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The Lady Gets Lucky (The Fifth Avenue Rebels Book 2) Kindle Edition
A first-rate scoundrel.
A desperate wallflower.
Lessons in seduction.
The woman no one notices . . .
Shy heiress Alice Lusk is tired of being overlooked by every bachelor. Something has to change, else she'll be forced to marry a man whose only desire is her fortune. She needs to become a siren, a woman who causes a man's blood to run hot . . .and she's just met the perfect rogue to help teach her.
He's the life of every party . . .
Christopher "Kit" Ward plans to open a not-so-reputable supper club in New York City, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to hire the best chef in the city to guarantee its success. Even if it requires giving carnal lessons to a serious-minded spinster who has an in with the chef.
Their bedroom instruction grows passionate, and Alice is a much better pupil than Kit had ever anticipated. When the Society gentlemen start to take notice, Kit has to try to win Alice in other ways . . . but is he too late to win her heart?
“Joanna Shupe vividly evokes 1890s New York, from glamorous restaurants to a Bowery boxing hall to the original Madison Square Garden.” -- New York Times Book Review on The Rogue of Fifth Avenue
“Nothing makes me happier than a new book from Joanna Shupe!” -- Sarah MacLean
“Swoon! With The Rogue of Fifth Avenue, Shupe continues to build on the sterling legacy she’s building for herself as a gifted weaver of glittering Gilded Age tales (complete with lots of nod to real historical figures), while also deepening the contemporary resonance of her themes.” -- Entertainment Weekly
“A strong finish to an excellent series about strong-willed women determined to live life on their own terms.” -- Kirkus Reviews on The Devil of Downtown --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
About the Author
Joanna Shupe has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. In 2013, she won Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical. Since then, her books have appeared on numerous yearly “best of” lists, including Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Kobo and BookPage. She lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.  >--This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B08TWY3S14
- Publisher : Avon (26 October 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 3436 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 396 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0063045052
- Best Sellers Rank: #120,971 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Kit is a self-described scoundrel, a playboy with charm, good looks, and money to spare and in no rush to change. So, when the pretty little wallflower asks for help, he is ready to send her on her way, but then he learns she is close friends with the famous Fifth Ave Hotel chef, Angelo Franconi – the very man Kit and his business partner and friend Preston have been trying to hire for their supper club! Alice makes it clear, chef Franconi will never leave the hotel, but she is sure she could persuade him to sell the men some of his famous recipes, as well as the rights to use his name and in exchange, she wants Kit to teach her how to attract a man.
Kit agrees and the two begin, but Kit is unprepared for his reaction to Alice and he aggressively fights his growing attraction. Things heat up between them, but they both know that nothing will ever come from it, and if Alice ever wants to follow her dream of running her own kitchen, she needs to marry, something that Kit has made quite clear he will never do. They return to New York, assuming they will never see each other again. Kit can’t deny he is jealous when he learns that Alice is being courted, but he stubbornly refuses to consider a future with her. But when Kit needs help, Alice offers to step in and cook for his club’s opening night and their passion burns bright and won’t be denied – but even one glorious night is not enough to change Kit’s mind about marriage and once more they part ways. It seems like Kit’s insecurities will cost him the love of a lifetime, but an unexpected tragedy and some no-nonsense advice, make him realize that Alice is exactly what he needs – but is it too late?
This book was fantastic! I loved it so much and am so glad I didn’t pass on it after my disappointment with the previous installment of this series. This book is nearly perfect, it is well-written, perfectly paced, filled with witty banter, extremely likable leads, steamy love scenes, a bit of heartache, insecurities, an overbearing, nasty mother, wonderful secondary characters, and a HEA that is sure to put a smile on your face. This is the second book in the series and part of the book runs concurrently with the first book, but this book can easily be read as a standalone title – however if you don’t want spoilers, read the books in order! I highly recommend this title and cannot wait for the next installment!
Kit, as he’s called, agrees to provide the delectable Miss Lusk with some pointers in exchange for recipes from Chef Franconi who Kit has been trying to lure as chef for Kit’s new supper club. Seems Alice and the Chef are good friends and he has allowed Alice to dabble in the kitchen without her mother’s knowledge.
As one can imagine, the platonic instructions move along rather quickly into some intimacies that neither Kit nor Alice are uncomfortable with. Kit has sworn never to marry. He is fighting some internal demons, although they are nothing when compared to the formidable Mrs. Lusk – Alice’s mother. And when Alice sets her cap on capturing a duke, he realizes that he must take action. Will he be too late to secure Alice’s love?
I totally loved The Lady Gets Lucky! The action moves along at a regular pace but it is the characters who are the stars of this show. Mild-mannered Alice and Kit with his internal demons are fine as the main protagonists; but it is Mrs. Lusk and Chef Franconi who shine brightly. Each brings much needed grounding to the story. And the fact that Ms. Shupe can make even a loaf of sweet babka erotic is amazing. There is an overly long explicit sexual passage that could have been shortened a bit but the reader can simply skip over that if not to their liking.
As with all of Ms. Shupe’s stories set in the Gilded Age, this one shines brightly. Looking forward to the next book in the series.