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.
Titles in the Uptown Girls series include – The Rogue of Fifth Avenue – The Prince of Broadway – The Devil of Downtown
*There is a connection to the Four Hundred series which includes – A Daring Arrangement – A Scandalous Deal – A Notorious Vow
Title: The Rogue of Fifth Avenue
Series: Uptown Girls #1
Author: Joanna Shupe
Genre: Historical Romance (Gilded Age)
Published: May 28, 2019
My Rating: 4 stars
The Rogue of Fifth Avenue begins the Uptown Girls series with a story that captured my imagination from the beginning to the final page. As a reader, I’ve become familiar with the Regency/Victorian age romances and the Western Historicals of the same general time period. I have not read much about the upper New York society of the Gilded Age and I found myself fascinated with a look into a world that I knew existed but hadn’t dived into until now.
Mamie and Frank are an unusual couple from different positions in life at a time in history when those differences mattered far more than they should. Mamie is facing an arranged marriage yet until that is announced and finalized she is enjoying her life in society – and doing her part of helping those less fortunate than herself. The means that she employes to accomplish this are both ingenious and dangerous. But she will not be swayed nor stopped by anyone, especially by her father’s lawyer who has admittedly come to her rescue (she didn’t think she needed rescuing thank you very much) on several occasions now. The latest situation she finds herself part of will change everything, open her eyes to the corruption around her, allow her to see Frank in a different light, and come to some life-altering conclusions about her own life and future. Mamie is head-strong, at times reckless of her own safety, and determined to make a difference beyond being a decorative part of the upper society she was born into. I liked Mamie, even when she makes assumptions that she should know better about, I still liked her.
Frank is charming, definitely a hero yet one who has his own secrets to keep hidden from the world he exists in. While Mamie exasperates him on more than one occasion, he’s also drawn to her in ways he should not be given the differences in their circumstances. Watching them navigate through not only their romance but the situations they find themselves in was a fascinating journey.
I enjoyed The Rogue of Fifth Avenue very much. The writing was smooth, the characters believable even relatable, the obvious corruption of the time obvious with a nasty feel to it, and the secondary characters brought this world into full view for me. I have not read the Four Hundred series, but I believe I’ll be going back to that series in the near future. Frank and Mamie’s romance brings to light the beauty and the ugliness of the Gilded Age in America – and has created a need for me to learn more, read more about this time frame. I’d definitely recommend this story and I have the second one, The Prince of Broadway downloaded and ready to dive into in the next few days.
I own a Kindle edition of The Rogue of Fifth Avenue.
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