised in a brothel and later on the streets, Jack Mulligan has fought tooth and nail, not only for survival, but to build an untouchable empire. Reputed to be unforgiving and ruthless, no one would ever dare argue with him. Until a young lady with steel in her veins gives Jack a piece This story is absolutely fan-freekin-tastic! Filled with three dimensional characters and the sort of world building that brings late 19th century Manhatten to vivid life, this is a romance you don't want to miss!Raised in a brothel and later on the streets, Jack Mulligan has fought tooth and nail, not only for survival, but to build an untouchable empire. Reputed to be unforgiving and ruthless, no one would ever dare argue with him. Until a young lady with steel in her veins gives Jack a piece of her mind. Justine Green needs his help, but she's not prepared to let him dictate the terms completely. Instead she negotiates with him on equal footing and with fearless determination. Which makes it hard for Jack for forget her once their initial arrangement has been concluded. But it's not just her bravery that draws him, it's also her kindness, and while he knows he doesn't deserve a woman like her in his life, Jack finds himself seeking her out and furthering the acquaintance until they're both falling hard for each other. The only problem of course is figuring out how the king of the criminal underworld can build a future with a respectable do-gooder.I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Beyond the romance there's also a murder plot along with Justine's struggle to be taken seriously as a woman attempting to work alongside the police force. A definite page turner to be savored.
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  • Hanna
    January 1, 1970
    I am obsessed with this book. What a way to end the stories of these sisters! I didn’t know what to expect from Justine, as she was more quiet and reserved and wasn’t in the other books as much. Same with Jack- I loved him in the second book, but I just wasn’t sure how they would go together. Justine is always crusading for justice and Jack is a boss of a criminal empire. However, there is a reason opposites attract is one of my favorite tropes. These two just go together, despite their differen I am obsessed with this book. What a way to end the stories of these sisters! I didn’t know what to expect from Justine, as she was more quiet and reserved and wasn’t in the other books as much. Same with Jack- I loved him in the second book, but I just wasn’t sure how they would go together. Justine is always crusading for justice and Jack is a boss of a criminal empire. However, there is a reason opposites attract is one of my favorite tropes. These two just go together, despite their different worlds and backgrounds. Justine is brave, fierce, and never backs down, which draws Jack to her even more. Jack, despite his occupation, is super-sensitive and sees Justine in a way nobody else does. The attraction between the two is off the charts. Jack is one of the few people who treats Justine without kid gloves and listens to what she wants and believes in her (I love her sisters, but they were soooo overprotective in this book). And of course, we see Gilded Age New York in this book, which is one of the reasons I love Joanna Shupe’s books so much. She writes in this setting so well. I will definitely be reading this one again! Thank you Avon and NetGalley for the eARC of this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Jessica (the naptime writer)
    January 1, 1970
    5⭐️. Opposites attract, wrong side of the tracks🥵🥵🥵. Okay, sorry, had to get that string of emoji out of the way first. How do I always forget how perfectly dirty Joanna Shupe’s books are?! It’s inexcusable!..The Devil of Downtown is Shupe’s latest foray into the Gilded Age and it’s basically a treasure trove of some of my favorite things...⭐️ A romance between a criminal kingpin and a “do-gooder.”..⭐️ A hero who is turned on by the “stern” tones of the heroine. In this case, said criminal kingp 5⭐️. Opposites attract, wrong side of the tracks🥵🥵🥵. Okay, sorry, had to get that string of emoji out of the way first. How do I always forget how perfectly dirty Joanna Shupe’s books are?! It’s inexcusable!..The Devil of Downtown is Shupe’s latest foray into the Gilded Age and it’s basically a treasure trove of some of my favorite things...⭐️ A romance between a criminal kingpin and a “do-gooder.”..⭐️ A hero who is turned on by the “stern” tones of the heroine. In this case, said criminal kingpin is absolutely infatuated with do-gooder’s “brass ones” because she refuses to be cowed by him, the man they all fear...⭐️ Steam, steam, steam!..