Fifth Avenue Rebels, Book 1
From the publisher:
“Friends-to-lovers romance at its finest!” – Library Journal (Starred Review)
High society reprobate.
An unconventional heiress.
Is it too late…
Knickerbocker scoundrel Harrison Archer returns to New York to discover that his deceased father has bankrupted his estranged family. To save them from ruin, he’s forced to quickly find and marry an heiress. For a matchmaker, Harrison turns to the one woman he wishes he could marry: his childhood friend and true love, Maddie, who once broke his heart and is now engaged to a duke.
For true love?
When her best friend Harrison left for Paris without a word, Maddie Webster took refuge in her infatuation with tennis. Now Harrison is back and needs her help in finding a bride. Begrudgingly, Maddie arranges a house party in Newport with a guest list of eligible heiresses. But watching Harrison flirt with potential brides is more than she can bear.
When Harrison and Maddie reunite, the passion between them ignites. But with their marriages to others looming, time is running out. Is their fate inescapable . . .or can love set them free?
I really enjoy reading books set in early New York City; it sort of brings the history I learned in school to life. Plus sex! This is a friends to lovers romance, which means our main characters were childhood friends, now all grown up. Maddie has landed the catch of the season, a Duke in desperate need of a fortune. Luckily, Maddie’s family has the money.
Harrison left NY for Europe and made a fortune there after a major falling out with his family. Now he’s back in NYC, where his estranged family demands he look for a wife with a large dowry. While Harrison was getting rich, his family was losing everything.
Somehow he convinces Maddie to host him for a weekend at her Newport estate, and invite eligible women for him to meet. Unfortunately, the only woman for Harrison is Maddie, but it takes a while for them to move past all their baggage.
This is the first book of a new series, so there were a lot of characters introduced who will probably have their own books later. I loved that Maddie was a professional tennis player, that was an interesting twist. It is an enjoyable read, although it doesn’t move as fast as Shupe’s books generally do.
5/2021 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE HEIRESS HUNT by Joanna Shupe. Avon (March 9, 2021). ISBN 978-0063045040. 400 pages.
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