Dangerous Alliance
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.

Dangerous Alliance Details

TitleDangerous Alliance
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062857309
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

Dangerous Alliance Review

  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.*
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    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, more specifically that she is obsessed with Jane Austen, I knew she was a girl after my own heart. Not only did 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, more 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 more 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 more 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 more from her in the future. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Half mystery, half romance, I loved it all. All the fun of Georgian England PLUS Jane Austen references. I really appreciated the author’s research into the particulars of the time - it added so much to the story.
  • Shima
    January 1, 1970
    Throughout extremely lucky circumstances I got my hands on half a dozen pre-release books. Some of which I'd been waiting for months to read, this wasn't one of those. I hadn't heard of the book or the writer. While I do like historical fiction, I only read romance in very rare and specific circumstances. All in all, the chances would have been slim for me to pick this book up, especially since the synopsis does not do the book justice. It would have been a big loss. The book begins when Vicky's Throughout extremely lucky circumstances I got my hands on half a dozen pre-release books. Some of which I'd been waiting for months to read, this wasn't one of those. I hadn't heard of the book or the writer. While I do like historical fiction, I only read romance in very rare and specific circumstances. All in all, the chances would have been slim for me to pick this book up, especially since the synopsis does not do the book justice. It would have been a big loss. The book begins when Vicky's sister, Althea flees her abusive husband to take refuge in their parent's house, and it is the ramifications of that decision and what it means to pursue a divorce in that era that pushes the events of the book forward. That alone is a unique enough storyline to set this book apart from other historical romances. But it's certainly not the only thing. Now suddenly Vicky's previous decision to take her time before marriage could mean the family state could fall into the hands of a brother-in-law that beat her sister. If she wants to help her family she needs to make a match before the season is out. She isn't forced to do so, she is given the time and opportunity to actually search and meet potential matches. Her decisions are respected and let me tell you her search for a match isn't just reasonable, it's high-stakes enough to be interesting and it's very very amusing, without resorting to constantly have the characters behave in foolish ways. Here's the thing with romance book characters, there are a lot of them that I've liked, but when I say I like a character in a romance, it means they're not hit-in-the-head stupid. I don't expect them to be particularly deep. This book might be the first romance I've ever read that had actual fully-fledged characters that I FELT FOR. No matter how much I emphasise it, you can't know how rare that is. These were characters I actually cared about beyond mere curiosity about what happened to them, beyond finding them amusing or dreamy, beyond not being annoyed by them. You know when you read romances and characters somehow manage to exactly leave out that important bit of information or somehow react in a way that causes that rare misunderstanding, be in the exact wrong place at the wrong time (or the opposite) and how pretty much everything could have been solved in a page if they actually talked and asked question and acted like human beings? Well, in this book they do, and yet it moves at a brick-neck pace and never stops being exciting. Vicky is possibly the best romance heroine since Elizabeth Bennet. She is the strongest woman in a romance I've read and that includes all the modern-day romances. She is courageous, capable, smart and rarest of all, she ACTUALLY MAKES SENSE. She takes action, be it fixing a wall or jumping out of a carriage (for good reason). She has interests. She cares for other people. She makes informed decisions. She stands up for herself but isn't constantly rude under the guise of being 'feisty'. And all of this, we can discover naturally instead of being beaten over the head with by the writer. As for Tom, he shows the kind of depth that never ceased to surprise me. He isn't just 'the love interest'. He is actually another fully-formed character with his own wants and needs and motivation that don't just surround finding a wife, or determinedly not finding a wife. He has a family to care for, a past to come to terms with and business to get off the ground. Both Tom and Vicky have lives that go on separately of each other, that includes families, relationships and events that have nothing to do with their romance. In fact, their characters are so well-written that the book would have worked without them ever falling in love. I would have been more than willing to read whole books about these people. That is not to say though that their relationship isn't a pleasure to read about. Old childhood friends reunited after years of silence, a big part of Tom and Vicky's relationship is coming to understand each other again. They do not see each other and suddenly fall apart with passion and desire. They don't spend hours thinking about the other's perfect eyes or jaw structure. Instead, they actually care about each other. They notice each other's flaws. They enjoy each other's company. They help and trust each other. They actually seem like friends. And they still manage to remain separate people with separate lives and their other relationships are just as important to the book as the one they share. Each of them has a bond with their siblings that is heart-warming and beautifully written. And those siblings, like other side-characters in the book, have their own journeys to go through. Both Althea and Charles and even Susie were interesting enough to warrant their own books. If that's not how you know characterisation was done well, I don't know what is. I could go on and on about other aspects of this book, like how great the pacing is, how perfectly balanced the humour is with the darker aspects, how beautifully the healing arcs of characters recovering from trauma and abuse is written and how very very wonderfully feminist this book is, but if I haven't convinced you to add this to your to-read list already, all of that won't make a difference. And if you have added it, then I have to smirk and gloat a little because you'll have to wait for a few more months before you can get your hands on this pleasure!
