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The Prince of Broadway

(Uptown Girls #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  398 ratings  ·  121 reviews
In the second novel in Joanna Shupe's the Uptown Girl series, a ruthless casino owner bent on revenge finds his plans upended by a beautiful woman who proves to be more determined than he is—and too irresistible to deny.

Powerful casino owner.
Ruthless mastermind.
Destroyer of men.

He lives in the shadows...

As the owner of the city's most exclusive casino, Clayton Madden holds
Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published December 30th 2019 by Avon
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Title: The Prince of Broadway
Series: Uptown Girls #2
Author: Joanna Shupe
Release date: December 30, 2019
Cliffhanger: no
Genre: historical romance

I don't give out a ton of one star ratings, but if I do you know the book really made me angry. Unfortunately this is the case for The Prince of Broadway. I thought for sure this was going to be a huge hit for me considering how much I loved the previous book and enjoyed this author's writing. Not only that, but Clay and Flo were such compelling
K.J. Charles
Dodgy casino owner meets society princess who wants to open her own casino for women. She wants him to teach her the trade. But he has a grudge against her father and plans to ruin him. And he tells her so immediately.

I was extremely excited about this, so the point of yelping. The set up is fairly classic romance but to have the immediate full disclosure immediately changes the game: the heroine has to act completely differently if she knows the situation. It adds a lot to the tension between
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
<3 4 STARS <3

I'm not reading often historical romance even though I love them.So I'm not easy with them!This one hooked me from the beginning, it was fast paced and I enjoyed the story.

There are several things I enjoyed about the book and the characters.Both were interesting and I liked the romance a lot!I loved the attraction and the tension between the characters!Clay is a swoon worthy hero , the heroine was ok . I didn't like her a lot all the time, there were moments she frustrate me.

Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved everything I've read from Joanna and I no longer even read the synopsis.

I love love loved Florence and Clay. They're both determined, business minded, and know how to go after what they want. I especially loved that she was ready to do whatever it took to get her casino going. Mamie and Justine are supportive and fantastic sisters, but their grandmother stole every single scene she was in.

Plot wise, it was great. There are a few plot threads and I was eager to read about all of
Oct 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Maria Rose
The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe is an exciting and passionate historical romance featuring a bad boy hero and the daredevil woman who brings him to his knees.

Florence Greene belongs to the upper echelons of society in New York, an ‘Uptown’ girl with a privileged life and background. Yet for some reason, she keeps showing up in Clayton Madden’s gambling club. Women aren’t allowed, but he lets his doorman allow her entry, and she keeps winning from his tables. He’s intrigued and arranges a
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, avon, arc, historical
One sentence summary: FUCK YEAH FLORENCE

Florence Greene is a beautiful society darling, certainly not someone who should be sneaking her way into a men-only casino run by one Clayton Madden and challenging even his best dealers. While she is an excellent gambler, Florence is intent on forging her own future as a casino owner in 1890s NYC, a move that will lose her place in nice society but will make her secure in her own future with no need for a marriage or a man to control her. And she needs
Jessica Grogan
I seriously have to wonder what I missed in this book. I disliked Florence from the very beginning so I honestly didn’t care what happened to her. She very much came across (to me, at least) like a sullen teenager behaving badly to try and get attention, not a grown woman.

Insta-lust reared it’s ugly head very early on and that makes a boring read for me, especially when they don’t fight that attraction all that long.

I also found the casino lessons and all the talk of the different games at
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
It's hard for me to explain why I love this book so much -- I think it's the fact that these 2 aren't playing games with each other, and it's definitely a "I'm a strong woman who knows what I want" and then the book really delivers it. I think Florence is a great character, I loved Clay, it's fucking hot, and that epilogue is my everything. As KJ Charles said in her review, I would very much like a follow up short story when Florence is 35 and has the entire city of New York at her feet. ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With Romance I usually fall for the hero first but with this series it's the heroines who have my heart a-twitter, don't get me wrong I love the heroes but the heroines are something extra special. I loved The Prince Of Broadway. It hit all the buttons for me in terms of things I enjoy but there were things here and there that I wasn't fond of. However, those things didn't ruin my overall reading experience. I highly recommend this book and series.

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First Date: Clayton Madden owns the most successful casino in the city. Men Only! But a brazen young woman by the name of Florence Greene has appeared three times and even had the audacity to win! Clayton is familiar with the Greenes after dealings with the older sister and when he has had enough, he orders his man Jack to bring her up to his office. He’s shocked to learn the young woman wants lessons on running a casino. Florence has plans to open her own
I don’t care much for revenge stories but I was willing to give this a chance because I love Joanna’s writing so I was hoping she could make it work. I liked Clayton. He was upfront about his desire for revenge from the beginning. Unfortunately, I didn’t like Florence very much. Her aspirations and the way she went about attaining them did not resonate with me. Her personality grated. I was also not convinced about her father’s change of heart. It was too abrupt. I thought the same in the ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Gilded Age are New York Joanna Shupe creates in her books and had high expectations of this one. I liked it OK but I never quite warmed to the heroine's dream of opening a women’s only casino presented as a safe place.

