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In the second novel in Joanna Shupe's the Uptown Girl series, a ruthless casino owner bent on revenge finds his plans upended by a beautiful woman who proves to be more determined than he is—and too irresistible to deny. Powerful casino owner. Ruthless mastermind. Destroyer of men. He lives in the shadows... As the owner of the city's most exclusive casino, Clayton Madden holds In the second novel in Joanna Shupe's the Uptown Girl series, a ruthless casino owner bent on revenge finds his plans upended by a beautiful woman who proves to be more determined than he is—and too irresistible to deny. Powerful casino owner. Ruthless mastermind. Destroyer of men. He lives in the shadows... As the owner of the city's most exclusive casino, Clayton Madden holds the fortunes of prominent families in the palms of his hands every night. There is one particular family he burns to ruin, however, one that has escaped his grasp... until now. She is society's darling... Florence Greene is no one's fool. She knows Clayton Madden is using her to ruin her prestigious family... and she's using him right back. She plans to learn all she can from the mysterious casino owner—then open a casino of her own just for women. With revenge on his mind, Clay agrees to mentor Florence. However, she soon proves more adept—and more alluring—than Clay bargained for. When his plans are threatened, Clay must decide if he is willing to gamble his empire on love.


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In the second novel in Joanna Shupe's the Uptown Girl series, a ruthless casino owner bent on revenge finds his plans upended by a beautiful woman who proves to be more determined than he is—and too irresistible to deny. Powerful casino owner. Ruthless mastermind. Destroyer of men. He lives in the shadows... As the owner of the city's most exclusive casino, Clayton Madden holds In the second novel in Joanna Shupe's the Uptown Girl series, a ruthless casino owner bent on revenge finds his plans upended by a beautiful woman who proves to be more determined than he is—and too irresistible to deny. Powerful casino owner. Ruthless mastermind. Destroyer of men. He lives in the shadows... As the owner of the city's most exclusive casino, Clayton Madden holds the fortunes of prominent families in the palms of his hands every night. There is one particular family he burns to ruin, however, one that has escaped his grasp... until now. She is society's darling... Florence Greene is no one's fool. She knows Clayton Madden is using her to ruin her prestigious family... and she's using him right back. She plans to learn all she can from the mysterious casino owner—then open a casino of her own just for women. With revenge on his mind, Clay agrees to mentor Florence. However, she soon proves more adept—and more alluring—than Clay bargained for. When his plans are threatened, Clay must decide if he is willing to gamble his empire on love.

30 review for The Prince of Broadway

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: The Prince of Broadway Series: Uptown Girls #2 Author: Joanna Shupe Release date: December 30, 2019 Cliffhanger: no Genre: historical romance I don't give out a ton of one star ratings, but if I do you know the book really made me angry. Unfortunately this is the case for The Prince of Broadway. I thought for sure this was going to be a huge hit for me considering how much I loved the previous book and enjoyed this author's writing. Not only that, but Clay and Flo were such compelling Title: The Prince of Broadway Series: Uptown Girls #2 Author: Joanna Shupe Release date: December 30, 2019 Cliffhanger: no Genre: historical romance I don't give out a ton of one star ratings, but if I do you know the book really made me angry. Unfortunately this is the case for The Prince of Broadway. I thought for sure this was going to be a huge hit for me considering how much I loved the previous book and enjoyed this author's writing. Not only that, but Clay and Flo were such compelling characters in The Rogue of Fifth Avenue that I was really excited to read more about them. Disappointment is a vast understatement for what I'm feeling right now. Where do I start? I love a good revenge plot, in fact, it's one of my favorite tropes. So I wasn't bothered by Clay's hardened, cold exterior at the start. Clayton Madden has climbed his way out of the slums and now owns the most prosperous, illegal casino in New York. His need for power and revenge is as essential to him as the very air he breathes. He used the hatred he feels for Flo's father as fuel to come out on top, and have the means to always be in control of his life. Thing is, no one ever has that power no matter how much money or status you attain. Flo is the daughter of his greatest perceived enemy, but he can't resist his instant attraction to her. And her rebellious heart can't help but flutter over this dangerous, broody man's focused interest. The first thing that really bothered me about these two came very early on. She has a grand plan to start a casino exclusively for women, and asks him if he will mentor her in the business. He agrees to give her lessons, while admitting that he has a scheme in motion to get revenge on her father. With a vague thought that she'll somehow change his mind later, she accepts this and commences lusting over him. I understand that she's an unconventional woman for the time who has no interest in marriage or finding love. Nothing wrong with that. But how do you knowingly team up with a man who is bent on harming your family? He keeps repeating throughout the book that he is being honest and transparent, so he's not taking advantage of her, but that's an outright lie. He never tells her specifically what he's doing, even after they become involved on a personal level. Even after she tells him that the very home he intends to steal from her grandmother will one day be passed down to her. She's depending on that home to secure the independent future for herself, and he never even hesitates in this knowledge. Flo was meant to appear bold and adventurous, but she was better described as an immature, privileged kid who does what she wants without thoughts of the consequences. Namely, trusting him enough to sleep with him. Despite his continued determination for revenge, she throws herself at him and he treats her like trash afterwards. (view spoiler)[Getting up from the bed, he tells her they're done. Both personally, and professionally. "I don't need to provide reasons, Florence. We screwed. It was good. Really good. Now it's over and we shouldn't repeat it. Her response: "Can't the lessons continue even if our personal relationship does not?" Him: "No, they can't. You are a distraction I don't need." The man only feels a twinge of conscience about the hurt he causes. And I'm supposed to believe he's falling for her?? (hide spoiler)] She foolishly sneaks out to the casino night after night, disregarding the danger in doing so. When her father finds out and rails against her for putting herself at risk and associating with a criminal who wants to harm them, she petulantly acts like he's being unreasonable. What adolescent scene would be complete without an "It's not fair!" Yes, she goes there. In the end, she gets burned badly but I couldn't feel much sympathy for her. Clay remains cold and unfeeling about the woman he's supposed to have deep, unwanted feelings for, but actions speak louder than words. He continues to push his plans forward, knowing the hurt and devastation he will cause. I didn't see any character growth whatsoever from his starting point, and the more he clung to his hatred, the more mine grew. When the big confrontation happens in the last 15%, the things he said and did were not redeemable. The remorse he feels afterward is way too little, too late. I wish I could have jumped inside the book and punched him in his smug face. She finally shows some backbone at this point and rebuffs his apologies, but that was not enough for me either. I wasn't rooting for them to make up, and I felt nothing for the two of them as a couple. I would say that's a complete fail when reading a romance novel. I'm so sad that this book didn't work, but I would still give the rest of the series another chance. The next book is about Mulligan, and once again I'm curious to read more about him in his own story. Hopefully others will find more to enjoy with this second installment, but for me this one missed the mark in a big way. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  2. 4 out of 5