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  • Lindsay (pawsomereads)
    January 1, 1970
    I can completely see this book having allll the witty banter, so obviously I need it
  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! I feel super dispirited right now... not many YA books seem to be holding my attention lately. This is the third ARC within the space of a few days that I think I'll have to DNF. I'm utterly unimpressed by her stupidity. She ends up slamming her head on the ground for the SECOND time in FIVE MINUTES because she didn't move out of the way of someone who's randomly attacked her. She also doesn't seem to be demonstrating the appropriate ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! I feel super dispirited right now... not many YA books seem to be holding my attention lately. This is the third ARC within the space of a few days that I think I'll have to DNF. I'm utterly unimpressed by her stupidity. She ends up slamming her head on the ground for the SECOND time in FIVE MINUTES because she didn't move out of the way of someone who's randomly attacked her. She also doesn't seem to be demonstrating the appropriate level of horror over the fact that someone did attack her.Like bitch, there'll be time to fangirl over your hot neighbour later! Right now focus on the man who tried to murder you! IN FACT the hero himself voices it: "How can you be so indifferent? You were knocked unconscious, fell off your bloody horse, were nearly trampled by mine -" So yeah, basically she acts like a moron and he calls her out on it. Not my thing. There are a ton of other irritating things about this book. ➽ The heroine acts like a spoilt little cow . She's described as 'petulant', and 'pouting at the unfairness' of something. Yeah... how old is she, again? Plus she refuses to acknowledge that she made a mistake and put herself in danger. Again, TSTL.➽ She lives her life by the refrain of 'what would Lizzy Bennett do in this situation?' This is cringey, but also, Lizzy Bennett would NOT whine and pout so you've already failed. It's super irritating to hear her constantly assuring herself she's definitely conducted herself like an Austen heroine. ➽ Quick POV changes within the chapters. We were in the heroine's head for a handful of paragraphs, then before I even managed to bond with her, we switched to the hero's head. (From whose perspective we discover that the heroine is ravishingly gorgeous, complete with a 'heart-shaped face' and 'cupid's bow lip.' Spare me ). ➽ Most unrealistic attack ever . A man in A BLACK MASK AND GREATCOAT sneaks up on the heroine, bashes her on the head, and vanishes into thin air. As I mentioned before, neither the heroine nor her parents seem to care much... it's the hero who's demanding a magistrate etc. I will say that I've not yet noticed any glaring historical inaccuracies. I think I'll continue for a short while longer, but my hopes aren't high with this book. [Blog] - [Bookstagram]
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  • Samantha Hastings
    January 1, 1970
    If you love Jane Austen’s books, Jennieke Cohen will be your new favorite author. Dangerous Alliance is the perfect combination of mystery, intriguing characters, surprising action, and delightful romance. I couldn’t put it down!!! I read it in one night!What I loved :1. Lady Victoria Aston is not your typical damsel in distress, every time she is in danger, she uses her wits to fight back. She’s optimistic, loyal, brave, out-spoken, and utterly charming. She’s definitely a feminist protagonist If you love Jane Austen’s books, Jennieke Cohen will be your new favorite author. Dangerous Alliance is the perfect combination of mystery, intriguing characters, surprising action, and delightful romance. I couldn’t put it down!!! I read it in one night!What I loved 🖤🖤🖤:1. Lady Victoria Aston is not your typical damsel in distress, every time she is in danger, she uses her wits to fight back. She’s optimistic, loyal, brave, out-spoken, and utterly charming. She’s definitely a feminist protagonist that modern girls can cheer for, but she still is believable for the time period.2. Vicky’s obsession with Jane Austen’s books is so cleverly inserted into the story. Vicky tries to use Austen’s books in real life situations and the results are hilarious. She is no Fanny Price and she’d even give Elizabeth Bennett some serious competition. 3. Vicky’s childhood friend, Tom, is a complex character with a tragic past and an uncertain future, yet you can’t help but cheer for him. 4. The mystery—who is behind the attacks and accidents befalling Vicky? What really happened between Tom and Vicky? What is Mr. Carmichael’s business with her bro-in-law Lord Dain? There are great twists and reveals! 5. Through Vicky’s sister, Althea, Jennieke Cohen highlights the awful legal situation of married women in early 19th century England. Despite being abused and/or cheated on, women couldn’t get a divorce. The best they could hope for is a legal separation. Men on the other hand, could divorce their wives for adultery and remarry. Wives (and their dowries) were the legal property of their husbands under English law.6. Vicky is hoping for her own Jane Austen story-book romance and there are plenty of hiccups! Her suitors range from absolute boors, to former best friends, to wealthy mysterious men. Her ultimate romance is sweet and oh, so satisfying.A must read for Cindy Anstey and Patricia Wrede fans!!!
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  • Kester Grant
    January 1, 1970
    I gulped this delicious book down in one sitting - and stayed up far longer than I should have. As a lover of georgette heyer's regency romances I enjoyed the depth to the delightful regency frothyness that strikes a chord - with its detailed issues of divorce and physical abuse. also as a hardened hist romance/mystery reader i was sure i knew the outcome of the mystery, but i was completely blindsided by the perp! I sincerely hope there's a sequel in which Mr C gets a starring role.
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  • Jacqueline Firkins
    January 1, 1970
    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, 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.
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  • Lillie Lainoff
    January 1, 1970
    I'm exhausted today – why, you ask? Well, I stayed up all night reading an early copy of Dangerous Alliance because I couldn't put it down! This book has so many wonderful components that it would be impossible to list them all. Here's just a few: Vicky (the MC)'s strong, distinct voice is a pleasure to read. Her personal strengths are so closely tied with her flaws (in my opinion one of the best signs of a well-developed character). The fierce, sisterly love is believable and authentic, and the I'm exhausted today – why, you ask? Well, I stayed up all night reading an early copy of Dangerous Alliance because I couldn't put it down! This book has so many wonderful components that it would be impossible to list them all. Here's just a few: Vicky (the MC)'s strong, distinct voice is a pleasure to read. Her personal strengths are so closely tied with her flaws (in my opinion one of the best signs of a well-developed character). The fierce, sisterly love is believable and authentic, and the romantic banter between Vicky and [REDACTED] is perfect (I refuse to spoil this gem of a novel, you'll just have to read it yourselves!)Most of all, I loved the exploration of the line between what we read and how we conduct ourselves in our own lives. How we find our own individuality amid thousands of other voices telling us who to be and how to act – even if those voices belong to people (or writers/characters) we idolize.A stellar debut. I can't wait to read what Cohen writes next.
