The Prince of Broadway: Uptown Girls

The Prince of Broadway: Uptown Girls

by Joanna Shupe

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062906847
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/30/2019
Series: Uptown Girls , #2
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 12,902
File size: 3 MB

About the 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. Since then, her books have appeared on numerous yearly “best of” lists, including Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Kobo and BookPage. She lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband. 

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The Prince of Broadway: Uptown Girls 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
perriknows 8 days ago
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!
gaele 10 days ago
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.
Shortstride 21 days ago
This book was just ok. Never could get into the characters. Didn't really like Florence
Kindle_Loving_Mom 21 days ago
This book was an utter delight. I adored Florence and Clayton beyond what I even expected, and after LOVING book 1 in this series too, I expected a lot! Florence Greene is a unique and capable woman. She has her own plans for her life, and her future, and NO ONE will dissuade her from them. Not even her father, who thinks himself the almighty authority on everything. She has no interest in marrying, ever. She wants to open her own casino, for women only. Who better to teach her how to run a casino, then the most successful casino owner in NYC? Now, she just has to convince him to mentor her. Clayton Madden is the owner of the Bronze House, the most exclusive and successful casino in New York. He is a cold man, and he lets very few people close to him. He's vowed revenge on the man who ruined his life, and family, as a child, Duncan Greene. When Duncan's middle daughter shows up asking for a favor, he doesn't lie to her. He is intrigued by her, and attracted to her. He also has plans for revenge against her father. He agrees to teach her about casinos, but he won't discuss his revenge plot with her, and he won't act on his attraction to her. But, so much about Florence draws him to her, and before he knows what he's about, he's become quite attached to her. Though, nothing can stop him from completing his revenge plot. Right? Clayton and Florence's chemistry was wildly potent, and I enjoyed watching their push and pull game. Both of them were determined to resist the other, until they couldn't any more. They were both strong, unique individuals, and together they were a force of nature. Their connection was strong, though neither of them realized how much until it was taken away from them. Florence's sisters were so fun here, and it was interesting how this book was on a concurrent timeline with book 1. I enjoyed the things I knew about Mamie and Frank that were happening, based on some things the sisters discussed at different times in the story. I'm SO excited for Justine's book next, to get inside her head finally, and to learn more about the elusive Mulligan. Bald Jack, Clay's right-hand man, is such an awesome character too! I hope we'll get some sort of story about him, and his lady friend, the widowed cook that works at the brothel next door! And the brothel owner, Annabelle, could be a great story as well. SO MANY amazing side characters!! The black moment in this story left a pretty bleak looking future for our couple, but Clay figured out just how to grovel appropriately, sometimes with a little help from unexpected places. I really loved how much he learned about himself in the process. Florence really made him work for it, and I adored it. She knew her worth, and I love that in a heroine. The ending was perfect, and I couldn't have imagined a better, or more realistic, one for them. This series is my first from this author, and I can't wait to read more from her. I highly recommend this book, and book 1 as well!
Yvonne Alier 22 days ago
What a great story! I found Florence to be such a strong woman and well matched to Clayton. I love how Ms Shupe writes strong women with sacrificing their feminine side. The same for the men. Highly recommend this series as well as her 4 Hundred series. Can't was it to read Juliette and Mulligan's story.
georgia1 22 days ago
NYC 1891 A ruthless, powerful man, Clay Madden ran his casino with no mercy for those who tried to cheat him. He had pulled himself from the bottom up and now he was the ruler of all gambling activity in town. So when Florence Greene, kept coming to his casino, one where women were not allowed, he determined to put her in her place. Florence's plan seemed to be working when she was finally summoned to Clay's office. When she put her proposal before him, to mentor her in the casino business so she could open one for women, he finally relented. But he had conditions and he told her he seeked revenge against her father. I was totally enthralled from the beginning of this story. I was looking forward to seeing how this couple came together due to each of them being strong forces, not backing down from one another. Each thought the other attractive from the beginning but the journey for them was riff with high emotions, distrust and feelings that could be hard, especially from the hero. Prepare to be mesmorized and not able to put this one down once you start. I read this through Edelweiss. Lori D
Noire 23 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe is the second book in her delightful Uptown Girls series. It could be read as a standalone but I do recommend reading the first book as well because I enjoyed it immensely. Florence Greene is the middle sister in the wealthy Greene family. She has always felt that she doesn’t quite fit in and uninterested in society or marriage she intends to open a casino for women. Wanting to make a success of her plans she approaches Clayton Madden owner of The Bronze House the most successful and elegant casino in New York and asks him to mentor her in casino ownership. Expecting a spoiled debutante Clay is surprised to find that Florence is much more and as their attraction grows he will have to decide which is more important to him Florence or the revenge on her father that has motivated him for the last 20 years. One of the things I liked most about this book is the HEA. Their HEA is on their own terms, not societies and it is perfect for the characters involved and perhaps not what one might expect. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. Medium Steam. Publishing Date December 30, 2019. #Edelweissplus #ThePrinceOfBroadway #JoannaShupe #AvonRomance #AvonBooks #historicalromance #bookstagram #HarperCollins Canada @AvonBooks @HarperCollinsCanada
eleventhirteenpm 24 days ago
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**
Timitra 25 days ago
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.