    K.J. Charles

    Dodgy casino owner meets society princess who wants to open her own casino for women. She wants him to teach her the trade. But he has a grudge against her father and plans to ruin him. And he tells her so immediately. I was extremely excited about this, so the point of yelping. The set up is fairly classic romance but to have the immediate full disclosure immediately changes the game: the heroine has to act completely differently if she knows the situation. It adds a lot to the tension between Dodgy casino owner meets society princess who wants to open her own casino for women. She wants him to teach her the trade. But he has a grudge against her father and plans to ruin him. And he tells her so immediately. I was extremely excited about this, so the point of yelping. The set up is fairly classic romance but to have the immediate full disclosure immediately changes the game: the heroine has to act completely differently if she knows the situation. It adds a lot to the tension between the couple where both of them know this is a bad idea, the hero is trying to dig deep for his human decency, and the heroine has to confront her own morals and realise where they don't look like other people's. I didn't 100% feel Florence did that latter. She never wonders whether opening an illegal casino is wrong or if gambling is a social ill or the morality of eg having people beaten up for not paying up/cheating; she sort of sidelines the whole thing about her father, and she only gets really upset when it turns out the hero's plots will personally affect her. I am absolutely in favour of heroines getting to be as amoral and selfish as heroes, but I didn't quite feel she owned it: we never see her examine herself in the way the hero does--which might just suggest profound amorality, but she seems to have a fairly powerful sense of right and wrong when it comes to how people treat her. Mind you, she's very young, 21, so probably that factors into the lack of deep thought ahahaha god I'm so old. (Actually I think this might be it: Florence feels to me like someone who would really have grown into her romance heroine shoes aged about 35, when she will be absolutely *rocking*.) All that said, it is *fantastic* to see a heroine who is in the process of shaking off the social and family requirements to be a people pleaser, and who doesn't want (view spoiler)[or get (hide spoiler)] marriage and kids. I really like the way this series acknowledges there's no meaningful difference between the 'legally' acquired wealth of the Top Families (stolen land and exploited labour) and the criminal classes. And I adored the big hulking miserable git of a hero. Highly enjoyable.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    <3 4 STARS <3 I'm not reading often historical romance even though I love them.So I'm not easy with them!This one hooked me from the beginning, it was fast paced and I enjoyed the story. There are several things I enjoyed about the book and the characters.Both were interesting and I liked the romance a lot!I loved the attraction and the tension between the characters!Clay is a swoon worthy hero , the heroine was ok . I didn't like her a lot all the time, there were moments she frustrate me. <3 4 STARS <3 I'm not reading often historical romance even though I love them.So I'm not easy with them!This one hooked me from the beginning, it was fast paced and I enjoyed the story. There are several things I enjoyed about the book and the characters.Both were interesting and I liked the romance a lot!I loved the attraction and the tension between the characters!Clay is a swoon worthy hero , the heroine was ok . I didn't like her a lot all the time, there were moments she frustrate me. Overall, it was a great and enjoyable read!I'm looking forward for more books from this author!     

  4. 4 out of 5

    GigiReads

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I had really high hopes for this book but alas! The heroine, lack of chemistry and character development made this a big old dud for me. I didn't read the previous book and maybe these characters were developed there? I felt like book just dropped me right into the middle of a story where I was supposed to already know these people so I felt lost from page 1. Florence wants to open a casino for ladies. Which is fine and dandy except she seemed to have no concrete plans to make it happen. Her I had really high hopes for this book but alas! The heroine, lack of chemistry and character development made this a big old dud for me. I didn't read the previous book and maybe these characters were developed there? I felt like book just dropped me right into the middle of a story where I was supposed to already know these people so I felt lost from page 1. Florence wants to open a casino for ladies. Which is fine and dandy except she seemed to have no concrete plans to make it happen. Her plans rest on getting her grandmother to finance it except the grandmother has no idea about any of this. Maybe you should have a business plan in place? Just a thought. So she goes to casinos to play and learn how to run one. It's never explained how she came to be such a card shark or if it was I totally slept through it. Eh. Anyway, she wants personal training from the most successful casino owner in the city so she goes to him and they fall into Insta Lust. He tells her right off the bat that he wants to sleep with her but he intends to take revenge on her father. She doesn't seem to give this much thought until it's convenient for the author to have a conflict at the end of the book. I'm willing to suspend disbelief to alarming degrees as long as the author creates compelling characters. Unfortunately, Florence is a modern woman in a corset which is fine but please show me how she came to be this way. She goes around proclaiming the fact that She's Not Like Other Girls until my eyes almost rolled all the way out of my head. She had lovers and she will tell you this repeatedly lest you forget that She's Not Like Other Girls. She was very casual about sex, she traipsed around town playing at casinos at all hours of the night, she wanted to be a businesswoman and she proclaimed she would NEVER marry. The problem with all this is that we are being TOLD how independent and daring she is. Florence came across as a self-absorbed spoiled, petulant child instead of an independent liberated woman. The author furthered hammered that point home for me when Florence, in a fit of pique, goes to a rival casino in the middle of the Gilded Age hood to gamble and when she has to be rescued from her idiotic choices she has the lady balls to exclaim that she can take care of herself. Do uptown debutantes in Gilded Age NYC spring forth from the womb as fully formed feminists? They do not. So character development here is a must for me and there was none. The hero was also suffering from the same lack of development. I was told he was a criminal (he owned a casino which was illegal so that's his only claim to criminality) he's dark and dangerous. I was told this but what I was shown was a man that was a borderline hermit who never left his casino and had a serious case of I'm Not Good Enough For You for Reasons. He was pretty much a cardboard cut out too. There was no nuance to either one of these characters. The conflict rests entirely on the hero's revenge scheme except he told her he was taking revenge on her father from the get-go so the entire climax felt forced and Florence's inability to forgive him just made her look more like a petulant child. He literally told her his plans and she claimed he lied to her. He insists he never lied he just omitted the finer details..she still feels betrayed. Like, what? He told you and you still slept with him! I just can't even with this heroine. A strong heroine doesn't have to be selfish and inflexible to be independent and she shouldn't have to treat the hero like poop to be strong. Speaking of climaxes this book is much steamier than the author's previous ones but since I wasn't invested in the characters or their relationship I couldn't care less. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC. All opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I have loved everything I've read from Joanna and I no longer even read the synopsis. I love love loved Florence and Clay. They're both determined, business minded, and know how to go after what they want. I especially loved that she was ready to do whatever it took to get her casino going. Mamie and Justine are supportive and fantastic sisters, but their grandmother stole every single scene she was in. Plot wise, it was great. There are a few plot threads and I was eager to read about all of I have loved everything I've read from Joanna and I no longer even read the synopsis. I love love loved Florence and Clay. They're both determined, business minded, and know how to go after what they want. I especially loved that she was ready to do whatever it took to get her casino going. Mamie and Justine are supportive and fantastic sisters, but their grandmother stole every single scene she was in. Plot wise, it was great. There are a few plot threads and I was eager to read about all of them. I did enjoy seeing that this book runs at the same time as the previous one, as there are some mentions of Mamie and her dealings with Frank. Oh, and I was beside myself at the mention of Eva Mansfield. There are a few shoe drops and I wasn't prepared for all of them, even when I knew they were going to happen; however, the grand gesture is the absolute best. And in this instance, the lack of epilogue is perfection. Overall, I'm 100000% here for anything Joanna writes. I know this will be a series I reread and I can't wait to see what Justine gets into. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**