I liked the hero, understood the reasons for his behaviour and desire for revenge. Overall, I found him relatable and appealing - silent, broody and intimidating, determined to achieve success, led moistly by desire for revenge only to find it carries little comfort
Diane K. Peterson
It is rare when a historical romance is actually different from the usual. Most historical romance writers create lovely stories that stick to the usual conventions. In The Prince of Broadway we have a unique character - Florence Greene is truly a feminist. The middle daughter of a wealthy family, she seeks her path and wants to build a casino just for women. She enlists advice from the most successful and ruthless casino owner in New York, Clayton Madden. Clay is bent on revenge for damage done ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe is book Two in the Uptown Girls Series. This is the story of Florence 'Flo' Greene and Clayton 'Clay' Madden. I have read the previous book which did add to my enjoyment of this one but I did feel you could make it a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Clay learned young you have to fight for everything you had after his family was left with nothing. Clay fought his way up to be a successful casino owner but he has held out a wish for vengeance to those
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun escape - steamy, progressive, emotional and witty. Loved it!
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

I picked this up because I loved the author’s Four Hundred series, of which the Uptown Girls are a spinoff. Admittedly I picked this entry in the series up in spite of not being all that fond of the first book, The Rogue of Fifth Avenue. That was a book where I really loved the hero but had serious problems with the heroine. Still, I liked the setting enough to try again.

And I’m glad I did. It helped that this time I liked spending time with both the hero
Yomi M.
Feb 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know what this book is about but just by the title I know I NEED it!!!
Tracy Emro
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
New York City’s finest casino, the Bronze House, is not only illegal, it is exclusively for men, but that doesn’t stop Florence Greene from bribing her way in the door or from winning a fortune in an effort to gain the attention of the owner Clayton “Clay” Madden. Florence wants nothing more in life than to own a casino of her own, exclusively for women, she understands the actual games, but she need a teacher for the finer points of club ownership and she has decided that Clay is the perfect ...more
Dhaaruni Sreenivas
I'm a well-documented Joanna Shupe fan and have devoured all her books thus far but it took me until this one to really pinpoint why I like her writing as much as I do.

I once offhandedly tweeted that my appreciation that romance novelists like Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole and yes, Joanna Shupe cheerfully brush off the often ludicrous criticism they receive from all corners of the Internet and quietly go on writing nuanced explorations of female agency and desire but of
The Greene Sisters have a pretty good life – if it weren’t for their father’s determination to see them all married to ‘suitable’ men. We met Mamie in the first book, where she agreed to a betrothal arranged by her father if her sisters would be left to marry for love. Of course, Florence, always the troublemaker and the most independent and daring of the three is chafing at the expectation of marriage, let alone being told she has to. She’s decided, after being a very clever and curious sort, ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

MADDEN intrigued me immensely in the first book because I'm a sucker for gambling den owners. Sadly, while I'm okay with his character, I wasn't swept away and the plot didn't do it for me. It
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Prince of Broadway is the second book in the Uptown Girls series by Joanna Shupe. This can easily be read as a stand-alone novel, but having loved the first book in the series I recommend that you read it. You don't have to read it first, but of course, there will be some spoilers if you don't.

First of all, I love the cover of this book, the couple is just like I pictured them in my mind.

I love that Florence, a young society woman, is planning on having her independence as soon as she is
Perrin Larton
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Class, upper or lower, male or female, legal or illegal there is always some kind of distinction regarding class.

Clayton Manning grew up in the lower class, but he had dreams. With hard work, quick thinking, and walking over people, he clawed his way to money, even if he never made it to the upper class.

Florence Greene, upper class all the way. In the upper crust of New York City society, she never wants for anything, except, the freedom to be the person she is inside, without all the societal
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I like about this book is Clayton. He is a gambling hall owner, a bit rough around the edges and a bit vulgar. You know what I mean…love that about heroes. What I did not care for so much was Florence. I loved her in the previous book but in this story she comes across as a bit naïve and young for her age. She thinks she is worldly but actually she is not. The scenes where Clayton is teaching her about the casino are great. Also the scene at Mulligan’s where Florence decides to go on the ...more
Esme Brett
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He’s a fearsome legend and she’s a princess: beautiful but smart, independent and ambitious; aka quicksand for stupid men. Luckily Clay isn’t stupid.

This book is feminist AF (too many great lines for me to even quote!) and the highlight is Florence. She‘s the uptown gal who threatens to shoot the hero after he says some saucy things when they meet and from that moment I was head over heels. PS: she’s also not a virgin

Clay is a Bad Boi with grudges BUT he’s scrupled — this book steered clear of
Florence and Clay are interesting characters individually, but I think both had motivations that were convenient for the story but not realistic. If someone says they're going to ruin your father (who you are often exasperated with but do love), would you still be around them and also not tell your family about it so they can protect themselves? And if you've nursed a grudge for 20 years and your lover is the daughter of the person you want to ruin, do you really think revenge is going to be ...more
Florence Greene has never quite fit in with New York City's high society. Her parents certainly don't understand her and she knows her father will soon start pressuring her to marry. She must take steps now to ensure her future independence and work toward her dream of opening a casino for ladies, which means seeking lessons from one of the most mysterious and dangerous men in New York.

Clayton Madden hustled his way up from ruin to become one of the most powerful and wealthiest men in the city.
Caiti (The Romance Mom)
The Prince of Broadway was the last book I finished in 2019 what a way to go out!

What can I even say? I didn't think JS could possibly write any hotter and yet...she did. Also Florence. Flor. Ence. Florence is big 2020 energy to stick in your back pocket as you continue to fight that good fight. This story and these characters are fantastic.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay authors. If you're going to write really interesting supporting characters, you need to at least be willing to give me novellas about them at some point. In this instance, Bald Jack and Anna (though not necessarily together.)
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Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on instead of attending classes, yet still managed to graduate with a journalism degree. She

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