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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 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...?


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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 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...?

30 review for The Devil of Downtown

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I devoured the first book in this series earlier this month and already know that I need to read more of Joanna Shupe's books. I was excited to read the story of the last sister and her romance with a bad guy! When this book first started, it was definitely a soft, sweet story. Justine is a do-gooder like her sisters but she's more kind and not as risk-taking. She's still do whatever it takes to help the women of the city in need, though. She enlists the help of Jack, who is a bad guy who is bas I devoured the first book in this series earlier this month and already know that I need to read more of Joanna Shupe's books. I was excited to read the story of the last sister and her romance with a bad guy! When this book first started, it was definitely a soft, sweet story. Justine is a do-gooder like her sisters but she's more kind and not as risk-taking. She's still do whatever it takes to help the women of the city in need, though. She enlists the help of Jack, who is a bad guy who is basically the head gangster of New York. He's dangerous, but when Justine asks for help, he decides to help her if she returns the favor in whatever way he asks. Their relationship is very sweet and slow and I wish it had more oomph in the beginning. Once we got halfway through, though, this book picked up, the sparks flew, we knew more about Jack, and there was some serious suspense that kept me on my toes. If the beginning wasn't so slow and sweet, this book would have easily been a five star read. I loved how Jack became so vulnerable with Justine and how they did have some conflict near the end that almost ripped them apart. We also got to see Justine's sisters and I just loved how close they were and how they were there for each other. Seriously, I cannot recommend Joanna Shupe enough! You need to pick up her historical romances as soon as you can!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    I’m so happy I got to binge read this series this year! It’s now one of my new favorite historical romance series and I cannot WAIT to see what Joanna Shupe has in store for us next.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Renaissance Kate

    Loved it! What an outstanding finale to an amazing series. Each book is better than the last, and now that’s it’s over I wish there was a fourth Greene sister to keep the story going! First, both Justine and Jack are such lovable, refreshing characters in the world of historical romance. Justine is a do-gooder with no regard for what others thinks of her. She isn’t afraid to defend herself (both physically and verbally), and ultimately she always puts others before herself. As the youngest daught Loved it! What an outstanding finale to an amazing series. Each book is better than the last, and now that’s it’s over I wish there was a fourth Greene sister to keep the story going! First, both Justine and Jack are such lovable, refreshing characters in the world of historical romance. Justine is a do-gooder with no regard for what others thinks of her. She isn’t afraid to defend herself (both physically and verbally), and ultimately she always puts others before herself. As the youngest daughter, she feels misunderstood by her family because they equate her kindness and gentle heart with weakness and naïveté. And although she believes herself less beautiful than her sisters, this isn’t something she dwells on. She wears old dresses and avoids high-society events to track down husbands who abandon their families, fight for fair working conditions in factories, and chase her dream of becoming the first female police detective in New York City. She is brave, determined, and the perfect match for Jack. Jack, on the other hand, while having a tragic past and being a hardened criminal kingpin, isn’t overly or unnecessarily broody, rude, gruff, or (perhaps most importantly) protective and territorial over Justine. He speaks multiple languages, dresses to the nines, and enjoys bowling in his free time. He isn’t fixated on the idea that taking Justine’s virginity will “ruin” her; he recognizes this is her choice and understands the sex life of a woman does not define her. Although their relationship starts out on bargaining terms, he sees Justine as an equal partner and doesn’t try to shield her from the darkness in the underbelly of New York City and even in his own life. He has a soft, kind side that really makes them a dynamic pair. My biggest disappointment in this book was the Greene sisters’ relationships. The relationships among Mamie, Florence, and Justine have intrigued me since book #1. In TDoD, the sisters share some heartwarming scenes later in the book, but otherwise their relationships, namely Mamie/Florence vs. Justine, are shown to be bumpy and frustrating. While this strengthened Justine’s image as the babied youngest daughter in the family, I would’ve liked to have seen the sisters’ relationships developed across all three books so, by the time the finale rolled around, they could team up to do something spectacular. In this book, Mamie and Florence seem to forget the struggles they faced in their own stories and hypocritically chastise Justine, a disappointment coming from two characters who should understand what it’s like to chase a dream deemed improper by their parents and the rest of upper-class society. Joanna Shupe’s writing, as always, is spectacular. Her worldbuildling will whisk you off to New York City’s Gilded Age, from the run-down slums to the luxurious mansions. The romance scenes will have you cheering, the sex scenes are oh-so-steamy, there are instances of high-stakes action and intrigue, all topped off with witty banter and a sprinkle of laugh-out-loud humor. I’m hoping to pick up another one of her series very soon! All in all, I truly loved this book and this series. Writing this review has made me want to read it all over again, so if you have any historical romance series suggestions I would love to hear them! Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers/ Avon Books via Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    God I adore this series. Is it wrong to want more? Watching Jack Mulligan slowly lose his heart to the quiet but never meek and never weak Justine was fan-fucking-tastic. I adored how Jack was as fastidious about his appearance (manicures, perfect bespoke suits) as he was filthy mouthed in bed. I loved how learned consent and good bed manners from his mother and the other sex workers he grew up with and how he always made sure Justine was 100% on board with every touch and kiss. SWOOOOOOOON. Where God I adore this series. Is it wrong to want more? Watching Jack Mulligan slowly lose his heart to the quiet but never meek and never weak Justine was fan-fucking-tastic. I adored how Jack was as fastidious about his appearance (manicures, perfect bespoke suits) as he was filthy mouthed in bed. I loved how learned consent and good bed manners from his mother and the other sex workers he grew up with and how he always made sure Justine was 100% on board with every touch and kiss. SWOOOOOOOON. Where Florence stole my heart in The Prince of Broadway, Jack for me was the star of this book. I love Justine too, Jack's character was just riveting. Pour me a glass of cold lager, I need it to cool off. I received an ARC for review from the publisher and Edelweiss+. Thank you! I'll be re-reading and posting a more coherent review closer to the pub date, but this is definitely a must!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi Chinyere

    3.75 stars I loved that the heroine was socially conscious and cared about the community. I was just taken aback by the sexual talk seemed modern, like when writing sex scenes the author used phrases common today as opposed to the words I’m used to when reading regency.