  6. 4 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    One sentence summary: FUCK YEAH FLORENCE Florence Greene is a beautiful society darling, certainly not someone who should be sneaking her way into a men-only casino run by one Clayton Madden and challenging even his best dealers. While she is an excellent gambler, Florence is intent on forging her own future as a casino owner in 1890s NYC, a move that will lose her place in nice society but will make her secure in her own future with no need for a marriage or a man to control her. And she needs One sentence summary: FUCK YEAH FLORENCE Florence Greene is a beautiful society darling, certainly not someone who should be sneaking her way into a men-only casino run by one Clayton Madden and challenging even his best dealers. While she is an excellent gambler, Florence is intent on forging her own future as a casino owner in 1890s NYC, a move that will lose her place in nice society but will make her secure in her own future with no need for a marriage or a man to control her. And she needs Clay's help. Clayton is intrigued and attracted to the daughter of his enemy while he agrees to help, it is on his terms. Just because Clayton agrees to help her does not mean he won't stop seeking revenge against her father or offering to tutor her in more than just the odds. What follows is sizzling seduction of the wills as Clayton introduces Florence to his world and falls madly for a woman who's only goal is her own future. So much fun, so absolutely sexy, and one of the best and most feminist HEAs I've read in a long time. Plus, some really great sexy times involving voyeurism, scandalous paintings, and great bathrooms. If you haven't read The Rogue of Fifth Avenue this can stand alone, but the events of this book run concurrently and you will be a bit spoiled for Mamie and Frank's story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe is an exciting and passionate historical romance featuring a bad boy hero and the daredevil woman who brings him to his knees. Florence Greene belongs to the upper echelons of society in New York, an ‘Uptown’ girl with a privileged life and background. Yet for some reason, she keeps showing up in Clayton Madden’s gambling club. Women aren’t allowed, but he lets his doorman allow her entry, and she keeps winning from his tables. He’s intrigued and arranges a The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe is an exciting and passionate historical romance featuring a bad boy hero and the daredevil woman who brings him to his knees. Florence Greene belongs to the upper echelons of society in New York, an ‘Uptown’ girl with a privileged life and background. Yet for some reason, she keeps showing up in Clayton Madden’s gambling club. Women aren’t allowed, but he lets his doorman allow her entry, and she keeps winning from his tables. He’s intrigued and arranges a meeting to find out what she’s up to. Florence had hoped that the elusive owner of The Bronze House illegal gambling establishment would take notice of her and her persistence has paid off. She’s not interested in a society marriage that she knows her parents would like for her. No, what she wants is to be beholden to no man, and to make her own future. Specifically, she wants to open an all female casino. It’s not like women in private don’t gamble, like the jewelry that changes hands at her grandmother’s euchre games. She prepared to take the heat and the risks. She just needs someone to show her the ropes, and Clayton Manning is that man. Clay can’t resist Florence’s request, but it comes with some caveats. He’s upfront and honest with her that he finds her attractive and is interested in pursuing an affair while he teaches her how to run her own gaming house. He’s also blunt about his plans for revenge against her father, for reasons he won’t divulge. He’s definitely not interested in any kind of commitment but if she’s looking for a little walk on the wild side, he’s willing and able. Florence has her mind set on her plans, and with the handsome Clay by her side, she’s willing to throw caution to the winds and experience the sensual side of life he has on offer. But when Clay’s plans are fully revealed, will she have succeeded in keeping her heart intact? I’ve had this author’s books on my to-read list for quite some time but this is the first I’ve actually read. And I’m kicking myself for not diving her work sooner! This is one of my favorite historical romances of the year, a rollicking, sexy adventure with daring and likable characters who don’t fit society’s expectations but have found in each other a perfect match. Clay is definitely a bad boy hero. He’s got much of the New York police service and major political figures on his payroll, and doesn’t hesitate to exact revenge when warranted. From the start the reader knows that Clay’s reasons for wanting revenge on Florence’s father have to do with how he and his family were pushed out of their home when he was young to make way for a business development owned by her father. For twenty years, he’s been plotting how to get back at Duncan Greene and he’s not going to stop those plans just because Florence is getting under his skin. I appreciated that he was honest with Florence from the start so that she went into the relationship with her eyes open.The real problem for Clay is when he starts to care more about Florence than he wants to. As for Florence, she is simply a delightful character. Strong, passionate, working during the day with the bounds set on women and at night making her own rules. She’s a skilled card player in her own right and with Clay’s tips and tricks, determined to make her future her own. While she appreciates Clay’s protection, she’s also not above calling him out for his mistakes, and making choices for her benefit. She’s not a prude and is willing to try new sexual experiences (which Clay is happy to introduce to her). And when she discovers what he’s really up to with regards to her father, he’ll have his work cut out for him to make it up to her. The world building is excellent, the setting of 1891 New York well described via clothing styles, transportation, society expectations and New York City destinations, including the seedier side. Having never read a book set in this era, I found it really interesting and I’m excited to dive into more of the author’s backlist with this setting. The romance is equally entertaining, very sexy with some steamy love scenes, and moments that made me laugh out loud. I couldn’t have asked for more. It’s definitely going on the keeper shelf! This review appears at Harlequin Junkie: https://harlequinjunkie.com/review-th... A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Grogan

    I seriously have to wonder what I missed in this book. I disliked Florence from the very beginning so I honestly didn’t care what happened to her. She very much came across (to me, at least) like a sullen teenager behaving badly to try and get attention, not a grown woman. Insta-lust reared it’s ugly head very early on and that makes a boring read for me, especially when they don’t fight that attraction all that long. I also found the casino lessons and all the talk of the different games at I seriously have to wonder what I missed in this book. I disliked Florence from the very beginning so I honestly didn’t care what happened to her. She very much came across (to me, at least) like a sullen teenager behaving badly to try and get attention, not a grown woman. Insta-lust reared it’s ugly head very early on and that makes a boring read for me, especially when they don’t fight that attraction all that long. I also found the casino lessons and all the talk of the different games at casinos to be boring scenes. I guess I expected more. I’m not sure if I’ll be continuing with this series since I didn’t particularly like Mamie either so I can’t imagine I’ll like the third sister. I still think Joanna Shupe is an enjoyable author to read, however. *I received an eARC from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    JenReadsRomance

