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The Heiress Hunt

(The Fifth Avenue Rebels #1)

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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  91 reviews
High society reprobate.
An unconventional heiress.
Childhood friends.

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
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Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: March 9th 2021 by Avon
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Abbie | nerdyabbie
I really don't know where to begin...

I'll try to be as constructive with this review as I can, but this book was just not for me, guys. The love interest was immature and petty, and Maddie was as flighty as a bird. Her emotions changed with the wind, as did their feelings for each other. So much happens in this book, and I felt wind-whipped by the end of it. And like I had been cheated in some way.

Everything about the building of the story to the characters just fell flat and didn't feel fleshe
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Crystal Cook
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
Harrison and Maddie were best friends as children, with lots of history, secrets, and mischief shared between them. When Maddie comes of age Harrison is ready to make his move in her first season out. When he overhears her refer to having feelings for him akin to a brother he leaves, heartbroken, abd heads to Paris to live a life of debauchery and make his fortune.

When Hartison's family lands on hard times it is up to him to save the family by marrying a wealthy heiress. He returns to Maddie to
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ChasingLeslie
Disowned society second-son Harrison Archer returns to New York from Paris to scoop up the family company, which his deceased father bankrupted. His family thinks they can save everything if Harrison will just marry an heiress and turn over the money like a "good son." Harrison has his own plans. He asks his childhood friend and first love, Maddie Webster, to arrange a house party and play matchmaker...but the only match Harrison wants is with Maddie. Harrison's reappearance is not what Maddie n ...more
Annie
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Joanna Shupe has returned to readers with a brand new series called the Fifth Avenue Rebels. This is my first time reading Shupe's books and I was most intrigued by the premise of this series. Set in New York, this series already differentiates itself from the other Regency or Highlander historical romances that I usually read.

Firstly, the hero of this novel, Harrison Archer, doesn’t have a sparkling personality like most heroes. He’s a bit of a scoundrel wh
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book bruin
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Audiobook Review
Overall 3 stars
Performance 4.5 stars
Story 2.5-3 stars

The Heiress Hunt had all the elements I usually love in a novel, but it never quite hit the mark for me. The novel started off wonderfully and I couldn't wait to see how things would unfold, but slowly the story started to unravel and I found myself not really liking either of the main characters. The reason for the separation grated on me and it was hard to believe that Maddie would be so oblivious to Harrison's feelings. I lo
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Kathryn
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I need like a million more romances set in Rhode Island during the Gilded Age. I have been absolutely obsessed with the time period and location since I first went to Rhode Island as a seven year old and toured the mansions… I mean cottages. I know there are going to be people who write off the series entirely because it isn’t in England and isn’t Regency, and they are missing out on a great book and what will become a great series.

Friends to lovers is not one of my favorite tropes but when it’s
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b.andherbooks
So I think I read this in a not great mood. It was hard to get lost in a world of the rich, especially after falling so in love with Shupe's previous series which had a thread of social justice woven into the stories. Here, we have a rich heiress tennis player who must marry her childhood friend or be ruined (and ruining her engagement to a British Duke). Harrison Archer, our scoundrel, has been pining for Maddie forever, but after hearing her say something that devastated him at her coming out ...more
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
After three years of exile in France, high society second son Harrison Archer returns to New York following his father’s death to find his family bankrupted by mismanagement. He has made his own fortune now but goes along with his family’s demands that he find an heiress to marry, and fast, because it suits his own agenda. He seeks matchmaking help from the only woman he’s ever wanted to marry, Maddie. He has no intention of offering for anyone else but needs an excuse to spend time with the gir ...more
Jewels Tate
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books was a arc given to me from netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you netgalley for giving me this opportunity.

3.5 stars rounded to 4.

Trope is friends to lovers & second chance at romance/love.

Let me start off by saying Joanna Shupe is a wonderful writer and she does a amazing job with this book. This book is a gem, and is unique. It's a historical romance but a American one set in Rhode Island which is different, and definitely fun. Different vibes, different settings but
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Kristin
I love a Joanna Shupe Gilded Age book, and I was so excited to be gifted a copy of her newest by the publisher for review.

