The Devil of Downtown
The Devil of Downtown
by Joanna Shupe
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.
He’s built a wall around his heart…
Orphaned and abandoned on the Bowery’s mean streets, Jack Mulligan survived on strength, cunning, and ambition. Now he rules his territory better than any politician or copper ever could. He didn’t get here by being soft. But in uptown do-gooder Justine Greene―the very definition of an iron fist in a velvet glove―Jack may have met his match.
She wears hers on her sleeve…
Justine is devoted to tracking down deadbeat husbands and fighting for fair working conditions. When her mission brings her face-to-face with Jack, she’s shocked to find the man behind the criminal empire is considerably more charming and honorable than many “gentlemen” she knows.
Forming an unlikely alliance, they discover an unexpected desire. And when Justine’s past catches up with them, Jack may be her only hope of survival. Is she ready to make a deal with the devil…?
I’ve been a Joanna Shupe fan since her first book and this just might be my new favorite. Justine is the youngest Greene sister and is often overlooked by the adventures and scandals of her two older sisters. However, she’s more determined and convicted than even Florence. She wants to make a difference in New York and stand up for those less fortunate than herself. To do so, she needs to gain help from the true devil of downtown New York, Jack Mulligan. Jack came up from nothing to rule the streets of downtown New York. He’s a self-made man and has constructed a persona of a suave and ambitious criminal whose not afraid to get his hands bloody. But when Justine barges into his life, she forces him to take a hard look at what he wants from the empire he created. Jack is charming and the attraction between him and Justine is instantaneous and steamy. But what I loved even more was how he came to realize that he wanted to make choices that would make her proud. If Florence stood out as the favorite heroine of this series, than Jack will be the favorite hero. I mean, how can you not love him?
Everything in him to him to refuse. To keep her tethered tightly to him. Yet, how could he not give her everything she wanted, even if it took her away from him?The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe, Chapter 17
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.