Book Review: A Notorious Vow

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.


About the Book

A Notorious Vow
by Joanna Shupe

The Four Hundred Series

Historical Romance

Avon Books

Publication Date
September 25, 2018

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My Review

This book touched my heart! And why do I always discover great series right with book 2 or 3???

Oh, it’s so hard to explain the amount of things I felt while reading it. We have a relationship in which both partners want to be much more for the other. They believe in perfection and they are imperfect and so, unsuited to be together. They agree, however on a platonic relationship, one that would benefit both in all ways except romantically, because they are not supposed to be romantically involved. She believes in what they have, but when only one is fighting, chances are slim to none.

We have internal conflicts as well as external ones. Things evolve around money. Everybody wants a part of Oliver’s money. All he wants is to be left alone, to work on his invention. Something that will change their lives forever, if all goes according his sketches. He is determined and nothing must stand against achieving his objective. Christina is shy and very insecure. She wants to have a future secured financially, so when she finds herself in the company of a powerful man, is imperfect as he may seem (in his own eyes, not in hers), she is afraid to state her desires. But he is deaf and she is poor. Somehow, imperfections become perfect. All it takes, it a bit of hope and patience.

The writing was beautiful an emotional, the side characters were amazing as well. I am so happy to have discovered this author, this series and to have met these characters. Loved it, 5 stars, no doubt!


Tour Wide Giveaway

To celebrate the release of A NOTORIOUS VOW by Joanna Shupe, we’re giving away one paperback set of the entire Four Hundred series!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Giveaway open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback set of the Four Hundred series by Joanna Shupe. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 9/25/2018 @ 1159pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copy out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address. Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!


About Joanna Shupe

JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. In 2013, she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband. To connect with Joanna, visit

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