Release Date: Mar 9, 2021
Series: Fifth Avenue Rebels
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Books
Friends to lovers, a bad boy with a thirst for revenge and tennis… count me in!
Shupe’s latest is the first in a new series, The Fifth Avenue Rebels features many of the things I’ve come to enjoy from these Gilded Era stores- unconventional heroines, heroes that don’t snub there nose at making money (got to love those Americans), and falling in love amid a New York City/East Coast backdrop.
Our heiress, Maddie Webster, is a budding tennis pro on her way to play in the Nationals. At the same time, she’s reaching the end of her time on the marriage mart and is days away from landing a Duke. Cue the arrival of her old childhood friend, Harrison Archer.
Harrison is on a mission of revenge, but when he finds out the girl he’s loved since he was a boy is about to marry another, Harrison can’t help but risk everything to win her for himself.
This book had all the trappings to sucker me in and make me fall hard. Unfortunately, it was a bit lackluster for me. I found Harrison’s love for Maddie sweet, but he was a bit underhanded in winning her. I couldn’t really respect the way he went about things. Not to mention he and Maddie don’t really talk. They’ve been apart for years, at least five, and Harrison assumes a lot. Maddie is likeable enough, but the chemistry with her and Harrison is a little difficult to accept, once I learned about their past.
While the coming together was good I wanted more from the plot as a whole. There were storylines that felt loosely tied together and plenty of hints dropped to future storylines. Also, Maddie’s would-be fiancé Duke gets the shaft and I semi-hope he gets some redemption in a future book.
Overall, I liked the story. I inhaled it within one evening, eager to get to the end. Though the end is where I struggled the most. Series starters can be difficult, and I am still looking forward to future books in the series. Especially, Kit’s story.