  6. 5 out of 5

    JenReadsRomance

    This was a perfect end to perfect series. Loved it. Jack and Justine were a great match. Perfection.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Shupe

    So, what can I tell you about Justine and Jack? First off, I love them both...but that is probably obvious. It was important to me that Justine is good without being TOO good. She thinks of everyone before herself, but there are times when she wants to get a little wild. Jack was a bit harder to write because he had to be BAD without making the reader hate him. And we had to see it on the page to believe it. So that required some thinking of creative ways to show it to you without . . .well, mak So, what can I tell you about Justine and Jack? First off, I love them both...but that is probably obvious. It was important to me that Justine is good without being TOO good. She thinks of everyone before herself, but there are times when she wants to get a little wild. Jack was a bit harder to write because he had to be BAD without making the reader hate him. And we had to see it on the page to believe it. So that required some thinking of creative ways to show it to you without . . .well, making him *too* evil. He is based on a real criminal in New York City history named Paul Kelly. Kelly was a Gilded Age gangster who dressed like a Fifth Avenue dandy, spoke multiple languages, and many said he did actually condense the various NYC gangs into one criminal enterprise (under his command, naturally). I hope you like the way these two come together. And remember, be careful what you wish for!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joana V.

    Review originally published in Romancing Romances. I received an eARC at no cost from the publisher, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. I loved this book so much I couldn’t even write the review when I finished as I was so excited I couldn’t keep still enough to actually sit in front of a computer. When I finished The Devil of Downtown my first thought was… I want to read it again! That’s how much I loved it. I’ve always loved a bad boy who is good for his love and/or has a Review originally published in Romancing Romances. I received an eARC at no cost from the publisher, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. I loved this book so much I couldn’t even write the review when I finished as I was so excited I couldn’t keep still enough to actually sit in front of a computer. When I finished The Devil of Downtown my first thought was… I want to read it again! That’s how much I loved it. I’ve always loved a bad boy who is good for his love and/or has a heart of gold. Jack Mulligan… doesn’t have a heart of gold, but he does like Justine and he doesn’t want to see her hurt. Jack Mulligan “rules” downtown New York. His character is based on a real man, Paul Kelly. Jack’s look is based on Vincent Piazza, who plays Lucky Luciano on the tv series Boardwalk Empire, which the author, Joanna Shupe, has mentioned she used as an inspiration for Jack. For fans of the series Pecky Blinders, Jack is also quite similar to Tommy Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy. And if Jack Mulligan is the devil of downtown, Justine is the do-gooder, the angel. While he deals in favours, blackmail, and balance of power, she deals in the business of helping people just because they need it. Justine works at an institution where she helps women whose husbands abandoned them and their children either return, or pay retribution. It’s in her work that she meets Jack, as one of the men employed by him abandoned his wife, and kids. Jack doesn’t like having someone talking to his employers, and he makes a deal with Justine that this man will pay to support his wife and children, if she owes him a favour, which he can collect at any point. She hates not knowing what might happen, but she has no other choice. Jack respects Justine because she stands her ground, she challenges him – and she is able to do this because she knows Jack does not hurt women or children. She believes he will not break his “code”, but still Jack thinks she is incredible just by behaving like that. You go Justine! All throughout the book there is this motto that Jack will corrupt Justine, that he’s a spider and will get her stuck in his web without her noticing. And, in a way… that does happen. But Justine realizes what happened and she didn’t like the person she was becoming. It was a heartbreaking scene. Have I mentioned I cried in this book? More than once, actually. But I still loved it! They had such an amazing chemistry, Jack exudes sexiness, and Justine, whom most people considered plain, was like an avenging angel, and had this sexual energy that just appealed so much to Jack. I know some people will not be happy with the end… but for me it was perfect. Because they both acknowledge that for them to be together, things have to change, at least slightly. Although I’m an only child, I really connected with Justine, and understood her very well. And Jack just connected with me in all the right ways. The sisters of the previous books are also in The Devil of Downtown, but I paid almost no attention to them. They were just plot points to make us understand Justine better, in my opinion. I just loved this book so much, the essence of New York, and blackmail, and the power, and the sexiness.. It was pretty much perfect.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I have come to really love this series and this author’s writing in general, in case you haven’t noticed. This is a perfect example of that. A dangerous hero and a kind hearted but spirited heroine and you have a combination that just had sparks flying from the first time they met! Our heroine is the daughter of a wealthy businessman in Manhattan but she wants to do good things for people in need. And one of her projects right now is tracking down deadbeat husbands who have skipped out on the I have come to really love this series and this author’s writing in general, in case you haven’t noticed. This is a perfect example of that. A dangerous hero and a kind hearted but spirited heroine and you have a combination that just had sparks flying from the first time they met! Our heroine is the daughter of a wealthy businessman in Manhattan but she wants to do good things for people in need. And one of her projects right now is tracking down deadbeat husbands who have skipped out on their families and are not supporting them financially. The police is not really interested in helping these women so it’s up to her to go to the most dangerous parts of town and find these men. Her ultimate dream, though, would be to work for the police herself! That’s how she ends up in front of Manhattan’s kingpin and gangster and makes a deal with him for his help. Everything about this book was excellent. So many great quotes, incredible writing and unforgettable characters. Mulligan is cunning but such a romantic, who would’ve known? And Justine isn’t all innocenc. She’s got courage to face not just the dangerous streets and thugs but also society’s tongues. She faces every problem head on, and that includes dealing with the attraction between Mulligan and her. When I talk about chemistry, these two HAD IT! I’m sad to see this series come to an end but I’ll be waiting for anything else Ms. Shupe brings our way. Reviewed by Francesca ❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  10. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    2.5 stars The relationship here actually mostly worked for me, weirdly enough. I did enjoy this one more than book two, but I did not enjoy reading this book as a general matter. (view spoiler)[I don't feel like getting too deep into it, but my general complaints: -This was absolutely a throwaway line in the book, but heroes thinking, even in one brief, offhanded moment that the heroine isn't as pretty as her sister is just something authors Should Not Do. It's a very specific kind of gross to me, 2.5 stars The relationship here actually mostly worked for me, weirdly enough. I did enjoy this one more than book two, but I did not enjoy reading this book as a general matter. (view spoiler)[I don't feel like getting too deep into it, but my general complaints: -This was absolutely a throwaway line in the book, but heroes thinking, even in one brief, offhanded moment that the heroine isn't as pretty as her sister is just something authors Should Not Do. It's a very specific kind of gross to me, and tbh, I live being the Not Pretty Sister all the time. I don't really want it in my destress-reading material. -Generally, the way the relationship between the three sisters was developed in the book was just not great. Their relationship seemed to be reframed in each book to fit the needs of the novel, and while I bought it more than Justine was sort of the odd one out than I did with Florence, it made the supposed family ties between the three novels in the series just not work well. Plus, it just seemed very strange to have Mamie and Florence so dead set against Justine and Jack given everything that happened in both of their books (which reinforces my general impression that the sisters' roles in each others' lives shifted based on the needs of each book). I know Jack was the "bad guy" in book two, but Mamie and Florence being so against it just did not work. -There was WAY too much drama at the end, with not enough time to tie everything up. Too much happened that was just too convenient to get Jack out of his club businesses to running the brewery full time. Didn't work for me at all. (hide spoiler)] Disappointing that a book where the relationship more or less worked was such a mess, but alas, it was. Shupe appears to be very hit or miss for me, but she writes in a specific setting I want more of, so I will keep coming back. Read for Ripped Bodice Bingo 2020: Villain's Love Story

