The final novel in Joanna Shupe's critically acclaimed Uptown Girl series about a beautiful do-gooder who must decide if she can team up with one of New York's brashest criminals without losing something irreplaceable: her heart.
Manhattan kingpin.Brilliant mastermind.Gentleman gangster.
He's built a wall around his heart...
Orphaned and abandoned on the Bowery's mean streets, Jack Mulligan survived on strength, cunning, and ambition. Now he rules his territory better than any politician or copper ever could. He didn't get here by being soft. But in uptown do-gooder Justine Greene―the very definition of an iron fist in a velvet glove―Jack may have met his match.
She wears hers on her sleeve...
Justine is devoted to tracking down deadbeat husbands and fighting for fair working conditions. When her mission brings her face-to-face with Jack, she's shocked to find the man behind the criminal empire is considerably more charming and honorable than many "gentlemen" she knows.
Forming an unlikely alliance, they discover an unexpected desire. And when Justine's past catches up with them, Jack may be her only hope of survival. Is she ready to make a deal with the devil...?
The Devil of Downtown (Uptown Girls, #3) by Joanna Shupe
Series: Uptown Girls #3
Published by Avon on 06/30/2020
Genres: Historical Romance
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I received a complimentary ARC from Edelweiss + in exchange for an honest review.
THE DEVIL OF DOWNTOWN by Joanna Shupe
I always look forward to a new book by Joanna Shupe and am never disappointed.
Shupe’s books feature strong, independent women and handsome, complex men. The stories have romance, heat and danger.
Justine is the youngest sister in this Uptown Girls series. In the other two books I did not care for her as I found her a bit strident. But in her own story, Justine becomes someone to admire. She is seemingly fragile and naïve, but strong and formidable.
Jack has survived a brutal childhood to become a criminal kingpin in lower Manhattan. His heart of gold begins to shine as he gets drawn into Justine’s crusades of helping women track down deadbeat husbands and fathers. Their relationship seems doomed because of the chasm of the two worlds in which they inhabit, society elites of the Upper West Side and the grim realities of Downtown.
If you need a break from Regency England, Shupe is the master of turn of the 20th century New York City. She has done her research and it shows. The sights, sounds and even smells of NYC come alive in her writing.
I am sad to see the Uptown Girls series end, but I know her next series will be just as great.
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