The Bride Goes Rogue

Avon. (Fifth Avenue Rebels, Bk. 3). May 2022. 384p. ISBN 9780063045064. pap. $8.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Shupe continues her excellent Gilded Age–set “Fifth Avenue Rebels” series with this sexy third installment (following The Lady Gets Lucky). After she discovers that the fiancé her father arranged for her has no intention to wed, the furious Katherine Delafield decides to embark on a scandalous affair at a masquerade—only to accidentally connect with her would-be groom, Preston Clarke. They carry on their steamy affair, but drama outside of the bedroom puts a wrench in their liaison. In addition to having an excellent central romance, Shupe’s novel features glimpses into the lives of previous series characters, particularly Preston’s business partner Kit and his new wife, Alice, from the second book in the series. This novel also nudges along the stories of the rebellious Nellie Young and the long-suffering Duke of Lockwood. While this book can be read as a stand-alone, the secondary characters are a delightful bonus for series readers.
VERDICT Once again, Shupe delivers a sparkling, sexy romance in a well-crafted and entertaining historical setting, filling the book to the brim with vivid, appealing characters that readers can’t help but love.
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