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erica Chilson

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars The Devil of Downtown is the third installment in the Uptown Girls series, and can easily be read independently as a standalone title with little to no confusion. One reason I enjoy Joanna Shupe's novels is the location. So many books in the historical romance genre are set in England, primarily London. I appreciate the change of scenery in New York City, as well as the late 1890's era it is placed in. It's a refreshing c I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars The Devil of Downtown is the third installment in the Uptown Girls series, and can easily be read independently as a standalone title with little to no confusion. One reason I enjoy Joanna Shupe's novels is the location. So many books in the historical romance genre are set in England, primarily London. I appreciate the change of scenery in New York City, as well as the late 1890's era it is placed in. It's a refreshing change that makes the pages fly by. Justine isn't your usual historical romance heroine. Breaking free of the rules of the time, Justine wanted to be the first female detective (this reminded me of The Alienist a bit) which intrigued me. Justine was determined, and strong, although I felt several of the choices/actions/reactions she made didn't fit her personality. In the era and setting, I thought she would have experienced more backlash for acting more like a woman of our current time. As this is fiction, I appreciated that Justine wasn't wishy-washy damsel in distress. I will point out, her personality and actions seem more fitting for a much older woman, not a girl of twenty of that era and location. In his early thirties, Jack is a criminal, there is just no other way to state that. A lord of the dark underbelly beneath the city, where crime rules. Obviously this made Jack a swoon-worthy hero, the total opposite of his crime-stopping counterpart. That is where the delicious angst comes into play. I will admit, my heart clenches when I read how a man thinks his love interest isn't pretty/beautiful/shapely enough, as it makes an imbalance. We all have insecurities, and not all of us can be models of what society deems attractive for the times. But it hurts to read the hero thinking the heroine homely, but deciding she's beautiful after getting to know her. It sparks of arrogance, like he believes someone who isn't to his beauty standards are unworthy or he deserves someone better. This is usually one-sided, as it's only been one or two times in thousands of books where the heroine thought that of the hero, but an ongoing occurrence for the hero thinking the heroine not worthy of him, until she changes his mind by "not being like the other girls". The crime boss activity didn't make me dislike Jack, but that offhand comment soured the romance for me. Avoiding the major plot points, as that's for readers to discover. I read the novel in one sitting, finding entertainment and escapism. Quick-paced, with polar opposite characters falling for one another. One of the things I disliked the most is how much Jack had to change in order to fit into the relationship with Justine. I've read plenty of series where the "Devil" got to keep his position, and the heroine used it their advantage in what they were trying to achieve. It felt as if Jack loses who he is, loses his edge and turns soft, as if a woman "changed" him. Your personality doesn't change, no matter who you're in a relationship with. If it changes, then you're just an actor staring in your own life. The faster I read, the less likely I was to spot inconsistencies, but they were still there. I won't bog this down by listing them. Simply stating those inconsistencies were the major reason I couldn't rate the novel higher. Characters acting/reacting out of the traits they were given. Timeline issues of how long Justine had been engaged in certain activities, as that would have placed her as a young teen, who wouldn't have been able to have such free reign in NYC, due to the era and the rights of woman at the time, as well as how a young girl could have easily fallen to violence. The way the sisters related to one another from book to book, to where they felt like different characters entirely, with different ways of reacting to one another, which was highly inconsistent across the board. Highly recommend to fans of the author, of the series, and Historical Romance in general. I'm eager to pick up whatever Joanna Shupe releases next.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aila

