Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna Shupe

Silver-tongued lawyer.
Keeper of secrets.
Breaker of hearts.

He can solve any problem…

In serving the wealthy power brokers of New York society, Frank Tripp has finally gained the respectability and security his own upbringing lacked. There’s no issue he cannot fix… except for one: the beautiful and reckless daughter of an important client who doesn’t seem to understand the word danger.

She’s not looking for a hero…

Excitement lay just below Forty-Second Street and Mamie Greene is determined to explore all of it—while playing a modern-day Robin Hood along the way. What she doesn’t need is her father’s lawyer dogging her every step and threatening her efforts to help struggling families in the tenements.

However, she doesn’t count on Frank’s persistence… or the sparks that fly between them. When fate upends all her plans, Mamie must decide if she’s willing to risk it all on a rogue…

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The Rogue of Fifth Avenue is the first installment in a brand-new series, Uptown Girls. Shupe is relatively new-to-me, having only read two novels by her previously, the final two in the Four Hundred series. The author has me hooked, quickly rising to the top of my favorites list in historical romance. Shupe's dry wit is endlessly entertaining for this serious reader, when more other-the-top comedic situations always swiftly have me losing interest.

To be honest, I generally don't remember the authors' names, going by series to what I want to read next, but when I saw this book, I had to have it – didn't even bother reading the blurb, because it didn't matter.

There's nothing like a true heroine, strong and independent, whose emotions run deep, never coming off as a damsel in distress or vapid, as often this genre is stereotypically frowned down upon because of these plot devices.

Mamie is a true heroine, who fights for others, but she isn't a selfless martyr when it comes to herself either. She's a fighter. She uses the perceptions of others to her advantage – all seeing her as a society darling, without a brain in her head, while she uses this as a cover to be a Robin Hood of sorts in the seedy gambling underbelly of the city. Type A, first-born personality, Mamie wants to be her father's son (in this era, typically the male heir continues the family legacy, but there are only daughters).

Frank is an attorney, one tasks with 'fixing' things for upper society, but he has a shady past from the bad side of the city. Employed by Mamie's father, he has a problem because he's attracted to the off-limits daughter. Frank is tasked with babysitting Mamie, which is a major problem for our independent heroine. The sparks fly, the tension is fierce, the banter is witty and infectious.

I've been trying to be less spoilery in my reviews as of late, so I'm not going to hit on the plot points. The Rogue of Fifth Avenue is fueled with delicious angst from several sources, which made it a page-turner of a read. I had to know what was going to happen next to a feverish degree. I'm not going to lie, I read this novel in a few hours, pages flying by, without a single interruption.

My final impression is why I gave the book five stars. Does it have faults and flaws? All books do. However, the fact that after I finished the novel, I wanted to dive straight into Joanna Shupe's backlist and read from the beginning, working my way back to rereading this novel again... it was an easy five-star rating for me to give.

Joanna Shupe has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. In 2013, she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Rogue of Fifth Avenue (Uptown Girls #1) by Joanna Shupe to read and review.

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