Dangerous Alliance

Dangerous AllianceThe Gentleman S Guide To Vice And Virtue Meets Jane Austen In This Witty, Winking Historical Romance With A Dash Of Mystery Lady Victoria Aston Has Everything She Could Want An Older Sister Happily Wed, The Future Of Her Family Estate Secure, And Ample Opportunity To While Her Time Away In The Fields Around Her HomeBut Now Vicky Must Marry Or Find Herself And Her Family Destitute Armed Only With The Wisdom She Has Gained From Her Beloved Novels By Jane Austen, She Enters Society S Treacherous SeasonSadly, Miss Austen Has Little To Say About Vicky S Exact Circumstances Whether The Roguish Mr Carmichael Is Indeed A Scoundrel, If Her Former Best Friend, Tom Sherborne, Is Out For Her Dowry Or For Her Heart, Or Even How To Fend Off The Attentions Of The Foppish Mr Silby, He Of The Unfortunate Fashion SensibilityMost Unfortunately Of All, Vicky S Books Are Silent On The Topic Of The Mysterious Accidents Cropping Up Around Her Ones That Could Prevent Her From Surviving Until Her Wedding Day I was fortunate to read an ARC of Dangerous Alliance, diving full speed into Regency England and a tale of damsels in distress, dashing heroes with impeccable timing, and dastardly villains so evil one can almost imagine a moustache being twisted over a wry sneer The book has everything a lover of the genre could want, with its careening carriages, kidnappings, balls, and duels, all set up to support a central love story that parallels Pride and Prejudice Cohen adds her own unique flourishes, giving the heroine agency and a meta awareness of all the parallels between the story we read and the stories the heroine reads The asides read almost like an actress turning to the camera with a wink and a nod Readers who are familiar with Austen s work 4 of the 6 books are referenced will delight in all the parallels Readers not familiar with the references will welcome the way the author provides the information needed to grasp the key info I appreciated the historic detail sprinkled throughout, which added depth and texture to the world I also appreciated that the central relationship had some complexity This isn t just a romance between a beautiful girl and a handsome boy who are bent on being together They have to discover the truth of their feelings by sorting out their own messes While the central relationship provides the spine of the book, Cohen also weaves in family struggles, land and estate battles, legal complications around marriage and divorce, and a thread of mystery about who keeps attempting to harm the heroine and why It s a layered novel It s also a fun story about heroes and villains I think readers who enjoy Regency love stories between feisty heroines and noble heroes will have a blast. Dangerous Alliance scratched an itch I didn t know I had for a Jane Austen esque YA historical romance This book is if every Jane Austen novel plus Vanity Fair had a baby It s set in 1817, so Jane Austen herself has published all but her last two novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion , and the main character, Victoria Vicky Aston is a massive fan When disgrace befalls her family, she must participate in the Season to find a wealthy husband to save her family s estate Reluctant but determined, Vicky uses lessons from Austen s beloved heroines and the rogues and love interests of note to guide her through things.To that end, the book is a little meta This premise has been done before, but always in a modern context it was fun to read it in a historical, where essentially Jane Austen is a contemporary of the main characters I m trying to imagine 200 years from now someone writing a YA historical about a massive Leigh Bardugo fan using her books to guide their life lol.I quickly got sucked into the main action, and particularly the characters they re each well drawn, with a TON of conflict that made my stomach do flips, and turn the pages because I had to find out what would happen The book is in multi POV third person, so you get chapters scenes from three characters Vicky for the majority, also from Tom, her longtime best friend who has reappeared after a 5 year absence, and Susie, Tom s half sister who was born in scandal It s really Vicky s story, but Tom and Susie s bits are there to fill in gaps and build tension I cared for Vicky, Tom, and Susie and so it was distressing at times to know their POV and then flip into another s and see the conflicts them being badmouthed misunderstandings That s a big thing in this book like every good Austen book, much of it relies on a building series of social misunderstandings, perceived slights, misplaced pride prejudice, and some dastardly figures outright lying If that sounds up your street, this book delivers I was compulsively turning pages yesterday to find out what happened I read 50% of the book in a single day.Basically the book is full of Austen esque character tropes and they are all deliciously well drawn You ll recognize so many figures, but they all have an original twist to make them fit this world There are rogues and rakes and meddling moms and cash poor nobles, etc etc I was swept up in all the emotions, twists and turns I was SO ANGRY at the rogues rakes villains