Hi All! It’s Becky. I love all things Jane Austen so I was thrilled when I came across Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance by Jennieke Cohen on Overdrive. This book was just kind of fun and cute. Here are my thoughts:
Title: Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance
Author: Jennieke Cohen
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Lady Victoria Aston loves her life on her family’s country estate. She is happy to spend the day tended to the animals and the grounds. However, Victoria’s life takes a major detour when the family finds out that her beloved sister, Althea’s, husband is a rake. Victoria must step up and find an appropriate man to marry to ensure that Althea’s husband, Dane, can not lay claim to the Aston estate. Victoria begins navigating society where she quickly catches the eye of Mr. Carmichael and Mr. Silby. Both men are well-to-do and would guarantee Victoria a comfortable life but do they actually have her best intentions in mind? Plus, Victoria can’t stop herself from being drawn to Tom Sherborne, the boy next door, who disappeared years before without an explanation and a piece of her heart but who may be more concerned with Victoria’s dowry than her heart. Now, Victoria must sort out her possible romantic life while dodging a series of unexplained attacks on her safety. What’s a girl to do?
Review: This book was super cute. The part of me that loves every adaptation of Pride and Prejudice totally had heart eyes for this book. Lady Victoria reads very much like a classic Austen heroine (but a little more Emma than Lizzie Bennett), she is caught in circumstances beyond her control and she must find a way out while playing within the standards set by society. Victoria and her family’s issue and their backstory just really worked for me as did her relationship with Tom. The boy next door had hidden family secrets and a troubled past that made him hide his true feelings. Even’s Tom’s description is enough to make you go all swoony. The mystery and adventure that surrounded Victoria’s debutante season were a little wacky but also a little fun. This book was just an enjoyable read for adult me which is also my problem with this book. Victoria and Tom’s story is being sold as a YA book but their story didn’t really feel like a teen book to me. The story revolves around Victoria having to choose a husband and different men vying for her attention with the issue of inheritance and land rights coming into play. These are classic themes of Georgian/Victorian literature but not necessarily the type of book that I usually recommend to the teens that are browsing the shelves of my teen room. Yes, Dangerous Alliances is a fun novel that will appeal to fans of Jane Austen and if that is you, get ready to be entertained however if you are a teen or are looking for a book for a teen reader this may not be the best choice.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5
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