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  • Laura Namey
    January 1, 1970
    I got to review an early copy of this book and my Jane Austen heart is so happy! I wish I’d had this as a teen! Wonderful pacing, twists and turns, beautifully drawn characters, and lovely prose make this a win win win!
  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFeliceJane Austen seems to be what my books are pointing me toward lately if my latest read is anything to go by. Dangerous Alliance is a fun novel about a young woman who seeks advice from her favourite Austen novels, when she unwittingly becomes a damsel in distress in her own story. Lots of fun banter, roguish characters, and a hero who can’t quite be ruled out as a villain yet await! Don’t hesitate to pick this up, especially if Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFeliceJane Austen seems to be what my books are pointing me toward lately if my latest read is anything to go by. Dangerous Alliance is a fun novel about a young woman who seeks advice from her favourite Austen novels, when she unwittingly becomes a damsel in distress in her own story. Lots of fun banter, roguish characters, and a hero who can’t quite be ruled out as a villain yet await! Don’t hesitate to pick this up, especially if you love Jane Austen references in stories! This was the first story for me where the aforementioned author is publishing while the characters are alive. It was fun to read, and definitely a great December read!In this story, Lady Victoria Aston has been living quite happily. Her sister is happily married, the future of her family estate is secure, and she has plenty of time to herself in the fields surrounding her home. Suddenly everything is turned upside down after she finds out she must marry or she and her family will be left penniless. Armed solely with the wisdom from the Austen novels she loves, she’ll have to navigate a treacherous season in society. Who’s to say if Mr. Carmichael is truly a scoundrel, or if her best friend Tom Sherborne is out for Victoria’s heart or her money? She’ll also have to fend off the attentions of Mr. Silby, a man with a terribly poor fashion sense. Most importantly, her favourite novels won’t be helping her figure out her survival until her wedding day.When I first picked this up and read the summary, I wasn’t sure what I was going to get myself into. There seemed to be so much going on with Lady Victoria and this book definitely hits the ground running, and doesn’t let up until the very end. There’s the mystery surrounding who could possibly want to murder Lady Victoria, as well as her sudden marriage predicament. It was a little confusing for me because the story is told from Lady Victoria and Tom’s perspectives, and so I sometimes had to backtrack and start again when I realised there had been a character shift.Lady Victoria was a vexing character for me, partially because I’m not the biggest fan of damsel in distress characters. She didn’t truly win my heart until she began interacting with her sister, because it was then that I could see more than one aspect of her personality. She’s definitely a headstrong young woman who’s been trained on navigating society, but seems to lack good self-preservation skills. Which at times felt the complete opposite of Tom, who was very calculating and epitomised the phrase: “think before you speak”. The dialogue between these two definitely cracked me up, because Victoria managed to expertly bring down Tom’s walls. Mr. Carmichael was also delightfully charming, if a little worrisome at times.The mystery itself was fascinating, because we’re given so many clues that it’s impossible to know which lead is the right one to follow. There’s so many clues as to who the perpetrator could be, and although you know who one of the antagonists is, we don’t know if there’s something much more sinister afoot. Something that this story surprised me with was the fact that it tackles domestic violence and assault several times. The story looks at how the situation is responded by immediate family and the support that would have been involved given the time period that it was. More importantly, this isn’t just a little blip in the story. The character in question is working through emotions and it’s a process that is continually highlighted in the book. This was also addressed again at in the Author’s Note at the end of the book, which I really appreciated.While I found the romance very sweet, I like the friendship aspect of this story more than the romance. Since everything is happening so quickly for Victoria, the romance feels a little more force than it should be. However, the friendships that occur between Victoria and a couple of her love interests felt very genuine and I loved seeing that play out on the page. I’ll admit that I found the courting aspect of this novel increasingly hilarious, especially when it came to one of the characters with poor fashion sense.Something I wasn’t quite in love with was that I didn’t feel like we got to know some characters the way they should. Victoria’s parents especially seemed a little unconcerned with the fact that their daughter was in danger, but perhaps that was due to some of the situations they were dealing with. It just felt a little cold because it put much of the work on the hero, which while very sweet, didn’t feel genuine (at least to me).The pacing of this story is great, the anticipation builds in a way that will keep readers turning the page until they find out who’s behind it all. While I’m here, if you are easily triggered by domestic abuse, or violence against a person, I might approach this with a bit of caution. While I found it very tastefully done, it may not be the case for every reader. I’m going to rate this story an 8/10. It was a fun and memorable Austen filled read.
