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A Notorious Vow


The Four Hundred Series, Book #3

by Joanna Shupe

File Size: 1087 KB

Print Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Avon

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

Language: English


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Joanna Shupe returns to New York City’s Gilded Age, where fortunes and reputations are gained and lost with ease—and love can blossom from the most unlikely charade

With the fate of her disgraced family resting on her shoulders, Lady Christina Barclay has arrived in New York City from London to quickly secure a wealthy husband. But when her parents settle on an intolerable suitor, Christina turns to her reclusive neighbor, a darkly handsome and utterly compelling inventor, for help.

Oliver Hawkes reluctantly agrees to a platonic marriage . . . with his own condition: The marriage must end after one year. Not only does Oliver face challenges that are certain to make life as his wife difficult, but more importantly, he refuses to be distracted from his life’s work—the development of a revolutionary device that could transform thousands of lives, including his own.

Much to his surprise, his bride is more beguiling than he imagined. When temptation burns hot between them, they realize they must overcome their own secrets and doubts, and every effort to undermine their marriage, because one year can never be enough.

My Thoughts:

In this newest book by Joanna Shupe we have a most unlikely hero who is deaf.

His heroine finds a way to love a man who just doesn’t want to be loved.

The thoughts of the times could invariably cause him ill treatment at the hands of despicable characters and those who should know better such as doctors and care givers.

This is an absorbing story with obvious and not so obvious villains. There is nothing comical about this story. It is a richly historical story that takes you to a particular setting in New York of a by gone era.

I enjoyed this read and finished it rather quickly. It is not necessary to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one as each one is a stand alone story.

I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization. I could not have enjoyed this book any more than I did.
It is a well written and accurate representation of the time period.

I received a complimentary digital copy to read from the publisher via Edelweiss. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


The Story Behind This Book:

This is a Gilded Age NYC tale with:

  • a marriage of convenience
  • a reclusive inventor who lost his hearing in his teens
  • an adorable dog
  • a heroine who love archery

The idea for this book came from a long-ago trip to Home Depot. When my husband and I were first dating, we went to a Home Depot in New York City. (We still make a *lot* of trips to Home Depot.) My boyfriend/husband stopped a young man wearing an HD orange apron to ask a question. The young man signed that he was deaf and could not answer the question. Mr. S. didn’t miss a beat and began signing to the young man, asking the question in a language the man could better understand. (What I didn’t know until we left the store was that my boyfriend’s grandparents had been deaf and he learned to sign at a very young age.) When the young man saw this, his face transformed into an expression of shock and gratitude, and a brief conversation about screw heads ensued. 

My heart melted.

I never forgot that exchange. I was struck by the importance of communication, and how I had always taken my own abilities for granted. Being the history nerd I am, I began researching Deaf culture and history, and I knew I would someday write a deaf romance hero. And I finally did in A Notorious Vow.

I’ve never written any character like Oliver or Christina before, but it was a joy. I can’t wait to hear what you think of their story!

What Others are Saying:

“This book is a gem. It gave me those starry-eyed, book-drunk feelings that were very reminiscent of when I finished my first Lisa Kleypas historical.”
–Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

“I loved A Notorious Vow. I loved every second of this. I’m already looking forward to reading it a second time. And I will definitely be buying a print copy to cherish.”
— Night Owl Reviews (5 STARS, TOP PICK)

“A fast-paced story with a surprisingly modern feel from an expert writer of historical romance.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Filled with lovely, sigh-inducing scenes and tense moments of longing and vulnerability, A Notorious Vow is a romance you’ll remember for a lifetime.”
— BookPage

Coming October 15, 2018



A Holiday Anthology

Christmas magic is in the air…

From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles,

to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York,

four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance…

with a little help from some enchanted shortbread.

Releasing October 15, 2018.

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Meet Me in Mayfair
by Tessa Dare

Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless–and unexpectedly handsome–Thorndale himself. Now the duke’s holding her future in his hands…and he’s not letting go.

The Duke of Christmas Present
by Sarah MacLean

Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm–the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can’t resist the woman he never stopped loving…or the future that had once been in reach. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay…but if ever there were a time for miracles, it’s Christmas…

 Heiress Alone
by Sophie Jordan

When Annis Bannister’s family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss … until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms.

Christmas in Central Park
by Joanna Shupe

Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker’s weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column’s author, can’t even boil water. When the paper’s owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing–especially when Duke’s attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love?

Read An Excerpt


Out Today

A New Release by Elizabeth Rose! 

Seductive Secrets


Secrets of the Heart, Book #2


File Size: 3746 KB

Print Length: 212 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1725630966

Publisher: RoseScribe Media Inc.

Publication Date: September 26, 2018

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English


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1135125970Lady Willow Douglas holds the power of persuasion and can charm men with her appearance as well as her words. But when her skill doesn’t work on Sir Conrad Lochwood, he becomes a thorn in her side. The autumn festival is about to start, and all the eligible, rich, single noblemen are arriving. She has decided to find a husband, but unfortunately her father has other plans. He’s hired Sir Conrad to keep her away from all the men until his return.

When a visiting earl’s prize ruby is stolen, Willow steps in without hesitation to use her skills to figure out which of the guests is the thief. But with Sir Conrad constantly looking over her shoulder and dragging her away from everyone, she finds it difficult to accomplish anything. She is a member of the queen’s secret group of strong women and feels the need to find and return the ruby to help the earl out of a terrible predicament that involves the king.

Can a strong woman who is determined to catch a thief accomplish her task before a dashing knight steals her heart away?

Be sure to read Highland Secrets – Book 1 of the series as well.

And now available for pre-order isRebellious Secrets – Book 3.

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