⭐️ An aggressive, ruthless hero who is squishy soft on the inside BUT ONLY for the heroine and a philanthropic heroine who is hard as steel—as the hero notes on several occasions. She’s ambitious (for the sake of others) and not willing to ultimately compromise herself, even for him...The Devil of Downtown feels luxuriously enjoyable and it’s not without some commentary on deserting husbands and the police, too. I absolutely love the dynamic between the hero Jack and heroine Justine—I imagine him continually internally gaping at how unimpressed she is by his efforts to intimidate...I have two quibbles, though. One is part of the ending, which I don’t want to get into because of spoilers. And the second, which makes me sound like a bad person, is that for a little while Justine only enjoys helping people (no hobbies, Justine?), and that can come across as a little one dimensional. But then she likes helping people, bowling, *and* being intimate with the most powerful criminal leader in Manhattan so 👍🏻, I’ll allow it 🤣. ..This is a fantastic historical and I loved every second of it...Thanks to Avon Publishing and Netgalley for my complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful, fun and exciting end to a great series. I enjoyed both the original characters, the drama between them and the fast-paced dialogue. It was honestly the best part of the last few days, spent in quarantine, it took my mind off of all the craziness and reminded me of some of my favorite historical romances, with its witty, heartfelt style. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Joanna Shupe’s Gilded Age stories, where the women are brave and interesting, and the men are progressive, sexy A wonderful, fun and exciting end to a great series. I enjoyed both the original characters, the drama between them and the fast-paced dialogue. It was honestly the best part of the last few days, spent in quarantine, it took my mind off of all the craziness and reminded me of some of my favorite historical romances, with its witty, heartfelt style. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Joanna Shupe’s Gilded Age stories, where the women are brave and interesting, and the men are progressive, sexy and complicated in the best way. Recommend!
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    After disliking the second book in this series I am so happy to say I LOVED The Devil of Downtown. Great opposites attract story and I enjoy a good bad boy who’s really not so bad. Justine’s fight for social causes was excellent and her scenes with Jack were so electric. I didn’t want it to end, but alas. Thank you so much to HarperCollins and NetGalley for the ARC!
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  • Romana
    January 1, 1970
    I am continuously wowed by just how amazing this series is. Full review to come soon!
  • Mercedes
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I have been able to finish in a month. I haven't been able to read at all but Joanna Shupe's newest book The Devil of Downtown is a historical romance gem. In this third book of the Uptown Girls we follow the youngest Greene sister, Justine. You will not be disappointed with Jack Mulligan's book. We have seen the exclusive Jack in other books, specifically in Florence's book. He is just as dark and devastating a hero as we are lead to believe and I loved every second of hi This is the first book I have been able to finish in a month. I haven't been able to read at all but Joanna Shupe's newest book The Devil of Downtown is a historical romance gem. In this third book of the Uptown Girls we follow the youngest Greene sister, Justine. You will not be disappointed with Jack Mulligan's book. We have seen the exclusive Jack in other books, specifically in Florence's book. He is just as dark and devastating a hero as we are lead to believe and I loved every second of him being just completely devastated by realizing he loves Justine. This is a must read for anyone that loved the other books in the series or just needs a historical romance to ground their mind for a few hours. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalleyJoanna Shupe closes out her Uptown Girls series with an absolutely delicious opposites attract story about a determined do-gooder and a kingpin. The Greene girls continue to tackle social issues and fight for women's rights in Gilded Age New York. Add in a charming, so-wrong-for-her-he's-right hero, and you've got the recipe for a great read. I've loved this entire series. Shupe illuminates the history and issues of the day while spinning stories that c ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalleyJoanna Shupe closes out her Uptown Girls series with an absolutely delicious opposites attract story about a determined do-gooder and a kingpin. The Greene girls continue to tackle social issues and fight for women's rights in Gilded Age New York. Add in a charming, so-wrong-for-her-he's-right hero, and you've got the recipe for a great read. I've loved this entire series. Shupe illuminates the history and issues of the day while spinning stories that celebrate women who flaunt convention and live interesting lives.Check out my review of the first book in the series, The Rogue of Fifth Avenue.