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    I had to space this book out between other things, but I am glad to say that I really enjoyed this book. Dangerous Alliance is such a fun book filled with witty banter, Jane Austen references, and a mystery. While I will admit that I haven't read much Jane Austen -which is something I should probably correct tbh- I still understood the references. I usually try to read books in one sitting, and if I can't then I usually take that as a sign that the book isn't for me. That wasn't the case here. I I had to space this book out between other things, but I am glad to say that I really enjoyed this book. Dangerous Alliance is such a fun book filled with witty banter, Jane Austen references, and a mystery. While I will admit that I haven't read much Jane Austen -which is something I should probably correct tbh- I still understood the references. I usually try to read books in one sitting, and if I can't then I usually take that as a sign that the book isn't for me. That wasn't the case here. I actually enjoyed spacing out the book between chapters. It made me more delighted to return to the world and get to the bottom of the mystery, with some romance dashed in of course. The pacing of this novel was almost perfect. It had a few slow moments here and there, but I believe the spacing of my reading actually made those more noticeable. The beginning is a tad slow for my liking, but after about 5 chapters I really started to fall into the book. From then on it was smooth sailing, save for maybe a few pages here and there. The buildup to the end of the mystery and the final chapters was superb, and I definitely didn't expect the outcome of the mystery that we got! The characters truly make this book. Vicky isn't like your usual romance heroines, especially for a historical romance novel. She is extremely relatable, courageous, smart, witty, and just an overall amazing MC. I had so much fun with her character, and I even found myself being something akin to a hype man for her! Tom was also a well done character. I assumed they'd just fall in love and then that was that. Definitely not the case here. Tom respects Vicky, confides in her, and is willing to grow and learn with her as they figure out what's going on between them. It felt really realistic and not shoved in our face. The ending scene with them just made it all the better, which I of course won't go into further detail about. Just take my word that their romance really does seem genuine and something that could happen in real life.Overall, I definitely recommend this book! It might not be 5 stars, but it's pretty damn close. I think a lot of people will enjoy this book, especially if you have a soft spot for Jane Austen-inspired novels. If you want a fun book, witty banter, a strong heroine, some realistic romance and a mystery, definitely give this one a shot.ARC provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I had such a fun time reading this one - definitely an entertainin read to keep on your radar :)Full review coming soon!Thank you to HarperCollins (Harper 360) for sending me an ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovin'
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  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    Can we make Regency Murder Mysteries a YA trend? Filled with swoonworthy suitors, devious deceptions, and some astute commentary on gender politics, Dangerous Alliance checks every box I have for a truly delightful historical novel. Fans of Cindy Anstey will go crazy for this.
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  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Sadly, this one was not for me. I'm hardly an Austen purist but I can't help but feel that Austen's heroines are about intelligence, good sensibility, wit, and good heartedness. The heroine in this novel had none of those qualities. She was impulsive, said whatever came to her head, made very poor decisions, was rude, and otherwise had nothing to recommend her. If anything, I'd have assumed this was Lydia (Elizabeth More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Sadly, this one was not for me. I'm hardly an Austen purist but I can't help but feel that Austen's heroines are about intelligence, good sensibility, wit, and good heartedness. The heroine in this novel had none of those qualities. She was impulsive, said whatever came to her head, made very poor decisions, was rude, and otherwise had nothing to recommend her. If anything, I'd have assumed this was Lydia (Elizabeth Bennet's younger wild sister) with another name. I failed to see the attraction of any of the male characters toward this heroine as a result.The setting also felt very anachronistic, with a modern PC spin on a character set in Regency England. There are so many illogical interactions that make no sense for the historical setting and I suppose are there to make the heroine look 'strong' or to make her more relatable to a modern audience. But Austen heroines are strong because they are intelligent and think through things (even overthinking things as in Emma and P&P). This heroine thinks through nothing and feels so much like a construct as to be ludicrous. Some examples from the first 30%:- In the first scene of the book, she is ambushed and hit hard in the head with a large tree branch by someone trying to kill her. Despite the hero noting she likely has a concussion and should stay there while he goes after the antagonist, she gets on her horse, tries to stop the villain herself, is thrown from the horse hard onto the ground, and STILL ignores the hero. She apparently has no lasting after-effects from the injuries, isn't in any pain through the whole scene, and the idea of someone riding a horse galloping while having a concussion is silly. And she is rude to the one person trying to gently help her, ignoring his good advice and being completely illogical. Later, no one in the book seems concerned that someone attacked her or why - it's forgotten by the next few pages. The only purpose of this scene is to reunite the heroine with the hero after many years in a dramatic way. Once that happens, the author doesn't care to deal with the natural repercussions of such a major incident, both physically and emotionally. It's lazy writing. - She promises to do anything to help her sister who is in a bad marriage - then immediately starts misbehaving at a ball in ways that would cause her sister trouble. All because she can't keep her mouth shut and blurts out whatever pops into her head. She has zero manners and grace. How are we to respect that? And how does one obsess about Jane Austen characters and completely miss the point of their characteristics?- The heroine constantly asks herself, "What would X Austen character do in this situation?" Then proceeds to do the opposite. I can only hope that by the end of the book, the heroine finally has an epiphany that she is the anti-Austen character. But honestly, I question her ability to even be able to read a sentence, not to mention a whole Austen book. The irony is that the author is clearly well versed in the social mores, legalities, and milieu of Regency England. More than any other author I've read in a long time. It's just a shame that she has paired that knowledge with very poor character development and story building skills. I almost wish she teamed up with another writer, one who doesn't know Regency England well but who has great character and plotting talents. Then we might have had a story less hokey and eye rolling. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
