Friday, May 31, 2019

Review - The Rogue of Fifth Avenue

Author:  Joanna Shupe
Series:  Uptown Girls #1
Genre:   Historical Romance
Publisher:   Avon
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  400
Date of Publication:  May 28, 2019
My Rating:  5 Stars


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…


Frank Tripp gets his story! If readers have read Joanna Shupe's The Four Hundred series, you will certainly remember Frank. No worries, though, because The Rogue of Fifth Avenue is the beginning of a new series and most definitely is a standalone title for a new series.

Frank Tripp is a highly respected lawyer and a partner is a big-scale law firm. When Frank runs into Mamie Greene he is quick to try to pull her out of dangerous situations. Mamie does two things: she steals from the rich to give to the poor and she gambles and gives all her winnings to the the less fortunate. Her partner in crime is her sister Florence. They are genuinely concerned with families that are down and out and are extremely skilled in their rather nefarious activities.

Mamie doesn't want Frank's help. She feels she is just fine on her own. Actually Frank doesn't quite understand why he keeps rescuing Mamie, but that he does. He is forced to admit to himself that he is quite drawn to Mamie. She is rather reluctant to admit that she finds Frank irresistible. In the midst of their interactions with each other, one of the people that Mamie has been charitable towards desperately needs her help - and that of a good lawyer. Enter Frank Tripp.

What a fantastic book! Who couldn't love Mamie?! Oh my, she was one of the best female protagonists I have read in a long while. She was giving, beautiful, sensitive and kind. Frank wasn't too bad himself. A terrific lawyer who truly had a heart of gold. He was just the perfect match to Mamie. Mamie came from wealth whereas Frank did not. He is the epitome of a self-made man, and this ultimately forces him to make difficult decisions. These decisions certainly did not come easy. Frank definitely grew in this book and it was a pleasure to watch his transformation.

I have loved the previous connected series by Ms. Shupe and I look forward to continuing this new series, which is Uptown Girls. No doubt Florence's story is next, to be followed by Justine's.

Many thanks to Avon and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. In 2013 she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical.

Joanna’s first Gilded Age historical novel, Magnate, was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Publishers Weekly, and one of 2016′s top romances by The Washington Post and Kobo. The Washington Post named Joanna’s The Lady Hellion as one of 2015’s top five romance novels.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.

When she’s not writing or doing laundry, she can be found online at Facebook (Joanna Shupe Author) or Twitter (@joannashupe).

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