Review: The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe

THE PRINCE OF BROADWAY is the second novel in author Joanna Shupe’s Uptown Girls series. And it pits a  ruthless and powerful casino owner, Clayton Madden against the likes of Florence Greene, who just happens to be the daughter of the man Clayton has spent his entire life with one act of revenge to accomplish – Ruin the man who destroyed Clay’s family!

Florence in the beginning had no idea of the burning hatred Clayton had for her father, in fact, her reason for visiting the ‘no women allowed’ upscale exclusive casino was to get to meet and proposition the mysterious owner.  Florence wanted to learn how to run a casino from the bottom up so she could open her own exclusive casino – just for women!   Naturally, the beauteous Ms. Greene has broken down Clays resistance, even though he has let her now that he plans to ruin her father, but stubborn as she is, Florence feels she can convince him otherwise.     

Ms. Shupe took these two very stubborn protagonists and gives the reader a delightful taste of scenarios where both are trying to best one another.  Naturally, both are passionately drawn to another and the sensualness of their encounters are steamy to say the least.  Toss in the realities of dirty police and political  payoffs to remain in business during those early days in New York City and you have a great paced and satisfying read of shady business deals and, of the powerful and the needy.  One caveat –Don’t miss the secret room scene where Clay and Florence had to hide while his Casino was raided! Pretty risque to say the least! 

Bottom line – is this was a fast read – 95% of can’t put it down-ness – and another feather in the cap of Ms. Shupe’s great new series of the Uptown Girls.

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: Poison by Punctuation by Kelley Kaye

High school can be a killer, but second year teacher Emma Lovett is hoping to enjoy a murder-free school year. Unfortunately, Thomas Jefferson High is starting the year with graffiti and threatening notes, admittedly an improvement over last year’s dead body. Shortly afterwards, cheerleader Kisten Hollis is found dead after an insulin injection and murder is suspected once again. Emma and her best friend and fellow teacher, Leslie Parker, are determined to uncover the culprit, especially since they’ve also received one of the threatening notes.

POISON BY PUNCTUATION is the second book in the Chalkboard Outlines series but can easily be read as a standalone. Kelley Kaye provides enough character development for the reader to appreciate and enjoy even things such as the troubles brewing in the love lives of Emma and Leslie. I have to admit that the first book is now on my TBR as it’s enjoyable to see an author so effectively write about a school.

And oh, did Kelley Kaye ever capture the high school teaching experience! I probably laughed more than I should have over Emma’s rants about the school board, particularly their approach to bullying, as Kelley Kaye sums it up so well. Between that and Leslie’s penchant for literary quotes, it was almost a given that I would thoroughly enjoy POISON BY PUNCTUATION but Kelley Kaye also writes a darned good story! POISON BY PUNCTUATION takes some intriguing twists and I like the depth she’s giving to her characters. I can’t wait to see what Kelley Kaye has in store for us next in the series!