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  • Beth Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Her life was looking less and less like one of Miss Austen's novels and more and more like an utter mess. 3.5 out of 5 starsReview copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.Read this review on my blog!Now that her elder sister has married, Lady Victoria Aston is free to enjoy her idyllic country manor lifestyle knowing that the family estate has been secured. With her sister in London and her once exiled best friend avoiding her, Vicky spends her time roaming their estate in a stolen Her life was looking less and less like one of Miss Austen's novels and more and more like an utter mess. 3.5 out of 5 starsReview copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.Read this review on my blog!Now that her elder sister has married, Lady Victoria Aston is free to enjoy her idyllic country manor lifestyle knowing that the family estate has been secured. With her sister in London and her once exiled best friend avoiding her, Vicky spends her time roaming their estate in a stolen pair of breeches and hiding away with one of Miss Austen's novels. When the unspeakable happens, Vicky is thrust into the centre of the Season with one goal: Find a husband to save her family. With Miss Austen's books as her guide and the spirit of Lizzie Bennett in her soul, Vicky must learn to navigate London's marriage mart without breaking her heart. Is roguish Mr Carmichael as charming as he seems? Does childhood friend Tom Sherborne mean well, or is he after Vicky's dowry? As if all that isn't enough, Vicky finds herself the victim of a series of increasingly unfortunate accidents that make her wonder if someone wants to stop her from ever walking down the aisle.By this point, I hope I have established just how much I love Regency novels. I just love the adventure, romance and drama between all the dance halls, carriage rides and ribbon stores. I was so pleased to be granted an ARC of Dangerous Alliance, which promised to be an Austentatious Novel, with a heroine who loves Jane Austen's books as much as the average Regency reader. Vicky often took time out of her adventure to comment on similarities between her life and that of any number of Austen's heroines. This sometimes felt a bit forced ("Tonight I must act as Fanny Price") and instead of Vicky feeling relatable, it had me cringing. There is one point in the story where a character compares her brother to Mr Darcy - to everyone's agreement - which didn't seem to match what we had seen of him. While I appreciate the sentiment that Fandom has been a thing for a long time, the characters all standing around comparing themselves to romance characters felt a bit weird. That being said, I did this myself as a 17-year-old so who am I to judge? Dangerous Alliance is told through the dual perspectives of Victoria Aston and Thomas Sherborne. Vicky and Tom were childhood friends whose relationship ended after a confrontation led to Tom's exile to the Swiss countryside. While Tom and Vicky were likeable enough characters, I didn't enjoy these dual perspectives at all. For me, it felt like this took away any ambiguity the story tries to sew as to who Victoria's love interest is as it is fairly obvious from the start that the two characters will end up together. I also felt that there was some incongruity between the stories the two were telling. Where Vicky's read as an age-appropriate teenage adventure of a country girl navigating Society, Tom's read as a more adult novel, not the fun kind of adult novel. More the kind about taxes, laws and business ventures. I quickly found myself bored with Tom's story and I feel like it didn't add much to the story. The romance was, well, a bit predictable. We are told early on that the main character sees herself as a Lizzie Bennett type and our love interest is soon after compared to Mr Darcy himself. While this is changed up a bit with the characters being childhood friends with a mysterious incident in their past that changed everything, there's not much else to say for this dynamic - he's curt to the point of rudeness and she's oblivious of his affections. The characters are fun together but for a book that tries to leave some mystery in Vicky's love life, it is fairly obvious which way it is going to go from very early on. The secondary cast of characters was a comfortable collection of historical character types - the charming villain, the plucky orphan, the indebted aristocrat and entitled snob. They helped flesh out Cohen's ton and helped facilitate the rumour and miscommunication that the genre demands. I enjoyed these characters, but I feel like none really stood out as an interesting character in their own right. As for the setting, Dangerous Alliance hits all the notes for a great Regency novel, with dashing rogues, foul brutes, flirtatious dancing and a dramatic finale that should appeal to any Regency fan, but something that stood out to me in Cohen's writing was her attention to detail in an unexpected area - Regency marriage and divorce laws. Cohen has clearly done her research into this, and it was something I was surprised to find myself fascinated by in the early chapters of the book. I'm not sure I've read a book that really delves into these historical laws and issues and I wish the book had spent more time on them. Though I suppose I could do my own research, I loved how Cohen incorporated this information into the story and in her appendix at the end. This all sounds quite negative, doesn't it? I don't mean for it to. While Dangerous Alliance brings very little to the table that hasn't been done in YA Regency fiction, it was still a thoroughly enjoyable romp through the ridiculous London Society. Yes, it was a bit cliche and a bit cringy at times but I think that comes with the genre. Cohen has written a really fun novel that should appeal to Austen fans - if only so they can argue with Vicky's assessment of your favourite Austen's characters!*Throughout this review I refer to Dangerous Alliance as a Regency novel which isn't exactly true. Cohen mentions in her notes that this is an Edwardian novel but I am prone to over and misusing the "Regency" label and too lazy to change it so Regency it shall remain! 
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  • Erin Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Sarah Perchikoff
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, this is akin to sacrilege for me but... Jane Austen doesn't know everything. *faints* Lady Victoria Aston finds this out when she needs to find a husband. Sure, Jane Austen was the queen of writing about women looking for husbands, but Victoria's situation is much more dangerous than anything Austen's heroines ever went through. Not only does she need a husband to save her family from her sister's abusive husband, but she also needs to figure out who is trying to hurt her. Let's get to the Ok, this is akin to sacrilege for me but... Jane Austen doesn't know everything. *faints* Lady Victoria Aston finds this out when she needs to find a husband. Sure, Jane Austen was the queen of writing about women looking for husbands, but Victoria's situation is much more dangerous than anything Austen's heroines ever went through. Not only does she need a husband to save her family from her sister's abusive husband, but she also needs to figure out who is trying to hurt her. Let's get to the review!Vicky thought she had her life all figured out. She'd help her father with the estate, ride horses whenever she liked, visit people in the village, and get married when she found someone she loved.That all changes when her sister ends up on their doorstep. The man she married, Lord Dain, was not who they all thought he was and it showed on Althea's body. To keep the estate out of Althea's abusive husband's hands, Vicky