    It's hard for me to explain why I love this book so much -- I think it's the fact that these 2 aren't playing games with each other, and it's definitely a "I'm a strong woman who knows what I want" and then the book really delivers it. I think Florence is a great character, I loved Clay, it's fucking hot, and that epilogue is my everything. As KJ Charles said in her review, I would very much like a follow up short story when Florence is 35 and has the entire city of New York at her feet. It's hard for me to explain why I love this book so much -- I think it's the fact that these 2 aren't playing games with each other, and it's definitely a "I'm a strong woman who knows what I want" and then the book really delivers it. I think Florence is a great character, I loved Clay, it's fucking hot, and that epilogue is my everything. As KJ Charles said in her review, I would very much like a follow up short story when Florence is 35 and has the entire city of New York at her feet. EXCELLENT.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    I loved the Gilded Age are New York Joanna Shupe creates in her books and had high expectations of this one. I liked it OK but I never quite warmed to the heroine's dream of opening a women’s only casino presented as a safe place. I liked the hero, understood the reasons for his behaviour and desire for revenge. Overall, I found him relatable and appealing - silent, broody and intimidating, determined to achieve success, led moistly by desire for revenge only to find it carries little comfort I loved the Gilded Age are New York Joanna Shupe creates in her books and had high expectations of this one. I liked it OK but I never quite warmed to the heroine's dream of opening a women’s only casino presented as a safe place. I liked the hero, understood the reasons for his behaviour and desire for revenge. Overall, I found him relatable and appealing - silent, broody and intimidating, determined to achieve success, led moistly by desire for revenge only to find it carries little comfort when you lose the one person that makes you happy. The heroine, ion the other hand, I didn’t like her much. I liked her drive for independence, her free spirit but at the same time I was uncomfortable with the message of gambling as empowering for women. All through the story I kept thinking gambling is an addiction and the success of a casino is based on the patrons losing, being more of less cheated of their money (it was very explicitly said in the text). I realise what she did was aimed at wealthy ladies as a form of entertainment but I kept thinking how many poor people are drawn to gambling as an easy way to win money, only to end up losing everything. I found her risk-taking too much, bordering on reckless, putting herself in danger only to achieve what she wants. There was also childish disobedience on her part that I didn't like much. That said, I liked the romance, liked them as a couple, liked the way her (and his) relationship with her family developed in the end. I got the first book in the series which was on sale and I still plan on reading it, maybe not just right way though.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Timitra

    With Romance I usually fall for the hero first but with this series it's the heroines who have my heart a-twitter, don't get me wrong I love the heroes but the heroines are something extra special. I loved The Prince Of Broadway. It hit all the buttons for me in terms of things I enjoy but there were things here and there that I wasn't fond of. However, those things didn't ruin my overall reading experience. I highly recommend this book and series. Copy provided provided by publisher through With Romance I usually fall for the hero first but with this series it's the heroines who have my heart a-twitter, don't get me wrong I love the heroes but the heroines are something extra special. I loved The Prince Of Broadway. It hit all the buttons for me in terms of things I enjoy but there were things here and there that I wasn't fond of. However, those things didn't ruin my overall reading experience. I highly recommend this book and series. Copy provided provided by publisher through Edelweiss

  12. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Coffee Dates With The Prince Of Broadway First Date: Clayton Madden owns the most successful casino in the city. Men Only! But a brazen young woman by the name of Florence Greene has appeared three times and even had the audacity to win! Clayton is familiar with the Greenes after dealings with the older sister and when he has had enough, he orders his man Jack to bring her up to his office. He’s shocked to learn the young woman wants lessons on running a casino. Florence has plans to open her own Coffee Dates With The Prince Of Broadway First Date: Clayton Madden owns the most successful casino in the city. Men Only! But a brazen young woman by the name of Florence Greene has appeared three times and even had the audacity to win! Clayton is familiar with the Greenes after dealings with the older sister and when he has had enough, he orders his man Jack to bring her up to his office. He’s shocked to learn the young woman wants lessons on running a casino. Florence has plans to open her own exclusive club for women. What cheek! I liked the secondary characters, especially Jack and the brothel owner across the way. Clayton is holding a grudge so large I am surprised he can walk but he is upfront with Florence and agrees to give her lessons. Second Date: Admittedly I struggled a little with Florence. She has her admirable qualities, but she often behaved like a spoiled child. I warmed up to her, and we saw growth in both characters. When the lessons begin, one cannot help but notice the chemistry developing and soon another bargain is struck. Holy hotness! Sharpe brought some heated scenes that will surely melt your Kindle. It was delicious until feelings, stubbornness, and misunderstandings caused some turbulence. However, bigger issues involving a cop soon have Clayton and Florence in serious trouble. Third Date: Revenge, smart grandmothers, double-double crosses and second chances… Oh my! This last date was a whirlwind and Sharpe had me flipping the page hoping for a happy ending. You’ll have to take The Prince of Broadway out on your own coffee dates to discover what happens. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    Clayton Madden worked hard to let his pauper past behind and become the owner of the most popular casino in society. He learned young to be methodical, strict and cold. That's why he'd have a hard time explaining why he tolerate Florence Greene entering his casino and let her twice not follow the rules, his rules. The uptown debutante doesn't really come to play. But she's planning a sort of gamble anyway. She wants to learn how the Bronze House and his owner succeeded on being the city's most Clayton Madden worked hard to let his pauper past behind and become the owner of the most popular casino in society. He learned young to be methodical, strict and cold. That's why he'd have a hard time explaining why he tolerate Florence Greene entering his casino and let her twice not follow the rules, his rules. The uptown debutante doesn't really come to play. But she's planning a sort of gamble anyway. She wants to learn how the Bronze House and his owner succeeded on being the city's most exclusive casino, because she wants to open her own for women. Clay accept to give her business lessons, but after telling her he plan on getting revenge from her father and not hiding that he find her attractive. "I never asked for a hero. What I wanted was a partner." At times, the hero was a bit too arrogant and too raw for me, but his honesty and authenticity was also a great thing. And he was exactly what Florence needed; a man who knows what he wants and who'll embrace her spirit and bold personality. I don't think I've read books about the Gilded Age before this series so it's refreshing and there's something about the way this author write that makes me want to read the next book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maida