    Stunning, seductive, and sweet addition to a lovely series featuring three brash girls from the Gilded Age! THE DEVIL OF DOWNTOWN was everything that I wanted and more. Shupe delivers with her usual humor and sensual romances. I was particularly excited about this book because it features Justine, the youngest sister who loves to help people, and Jack, a hardened criminal lord who also likes to help people... at a cost. Opposites attract are one of my favorite tropes, and this book really brough Stunning, seductive, and sweet addition to a lovely series featuring three brash girls from the Gilded Age! THE DEVIL OF DOWNTOWN was everything that I wanted and more. Shupe delivers with her usual humor and sensual romances. I was particularly excited about this book because it features Justine, the youngest sister who loves to help people, and Jack, a hardened criminal lord who also likes to help people... at a cost. Opposites attract are one of my favorite tropes, and this book really brought two people with different backgrounds and personalities to a wonderful, steamy romance where each person appreciates the differences in the other. “Her life had been about others for so long that she forgot what it felt like to live just for herself. To take instead of giving, giving, giving all the time. The idea of being wicked and selfish was a thrill just waiting there, beckoning in the sizzle of his gaze as he stared down at her. Danger. You’re in danger, Justine. He wouldn’t hurt her, not in the physical sense. However, no one would ever believe that Mulligan could be good for her. He was worldly and charming. Cunning. A man who dressed like a duke but traded in violence and crime. An elegant sword dipped in poison. So why had she come here tonight?” Justine is my favorite kind of character in romance books. She’s sensible but sheltered, so she thinks she knows what’s right all the time when in fact she’s a little naive. All her life, she’s been pitted against her older sisters who are brash and reckless and fearless. She covered up for their escapades and went along with their dares, but at the end of the day, she was the dutiful one. We start the book with her tracking down wayward, runaway husbands so that they can be persuaded to come back to their families to support them. She ends up asking Jack to help track down one of those men, since the man she’s looking for works for him. He does so... for a favor in the future. She reluctantly agrees, and the fun begins. From the beginning, the dynamic between Justine and Jack is exploding with chemistry. They both say they’re not interested in each other, but the more Justine stands up for herself against Jack, without being afraid of him, the more he’s attracted to her. Thus begins his seduction... which Justine accepts. They’re both having fun, right? Neither of them go into the relationship with thoughts of being long-term, but there’s also no manipulation either. They just enjoy the other’s company a lot and are attracted to one another. I thought throughout it all, their communication channels were open and honest, which kept the romantic progression pure and sweet. However, other people don’t think the same, as he’s a criminal from downtown and she’s a do-gooder from uptown. We love some forbidden romance energy. Justine is a do-gooder, but she definitely deserves an adventure. She has a higher goal of becoming a detective in the police force and in general, helping the community around her. Being with Jack allowed her to explore her own character more as she stepped out of her comfort zone to become someone as daring and reckless as her older sisters. I love that even as she’s becoming more confident and her voice is being heard, she doesn’t compromise her integrity, even if it’s so easy to with someone as powerful as Jack beside her. Jack himself has a lot of power as the lord of downtown, and his motto of “You can never have enough” drives him to build his criminal empire and dive into business ventures. He’s rich and controls the neighborhood. What more can he want? Once he meets Justine, he realizes that there’s MUCH more to life than making the next bargain... and he has to decide if that’s worth the change in his life. I love how progressive this series has been, and book 3 is no different. Justine is excited at Jack’s interest in her, but she’s just looking for a little fun, and she certainly does not need him to save the day. I’ve been blessed by so many romance books with women who save the day, and Justine definitely uses her intelligence and kindness to do so in THE DEVIL OF DOWNTOWN. There’s also a small murder subplot going on, keeping the story fun, and not just romance-centric. With small pieces of action and making deals, THE DEVIL OF DOWNTOWN really doesn’t have a boring moment. The plot moves along quickly, and the relationship does too, but on the characters’ terms and not as insta-love. I really recommend this series to Historical Romance lovers who appreciate modern women with fierce views, and men who are worthy of them! I especially loved this book because of the opposites attract theme, the growth the characters go through, and their seductive romantic progression.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Each book in the Uptown Girls series features one of the Greene sisters and their romance. Each will work as standalone, but I recommend reading them in the order of release to get to know the city and key characters. Justine Greene is devoted to tracking down deadbeats and fighting for fair working conditions. She has earned a reputation on the streets as an angel. She fearlessly tracks down husbands into the depths of the Bowery. One such search brings her to the doorsteps of Jack Mulligan’s gy Each book in the Uptown Girls series features one of the Greene sisters and their romance. Each will work as standalone, but I recommend reading them in the order of release to get to know the city and key characters. Justine Greene is devoted to tracking down deadbeats and fighting for fair working conditions. She has earned a reputation on the streets as an angel. She fearlessly tracks down husbands into the depths of the Bowery. One such search brings her to the doorsteps of Jack Mulligan’s gym. Jack rules his territory with an iron fist. He and his men dress like politicians, and no women is to be harmed. In his world, his word is law, but a little do-gooder from the upper east side is about to challenge him. Gads, I loved the chemistry and back-and-forth banter between Justine and Jack. Jack is so used to people fearing him, and this tiny little waif of a woman undoes him. It was thrilling watching him fall. I loved Justine. She knows who she is, what she is about and learns from her mistakes. She is demure but tough..always a lady. She can see past the darker edges of Jack, but also expects him to rise above. She handled her over protective sisters and didn’t believe her privilege entitled her to anything. Jack was swoon-worthy and earned the respect of the gang not just by force but by fair wages and lifting them up. Shupe did a wonderful job of fleshing him out and sharing his story. Shupe, long a favorite at Caffeinated Reviewer, brought the period to life and weaved in historical tidbits from the gangs to the breweries and I loved it all. The suspense angle gave us a fright but also allowed for change and growth. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    In the Golden Age, New York City, one do-gooder woman is determined to live her life in her own terms, helping others even if that takes her to make deal with the devil. Justine Greene is the youngest of the Greene sisters – Justine thinks she’s not as beautiful or as sassy as her sisters. What she gets though is her big heart and determination. Justine has been helping others since she was thirteen, when she went to Madison Square mission to pass out bread and blankets. Now, Justine mission is In the Golden Age, New York City, one do-gooder woman is determined to live her life in her own terms, helping others even if that takes her to make deal with the devil. Justine Greene is the youngest of the Greene sisters – Justine thinks she’s not as beautiful or as sassy as her sisters. What she gets though is her big heart and determination. Justine has been helping others since she was thirteen, when she went to Madison Square mission to pass out bread and blankets. Now, Justine mission is to find deadbeat husbands who leave their husbands and child without money. One of the husbands she is looking for, brings her right into The Devil of Downtown’s lair: Jack Mulligan. Jack Mulligan, the Criminal Kingpin, is curious with Justine. This woman is not scared of him; she is brave and she is beautiful. So, Jack is willing to help Justine in exchange for a favor that he will collect later. But the more they interact, the more Jack is attracted, and he is unwilling to let Justine go just yet. Oh gosh, oh gosh, OH GOSH, I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! 😍 I already adored the older Greene sisters – more Florence than Mamie, because Florence is unwilling to bent to the rule of society (in this book, she still REFUSES to marry Clayton!) – and is curious with Justine. In the sisters’ book, Justine seems to be the shy one, not standing out. But boy, oh boy, Justine is probably the best of the sisters! First, her heart – is as big as the ocean. While Mamie tries to help others using organization and Florence only wants to provide casino for women (it will be the richer society who can enjoy, by the way), Justine is willing to ACT. Yep, she gives her time, her sweat, her wit, her everything to help. She’s an angel… Second, Justine is TOTALLY awesome when she’s challenging Jack. One of the most satisfying things in romance novels, for me, is when the strong heroine brought the (perceived to be) stronger hero, the bad guys, to get down on his knees. I thought Justine did it perfectly (Jack didn’t literally drop to his knees, but still *laugh*). Justine makes Jack does things that he doesn’t normally do as the king of criminal. It’s very, very delightful to read. Third… bowling as sexual flirting moment *grin* I loved every moments of this book – for me, it’s a perfect good girl/bad guy trope. The Devil of Downtown is strong from start to finish plus the sexy moments are sexy. The only thing that annoyed me was probably how Mamie and Florence reacted to Justine’s relationship to Jack. They are being super hypocrite. At least their father isn’t in this book (because I dislike than man immensely since he tries to push his wishes to his daughters) I was so happy when Justine snapped at them and told them so. You GO, Justine! In conclusion, this is one of my favorite romances of the year, and a wonderful way to finish the series. Joanna Shupe definitely has become one of historical authors for me to watch. A Guest Review for The Blogger Girls The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This is the final book of the Uptown Girls series. You can read this as a stand alone if you don't mind a few minor spoilers for the previous 2 books in the series. Best character build will be to read in order. I believe all the characters appear together in all 3 books. (This is the only one I've tried from this series, but talked with a friend as she read the first of the series) Give this book a try if you are in the mood for -Mixed classes – Jack was born in a brothel and is a self made man t This is the final book of the Uptown Girls series. You can read this as a stand alone if you don't mind a few minor spoilers for the previous 2 books in the series. Best character build will be to read in order. I believe all the characters appear together in all 3 books. (This is the only one I've tried from this series, but talked with a friend as she read the first of the series) Give this book a try if you are in the mood for -Mixed classes – Jack was born in a brothel and is a self made man totally unwelcome in polite society, Justine is an uptown heiress -Antiheroes – Jack is the leader of a number of criminal enterprises -Lots of steam and f bombs ;) -Strong themes of feminism -Solid consent established -A splash of enemies to lovers – in the beginning, there's some snarkiness and push back from the heroine -A working herione! -Guilded age New York -Scarred hero (not a huge part of the story) Jack is our hero, and he's one of my favorite types. An antihero that grew up in the gutter and has more power now than anyone in town. He's drawn to Justine from the beginning. He's really rather charming. His emotions run deep, he can have a violent streak (never against the heroine), but usually he is not a brooding, grumpy character. Jack definitely is the reason I give this book 4 stars. I really enjoyed him. I love how he's so confident. He would do anything for Justine, and he helps her throughout the entire book. He's ruthless to his enemies and I love that too. What can I say, I love a man that has no problem protecting his territory and his woman. Justine truly cares about the suffering in New York. Being a member of the Greene family, she has lived a privileged life and wants to use it to help others. Her real passion is helping the women and children of the city, with her focus being on child labor and husbands that abandon their wives. I did find these parts really interesting. Definitely makes you more thankful for the world we live in today (even though there are still issues with it). I will say Justine rather annoyed me in this book. I find I am not liking the enemies to lovers much anymore. It doesn't last long in the book, but Justine in the beginning is rather snarky and rude to Jack, and I have no idea why it attracted Jack all the more. I don't see what's attractive about it at all. Thankfully that didn't last long, but then I felt like she made quite a few decisions that had me irritated. I felt like she put herself in stupid situations and didn't take the danger of the city seriously. I also felt like she went through a complete 180 of her feelings regarding Jack and it seemed to happen repeatedly until the end of the story. But I felt surprised the first time because it really seemed to come out of nowhere. The end of the book kind of took a dive for me as well. It seemed to have a bit excessive amount of overcoming the final hurdle. The back and forth of why they couldn't be together just went on a bit too long. Still, overall I enjoyed a LOT of this story. I give 3.5 rounded to 4. Thanks netgalley for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions on the book are my own

