ROMANCE

The Prince of Broadway

Avon. (Uptown Girls, Bk. 2). Jan. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780062906830. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Clayton Madden, merciless owner of New York’s elite Bronze House casino, is tired of high-born Florence Duncan entering his male-only establishment and distracting his clientele from otherwise wagering their fortunes. It doesn’t help that he’s sought revenge on her father, Duncan Greene, for decades. Florence, who has never cared for society’s rules, is determined to learn everything she can about gambling in order to one day run her own casino. Convinced that teaching her the trade will result in her ruin, and in turn destroy her father, Clay becomes her mentor, only to find that her business intelligence and skills rival his own, not to mention that her brazen mouth is absolutely irresistible. As his plan comes to fruition, Florence’s heart and trust are broken, but having risked and lost the ultimate hand, Clay is forced to reexamine his own ideas of happiness.
VERDICT Shupe (A Scandalous Deal) continues her lusciously detailed Gilded Age–set series with a dynamic duo determined to get what they want at any cost. Sensual and passionate and with an unconventional, intriguing story line, this second in the series (after The Rogue of Fifth Avenue) is one readers will clamor for.

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