needs to marry and do it quick.So, she heads into society to try and find someone she wouldn't mind spending her life with. Her first suitor is Mr. Carmichael, one of her father's business partners. He had flirted with Vicky when he was at the estate in the past, so she figures it couldn't hurt to start with him.But once he starts to show his interest and her parents thoroughly approve of the match, another possible contender comes into play. Vicky's childhood friend, Tom Sherborne, has recently come back to the neighboring estate after being abroad for years. He did not leave on good circumstances with Vicky, not even saying goodbye, but that doesn't mean he wants to see her hurt, especially by a man he doesn't trust.As you can probably guess, Vicky finds a decision hard to make. She has a great time with Mr. Carmichael. He is charming, flirty, and everything a gentleman should be. But with her relationship with Tom becoming close again and him telling her things about Carmichael she doesn't like, she doesn't know what to do.And her parents aren't making it any easier by pushing her to pick someone quickly so the estate will be saved.Althea's husband is not willing to give up his wife so easily either and while the two sisters are out in society, they must dodge him as well. It's A LOT to deal with!There also appears to be someone out to hurt Vicky because she keeps finding herself in increasingly more dangerous situations.Jane Austen would be shocked by all the things that happen to Vicky. Her life is in a bit of a uproar. But, like any Austen heroine, she's willing to do whatever she can to ensure her sister is safe and happy. And if that means protecting herself and her father from a carriage attack and fighting off Dain, so be it.I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I thought I would. With Jane Austen in the synopsis, I thought this was going to be a new fave, but while I liked it, I didn't love it. Vicky not knowing which gentlemen she was going to pick was stretched out a little too long for me. I'm giving Dangerous Alliance 3.5 out of 5 stars. I love Vicky and Althea's relationship as well as Vicky and Tom's but the overall story didn't win me over entirely.Dangerous Alliance comes out December 3, 2019Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the free eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mila
    January 1, 1970
    The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.3,5 starsThis historical romance has a very ambitious premise that is heavily based and influenced by Jane Austen's novels. And I think that was actually a huge setback for the novel because it was just trying to mimic other books and it didn't feel like its own thing half the time. All the Jane Austen references became very annoying at some point, almost as much as Vicky, The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.3,5 starsThis historical romance has a very ambitious premise that is heavily based and influenced by Jane Austen's novels. And I think that was actually a huge setback for the novel because it was just trying to mimic other books and it didn't feel like its own thing half the time. All the Jane Austen references became very annoying at some point, almost as much as Vicky, one of the main characters. I still really enjoyed the writing, the historical setting and how detailed the book was but overall, it wasn't my favourite.
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  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper.I admit I was pretty intrigued by this book, because even though I haven’t read anything by Jane Austen, I love both adaptations I’ve seen about her books, so reading something related to her sounded absolutely fantastic, but unfortunately Dangerous Alliance didn’t work for me.The thing about this book was that, though it had some interesting touches and a very fast paced plot, it was very generic and it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper.I admit I was pretty intrigued by this book, because even though I haven’t read anything by Jane Austen, I love both adaptations I’ve seen about her books, so reading something related to her sounded absolutely fantastic, but unfortunately Dangerous Alliance didn’t work for me.The thing about this book was that, though it had some interesting touches and a very fast paced plot, it was very generic and it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. Yes, the plot and the mystery were interesting, but there came a point where I felt the plot was a bit left behind and we were focusing more on the characters and the interactions between them.I love me a good historical mystery, despite historical fiction not being a genre I usually reach for, but in this case the mystery wasn’t as engaging as I thought it would be. I don’t know if it was me that has read more of that genre and knows the big revelations before they are actually on page, but it was a bit lackluster for me. I was expecting to be mind blown, or at least surprised by the plot twists or revelations, but I just wasn’t, and that played against Dangerous Alliance.When it comes to the characters, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. I didn’t found any of the ones introduced in the story that complex, and I had the feeling that they weren’t any different from other YA characters I’ve come across in the past. Their arcs weren’t super complex, either, and the interactions between them sometimes were a bit cringey.Another thing I wasn’t the biggest fan of was the romance. I feel that whenever there’s a love triangle involved I get a little bit skeptical, because that trope tends to be a bit overdone and I find it quite boring (still, there have been some books that have love triangles that I have absolutely adored), but I think if it’s written well it could create an incredible dynamic between those characters. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, and I just didn’t really enjoy the romance and the dynamics between those characters were a bit bland.Overall, I think Dangerous Alliance had a very interesting premise, and despite historical fiction being not a genre I tend to reach for, I had such high expectations, but neither the plot nor the characters left a lasting impression on me, so sadly it just missed the mark.I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.....Thank you HarperCollins for providing me with an ARC of this bookBlog | Twitter | Instagram | BlogLovin’
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  • Gina
    January 1, 1970
    This book gave me the most serious case of "book hangover" I've ever had!I got to read an early copy of this book and when I finished it, I legitimately missed the characters and their world. I was hooked from the first page. Vicky is the kind of heroine I really rooted for and could relate to, which can be hard to come by in some YA books. AND THE LOVE INTERESTS are swoonworthy. I won't spoil anything, but if you love everything Jane Austen (and even if you've never read a single one of her This book gave me the most serious case of "book hangover" I've ever had!I got to read an early copy of this book and when I finished it, I legitimately missed the characters and their world. I was hooked from the first page. Vicky is the kind of heroine I really rooted for and could relate to, which can be hard to come by in some YA books. AND THE LOVE INTERESTS are swoonworthy. I won't spoil anything, but if you love everything Jane Austen (and even if you've never read a single one of her books) this book is perfect for anyone who loves a modern heroine navigating a crazy-traditional world. It's sweet, charming, and romantic. And I'm still recovering from that book hangover. Highly recommend to all!