  16. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    After his mother’s death left him orphaned, Jack Mulligan learned quickly how to survive on the streets of New York City. His cunning, intelligence, and ruthless ambition have served him well and he rules much of the city with more authority than any policeman or politician. He’s fair, but to maintain his power, he can’t afford to be soft, although it’s possible he’s met his match in do-gooder heiress Justine Greene. Justine isn’t wild and rebellious like her elder sisters, she simply wants to he After his mother’s death left him orphaned, Jack Mulligan learned quickly how to survive on the streets of New York City. His cunning, intelligence, and ruthless ambition have served him well and he rules much of the city with more authority than any policeman or politician. He’s fair, but to maintain his power, he can’t afford to be soft, although it’s possible he’s met his match in do-gooder heiress Justine Greene. Justine isn’t wild and rebellious like her elder sisters, she simply wants to help people. When her latest search for a missing husband brings her to the den of the city’s most notorious kingpin, she’s amazed to find that Jack Mulligan is actually more charming and honorable than most of the polished uptown swells she knows. Beneath their unlikely alliance sparks a tangible, if unlikely, frisson of attraction. When that connection deepens, it soon becomes known to Jack’s enemies, both their lives are put in danger, and they must each determine where their true priorities lie. I have some mixed feelings here. I did enjoy the story overall, but it had issues. Justine is quite possibly my favorite Greene sister in some ways, but in others she wound up not being that likable. Jack may just be my favorite hero of the series and yet I still remember liking Frank and Mamie’s story better (although maybe my tastes have just changed some in the year since I read it). One of my biggest issues here was actually with Justine’s relationship with her sisters, Mamie and Florence. I don’t have sisters so maybe I just don’t get it, but I absolutely hated every interaction those two had with Justine. Both Florence and Mamie were nothing but condescending, hypocritical, judgmental, and controlling of Justine, even after acknowledging her capabilities and the fact that she had grown up. They certainly didn’t show her the support and help she’d provided them when they were seeing ‘unsuitable’ men. I also didn’t really get why Florence was so against Jack when he helped her when she was having issues with Clay. Then the sisterly advice when Justine was heartbroken was oh just get drunk, as if that’s productive or helpful at all. It was like everything their characters were in the previous books just flew out the window to somehow add this nonsensical friction in this book in the absence of their parents. I hated it. I also got really tired of how much Jack was maligned when we had all this clear evidence of him being a good person and that made it even more annoying to me that, in the end, it seemed he had to give up quite a bit more than Justine did. I’m not a huge fan of the lopsided compromising, but I did like the fact that Jack was moving himself to a position with fewer enemies. This book had plenty of excellent steam and Jack definitely knew how to talk dirty and still be extremely respectful. I enjoyed the majority of the story, I just got tired of the back and forth between Justine and Jack. I think it went on too long and much of the time Justine was just flat out unnecessarily rude to Jack and used him to get what she wanted, all the while she’s being warned about how he’ll use and discard her until it is she who does that very thing to him. She wasn’t as naïve as her sisters thought, but she did willfully ignore a lot of the danger that she clearly knew existed, all in the name of independence. I absolutely cannot stand when independence is equated with willfully stupid decisions. Justine’s back and forth antics had this book losing traction for me at about 60% or so. Nonetheless and despite my complaints, this was a well-written book and a satisfying ending to a lovely, unique series and I can’t wait to see what Joanna Shupe’s next project is. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Justine Greene is the youngest of the Greene sisters and compared to her vivacious sisters, she appears to be a little dull – but as they say – looks can be deceiving! Unlike her sisters in both looks and temperament, Justine spends her days helping the poor and forgotten of NYC. She also helps out with her brother-in-law Frank Tripp’s legal aid society – tracking down missing husbands. It is on such a case that she meets Jack Mulligan – the city’s biggest crime lord. After weeks of looking for Justine Greene is the youngest of the Greene sisters and compared to her vivacious sisters, she appears to be a little dull – but as they say – looks can be deceiving! Unlike her sisters in both looks and temperament, Justine spends her days helping the poor and forgotten of NYC. She also helps out with her brother-in-law Frank Tripp’s legal aid society – tracking down missing husbands. It is on such a case that she meets Jack Mulligan – the city’s biggest crime lord. After weeks of looking for Robert Gorcey who left his wife and five children without a word, she learns that he works for Jack and hopes to gain his help in getting Mr. Gorcey to take care of his responsibilities! Jack agrees, but wants a favor in exchange and won’t lift a finger to help unless she agrees. Jack Mulligan was born with nothing and fought his way to the top, he is powerful and feared, but Justine Greene doesn’t appear to be impressed – which intrigues him. She grudgingly agrees to grant him a favor in the future and leaves. Jack shouldn’t give her another thought, he has problems of his own in the shape of an up-and-coming crime boss, Trevor O’Shaughnessy, a man that is testing the boundaries with Jack. But he can’t seem to get the little “do-gooder” out of his mind and has her followed. Days later he catches up with her to cash in his favor, he marvels at how much she does in the city and listens to her complain about not being able to get her police friend to help with a matter of a unfair factory owner. Jack buys her lunch and tells her that for his favor he wants to escort her to Frank’s fundraising gala – there is a man he wants to talk to that refuses to see him – Julius Hatcher – Justine agrees and demands an outrageous donation to boot – Jack agrees. When her family learns of her interactions with Jack, they all warn her off – Mamie and Florence are sure he will hurt her and ruin her reputation, Frank and Clay are concerned for her safety – but they all underestimate Justine – she is stronger and braver than they could ever imagine and she refuses to stop seeing Jack. For his part, Jack is caught in Justine’s spell – he wants her, but more than just sexually, he likes her and enjoys her company – she is a light in his dark world and even as he knows he should let her go, he can’t seem to send her away. But when Jack gives Justine her greatest desire, she finally admits that she is changing into someone she doesn’t like and she walks away from him. Can he win her back? This was a well written, fast paced, amazing read with very likable characters, red-hot love scenes, unexpected twists, wonderful secondary characters including cameos from Mamie, Frank, Florence, Clay and Julius Hatcher! I just loved this story, it was a wild ride from the first page until the last and is definitely my favorite in the series. This is the third book in the series and while it can be read as a stand-alone, do yourself a favor and read the books in order! *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by the publisher.*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe is an exciting and passionate opposites attract romance. Think ‘wrong side of the tracks’ only in this case, it’s wrong side of the city/society. Justine Greene uses her position in New York’s high society to help the less fortunate, working at soup kitchens, helping wives deserted by their husbands, and assisting with other legal aid ventures. When one of the derelict husbands that she wants to find turns out to be an employee of crime boss Jack Mulligan, sh The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe is an exciting and passionate opposites attract romance. Think ‘wrong side of the tracks’ only in this case, it’s wrong side of the city/society. Justine Greene uses her position in New York’s high society to help the less fortunate, working at soup kitchens, helping wives deserted by their husbands, and assisting with other legal aid ventures. When one of the derelict husbands that she wants to find turns out to be an employee of crime boss Jack Mulligan, she’s not afraid or intimidated to seek him out. Raised by a prostitute and orphaned as a pre-teen, Jack worked hard to make it to the top of the gangs in New York. He controls a considerable territory and plans to keep it that way. When do-gooder Justine shows up at his office with her request, he’s willing to grant her this favour, but expects one in return. That favour? Escorting Justine to a high society fundraiser where he can meet up with an investor he wants for a brewery he’s involved in, and the chance to export their product across the country. He needs a respectable entrance into the event and Justine can provide it, though it will come at the cost of her reputation. Since Justine doesn’t care much for that anyway, she agrees though she knows her family won’t be very happy. One favour turns into another, and soon Justine and Jack are finding ways to spend time together out of the public eye. Their forbidden affair heats up just as things on the street start to get complicated, with a rival gang leader encroaching on Jack’s territory. Will Jack lose everything or get his happy ever after? I’ve been enjoying this series from the start and Justine’s romance with Jack is a fitting end! It’s your classic good girl/bad boy trope story, set in the Gilded Age of New York City and as with the other stories in the series, the setting is well described and interesting especially if you’re a reader of historical romance who has been looking for a different time period than the Victorian or Regency romances that tend to prevail in the market. Jack is unique in his attitude towards women compared with the other men of his acquaintance due to his upbringing with his mother in a whorehouse. He is respectful of women, doesn’t operate any bawdy houses in his territory and doesn’t mind helping Justine with her missions, reigning in deadbeat dads and sweatshop factory bosses. He’s got a kind heart, though he has no problem using his knuckles against abusive men. It’s that side of his personality that attracts Justine even though she knows that he is bad for her and that her parents, vacationing in Europe during the story, will definitely not approve of their relationship when they find out. What Justine really appreciates about Jack is that he respects her opinions and her choices and doesn’t try to change her, unlike her sisters who are over protective and still see her as their little sibling instead of the grown, opinionated woman that she is. Their concern over her relationship with Jack rings a little hollow considering their own life choices (books one and two in the series detail those equally passionate and entertaining romances with partner choices that their parents weren’t thrilled about either). But Justine is determined to stand on her own and continue her work with the less fortunate, and to see Jack at every opportunity. Jack is very experienced with women while Justine is a virgin and his slow wooing of her leads to some sexy love scenes. When things start to take a violent turn, Jack has to decide what to do, and how to protect Justine. His choices affect them both, and lead to some surprising decisions and eventually their happy ending. It’s a great finale to the series and I highly recommend reading them all! I can’t wait to dive into more books by this author. This review appears at Harlequin Junkie: https://harlequinjunkie.com/review-th... A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lenna