    I don’t care much for revenge stories but I was willing to give this a chance because I love Joanna’s writing so I was hoping she could make it work. I liked Clayton. He was upfront about his desire for revenge from the beginning. Unfortunately, I didn’t like Florence very much. Her aspirations and the way she went about attaining them did not resonate with me. Her personality grated. I was also not convinced about her father’s change of heart. It was too abrupt. I thought the same in the I don’t care much for revenge stories but I was willing to give this a chance because I love Joanna’s writing so I was hoping she could make it work. I liked Clayton. He was upfront about his desire for revenge from the beginning. Unfortunately, I didn’t like Florence very much. Her aspirations and the way she went about attaining them did not resonate with me. Her personality grated. I was also not convinced about her father’s change of heart. It was too abrupt. I thought the same in the previous book but I enjoyed the story there between Mamie and Frank, I forgave the lack of proper transition. I find myself liking the secondary characters better than the main ones and that’s a problem.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    My feelings about this second installment in Joanna Shupe‘s Uptown Girls series are about on par with what they were for book one. I found it to be all right, though not quite as good as The Four Hundred books that came before. The Prince of Broadway features Florence Greene, sister to Maimi, and her story runs concurrently with The Rogue of Fifth Avenue. So if you did not read the book one, this holds up fine as a standalone. Florence is an independent spirit who wants no part of the traditional My feelings about this second installment in Joanna Shupe‘s Uptown Girls series are about on par with what they were for book one. I found it to be all right, though not quite as good as The Four Hundred books that came before. The Prince of Broadway features Florence Greene, sister to Maimi, and her story runs concurrently with The Rogue of Fifth Avenue. So if you did not read the book one, this holds up fine as a standalone. Florence is an independent spirit who wants no part of the traditional role of women at the time. She has no interest in getting married and she wants to be her own person. The dream is to run her own gaming hell, strictly for women, and she hopes to use Clayton Madden to achieve it. Clay runs his own casino, the Bronze House. He only cares about two things, running a successful business and one day getting revenge on Duncan Greene, who just so happens to be Florence’s father. When she shows up, asking him to tutor her in how to run a successful business, he doesn’t hesitate to let her know two things. One, that he is attracted to her, and two, he wants to ruin her father. The only thing he won’t say is how he plans to do it. Florence accepts his terms and becomes his protégé, despite his warnings that he’s targeting her father. Let me stop here and say that I had a little trouble with this part of the book. Who would work with someone bent on destroying their family? And furthermore, when the truth comes out near the end of the book, how do you act righteously indignant when he told you he was going to do it all along? This is probably my biggest issue with the story. She blames the scorpion for being a scorpion even when he told her what he was from the outset. On top of that, the revenge itself was pretty weak as far as revenge plots go. I know it’s supposed to have a certain kind of symmetry, but I found it to be pretty underwhelming considering it has subsumed Clay for decades. Anyway, a very fine point was put on the fact Florence was Not Like Other Girls. She’s not a virgin. She’s good at cards. She is not scandalized by naked art. But she lacked some depth for me. We were told these things about her, yet I did not really connect to her. Sometimes she came off like a bit of a spoiled child with first world problems. Clay, on the other hand, did indeed suffer some hardship in his early life. but he gets a major case of instalust for Florence, and his behavior seems out of character with her without really any good reason. And his waffling? Seemed to come out of nowhere. I know that seems like a lot of complaints, but I didn’t really dislike the book. Shupe is a good writer and there were moments I enjoyed. It just didn’t wow me the way her last series did. I’m not giving up hope, though. I am intrigued by Madden as a hero, and despite the age difference between him and Florence his younger sister, I am hopeful it will be the best of the series. I’ll let you know.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Smart Women Read Romance

    A heroine who wants to open her own women-only casino in New York? Hells yes! I freaking loved Florence so hard. Her ambition and passion for women's rights is a huge part of why this was such an enjoyable read for me. She wants to learn from the best, so she approaches the most successful casino-owner, Clayton Madden, asking to mentor her. Not only is Clayton against the idea because he is extremely attracted to Florence, but she just so happens to be the daughter of the man who ruined his A heroine who wants to open her own women-only casino in New York? Hells yes! I freaking loved Florence so hard. Her ambition and passion for women's rights is a huge part of why this was such an enjoyable read for me. She wants to learn from the best, so she approaches the most successful casino-owner, Clayton Madden, asking to mentor her. Not only is Clayton against the idea because he is extremely attracted to Florence, but she just so happens to be the daughter of the man who ruined his childhood. He plans to exact revenge on her father and is totally upfront about it. Yep, he tells her in the very first chapter exactly why this apprenticeship is a bad idea, but she still insists. There's tons of sexual tension, incredibly hot scenes, and a lovely grovel on the hero's part. TWICE. Fantastic read though I probably should have started with the first in this series since there is a bit of an overlapping timeline.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Diane K. Peterson