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  • Jason B
    January 1, 1970
    Was lucky enough to read a pre-released copy and I was thoroughly delighted. I found all of the characters to be witty and charming, thought that the story was engaging, very historically accurate, and it all still seemed to reflect modern themes that I dealt with when I was younger. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Austen, historical intrigue, or anyone who just likes an enjoyable read. :)
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  • Eileen (BookCatPin)
    January 1, 1970
    The moment I saw the cover and read the synopsis of Dangerous Alliance I knew it would be a book for me. At just over 400 pages it's a fast read with plenty of Jane Austen references as it promises.I enjoyed Dangerous Alliance a lot. The writing felt within the time period with appropriate dialogues and believable events. What I found lacking was the mystery. It kept me absorbed until the big reveal which turned out to be so simple it shouldn't have taken 400 pages to discover. I had hoped it The moment I saw the cover and read the synopsis of Dangerous Alliance I knew it would be a book for me. At just over 400 pages it's a fast read with plenty of Jane Austen references as it promises.I enjoyed Dangerous Alliance a lot. The writing felt within the time period with appropriate dialogues and believable events. What I found lacking was the mystery. It kept me absorbed until the big reveal which turned out to be so simple it shouldn't have taken 400 pages to discover. I had hoped it would be a bigger, more surprising conspiracy but alas it was not to be.Lady Victoria Aston is the kind of main character I adore. She didn't conform to society and she manages to stay within her parents' expectation. As an idealist in a time where women didn't have much freedom, she had personality. Vicky's bravery, sass and intelligence were all things I loved about her. She can be pretty stubborn but with experience, she accepted changes. "Vicky no longer believed life could be summed up by one author's perspective of the world. For why else would so many books exist if not to impart different truths about life and all its complexities?" (ARC, p. 417).I cannot talk about Dangerous Alliance without mentioning the romance. Both Mr. Carmichael and Tom were fine love interests. It was entertaining to see them vying for Vicky's hand and though I had an inkling who she would choose, the author made it hard to know until the very end. I definitely approve of Vicky's pick which was also mine ;) They had more chemistry and just felt right together.I'm hoping Ms. Jennieke Cohen will make this a series and continue with stories of some of the side characters. Dangerous Alliance has been much fun that it would be a shame to stop at one book.
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  • Fanna
    January 1, 1970
    Dangerous Alliance brings together social conflicts and romantic storyline to a table of Georgian countryside English settings. It weaves a young female's life to her duty as a daughter and the love for her sister, with an emotionally affected male love interest—who is a well-developed character himself—own anticipations and tops it all with a hint of mystery and awkward romance. Consider reading this review on my blog! Also, enter the giveaway to win one of two copies of Dangerous Alliance Dangerous Alliance brings together social conflicts and romantic storyline to a table of Georgian countryside English settings. It weaves a young female's life to her duty as a daughter and the love for her sister, with an emotionally affected male love interest—who is a well-developed character himself—own anticipations and tops it all with a hint of mystery and awkward romance. Consider reading this review on my blog! Also, enter the giveaway to win one of two copies of Dangerous Alliance✔Jane-Austen-esque setting✔childhood-lovers to silence to reuniting✔essence of mystery✔societal issues✔family dynamicsIt is a historical fiction centered around Victoria 'Vicky', a young fan of Jane Austen's books, who must find a suitable match in order to save her family name and ensure the safety of her loved ones. The knowledge imparted by the female leads in Austen's books and the risky love interests helps her navigate through this search of hers.Highly inspired by the referenced books, like Pride and Prejudice, this YA romance explores the societal judgments, early expectations, lost love due to lost contact, and typical fights—whether physical or verbal banter—and successfully sets up a historic yet modern vibe for the readers to indulge in. The romance is fun, cute, and will make the reader's heart flutter too (because Vicky's green eyes are definitely pretty, or so Tom keeps mentioning). It walks on a path of childhood-lovers being separated due to silence after moving places but are now neighbours so silence is not feasible, and if that is something you search for in romances, this would be an ideal pick. Overall, an entertaining read for fans of Jane Austen or romantic expeditions set in old times who also admire a strong female protagonist and an understanding male protagonist. Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this via my participation in a blog tour but that, in no way, affects my rating and/or review. Thank you, FFBC tours, Harper Teen, and Jenneike Cohen! MC is a Jane Austen fan. Cool. Already relatable. But seriously, I'm such a fan of social conflicts in a romance, I can't wait to read this. Especially now that I'm part of a blog tour for this one!
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    I presume this book will contain a lot of witty banter, therefore, I am in lol
  • Sage Knightly
    January 1, 1970
    "Your pride is one thing, Victoria, but when you give it more weight than your health, you do yourself no favors." (6%) Dangerous Alliance is a fun, entertaining read full of raw emotions and terrible situations. Easy to fall into and hard to put down, this is a book I will not soon forget.Victoria (or Vicky as she prefers) is attacked within the first few pages, which is just the beginning of a series of attacks and attempted kidnappings that play out every few chapters. Left confused, "Your pride is one thing, Victoria, but when you give it more weight than your health, you do yourself no favors." (6%) Dangerous Alliance is a fun, entertaining read full of raw emotions and terrible situations. Easy to fall into and hard to put down, this is a book I will not soon forget.Victoria (or Vicky as she prefers) is attacked within the first few pages, which is just the beginning of a series of attacks and attempted kidnappings that play out every few chapters. Left confused, injured, and suspicious, Vicky tries her best to forget the incident and focus on her family since her sister recently came back with a tale of sorrow and heartbreak. Vicky is pulled in many directions, wanting to console and help her sister, having to find a husband in a short time to save their home, trying to find out who is really behind it all (it seems obvious at first, but suspicions arise), and wanting her friendship with Tom back.Vicky is a strong, independent woman who wishes to keep her freedom (that is, the freedom of being able to act and dress as she pleases without the expectation of being a woman who is only to bear children and care for the estate). As a lover of novels, she constantly compares her situations to those she has read, as well as people she meets to characters in the books. Despite everything that happens to her, Vicky does her best to help her family and plans to sacrifice her freedom to save them. Some may say she is childish (which is true in terms of her innocence to what the world holds) and flippant, having no