    This is the first historical romance from this particular time period I've read, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. In the past I've usually stuck with novels that took place in England or Scotland, but I will have to take a second look at some of Joanna Shupe's. Justine was a relatable heroine who didn't take any of Jack's crap, which is exactly what I look for in a good romance. They balanced each other out really well, and it was a wonderful "opposite attract" dynamic. The scene where they This is the first historical romance from this particular time period I've read, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. In the past I've usually stuck with novels that took place in England or Scotland, but I will have to take a second look at some of Joanna Shupe's. Justine was a relatable heroine who didn't take any of Jack's crap, which is exactly what I look for in a good romance. They balanced each other out really well, and it was a wonderful "opposite attract" dynamic. The scene where they went bowling was absolutely adorable (and hot in the end). I did also enjoy the way Justine called her sisters out on their hypocrisy. I'm not sure if I'll read their books, because I found them both so irritating, but by the end they became somewhat more palatable, simply because Justine refused to buckle under their opinions like so many heroines in other books do. I'd probably rate this closer to a 3.5-3.75, simply because, in the end, I felt like more time needed to be spent on actual discussions around the issues that were between Justine and Jack, but overall I would definitely recommend this.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe is book three in the Uptown Girls series. This is the story of Justine Greene and Jack Mulligan. I have read the previous books, which did add to my enjoyment of this one. I do feel this can be a standalone book. Justine has taken to fighting for the rights of women, children and people that are in need. Justin also helps her brother-in- law with his legal aide group. Justine is on a job to track down a man who has abandon his family which leads her to meet The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe is book three in the Uptown Girls series. This is the story of Justine Greene and Jack Mulligan. I have read the previous books, which did add to my enjoyment of this one. I do feel this can be a standalone book. Justine has taken to fighting for the rights of women, children and people that are in need. Justin also helps her brother-in- law with his legal aide group. Justine is on a job to track down a man who has abandon his family which leads her to meet Jack. Jack is the raining head of the underworld who grew up in a brothel then onto the streets. Jack has worked his way up the ranks and now is having another person causing issues. This leads him to exchange favors with Justine. Justine and Jack set a tone of friendship but their desire for each other starts to take over. But all is not so simple on their road to happiness. Enjoyed their story and I do want to read more from this author!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Timitra