    It is rare when a historical romance is actually different from the usual. Most historical romance writers create lovely stories that stick to the usual conventions. In The Prince of Broadway we have a unique character - Florence Greene is truly a feminist. The middle daughter of a wealthy family, she seeks her path and wants to build a casino just for women. She enlists advice from the most successful and ruthless casino owner in New York, Clayton Madden. Clay is bent on revenge for damage done It is rare when a historical romance is actually different from the usual. Most historical romance writers create lovely stories that stick to the usual conventions. In The Prince of Broadway we have a unique character - Florence Greene is truly a feminist. The middle daughter of a wealthy family, she seeks her path and wants to build a casino just for women. She enlists advice from the most successful and ruthless casino owner in New York, Clayton Madden. Clay is bent on revenge for damage done to his family and the focus of his revenge is Florence's father. Florence has an indomitable spirit and a dogged determination. As a result, we have a character that is fascinating, but may not be as appealing as many other characters. Choosing such a different path from other girls of the time makes Florence a little harder to relate to. Shupe did a good job on this book. Clay needs some major character work and he achieves that in a believable fashion. In some ways less appealing, in some ways more appealing, this book is hard to pigeon-hole, but enjoyable to read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I apparently forgot to review this one, but let's see if I can put some thoughts together. I really liked the set up for the couple in book one, but they just didn't work well here. Madden's revenge plot didn't make a ton of sense to me (view spoiler)[("I'm going to get revenge on you by putting your mother out of her home" felt way more symbolic than a plan to get actual revenge on Greene himself) (hide spoiler)] , and the romance between Madden and Florence fell flat. I also really felt like I apparently forgot to review this one, but let's see if I can put some thoughts together. I really liked the set up for the couple in book one, but they just didn't work well here. Madden's revenge plot didn't make a ton of sense to me (view spoiler)[("I'm going to get revenge on you by putting your mother out of her home" felt way more symbolic than a plan to get actual revenge on Greene himself) (hide spoiler)] , and the romance between Madden and Florence fell flat. I also really felt like the relationship between Florence and her sisters was conveniently rewritten for the book. Sure, each sister could have their own feelings on their relationships, but it just felt completely off. Anyway, this was disappointing overall. It just missed the mark.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Seriously! I just love this author’s writing and storytelling so much. This story was absolutely captivating from beginning to end. She writes such complex heroines of the time and I eat them up! No one represents women of the Gilded Age like Shupe! Loved it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe is book Two in the Uptown Girls Series. This is the story of Florence 'Flo' Greene and Clayton 'Clay' Madden. I have read the previous book which did add to my enjoyment of this one but I did feel you could make it a standalone book if you wish to do so. Clay learned young you have to fight for everything you had after his family was left with nothing. Clay fought his way up to be a successful casino owner but he has held out a wish for vengeance to those The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe is book Two in the Uptown Girls Series. This is the story of Florence 'Flo' Greene and Clayton 'Clay' Madden. I have read the previous book which did add to my enjoyment of this one but I did feel you could make it a standalone book if you wish to do so. Clay learned young you have to fight for everything you had after his family was left with nothing. Clay fought his way up to be a successful casino owner but he has held out a wish for vengeance to those that wronged him. So when Flo presents him with a request to show her how to run a casino he ends up helping her with that request and he is up front with her about his revenge towards her father. Flo isn't a innocent and has no plans to marry but does want to open an exclusive club to women and plans on keeping things professional with Clay. Flo also doesn't take to much consideration in his revenge plan toward her father it would seem. Clay does play very harsh with Flo when he starts to struggle with his feelings for her and his wish for revenge.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    This was a fun escape - steamy, progressive, emotional and witty. Loved it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality I picked this up because I loved the author’s Four Hundred series, of which the Uptown Girls are a spinoff. Admittedly I picked this entry in the series up in spite of not being all that fond of the first book, The Rogue of Fifth Avenue. That was a book where I really loved the hero but had serious problems with the heroine. Still, I liked the setting enough to try again. And I’m glad I did. It helped that this time I liked spending time with both the hero Originally published at Reading Reality I picked this up because I loved the author’s Four Hundred series, of which the Uptown Girls are a spinoff. Admittedly I picked this entry in the series up in spite of not being all that fond of the first book, The Rogue of Fifth Avenue. That was a book where I really loved the hero but had serious problems with the heroine. Still, I liked the setting enough to try again. And I’m glad I did. It helped that this time I liked spending time with both the hero and the heroine – and in spite of this being a sequel that happens mostly in parallel with the first story, I didn’t see much of that heroine – who happens to be this heroine’s sister. Also, the series title always gives me an earworm for Billy Joel’s song Uptown Girl – and in spite of the near-century separating the song and the series, there is a surprising amount of resonance between the two. This is a story about two people who have done their best – or worst – to wall themselves off from ever relying on anyone else ever again. It’s both ironic and the heart of the story that they are fighting this same battle from opposite corners because they are reacting to the same man robbing them both of their choices. Francine’s father, Duncan Greene. Not that Clayton Madden really explains the situation to Francine – at least not until it is nearly too late. Once upon a time, Duncan Greene bought up all the houses on Delancey Street, giving the families who owned and lived in those houses only a fraction of what they were worth. Clayton and his family ended up in the tenements, his father left, his brother died, and Clayton and his mother did their best to survive. Now he owns one of the most successful gambling houses in New York City. And he has the money and influence he needs to get his revenge on Greene. But Francine Greene, Duncan’s middle and seemingly most reckless daughter, has been invading his casino on a regular basis, not knowing Clayton’s past history with or present plans for her father. Francine has come to this high class gambling parlor because she wants to learn how to run one of her very own. And just as Madden’s Bronze House caters only to men, Francine intends that her establishment will cater only to women. She’s a woman determined to control her own life – and quite possibly more than a bit ahead of her time. She’s definitely gotten under Clayton Madden’s skin. But she wants a future and Madden is stuck getting recompense for the past. She wants a partner and he’s looking for a distraction. They are not remotely on the same page. Until they figure out that they are. Not that either of them can admit until it is nearly too late. Escape Rating B: This is a mixed feelings kind of review. Howsomever, I definitely liked this one way more than The Rogue of Fifth Avenue, because I liked Francine a whole lot more than I did her sister Mamie. I loved Frank, but something about Mamie drove me bananas. (BTW you definitely do not need to read that first book to get into this second one. The action in the two stories is going on at the same time so one does not really come before the other.) Francine and Clayton are absolutely combustible together. Their very much resolved sexual tension is off the charts every time they are in the same room. And all of the other kinds of tension between them crackle in every scene. Part of the fun of this story is the way that Francine sets every single one of Clayton’s assumptions about women of what he believes are “her kind” on their ear and then stomps them down – hard. The whole point of Francine’s desire to open a casino for women is to take control of her own destiny. That includes not marrying, not being dependent on any man including – perhaps especially including – her own father, owning her sexuality and not pretending to be anything like what society expects her to be. At All. Ever. Clayton is much more of the typical brooding romantic hero who doesn’t believe he’s worthy of the heroine’s love. We’ve met his type before in plenty of romances and not merely historical ones. But Francine feels like a breath of fresh air in so many ways, because she is so very much herself. Part of what makes her so real is the way that she knows her own mind but always feels like she’s not quite acceptable and has never been enough. People interpret her actions a certain way because she’s a young, beautiful and rich woman. All she wants is to be accepted for herself as she is – without allowing herself to be molded the way that society forces women to be. At the same time, as her sister Justine reminds her, so much of Francine’s attitude, and particularly her reaction to Clayton’s machinations, are very much “first world” problems. Clayton’s plan to hurt her father by buying her grandmother’s house – the house that her father grew up in and that both she and her grandmother love – may be emotionally painful but not devastating. Her grandmother owns three other houses! It will hurt to lose the memories that are practically baked into the place but life will very definitely go on at the same level to which they are all accustomed. The family won’t even be damaged financially. There are too many people in the New York City of the Knickerbocker Era – and today for that matter – who would be thrilled to be in the position her grandmother is in. Justine’s accurately flung bucket of cold water douses much of the ire that Clayton’s actions arouse and blunts the emotional impact. That he lied to Francine about his plans is definitely a roadblock to their future happiness and he needs to – and does – an appropriate amount of groveling to win her back. But the tension in the story loses some of its bite with Justine’s sharp reality check. But it IS a reality check that feels like it needs to be delivered. I’m glad that the next story in the series features Justine. Because I think she’s going to find both love and a way to help a whole lot of people who need it in The Devil of Downtown. Probably with the only semi-willing assistance of that selfsame Devil.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yomi M.

    I don't even know what this book is about but just by the title I know I NEED it!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    New York City’s finest casino, the Bronze House, is not only illegal, it is exclusively for men, but that doesn’t stop Florence Greene from bribing her way in the door or from winning a fortune in an effort to gain the attention of the owner Clayton “Clay” Madden. Florence wants nothing more in life than to own a casino of her own, exclusively for women, she understands the actual games, but she need a teacher for the finer points of club ownership and she has decided that Clay is the perfect New York City’s finest casino, the Bronze House, is not only illegal, it is exclusively for men, but that doesn’t stop Florence Greene from bribing her way in the door or from winning a fortune in an effort to gain the attention of the owner Clayton “Clay” Madden. Florence wants nothing more in life than to own a casino of her own, exclusively for women, she understands the actual games, but she need a teacher for the finer points of club ownership and she has decided that Clay is the perfect man for the job. Clay has been running games and bets for many years, his success is gratifying, but the true reason he has pushed so hard to succeed is for the money and power he needs to enact his revenege against Duncan Greene, Florence’s father. Duncan bought the property he lived in as a boy, forcing out his family and therefore putting into motion events that changed Clay’s life, including his brother’s death and his father’s abandonment. Clay has spent the last 20 years plotting and is on the brink of seeing his plan come to fruition. He plans on buying the property Duncan’s family home is on and tearing it down to build a casino. So when Florence asks him to teach her the ropes, he agrees but is honest about his feelings towards her father and his sexual interest in her – he won’t tell her why he hates her dad or what he is going to do to him, but says he isn’t trying to ruin him or break him financially, he is also clear that while he is interested in her as a lover, he will not force her or do anything to make her uncomfortable. Florence can’t imagine what her father did to earn Clay’s hatred, but since he isn’t going to ruin him and she really needs a teacher, she accepts his terms. She is also attracted to him and she is not a virgin, having long ago decided (this crack me up because she is only 21) that she never wants to marry and sees no point in “saving herself”, she has enjoyed lovers, but is determined to keep her relationship with Clay strictly professional. Clay agrees and they begin her lessons. The more time they spend together, the more the attraction grows, both physically and emotionally, they like each other and enjoy working together, he teaches her the darker side of casino ownership, with lessons on the payoffs and handling cheaters, but through it all, he continues with his plan against her dad. When a Clay pisses off a policeman on his payroll, trouble comes to his club and he and Florence are forced to flee a raid. While hiding in the brothel next door, their relationship takes a serious turn and the result leaves Florence feeling embarrassed and she flees. But after he comes to her rescue while playing at another club, she decides to return and makes it clear that nothing like that will ever happen again. But it does and this time they actually have sex – but Clay’s reaction afterwards is appalling and cruel to Florence, who is justifiably angry and leaves. Clay thinks this is for the best, until he learns that she has begun taking “lessons” with Mulligan, another crime lord in the city. He finally admits he was wrong and misses her, but when he goes to see her, it is clear that she is not going to let him off the hook that easy. They come to an agreement and their relationship changes, they are both happy and things are going well until Florence learns the truth about Clay’s plans and how it affect her and her hopes and dreams. This book is very well written, flows nicely and has some very hot, steamy love scenes, but in my opinion, the leads are not likeable, there isn’t really any romance (there is a lot of lust and sex, but that isn’t romance) this book read more like “ChickLit fiction” set in the gilded era, rather than an actual historical romance. Florence has very 21st century ideals and her dream is to run an illegal gaming house. And Clay went from being a badass gaming lord to be Florence’s whipped lover. I really, really didn’t care for the ending, I thought it was unrealistic for the era and just cemented my feeling that Florence was selfish and expected everything to be on her terms. I didn’t actually hate the book, but it is my least favorite by Joanna Shupe and while I would recommend this author and this book, I wouldn’t read it again. This is this the second book in the series and it runs concurrent with the first book, so it can be read as a standalone with no problems. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by Edelweiss and the publisher.*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dhaaruni Sreenivas

