The Duke Gets Even

Avon. (Fifth Avenue Rebels, Bk. 4). Jan. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780063045071. pap. $9.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
The long-suffering Duke of Lockwood finally gets his happily-ever-after in the stunning closer to the Gilded Age-set “Fifth Avenue Rebels” series. After being jilted throughout the series on his quest to find a proper heiress to marry so he can save his crumbling estate, Lockwood now finds himself falling in love with the scandalous Nellie Young. Her father is a rich railroad baron, but Nellie doesn’t want to marry—especially not someone as stuffy as Lockwood. Except, the wild, pleasure-seeking Nellie soon finds that she and Lockwood are compatible, both in the bedroom (and the ocean, and the pool, and anywhere else they can find) and outside of it. A side plot about Nellie’s fight for women’s rights makes this historical romance feel even more relevant for modern readers.
VERDICT Shupe (The Bride Goes Rogue) shines again, offering what may be the best entry as she ties up what was already an excellent series with a steamy story that showcases well-written characters readers have come to love.
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