The Bride Goes Rogue- Review
The Bride Goes Rogue
By Joanna Shupe
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Fifth Avenue Rebels
Publication Date: May 24,2022
Publisher: Avon Romance
Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
“Joanna Shupe is the queen of historical bad boys!” — Julia Quinn
By beloved USA Today bestselling author Joanna Shupe, the third installment in the Fifth Avenue Rebels series about an arranged engagement destined for disaster.
A hard-hearted tycoon.
A romantic dreamer.
An engagement set up to fail.
The charismatic and vivacious Katherine Delafield should be married by now. Her father arranged an engagement to the much sought-after tycoon Preston Clarke ages ago. The only problem is Preston refuses to acknowledge it. But this isn’t going to stop Katherine from living life to the fullest as she ditches all silly notions of love and marriage and sets out to sample all the excitement New York City has to offer . . . the more scandalous the better. Because no matter what happens, she and Preston will never marry.
After his family nearly lost everything, Preston is done letting his late father ruin his life—including choosing his bride. But when a mysterious lover at a masquerade turns out to be his would-be fiancée, Preston’s resolve begins to crumble. He hadn’t expected Katherine to be so charming. Or beautiful. Or passionate. And seeing her out on the town with other men is driving him crazy.
What happens when the wrong bride turns out to be the right woman after all?
Honestly, I started this book intending to read one chapter to keep up my Kindle streak and then put it down and read book 2. I didn’t. I basically read the entirety in one sitting. From the very first chapter, I was pulled into the love story between Preston and Katherine. There was a marriage agreement between their fathers and Katherine shows up at Preston’s office to plan their wedding… only to discover that Preston has no intention of following that arrangement. From that moment, I was obsessed with Katherine. She decides to stop letting others and society dictating her life. One of those ways is by finally perusing her dream of opening a modern art museum. And another is going to courtesans’ ball, dressed as Madame de Pompadour, where she has a steamy encounter with someone dressed as Louis XV. To both their surprise when they decide to meet up again, that person is Preston! The heat level in this book is just… chef’s kiss! Katherine and Preston decide to pursue a non so friends with benefits relationship and quickly grow close to each other. Preston is a very morally gray character. He’s suffering from guilt over his friend’s death and had to make unscrupulous decisions to keep his family business afloat after his father’s death. Kat’s father had been Preston’s father business partner and Preston blames him for separating their businesses and not curing Preston’s father’s gambling. Needless to say, there is a lot for Kat and Preston to work through in this book and I enjoyed every minute of it!