    Rated 4.5 Stars The Devil of Downtown was wonderful. It was steamy and sexy. I loved the interactions between the main characters, Jack and Justine as well as getting glimpses of the previous couples. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it and the rest of the series. Copy provided by publisher through Edelweiss

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diana Quincy

    This might be my favorite book in the series and I loved them all. But Mulligan stands out as a gangster who is also very much a gentleman. Florence is a do-gooder who doesn't mind shaking things up, especially when it comes to making deadbeat dads live up to their obligations to their wives and children. Once Florence starts making waves on Mulligan's turf, the sparks start flying! Shupe skillfully draws a picture of Gilded Age New York, the backdrop of this romance that totally sizzles.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    This third and final installment in the Uptown Girls series finally lives up to the Four Hundred books that came before it. Here, Joanna Shupe takes up back to the gilded age for Justine's story. Her hero? The crime lord Jack Mulligan. And this pairing was even better than I'd hoped for. Justine is the youngest of the Greene sisters and devoted to doing good works for those in need. She is nothing like anyone would expect of a young heiress. She doesn't care anything about society or trivial thin This third and final installment in the Uptown Girls series finally lives up to the Four Hundred books that came before it. Here, Joanna Shupe takes up back to the gilded age for Justine's story. Her hero? The crime lord Jack Mulligan. And this pairing was even better than I'd hoped for. Justine is the youngest of the Greene sisters and devoted to doing good works for those in need. She is nothing like anyone would expect of a young heiress. She doesn't care anything about society or trivial things. She wants to help women abandoned by their husbands and end cruel child labor laws. She's considered an angel by people on the streets, but somehow, she doesn't feel like a Mary Sue. She is practical and pragmatic, and though slightly naive to the danger she faces, she is quite likable. She is tough and persistent while never going over the top. Then there is Jack. He rules the streets with his own set of rules, kind of like a benevolent king. But he does it with force, bribery, and manipulation when it suits him. Justine crosses his path searching for one of his employees who abandoned his family. Jack's taken by the fact she seems neither interested nor intimidated by him and he agrees to help...for the price of a favor. And thus their orbit around each other begins. I really enjoyed watching Jack fall for Justine. It's quite lovely how he bares himself to her. And though there is one scene where Justine kind of let me down, overall she was a worthy match for him. I believed in the romance and the sex scenes were spot on. I also want to give a shout out to how well Shupe paints New York in the late 1800s. The setting is like another fabulous character and really another big reason I've enjoyed these books so much. Would definitely recommend this series --and this book in particular. And if you haven't read the first two installments, this one would hold up fine as a standalone. *ARC provided by publisher

