Series: Uptown Girls #1
Published by Avon on May 28th 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Avon, Edelweiss
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Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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…
THE ROGUE OF FIFTH AVENUE
by Joanna Shupe
I’ve been wanting to read a Joanna Shupe story for a while. While the majority of historical romance, set in the Victorian, Regency and Georgian era takes place in Britain, I was intrigued by the US setting of THE ROGUE OF FIFTH AVENUE.
I found both Frank and Mamie very likable. I admired vivacious, Mamie for her humanitarian efforts to help the poor people in her city. She grew up with the literal silver spoon in her mouth so I was pleasantly surprised that this heroine didn’t take for granted what was given to her through birthright. In that regard she gets the highest notes. Frank grew up poor but due to good fortune he was able to rid himself of the shackles of poverty and studied law. Today he is one of the top lawyers for the rich and famous. He is untruthful about his background and we know it’s always the lies that’ll blow up in the main characters’s faces.
She challenged him in a way that both infuriated and intrigued him at the same time. In a world of glittering diamonds, Mamie was a fiery ruby, a flame that burned brighter than anything else around it.
So here is the little issue I had with this story: The development of their relationship was based on chemistry and sex. Throughout the whole story they didn’t talk, not about the important things concerning themselves anyway. They had explosive sex and, sure, they had great banter but I was missing the get-to-know phase – but I get that would have made the big blow-up in the end impossible. My issue was also a little with Mamie, who – of course – was hurt by Frank’s lies. But whenever they were together or whenever she wanted to meet up with Frank it was for sex so she didn’t really make a huge effort to get to know him. So I was a little bit annoyed that she couldn’t at least understand a little bit that he had to lie to the public and didn’t let her in. Even ten minutes before Mamie and Frank were reunited she was still ruminating how she couldn’t forgive him for his lies.
He was a blue-blooded, silver-tongued rascal, but Frank Tripp was also a good man. The best man.
With all that being said, I still enjoyed this story immensely. I am very impressed with this author’s writing, which just seems to flow effortlessly. It has an almost modern quality to it so it’s very readable. The chemistry between the characters made for some witty and clever dialogues and the storyline definitely held my attention. THE ROGUE OF FIFTH AVENUE is a great introduction to Joanna Shupe’s works and makes me want to read more of them.