    I'm a well-documented Joanna Shupe fan and have devoured all her books thus far but it took me until this one to really pinpoint why I like her writing as much as I do. I once offhandedly tweeted that my appreciation that romance novelists like Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole and yes, Joanna Shupe cheerfully brush off the often ludicrous criticism they receive from all corners of the Internet and quietly go on writing nuanced explorations of female agency and desire but of I'm a well-documented Joanna Shupe fan and have devoured all her books thus far but it took me until this one to really pinpoint why I like her writing as much as I do. I once offhandedly tweeted that my appreciation that romance novelists like Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole and yes, Joanna Shupe cheerfully brush off the often ludicrous criticism they receive from all corners of the Internet and quietly go on writing nuanced explorations of female agency and desire but of course, I got a reply that sanctimoniously informed me that the work of the authors I named isn't historically accurate and the authors are "faux feminist" and recommended I read a book whose hero is a medieval knight who indiscriminately kills hundreds of Muslims during the Crusades and rapes his future wife (but of course she falls in love with him anyway so it's all good). In school, history was one of my favorite subjects so historical romance is naturally my favorite subgenre of romance but honestly, "historical accuracy" is not very important to me. I have zero desire to read about dysentery and the bubonic plague and I obviously know that wealthy people in the 19th century were generally extremely racist and sexist (as if they still aren't today) but nonetheless, I enjoy reading about a quasi alternate universe where people are always held accountable for how they mistreat others, where mothers and fathers who abandon their children aren't forgiven and where men who abuse their wives are unequivocally condemned and where women, namely women who never thought happiness was even an option for them, are loved and respected and get their happy endings. And the thing is, the historical romance novels that have stuck with me are they aren't like awkwardly forceful about their desire to be feminist (unlike the work of a certain other author that's been attaining some prominence of late....). They just introduce readers to a world where we aren't condemned for desire, both sexual and otherwise. And that in short is why I like Joanna Shupe's books as much as I do. In this book, Florence is a modern heroine in the best way imaginable but still one of her era. She knows what she wants and is doggedly determined to achieve her goals but never at the expense of her principles. What I loved about this book is that it didn't shy away from depicting Florence as extremely intelligent and competent but also vulnerable and occasionally insecure which felt so much more realistic than pretending her confidence was infallible. She was permitted by the narrative be hurt and angry and sad when wronged and Clay only earned back her forgiveness and regard and love when he actually made substantive amends for what he did and said. Her loving him and him loving her was not enough and that's just how it is sometimes. There is a quote in Gone Girl from Amy Dunne's internal monologue about how love isn't unconditional because adults have to work for it and perhaps we're supposed to disagree with her because Amy's cuckoo for cocoa puffs but I happen to wholeheartedly agree. Love is about intention and making the active choice to be better than we were born to be, deciding to be smarter and stronger and kinder, for the sake of those we love. We aren't born perfect but in order to earn the love of others, we must endeavor every single day of our lives to be as good as we can and sometimes, it still might not be enough. But sometimes, like in the case of Florence and Clay, two imperfect people can find each other and work steadfastly every single day to earn each other's affection and regard and eventually get their happy endings, maybe not in the traditional sense with marriage and babies (kudos to Shupe for depicting a heroine who doesn't end up married with 2.5 kids in the epilogue!!) but with laughter and kindness and love. And at the end of the day, that's all that really matters.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gaele