This book takes place in Newport, RI where the upper class New Yorkers came to play during the summer. It's a childhood friends to lovers story, with a great cast of secondary characters who I'm hoping get their own stories in this series!

Maddie and Harrison grew up making mischief together and Harrison has been in love with Maddie forever. Everyone seems to see this but Mad
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Alecia Reads
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it
The Heiress Hunt is the first book in Joanna Shupe’s new series, The Fifth Avenue Rebels. In this friends to lovers with a revenge plot and a forced marriage trope tossed in Joanna Shupe introduces three men searching for their way in Gilded Age New York.

Harrison Archer left New York and his best friend Maddie Webster after a disastrous night where he gets his heart broken and discovers family secrets that lead him to being disowned. Three years later after making his own fortune in Paris, he is
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Tracy Emro
Harrison Archer fled to Paris 3 years ago after being disowned by his father and then overhearing the woman he loves saying she thinks of him as a brother. Now his father is dead and Harrison returns to New York with only one thing on his mind – vengeance. Harrison has spent the last 3 years amassing a fortune and plans to buy out his family’s failing business from under them. But when he arrives home and learns that the only woman, he has ever loved is still unwed, he seemingly goes along with ...more
Jen Davis
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
I have read and enjoyed several books from this author in the past, but I’ve got to tell you, this one really missed the mark for me. The first and second halves felt like different stories entirely, and I didn’t particularly care for either one.

Let’s start with the first half. Harrison has returned to the states after spending the past three years in Paris. He had run away because the girl he was in love with only thought of him as a friend. Then, adding insult to injury, he was disown
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Renaissance Kate
I absolutely adored Joanna Shupe's Uptown Girls series, so I've been excited for this new series for awhile!!

Thank you to Avon and Harper Voyager via Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Jess
Dec 07, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-arc
I received this as an ARC from the publisher

I got an ARC for this and I can scream from happiness.
Renee
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There's always something so familiar and lovely and fierce about a Joanna Shupe book. I love the way she portrays heroines during the gilded age, when there was a clear change in the roles of women and their voices were being heard differently than traditionally done so in a relationship. I'm pretty sure I'll read anything Shupe writes.

In this story, we follow Mads/Maddie/Madeline, a high society only-daughter that is currently being courted by an English Duke from a financially burdened family,
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Jessica (the naptime writer)
Thanks to Avon Publishing & Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.

3.5 ⭐️.

Joanna Shupe’s The Devil of Downtown was one of my fave releases last year & she’s rapidly become one of the authors I can depend on for a meltingly hot scene or two. But sadly The Heiress Hunt just doesn’t work so much for me.

Harrison Archer overhears his BFF Maddie Webster say that she thinks of him like a brother...on the night he plans on telling her he’s in love with her. Crushed, he hea
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Sara
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Heirless Hunt has two pieces to its plot that I’m not usually fond of: secrets and love triangles. However, the relationship between Maddie and the Duke was lukewarm at best with hardly any affection. Being together seemed more about societal expectations than actual feelings. So maybe only half a love triangle. (And I’m a bit curious about him and whether he had something going on with a secondary character.)

And while Harrison keeps secrets from Maddie, he seemed to confess quickly and easi
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Candice
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Heiress Hunt is a fantastic start to a thrilling new series by Joanna Shupe.

Harrison Archer returns home to New York after being away for three years in Paris. His return is driven by revenge on his family. Not only did they banish him, they cut him off financially. Unbeknownst to his mother and brother, Archer is now financially stable, so much so, that he plots to buy out the family business right from under them. He plays the long game, which includes marrying a very rich heiress. Enter
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Sara
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harrison and Maddie are childhood friends. Maddie is Harrison’s harbor from his often turbulent family.

Harrison flees on the night of Maddie’s debut. He returns three years later with a plan to marry her and ruin his family. He allows Maddie to think he needs to marry in order to regain his family’s good graces. She throws him a house party in Newport to meet eligible heiress. There are so many great side characters.

Maddie has to overcome some things she finds out as their relationship progres
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Brenda
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Can childhood friends come to love each other?