and SO FRUSTRATED with characters for not seeing them for who they were It was great.I highly recommend this book if you love Jane Austen, social romantic conflict, and or historical I can see fans of adult Regency romance really loving this. A Dangerous Alliance was an enchanting, heart warming and enthralling mix of history, romance, and mystery With charming comparisons to some of Jane Austen s most famous novels and characters, it truly was a delight to read With engaging characters, a wonderful old world English setting, and a mystery that will keep you on your toes, I couldn t read this one fast enough I devoured every single page and was sad when it was over because I wasn t ready to say goodbye ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Title Dangerous AllianceAuthor Jennieke CohenRelease date December 3, 2019Cliffhanger NoGenre historical romance You re not like Mr Darcy And I wouldn t have you be You re you And I wouldn t trade you for a dozen perfect gentlemen The reality of you is far better than any fiction This was such a fun, quirky book When I read in the synopsis that the heroine is a book lover, specifically that she is obsessed with Jane Austen, I knew she was a girl after my own heart Not only did each chapter head have a relatable Austen quote, there were references sprinkled throughout the story I was also attracted to the unusual cover which isn t typical in the romance genre I m always on the lookout for fresh, new reading experiences, and this debut author has really delivered the goods Victoria is the youngest of two daughters, and her parents have given her a level of freedom that you don t usually see for the period She helps the family on the estate, and has already been through one season without any pressure to marry She has no plans to change that in the near future, but circumstances soon force the Astons to take desperate measures Victoria s sister Althea is newly married to a man who was thought to be her love match Until she showed up on their doorstep seeking refuge from the abusive husband who has hidden his sins and control over her well Much of the book revolves around the family s plot to permanently separate her from him so he no longer has any legal rights to her or the family fortune The author put a lot of research into the details of divorce in that time period, which was not completely unheard of, despite popular belief It was rare and of course, easier for a man to achieve, but not out of the realm of possibility It was decided that Victoria must find a trustworthy husband so she and her spouse will be eligible to inherit from her father The search quickly narrows down to one main candidate, Mr Carmichael He s certainly charming and quick with pretty compliments, but how is she to know he isn t another monster with his own agenda During their courtship several accidents befall Victoria and her family and there is an added urgency in discovering his true nature This mystery takes up a large portion of the story, I would say it s in the forefront than the romance I was expecting Victoria s love interest Tom is introduced almost immediately as her ex best friend who grew up in the estate neighboring Oakbridge There is some question as to why Tom suddenly left and cut off communication between them Tom is quite stoic, holding his painful past inside as he shoulders the huge debt he inherited from his despicable father He puts on a affable front as he fights for the welfare of his struggling family Inside however, he s suppressing panic that his business plan isn t enough to rescue them as his brother s spending spirals out of control His brother is such a piece of work There were points I wanted to strangle him within an inch of his life for adding to poor Tom s stress He acted very selfishly out of a childish, misplaced resentment For the majority of the book, the relationship between Tom and Victoria was that of tentative friends They didn t communicate about the past, but rather tried to start fresh as they got to know one another again It was a friends to lovers trope with an emphasis on friends, probably up until the last 30% of the book Until then there wasn t really much angst between the two of them or a slow burn feeling This is my reasoning for my rating because I would ve liked to have seen their romance equally balanced with the mystery of who was behind the attacks This is my personal preference though, and I really appreciated the originality of the storyline There was a lot to love about this book A fantastic heroine that was easy to root for, an interesting plot that taught me about divorce in the Regency period, and plenty of Jane Austen references delicately woven in Tom and Vicki really worked well together and I loved the fact that they were childhood best friends Once Tom opened himself up to the idea that he could deserve her and revealed his heart, the two of them fit like two peas in a pod I really enjoyed this author s writing style, and look forward to reading from her in the future FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • Dangerous Alliance
  • Jennieke Cohen
  • English
  • 13 April 2017
  • 9780062857309

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