The Duke Gets Even (The Fifth Avenue Rebels, #4) by Joanna Shupe

The Duke Gets Even (The Fifth Avenue Rebels, #4) by Joanna Shupe

Title:  The Duke Gets Even
Series:  The Fifth Avenue Rebels, #4
Author: Joanna Shupe
Publisher:  Avon and Harper Voyager 
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction, Romance
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 379
Date of US Publication:  24 January, 2023
My Rating:  3 Stars

My Thoughts 

I have really enjoyed this series, but this one for me was just meh due to the sizzle and spice (of which there is a lot) but no sense of an emotional connection.  This novel left me wanting more from it as a whole. 

For someone who shone brightly in the other books, this book showcased a Nellie who was dimmed, her boldness tamped down, and even her cause seemed added in solely to showcase her “unsuitability” for marrying a duke. None of the struggles here felt real, since Lockwood was damn quick to release from his (previously) adamant mindset that he marry a young heiress above reproach. His reasons and the after-effects weren’t mentioned, which I found odd for this being brought up on at least three occasions in the beginning of the story.  

I enjoyed it, but not enough. 

Personal grievance - given the distinct mentions of Jennie Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt, I was annoyed at the name dropping of Prince Albert in the epilogue, 1897 - Prince Albert Victor died in 1892. And the Prince Albert who was referred to as Bertie, who would become George VI, was in his second year of life in 1897. 

eARC kindly provided by Avon and Harper Voyager and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


By beloved USA Today bestselling author Joanna Shupe, the fourth installment in the Fifth Avenue Rebels series about a secret affair between a free-spirited heiress and an uptight duke which turns more passionate than either could have imagined. 
A rebellious heiress.
A duke in dire straits.
An anonymous midnight tryst.

To escape the shackles of marriage, Nellie Young purposely ruined her reputation a long time ago. Now she dedicates herself to hedonistic pleasures only, like kissing a handsome stranger in the ocean under the moonlight...

To save his estate, the proper Duke of Lockwood must marry the perfect bride—wealthy, with an unblemished reputation. While in New York he's the perfect gentleman, and no one knows he's suppressing his darkest desires. The last thing he needs is another scandal.

Except Nellie sees through Lockwood's charade, straight to the real man underneath. This uptight duke is far more than he lets on, and she can't resist him. Their secret affair turns scorching, far more than either expected. And when his beautiful rebel finds an unconventional cause, Lockwood has to decide if he's willing to sacrifice everything to keep her.


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