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    This is the final book in the Uptown Girls trilogy, Joanna Shupe's Gilded Age series about the wealthy Greene sisters and the less than upstanding men they fall in love with. Going into this, I didn't have many feelings about the heroine, Justine, because she'd been kind of in the background for the previous books, off doing charitable works. It's those charitable works that lead her to Jack Mulligan, the kingpin of the downtown gangs, who helps Justine track down husbands who have abandoned the This is the final book in the Uptown Girls trilogy, Joanna Shupe's Gilded Age series about the wealthy Greene sisters and the less than upstanding men they fall in love with. Going into this, I didn't have many feelings about the heroine, Justine, because she'd been kind of in the background for the previous books, off doing charitable works. It's those charitable works that lead her to Jack Mulligan, the kingpin of the downtown gangs, who helps Justine track down husbands who have abandoned their wives and children. Despite everyone's warnings that Jack is bad news, Justine can't help but be drawn to him. But the more she asks for Jack's help, the further she gets drawn into his world and loses herself. I really love this series and Joanna Shupe. Jack was great, and I grew to really love Justine by the end. She was strong in a subtler way, and I really enjoyed how her determination to do the right thing wore down Jack's defenses. Shupe writes in the afterword about all of the real people and events she based this book upon (there is sexy historical bowling!), and I love how she always has such fresh plot and characters in each book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Olivia (romancebooks101)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. what worked for me: •I found the dynamic between justine and her sisters (maime and florence) was sweet with how protective and loving they were of her, and it also created the familial tension needed within the book. Not only that but I loved getting to see Frank and Clayton again! •jack is unbelievably swoon-worthy and I have been dying for his book ever since “the prince of broadway”. he’s the perfect mix of cockiness and angst, my two favorite combinations in a hero. I also adored Justine and what worked for me: •I found the dynamic between justine and her sisters (maime and florence) was sweet with how protective and loving they were of her, and it also created the familial tension needed within the book. Not only that but I loved getting to see Frank and Clayton again! •jack is unbelievably swoon-worthy and I have been dying for his book ever since “the prince of broadway”. he’s the perfect mix of cockiness and angst, my two favorite combinations in a hero. I also adored Justine and her more quiet and reserved type of strength than compared to maime and florence. She’s a heroine that might not be brash or combative but gets the job done with her determination and steady resolve. •I loved Jack’s love for Justine and the trust he puts in her. He shares things with her that he hasn’t shared with anyone else and any of his past lovers and that trust and bond was what made their relationship so special. what didn’t work for me: •I didn’t like how Jack had to give up his empire for Justine. It was the ultimate show of love, but it also felt unfair that he had to give up so much for her and she gave up nothing. Not only that but I didn’t understand her staunch disapproval for the way he got things done seeing as how even the police force that she revered was corrupt. He did bad things, yes, but it seems that he used his power and status more for good than he did for bad. •it didn’t make sense to me how Maime and Florence were so adamantly against Jack when they themselves did some dangerous and questionable things in their books that Justine never commented or condemned them for. Not only that but both Clayton and Jack were involved in some shady stuff and yet it’s only ok for Florence to be with Clayton but not Justine with Jack? verdict: I fiercely love Jack and Justine, and overall this was a phenomenal ending to the series! The problems I do have with it though make it hard to love it as much as I loved “The Prince of Broadway” (my favorite in the series) and I was a tad disappointed by that. Overall this was a great book though and I recommend this series and book to anyone who is looking for a good read! I’m sure that others will love it more than I did as these are just my opinions! Don’t let my issues with the book dissuade you from reading it, I still love this book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diane Peterson

    I have really enjoyed the Uptown Girls series. This final installment has the same tone as the others. This one centers around the youngest daughter of the wealthy Greene family. She is a dedicated do-gooder and her family doesn't realize how strong and capable she is. She butts head with the notorious ruler of the Bowery underground, Jack Mulligan. Of course, Jack has a heart of gold buried beneath his rough-and-tough exterior and Justine is just the girl to bring it out. No matter that her sis I have really enjoyed the Uptown Girls series. This final installment has the same tone as the others. This one centers around the youngest daughter of the wealthy Greene family. She is a dedicated do-gooder and her family doesn't realize how strong and capable she is. She butts head with the notorious ruler of the Bowery underground, Jack Mulligan. Of course, Jack has a heart of gold buried beneath his rough-and-tough exterior and Justine is just the girl to bring it out. No matter that her sisters have married similarly rough guys, they want to protect Justine. I loved how Justine rose to the occasion and became her own woman. I like the way Jack was attracted to her and was surprised by her strength. This was a fitting and satisfying end to the series. I look forward to see what new Gilded Age book ideas Joanna Shupe has brewing. She is a terrific writer.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    I liked this one. Justine didn't bow down to kingpin Jack. It was for sure fun and entertaining with their banter and being together. I love the synopsis of the story and whats neat is that Joanna tells us exactly who these characters are based on real life people. I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Birch

    Who needs grump and sunshine when there’s the Devil and the Do-Gooder?! So I really thought Florence from the Prince of Broadway was going to be my favorite Greene sister but then Justine slayed me as she slayed Jack Mulligan. The quiet, earnest Greene sister has been volunteering her time and help to those in need since she was fifteen but being a woman in Gilded Age New York, even a wealthy one, means that she often needs the assistance of a man to really get things done (ugh!). Jack Mulligan Who needs grump and sunshine when there’s the Devil and the Do-Gooder?! So I really thought Florence from the Prince of Broadway was going to be my favorite Greene sister but then Justine slayed me as she slayed Jack Mulligan. The quiet, earnest Greene sister has been volunteering her time and help to those in need since she was fifteen but being a woman in Gilded Age New York, even a wealthy one, means that she often needs the assistance of a man to really get things done (ugh!). Jack Mulligan has built an empire of less than honorable and legal standing but he still cares for his people and is always willing to help...for a price. Jack’s reaction to Justine’s passion in the first chapter had me hooked. He calls her a do-gooder but he doesn’t fetishize her, he respects the hell out of her and that was so sexy. But what I loved most about the book was Justine and her unwillingness to compromise who she is, a fighter and a natural leader even though she doesn’t always see that (but he does!). And let me just say, her leading the march down Bowery is one of my favorite things about this whole series that has been five stars all the way. I just wish we could have more of these Uptown Girls and their men! I received a complimentary review copy of this book but all opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The hero reminded me of my puppy, just constantly getting inappropriate boners whenever he so much as glanced at his lady love. Surely there is a better way to signal interest and desire in a historical romance? Please?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I have a feeling this one is going to be soooo good!

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