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  • Caiti (The Romance Mom)
    January 1, 1970
    What can I say about The Devil of Downtown. This review is going to be rather short and sweet. I adored every second of the book. It was emotional and smart and super duper HOT. In fact, the entire Uptown Girls series is basically flawless. Gilded-Age gloriousness.Thank you Netgalley and Avon for the opportunity to read an advanced copy. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Arriesta
    January 1, 1970
    I 100% believe, The Devil of Downtown maybe the best of The Uptown Girls, historical romance series, and that is coming from a huge Mamie and Frank Tripp fan, from The Rogue of Fifth Avenue! I absolutely love the return of past characters including Julius Hatcher from A Daring Arrangement and as well, Franks brother, Patrick Murphy.Let’s start with Jack Mulligan, ahhhh…. omg,,, total Tom Hardy in Legend vibes… my favorite line…… “Have time for me f#cking now?” I love my gangster / businessmen Ja I 100% believe, The Devil of Downtown maybe the best of The Uptown Girls, historical romance series, and that is coming from a huge Mamie and Frank Tripp fan, from The Rogue of Fifth Avenue! I absolutely love the return of past characters including Julius Hatcher from A Daring Arrangement and as well, Franks brother, Patrick Murphy.Let’s start with Jack Mulligan, ahhhh…. omg,,, total Tom Hardy in Legend vibes… my favorite line…… “Have time for me f#cking now?” I love my gangster / businessmen Jack and the do-gooder Justine Greene, the youngest of the Greene girls.Justine Greene, my sweet girl, with the determination to help the children and women in need of justice via the Lower East Side Legal Aid Society. Who doesn’t love a sweet, naïve, heart of gold girl falling for a hardened, criminal kingpin and turning him straight?The only dilemma I could find with this book was that it takes a long time for the romance element to set it. I found myself saying several times, kiss already! I would have enjoyed more romantic interludes with my Jack Mulligan fantasy…. Besides this small point, this is a beautiful book with incredible cover art, storyline and fun historical tidbits through out which represent the Gilded Age era well. I look forward to seeing what Joanna Shupe comes up with next.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    I always look forward to a new book by Joanna Shupe and am never disappointed.Shupe’s books feature strong, independent women and handsome, complex men. The stories have romance, heat and danger.Justine is the youngest sister in this series. In the other two books I did not care for her as I found her a bit strident. But in her own story, Justine becomes someone to admire. She is seemingly fragile and naïve, but strong and formidable. Jack has survived a brutal childhood to become a criminal ki I always look forward to a new book by Joanna Shupe and am never disappointed.Shupe’s books feature strong, independent women and handsome, complex men. The stories have romance, heat and danger.Justine is the youngest sister in this series. In the other two books I did not care for her as I found her a bit strident. But in her own story, Justine becomes someone to admire. She is seemingly fragile and naïve, but strong and formidable. Jack has survived a brutal childhood to become a criminal kingpin in lower Manhattan. His heart of gold begins to shine as he gets drawn into Justine’s crusades of helping women track down deadbeat husbands and fathers. Their relationship seems doomed because of the chasm of the two worlds in which they inhabit, society elites of the Upper West Side and the grim realities of Downtown.If you need a break from Regency England, Shupe is the master of turn of the 20th century New York City. She has done her research and it shows. The sights, sounds and even smells of NYC come alive in her writing.I am sad to see this series end, but I know her next series will be just as great.Thank you to Edelweiss+ and HarperCollins for the DRC
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  • Jenifer
    January 1, 1970
