Dangerous Alliance by Jenniek Cohen

Title: Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance
Author: Jennieke Cohen
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: December 3rd 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Romance, Fiction

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.

I found Dangerous Alliance to be an enchanting story.

The thing I found about the book is that it felt like it has what I love about Regency Romance that I would typically read but in the YA setting. The book is both light but also deals with more serious issues. I also love when you read the Author Note (which I highly recommend when an Author has one) that she really studied about Divorce in this era. It was fascinating to have the actual history presented in this way where you are learning something while you read.

Besides dealing with divorce in this era, it also deals with abuse and the impact it has on someone through their life. It’s sad how the repercussions for such were very different back then.

Then of course there is the mystery surrounding poor Vicky and her family. Who would want to do them harm? It’s amazing to me that this story was able to pack so much in but still stay light hearted at times. I really enjoyed the story and the rhythm that the moving parts fit together.

I think what draws someone in to read Dangerous Alliance is the fact that the main character of Victoria is a great lover of Jane Austen’s novels. She often references them throughout the story and the different characters who she at times tries to emulate in real life. If you are a big fan of Austen it’s a lot of fun to have her go through the comparisons of her life to the stories.

I loved Vicky has a character, she probably has all of Austen mixed into her a little. She’s very strong, kind and understanding. She loves her family and will do anything for them.

We also get the perspective of Tom whose own story is also interesting. After struggling with the abuse of his Father and the legacy he left behind. He is trying to repair their families reputation and holdings. At times I was frustrated with him but you can also understand his view point.

It’s a mystery so you can’t say too much about all the characters because where is the fun in that. I really enjoyed the story and it’s that great read if you are looking for a stand alone and a fan of historical fiction.

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.

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