    The Greene Sisters have a pretty good life – if it weren’t for their father’s determination to see them all married to ‘suitable’ men. We met Mamie in the first book, where she agreed to a betrothal arranged by her father if her sisters would be left to marry for love. Of course, Florence, always the troublemaker and the most independent and daring of the three is chafing at the expectation of marriage, let alone being told she has to. She’s decided, after being a very clever and curious sort, The Greene Sisters have a pretty good life – if it weren’t for their father’s determination to see them all married to ‘suitable’ men. We met Mamie in the first book, where she agreed to a betrothal arranged by her father if her sisters would be left to marry for love. Of course, Florence, always the troublemaker and the most independent and daring of the three is chafing at the expectation of marriage, let alone being told she has to. She’s decided, after being a very clever and curious sort, that she wants to open a gambling parlor for ladies only – and her success with her grandmother’s card games and some voracious study have made her more determined then ever. To that end, she’s roped Mamie into her ‘illicit night rambles’ to The Bronze House, a new and upscale club for gentlemen – and she’s never been refused entry. Clayton Maddox has spent the past twenty years planning revenge on Duncan Greene, Florence’s father, for his demolition of his family home when he was a child and the family’s subsequent hardships. He’s started in gambling from the ground floor up, legally and illegally, and built influence that lessens the chances of police raids or trouble. But something about Florence charms and intrigues him – and while he’s honest about wanting to destroy her father, he’s also attracted to her, and agrees to teach her about running a casino. The connection between these two is not only electric, but everyone can see it BUT them, and brings them both great worry and great satisfaction. Of course, the lack of trust Clayton has for anyone not himself, and Florence’s need for honesty and her unwillingness to believe that he is, in fact, intrigued by her as a whole person and not just a ‘thing’ as most women of society are in her time, makes for some interesting moments. From her heartfelt desire to make her own way, along with her sister’s advice and cheering on, her father’s frustration and Clay’s inability to not need her deep down in his bones brings the two to many moments that will enchant readers as they reach for a cold drink! Taking the interest in the sisters that was built with Mamie’s story, and bringing a determined, stubborn and often willful Florence into the light as we get to hope the best for them – makes this a wonderful installment in the series and a favorite of it so far. Shupe’s writing is clear and evocative, allowing readers easy entry into both character’s thoughts and seeing them played out on the page just as you’d wish is marvelous and a wonderful escape. Set in Gilded Age New York, there is a sense of the city on the move, with fast development, corruption and excitement all to hand – and described with flair as setting and backdrop to our couple’s journey. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    IT'S SAD HOW THE STORY FAILED TO LIVE UP TO ITS SPECTACULAR TITLE. I REGRET READING THIS AFTER FRANK TRIPP'S STORY BECAUSE THE PLOT FORMULATION WAS SIMILAR. THIS SERIES MUST BE READ MONTHS AFTER YOU FINISH ONE BOOK, IF NOT YOU'LL NOTICE HOW THERE'S NO ORIGINALITY TO THE WAY THE AUTHOR WRITES HER STORIES. MADDEN intrigued me immensely in the first book because I'm a sucker for gambling den owners. Sadly, while I'm okay with his character, I wasn't swept away and the plot didn't do it for me. It IT'S SAD HOW THE STORY FAILED TO LIVE UP TO ITS SPECTACULAR TITLE. I REGRET READING THIS AFTER FRANK TRIPP'S STORY BECAUSE THE PLOT FORMULATION WAS SIMILAR. THIS SERIES MUST BE READ MONTHS AFTER YOU FINISH ONE BOOK, IF NOT YOU'LL NOTICE HOW THERE'S NO ORIGINALITY TO THE WAY THE AUTHOR WRITES HER STORIES. MADDEN intrigued me immensely in the first book because I'm a sucker for gambling den owners. Sadly, while I'm okay with his character, I wasn't swept away and the plot didn't do it for me. It seemed weak. Driven by an old childhood pain of what Duncan Greene had done to his family, Clayton wants revenge against the old man no what how. Imagine his luck when Greene's middle daughter drops right into his lap, wanting him to tutor her into becoming a casino owner AND not to mention that they became lovers. Unfortunately for him, Clayton's heart got away and he fell for Florence rather quickly all he had left to do was grovel. FLORENCE wasn't my cup of tea. While I'm all for independent and mischievious heroines, Florence's persona just gave me the suggestion of a kid trying to wear a grown up's pair of heels and playing dress up. She's no virgin, her experience limited to bumbling young boys who only knew how to shove their cocks up her cunt without even preparing her, or taking care of her pleasure. Florence enjoys defying her parents, and also society. She's the rebel or black sheep of the family in more severe cases if you want me to put a label on it. Her goal is to own her own casino for ladies and she'll do anything to get it. OVERALL the story fell flat for me mainly because it rang similar to FRANK TRIPP'S Story. This was a promising story but sadly it didn't live up to this authors' previous work.

  28. 4 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    The Prince of Broadway is the second book in the Uptown Girls series by Joanna Shupe. This can easily be read as a stand-alone novel, but having loved the first book in the series I recommend that you read it. You don't have to read it first, but of course, there will be some spoilers if you don't. First of all, I love the cover of this book, the couple is just like I pictured them in my mind. I love that Florence, a young society woman, is planning on having her independence as soon as she is The Prince of Broadway is the second book in the Uptown Girls series by Joanna Shupe. This can easily be read as a stand-alone novel, but having loved the first book in the series I recommend that you read it. You don't have to read it first, but of course, there will be some spoilers if you don't. First of all, I love the cover of this book, the couple is just like I pictured them in my mind. I love that Florence, a young society woman, is planning on having her independence as soon as she is able. She doesn't want to marry and have children, her dream is to own a Casino, one exclusively for women. With that in mind, she seeks out Clay, a very successful casino owner and coerces him into being her mentor. She wants to learn all that there is to successfully operate a casino. Who better to ask than the one man who is top of the heap when it comes to casinos. The relationship that develops between our main characters is a passionate one. The writer certainly knows how to paint a picture with her intimate scenes between the couple. I would have reached for the proverbial fan if I had one. As well as the steamy passion between Clay and Florence their relationship is built on trust with Clay even telling Florence from the very start that he is planning revenge on her father. He's upfront about it even though he won't go into detail about what happened to make him need his revenge. He promises it's not financial ruin, nor physical damage, but whatever it is, quietly Florence believes that he won't go through with his revenge in the end. Does he go through with it, I'm not telling! You will need to read the book to find out for yourself. What I will say is that the ending was a great one, one that let Florence remain true to herself which was quite unique and surprising for me. It ended what was a truly exciting, wonderful story perfectly.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Perrin Larton

    Class, upper or lower, male or female, legal or illegal there is always some kind of distinction regarding class. Clayton Manning grew up in the lower class, but he had dreams. With hard work, quick thinking, and walking over people, he clawed his way to money, even if he never made it to the upper class. Florence Greene, upper class all the way. In the upper crust of New York City society, she never wants for anything, except, the freedom to be the person she is inside, without all the societal Class, upper or lower, male or female, legal or illegal there is always some kind of distinction regarding class. Clayton Manning grew up in the lower class, but he had dreams. With hard work, quick thinking, and walking over people, he clawed his way to money, even if he never made it to the upper class. Florence Greene, upper class all the way. In the upper crust of New York City society, she never wants for anything, except, the freedom to be the person she is inside, without all the societal restrictions she faces due to her gender. Clayton vows to get back at the person he thinks ruined his family. Florence’s father. Florence dreams of running a gambling establishment. Clayton is the best and she wants to learn from him. Lust, love, retribution, and redemption. Can Clayton and Florence work together or will past injustices ruin their chance for the lives they’re looking for? I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Shupe does her research and the pages of the book come alive with history. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    What I like about this book is Clayton. He is a gambling hall owner, a bit rough around the edges and a bit vulgar. You know what I mean…love that about heroes. What I did not care for so much was Florence. I loved her in the previous book but in this story she comes across as a bit naïve and young for her age. She thinks she is worldly but actually she is not. The scenes where Clayton is teaching her about the casino are great. Also the scene at Mulligan’s where Florence decides to go on the What I like about this book is Clayton. He is a gambling hall owner, a bit rough around the edges and a bit vulgar. You know what I mean…love that about heroes. What I did not care for so much was Florence. I loved her in the previous book but in this story she comes across as a bit naïve and young for her age. She thinks she is worldly but actually she is not. The scenes where Clayton is teaching her about the casino are great. Also the scene at Mulligan’s where Florence decides to go on the stage and perform in amazing. I thought in that scene she was showing her self-confidence. The “epilogue” is not one I cared about – Florence makes a decision without discussing it with Clayton that I think was wrong. However, as with all of Ms. Shupe’s books, the storytelling is fantastic and flows so well you feel as though time has flown by you when you get to the end. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.

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