Can a scoundrel of the first water prove he is different from the rake he is thought to be?
Is it too late for true love to flourish?
Harrison and Maddie are childhood friends. Harrison has been in love with Maddie for almost all of his life. Does Maddie feel the same?
This is a heartwarming tale, funny at times and poignant.
Joanna Shupe has done a remarkable job with this story.
I received a complimentary copy of this tale from Netgalley and Eidelweiss
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Carissa
I liked the premise of the child hood friends to lovers. I just loved seeing Harrison and Maddie's relationship develop. This story was a bit different, and I love how Joanna takes real life history to weave into this story, i.e. tennis. Harrison sure does have a nasty family.
Love this cover too. I think what could be worked on is the pacing of this story.

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 conten
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Katrina
I’m not really sure how to start this off. Shupe is usually my go to for a great read but this one just missed the mark for me. I really disliked the hero. I found him to be childish and selfish. He reminded me of Ross from Friends. Both were problematic at best.

The entire book felt unorganized and a little rushed. I still want to read the rest of the series.

Not every book can be perfect for every reader. Even if it wasn’t my cup of tea, it may be yours.
Jani Brooks
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it
New York City and Newport, Rhode Island - 1895

Harrison Archer is back home again after three years in Paris. His father died eight months ago, and the family company is on the verge of collapse under the control of his older brother,Thomas. But Harrison is not in New York City to rescue the business, or to have a warm family reunion. After he caught his father molesting a family maid and calling the police on him, Harrison was disowned and kicked out of the house. He ended up in Paris where he s
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Michelle Rupe
I wanted to love this book, but sadly it didn't work for me. Both characters actions and reasoning left me feeling a little dumbfounded as to why they were doing the things they did. It just felt like their relationship was so back and forth. I mean, I get having marriage problems, but these seemed like unnecessary disagreements and made me think they weren't perfect for each other. It detracted from the love story for me.

I think fans of Shupe will like this book even if it didn't work for me.
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Joanna Szabo
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Joanna Shupe continues to explore the Gilded Age in The Heiress Hunt, this time through one of my favorite tropes, childhood friends to lovers. Delightfully, Harrison is in love with Madeline from the beginning, which is also a dynamic I adore. Harrison is bent on revenge against his terrible family, and Maddie is an amazing tennis player with determination and ambition. The book relies very heavily on dialogue, with very little action and description in the mix, and while Harrison’s family is c ...more
Kat
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The Heiress Hunt is the first book in Joanna Shupe's The Fifth Avenue Rebels series. I read Ms. Shupe's Wicked Deceptions series and totally adored it, so I was thrilled to get a shot at reading her brand new one. I usually end up starting a series in the middle, so reading the first book was a treat. This was a fun read and I'm really looking forward to the next in the series.

Harrison Archer and Maddie Webster were the best of friends; until, however, Harrison fell in love and found out that M
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Ashley
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! This book is romantic, fast-paced, full of both heart-wrenching and heartwarming moments, and quite steamy at times! Whenever I picked up "The Heiress Hunt", I was whisked back in time to The Gilded Age in America, and found myself drawn into the story from the first page to the last.

This is the first book in Joanna Shupe's new "The Fifth Avenue Rebels" series, and I hope there will be many more! She truly knows how to bring a story to life, and her characters feel like real people: y
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Sarah
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Overall I enjoyed this book - the garden party section being my favorite - but I wanted more from the central romance. The first half felt light, exciting - the eligible ladies of the garden party were some of my favorite characters despite the fact that we really only spent a brief amount of time with them. I spent the second half of the book wishing they were still there. I thought the initial flirtation/realization and their backstory was charming, but Maddie (despite how often the book point ...more
Rainelle
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Heiress Hunt, by Joanna Shupe. Oh my gosh. I so loved reading this book. For me it was a smashing good hit. I loved everything thing about it.
I recommend that everyone should read this book. Joanna Shupe, you are freaking awesome. I loved the intensity. I was very much excited over the passionate love scenes that melted off the pages. These love scenes were hot!
The description of these scenes played well with the imagination. Harrison did some things to Maddie that made me blush. Joanna, ha
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