A Notorious Vow (The Four Hundred, #3) by Joanna Shupe

A Notorious Vow (The Four Hundred, #3)

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 charadeWith 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 an...

Details A Notorious Vow (The Four Hundred, #3)

TitleA Notorious Vow (The Four Hundred, #3)
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical

Reviews A Notorious Vow (The Four Hundred, #3)

  • Lover of Romance
    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Notorious Vow is the third book in the Four Hundred series and whew....what a BOOK this turned out to be. I couldn't put it DOWN...I stayed up late reading it because it was so dang good. The writing was incredible and I was hooked into the roman...
  • Addie H
    DNF 65%I suspect seasoned romance readers will not enjoy this one. Despite its' very interesting sounding premise, it's cheesy, the villains (family, friends , etc) are way too over the top, and after a couple of very cringe worthy love scenes I gave up.
  • Stacee
    I had really enjoyed the other two books in this series and loved the premise of this one, so I was exited to get to it. I loved Christina and Oliver. They’re both such good people who have dealt with people treating them horribly. She’s sweet and he’s sort of gruff, but together they click and it was fantastic to see them learn to be in a trusting, loving relationship. There are several other characters and most of them needed a junk punch...
  • Maida
    I love, love, love the character growth of Christina and Oliver. Christina started as this meek uber-obedient girl, but by the end of the book she found the courage to face society in order to save Oliver. Same with Oliver realizing his reclusiveness and arrogance led to his downfall. I also loved the slow burn of their attraction to each other. From an act of kindness on Oliver's part to real soulful connection. What I didn't like is that there ...
  • ☕ Kimberly
    What a lovely story. I am really enjoying this author. RTC
  • Tracy Emro
    I thought this was a solid 4 star read, maybe even 4.5 stars...Lady Christina Barclay is in in New York City with her parents, who have left England under a cloud of scandal and unpaid debts. Her parents want to marry her off to a rich man as soon as possible and have gotten an "in" to NY society via her mother's cousin. Christina is meek and painfully shy, she hates crowds and escapes to the solitude of her cousin's reclusive neighbor's garden w...
  • AnnMarie
    A Notorious Vow is the third book in The Four Hundred series by Joanna Shupe. In the words of a Kylie Minogue song "Wow Wow Wow Wow". Could I have enjoyed this book more...NO!Lady Christina Barclay has been forced to flee her London home to New York City, they leave under a cloud when her father owes debts to too many people to ever be able to pay. The move to New York is to find a rich husband for Christina to marry, one that will pay them a set...
  • Amanda D.
    Read it. READ IT. READ IT!!Seriously, this book is so tender and beautiful. And now I plan on devouring the author's backlist.
  • JoRead
    After a series of tragic events, Oliver becomes reclusive and apathetic. His only concerns are his sweet sister and his work. That all changes though after an unexpected encounter with caring and bashful Christina.I had always thought that opposites make the best couples but Christina and Oliver proved me wrong. Christina was one of the most timid, introverted, fearful heroines I’ve ever read. Although I prefer my heroines to be more witty, sel...
  • Aila
    "He was listening to her and taking her wishes into account... and that meant absolutely EVERYTHING." Overview: This has been a pretty hit series for me, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next one! I can't wait to see who the characters will be. What I love about the series is that each book has a pretty unique premise, and the characters are all super refreshing and likable. Plus, the books are rather feminist as well, which I absolutely love!Writin...
  • Erica Chilson
    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 3 Stars. A Notorious Vow is the third novel in The Four Hundred series, and can easily be read as a standalone. I read the previous book but not the first in the series, but I found no confusion. What I find refreshing, for this time period, the novel and series is set in America instead of England. Christina is an English lady transplant, her family broke from the father's gambl...
  • Monique
    In the three weeks since she had arrived in New York City, Lady Christina Barclay had taken to taking walks in the reclusive Oliver Hawkes’ gardens, her closest neighbour. Oliver had not noticed her until a little incident made him aware of her presence. Since an illness caused Oliver to lose his hearing, he has been keeping mostly to himself, and working on his inventions. Having fled England in complete disgrace, Christina’s parents demand ...
  • Maria Dariotis
    WOW!! This was a PHENOMENAL book.! A handicaps view of what life could have been in the Gilded Age.Lady Christina Barclay has been a pawn for her parents to use as they saw fit, with their fortunes gambled and spent in extravagant fashion they are now destitute, their only recourse is family in the United States. Christina becomes her parent’s best chance to revive their finances.She will be sold to the highest bidder, in exchange for settling ...
  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
    Another Lady from London on to her adventure in the new world and the big city of New York. The Gilded Age in New York was where the ladies of England come to find fortune, husbands, and redemption. Lady Christina finds that she becomes the soul pair of shoulders to carry the burdens of her family's disgrace. Oliver was most certainly not your typical hero. He had some issues both physical and emotional. He was one of a kind and yet you still can...