    The Devil of Downtown is a wonderful conclusion to the Uptown Girls trilogy. I love the Gilded Age Manhattan setting of this series, and I think Joanna Shupe does a great job of showing both its glittering brash excess and its dark underworld. The romance between Jack and Justine is also deeply satisfying, and I loved the scenes featuring Justine's other sisters and their significant others, living their own Happily Ever Afters.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    I've so adored this series, my first from Joanna Shupe. The Greene sisters are a force of nature, and I loved getting to know them!Justine Greene is the youngest of 3 daughters, and she loves her family, though they all treat her as some kind of naive child most of the time. She has a servant's heart, and she loves to help others who are less fortunate. Especially when the people she's helping have nowhere else to turn. Since her eldest sister Mamie, and Mamie's husband Frank, started the local I've so adored this series, my first from Joanna Shupe. The Greene sisters are a force of nature, and I loved getting to know them!Justine Greene is the youngest of 3 daughters, and she loves her family, though they all treat her as some kind of naive child most of the time. She has a servant's heart, and she loves to help others who are less fortunate. Especially when the people she's helping have nowhere else to turn. Since her eldest sister Mamie, and Mamie's husband Frank, started the local legal aid society she's been helping with cases there, as much as she's able. Often when they've done all they can, she can investigate further. Lately many of her cases have been tracking down deadbeat husbands/fathers, and forcing them to give financial support to the families they've left behind. She has a detective who helps her, though he's not always available. While tracking one man, she discovers he works for the largest crime syndicate in town, and she hopes the man in charge will help her to find her target. Jack Mulligan grew up in a brothel, and then on the streets after his mother's death. He's had a VERY rough life, and he learned quickly how to fend for himself. As he got older, he started amassing some power, and before long had warring street gangs all combining forces under his rule. Now at 32, he runs a huge syndicate, who are involved in all manner of illegal dealings, but never brothels. He's the most powerful man in town, and he likes it that way. He worked hard, and fought hard, to get to his position, and he plans to stay on top as long as possible. But, lately there's a local upstart looking to usurp him, and now he's got an uptown do-gooder on his doorstep demanding his help. His attraction to Justine is unexpected, and he doesn't think it could ever be reciprocated, but he'll try to sway her to his way of thinking any way he can.Jack and Justine's chemistry was SO HOT, and you could feel it leap off the page, from the first moment they met. I loved how she wasn't scared of him, and didn't cut him any slack, and all of that just made him want her even more. She was an enigma to him that he was determined to discover, and everything about her caused him to continue on his course to getting her to give in to him. They played push-and-pull beautifully, all while truly getting to know each other, and their connection was just MAGIC. It was interesting to see another side of our main characters from the earlier two books, Justine's older sisters, Mamie & Florence, as well as their men, Frank & Clay. How they treated Justine, as the "baby" sister to be coddled and protected, as if she didn't know her own mind, was quite hypocritical, knowing what all shenanigans they got up to in their own books. It was actually shocking to me at first, as I expected more understanding from them. But, both sisters wanted to protect Justine, and knew that Jack was a step too far as a romantic partner for her, as the family would never accept him with his criminal connections. Though he truly wasn't all that different from Clay in book 2, in my opinion, so I thought the sisters were being WAY overzealous. But, family dynamics are funny that way, and seeing both sisters from Justine's POV was very enlightening as to why Justine is the way she is. Jack's right-hand men, Rye and Cooper, on the other hand, both loved Justine, and fully accepted her into their circle, and I loved that contrast to how her sisters were behaving.Jack and Justine had such a full, strong connection, that when cracks started to show, I was dreading that black moment. The author really made me love these characters so fiercely, and I wanted them both to get everything they wanted, without knowing how she was going to get them there. I loved this story so much, and could not have asked for a better ending to this series. I highly recommend all 3 books!ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Megan from Alpha Book Club
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