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 whose family despises him. But then they land themselves in some financial problems, they rely on Archer to save them. The problem is, Archer wants nothing to do with them and actually wishes to exact revenge on them for treating him badly as a child.
I liked Archer, but I don’t think I totally fell in love with his character until a bit later on in this book. That being said, I think this book takes a bit of warming up to in the beginning, but because of the premise and the other characters, I kept on reading. As this is my first read by Shupe, I was looking for a new author to read more historical books from, and after reading THE HEIRESS HUNT, I’m happy to say that I will be looking forward to more of her books.
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 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?