  • Diane K. Peterson
    A very interesting book with a solid story line. Oliver is a Gilded Age millionaire, but is also deaf and a recluse because of his deafness. Christina is the daughter of an impoverished British earl. The story is a lovely romance that includes a forced marriage and an evil conniving relative. Nice book.
  • Ang
    Review posted on my Read|Escape|Repeat blogThis was a solid 3 stars for me - it started out encouraging. Oliver Hawkes, the mysterious and reclusive next door neighbor, is an unusual Historical Romance hero in that he is deaf - not a very typical hero. However, of course, he is suspicious of society as they shunned him when he returned from school despite his great fortune. When Christina is found on his property they develop a sweet friendship. ...
  • Anne
    3.5A Notorious Vow is the third novel in Joanna Shupe's Four Hundred series. It's the first book that I've read by Shupe, and I'm already looking forward to reading the other two. Set during New York City’s Gilded Age, the book follows Lady Christina Barclay and Oliver Hawkes. Christina's parents are forcing her to quickly find and marry a wealthy husband to restore their wealth, and when they push her onto a man who frightens her, she runs int...
  • Alex
    A lukewarm read. I was intrigued by the premise and enjoy historical romances that take a swing at disabilities in a real and believable way and this was my first go at a deaf hero. I enjoyed the hero, I think he was characterized fairly well. Our heroine however is not as easy to deal with - she has been taken for granted and mistreated by her family and his very down on herself because of this. Throughout the book she grows just a teeny tiny bi...
  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    A Notorious Vow by Joanna Shupe is book Three in The Four Hundred Series. This is the story of Christina Barclay and Oliver Hawkes. I have read the other books but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Christina and her family flee London to escape finial ruin in hopes of finding a rich American husband. Oliver lives as a recluse because of his hearing issue but also because he works on inventions to help other like him. ...
  • ErinMickC
    An utter delight from start to finish. Shupe’s immersive writing will transport you the enchanting gardens and extravagant restaurants of Gilded Age New York. In A Notorious Vow London heiress, Christina, and reclusive American inventor, Oliver, have no choice but to marry. Despite a developing friendship before their vows, their relationship seemingly stalls once they are hastily wed. Their budding affections, however, still hover just below t...
  • Niki
    I loved this one! I couldn't put it down once I'd picked it up, which made for a couple very tired mornings at work. Oliver was absolutely the perfect hero, so sweet, caring and considerate, as well as being protective of the heroine. Christina had her confidence completely shattered by her parents and Oliver turned out to be just what she didn't know she needed. Oliver's struggles and the adversities he and Christina faced as a couple just broug...
  • Ellie
    3.5 StarsInteresting Gilded Age NY-set historical with deaf billionaire hero and English aristocrat virgin heroine. Overall a nice, engaging story, with just some minor quibbles I had here and there.Mini review: historical romance with a deaf reclusive hero, and a virgin noble heroine as MCs. I liked the disability rep (I have no experience with deafness myself, so I'm speaking from the position of an outsider), we see the deaf hero in a position...
  • jesse
    2.5/5Honestly, i liked the concept of a deaf hero inventing hearing devices and falling in love with an impoverished aristocrat more than its execution. i've heard great things about this book from dearauthor or smartbitches (can't remember for sure). but where was the characterisation? the layers? why was i bored with the female lead? christina has social anxiety and is more on the reserved side which is totally fine, not everyone can be a mary ...
  • Nelle
    Could not put it down!! Ok so yes I had to for icecream but that's it! So good. I love learning thing and the setting of the 1900s in NYC is perfect. Government corruption, the society is different and the hero has a disability and so does the heroine to an extent. When will I get Frank's story!!!
  • Shannon Dyer
    Round up to 4.5 stars. This was such a delight! Review to come to AAR.
  • Amanda
    Sarah MacLean recommended it in her email this month. Sadly, I was not a fan, as I did not buy the insta-love between these two damaged people.
  • Eden Church | The Required Reading List
    😻😻😻😻😻 Joanna Shupe's latest historical romance is powerful and affecting, beautiful and heart-wrenching. Lady Christina has lived her whole life at the mercy of her mercenary parents, paraded around and primped for the highest bidder. Enter Oliver, Christina's American cousin's handsome recluse neighbour. Oliver lost his hearing at 13 and has been struggling to find his place in society ever since then. When Christina is in danger ...
  • Jennifer
    4.25 stars
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityWhile A Notorious Vow is the third book in the Four Hundred series, it is absolutely not necessary to have read the first two in order to get into this one – but for an unusual reason.Although the stories all take place within the same place and time, and even though our protagonists do meet the Hatchers (the h/h of the first book, A Daring Arrangement) the previous couples and previous stories don’t rea...