The 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 home.
But 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 season.
Sadly, 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 sensibility.
Most 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.
– My Thoughts –
Dangerous Alliance was a highly anticipated read of this year as soon as I read the synopsis and the cover. However, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had expected. Let me explain..
The story is about Victoria(Vicky), the daughter of an Earl, who has to marry to prevent her family’s estate from falling into the wrong hands. Vicky daydreams about dashing Austen heroes like Darcy and likes to channel Austen heroines like Elizabeth Bennet when her wits fail her. She never imagined that her life would be so un-Austen like. Life has more surprises for Vicky as she encounters not only a mysterious man(who tried to kill her) and her childhood best friend Tom! Tom, now earl of Halworth, has come back from the continent but his hands are full with his late father’s debts and memories of abuse. He cares for Vicky but can’t forget his duty to his remaining family. Soon, suitors start to arrive and Vicky has to make a decision before it is too late to save her family.
What I liked were the cover, Jane Austen references, the hint of mystery and some of the secondary characters. I also liked that each chapter opened with quotes which hinted at about what’s to come.
What I didn’t like were:
- Vicky being attacked but this incident is quickly overlooked. Although, I have to give some leeway as to the news that followed after this attack is much more important at that time.
- Vicky is attacked quite a few times after this but everyone is all chill. Why? I found this so strange and lost any urge to stay invested in the story.
- the ROMANCE. I just didn’t see it. I like my broody boys but Tom Halworth was so not a Darcy. He had no substance, nothing that could make me root for him and Vicky. To be honest, I much preferred Vicky with the Carmichael guy.
Overall, I would recommend this if you’re an Austen lover, would love to read a regency historical fiction in YA or are looking for a book with friends-to-lovers trope with a hint of mystery in the plot. I had high hopes for this book and I had personally requested an ARC from the publisher before joining the blog tour. I still will be looking forward to Cohen’s next book and I hope you give this (book) a chance even if I didn’t like it.
Thanks to the publisher for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review and to the FFBC for including me in the blog tour!
Check out the entire blog tour schedule here
– About the Author –
Jennieke Cohen (JEN-ih-kah CO-en) is used to people mispronouncing her name and tries to spare her fictional characters the same problem. Jennieke writes historical fiction for young adults inspired by real people and events because life is often stranger than fiction. She studied English history at Cambridge University and has a master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California. Jennieke loves exploring new locales but always returns home to Northern California where the summers are hot, the winters are mild, and life is casual.
You’ll find more info about the world of DANGEROUS ALLIANCE on Jennieke’s website or you can say hi on Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest where she can often be found posting about writing, TV, and things of the Jane Austen persuasion.
Thank you for reading! Do you think you’ll read Dangerous Alliance? If you’ve already read it, then I’d love to know what you thought!