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.
➝ Sum it up in points!
✔childhood-lovers to silence to reuniting
✔essence of mystery
➝ Trigger Warnings
⇾ close-to-death encounters
⇾ mysterious follower/stalker/attacker
⇾ domestic violence mention
⇾ pressure to marry
It is a historical fiction centred 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 judgements, 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! This post contains affiliate links.
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Title: Dangerous Alliance
Author: Jennieke Choen
Release Date: December 3, 2019
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.
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.