regard for her own health, but I honestly felt that she just worried so much for her family to the point of putting her own aches aside. She can be rash however, as she tackles kidnappers, threatens thieves with a gun they dropped, and even throws herself into danger so she can fight her own battles. "How dare Tom hurry off and leave her sitting in a field? Especially if someone had attacked her! Well, if he thought she'd allow him to fight her battles for her, he was very much mistaken." (3%) After agreeing to marry soon to save their estate, Vicky finds herself torn between two potential men after a series of unsuccessful 'dates'. However, both men try to pit her against the other, leaving her confused and full of so many other emotions that she just about bursts. I enjoyed reading about her time with each and was on the edge of my seat, hoping she picked who I was rooting for.Aside from that, I liked Tom's parts as well. Having recently returned to London after years abroad (as his father basically disowned him and sent him away) due to his father's death, Tom finds himself drowning in debt and struggling to find a way to pay everything back (he could ditch them but he is an honorable and loyal person so he will not). And he also has a sister to provide for now, and a brother who seems to enjoy adding to the debt. Tom has a lot of problems to deal with, and a rivalry does not help him one bit.Mr. Charmichael on the other hand is rich, has no real worries, and is absolutely charming. I loved reading his interactions with Vicky (though I hated his interactions with others). He comes across as charming, kind, and easy to talk to. The relationship between him and Vicky was entertaining and enjoyable, and I honestly wouldn't have minded more page time for them.The one thing I did not particularly love was Althea's (Vicky's sister) recovery process. It seemed a bit unrealistic in my opinion. Yes she is quiet and fearful and wishes to forget what happened, but the end of the book seems far too resolved of conflict to be realistic.The writing was easy to fall into, included some witty banter and entertaining remarks, and overall gave off the right atmosphere that I was expecting.Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I recommend it!*Huge thanks to Edelweiss for providing a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nikole Clow
    January 1, 1970
    When it comes to historical romance books, Jane Austen is one of my go-to authors. Pride & Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite books, so when I heard of Dangerous Alliance and that it’s filled with Jane Austen references, I knew I had to read this book. And this story did not disappoint.Dangerous Alliance is filled with beautiful prose, witty banter, and charming characters. There were scenes where I was laughing and scenes where I was gasping, not expecting certain things to happen. When it comes to historical romance books, Jane Austen is one of my go-to authors. Pride & Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite books, so when I heard of Dangerous Alliance and that it’s filled with Jane Austen references, I knew I had to read this book. And this story did not disappoint.Dangerous Alliance is filled with beautiful prose, witty banter, and charming characters. There were scenes where I was laughing and scenes where I was gasping, not expecting certain things to happen. The characters, especially the male love interests, were delightful and made Vicky’s interactions entertaining and enjoyable.Even though, at heart, this story is a romance story, I loved the dash of mystery. Mix mystery into a romance story, and you have a captivating storyline with irresistible characters. And that’s exactly what you get here. Dangerous Alliance kept me on the edge of my seat; I was so curious as to what would happen next that I didn’t want to put this book down. I loved the characters and Vicky and the setting is beyond gorgeous – the historical beauty is captivating, and I loved every second of this book.“Your pride is one thing, Victoria, but when you give it more weight than your health, you do yourself no favors.”Victoria is a fun and engaging main character who gets herself into quite the predicament. How exactly do you handle multiple men vying for your hand in marriage? And also try to solve a mystery that could potentially put her and her family in harm’s way? It’s not easy for Vicky, that’s for sure, but watching her navigate the world of society’s season was fun and humorous at times. Her reliability on Jane Austen’s words is a delight to read; it’s the right mixture of Jane Austen’s work with Cohen’s story. Vicky is also strong and fiercely independent, which I absolutely loved; she does not want to settle down and lose her freedom, but to save her family, she’ll do anything.“Of the countless embarrassing moments in all her seventeen years, this one secured the prize for most ghastly.”Cohen’s writing was spectacular; I mainly loved the witty banter between the characters and Vicky’s interactions with those inside and outside of books. Cohen brings this historical romance book to life. There’s just enough romance and mystery to keep the readers on their toes, which made this book even more enjoyable. Overall, this book was a wonderful read and perfect for fans of Jane Austen!
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  • gwendalyn _books_
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own Seventeen year old, Lady Victoria Aston leads an unconventional life on her family’s country estate, and with her older sister well married, she enjoys a considerable amount of freedom. She is very a independent helping to manage the family’s English estate, studying animal husbandry.She adores Jane Austen novels and rereads them This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own Seventeen year old, Lady Victoria Aston leads an unconventional life on her family’s country estate, and with her older sister well married, she enjoys a considerable amount of freedom. She is very a independent helping to manage the family’s English estate, studying animal husbandry.She adores Jane Austen novels and rereads them meticulously, all the while making comparison of her life with that of characters with pages of those lovely books.When her life takes a sudden turn she comes to understand that her life is not like a storybook novel. Her sister unexpectedly arrives home, distraught and hurt, fleeing an abusive husband. It becomes clear that Victoria, {Vicky} must take on the the burden of saving family’s reputation before the scandal breaks over her sisters separation from her husband public knowledge. Along with the fact that if her father should pass before her sisters Althea marriage is legally dissolved, the family’s estate would fall into the hands of Althea cruel handof her brother in law Viscount Dain.Lady Victoria needs to find a husband and marry quickly, before the end of the season. If that isn’t enough a series of unexplained suspicious attack, along with the return Tom Sherborne, her old friend and neighbor returned from years in exile after succeeding to his father’s title, keeps the reader fully engaged in marvelous coming of age tale.Georgian England, comes to life and is richly drawn out. Wonderful dialogue and the plot line is perfectly paced creating an enjoyable historical fiction.Cohen adds an historical note chapter at the end of the book explaining the research she did to write the novel and the various Jane Austen quotes.Dangerous Alliance was paced perfectly and the intriguing well developed characters are stunningly fleshed out. Creative multiple POV’s along with intriguing element of adventure and mystery keep me fully immersed all the through to the end.
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