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The Devil of Downtown

(Uptown Girls #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,660 ratings  ·  364 reviews
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
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Avon
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Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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.
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
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.

Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a perfect end to perfect series. Loved it. Jack and Justine were a great match. Perfection.
Joanna Shupe
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I do not have *much* to say about this book because I wasn't overly invested by I enjoyed myself while reading it and considering the circumstances of the romance, it was surprisingly wholesome. ...more
Sep 26, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

There had been something in her eyes when she’d first watched him approach on the walk, an appreciation. Feminine interest. Just the hint of a flame waiting for the right match. And God help him, because he was a terrible man, the worst man, he’d love nothing more than to watch her burn.

The third book in the Uptown Girls series stars the youngest G
Joana V.
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inglês, e-book, meus, arc
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
Lily Herman
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
All right, at this point everybody knows I'm obsessed with the Uptown Girls series, and what a note to end on!

Often the last books of series—especially historical romance—can be strangely underwhelming for me; I don't know what it is. But The Devil of Downtown kept the fire, and I loved Justine and Jack from the beginning until the bitter end. I'll also never look at bowling alleys the same way again.

The only thing I wish we got: An extended epilogue! I'm dying to know what happened to all of th
*3.5 stars*
Enjoyed this and Jack Mulligan is charismatic as hell, but I didn't love it as much as I thought I would. I expected him to be more broody and closed-off, but he was just a more sociable and charming version of Tommy Shelby from Peaky Blinders. I imagine the whole crew to be the Shelby family enterprise, but with derby/bowler hats instead of flat caps.


Jack was such a sweetheart throughout, and I loved that Justine was still true to herself and her values towards the end, much like her
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Okay I'm still going with 4 stars here, because I loved both Justine and Jack, and the relationship was so good, BUT the stuff outside of them wasn't as well constructed in this book. The sister relationship was messy - part of that is that you're seeing Mamie & Florence from Justine's POV for the first time, but the relationship between the three of them had for sure been retconned in there. I also didn't need the rush of stuff at the end THOUGH I did appreciate that Justine had more agency in ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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
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
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
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.

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May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it

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
Diana Quincy
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Justine Greene arrives in lower Manhattan looking for an employee of Jack Mulligan's. Jack, crime kingpin of the Five Points district in New York, is intrigued by the stubborn Justine and develops a severe case of boners. They become friendly, and then friendlier, and then friendliest.

1. Justine and Jack were an interesting couple: I enjoyed how entirely devoted Jack became to Justine; I liked how Justine felt understood and seen by Jack. All that was fine.

2. The end was garbage. Hot trash. A
Morelia (Strandedinbooks)
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!


I should probably put my thoughts into words on here so that I don’t forget what all went down, but in the meantime, this was such a damn good read and I loved our two main characters so so much!
Jen Davis
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Kristina Birch
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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
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USA Today bestselling author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. Since 2015, her books have appeared on numerous yearly “best of” lists, including Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Kobo, and Book

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