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Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  4,929 ratings  ·  940 reviews
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 fam
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by HarperTeen
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Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 determ ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars..

Had fun with it at first but it grew tired of it after awhile. Continued mainly because I was curious.
Some of the action near the end parts felt over the top to me and had me rolling my eyes rather than gripping the pages.

Still glad I tried to step out of my comfort zone even though this ended up Meh for me in the end.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 publis
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
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 appropri
Title: Dangerous Alliance: An Austentatious Romance

Author: Jennieke Cohen

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Series: Standalone

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.

After I finished The Story of More, I needed something considerably lighter. I asked my friends what I should read, and all of them voted unanimously for Dangerous Alliance, so I decided to go for it. It’s no secret that I love Jane Austen and all of th
Amy Imogene Reads
4 stars

If you have ever enjoyed a Jane Austen book, movie, or TV show—you've got to read this.

Plot: ★★★★
Pacing: ★★★ 1/2
Time period vibe: ★★★★★

Dangerous Alliance is such a great read for these uncertain times. Stressed out about the world right now? Jump into Georgian England, when Austen's novels are hot off the press and young Vicky is trying to live by the principles of her favorite modern-day heroine, Elizabeth Bennett.

This was the perfect level of Austen inspiration...and not a straight-ou

Title: Dangerous Alliance
Author: Jennieke Cohen
Release date: December 3, 2019
Cliffhanger: No
Genre: 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
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jane-austen

I think I set my expectations too high.


The synopsis led me to expect an Austen version of I Believe in a Thing Called Love. And I didn't get that. In fact, despite the frequent name dropping, I didn't get much Austen inspired plotting either. This novel reads much more like a homage to Ann Radcliffe or even (shudder) Samuel Richardson.

I know two stars might be a little harsh, but they come from a place of honest frustration. The auth
I loved this premise and sadly, I was quite disappointed.

I liked Victoria well enough. She means well, but comes across as very young and spoiled. Tom had potential, but fell flat for me. I did like the sisters of both main characters.

Plot wise, it was very dense and slow. There were loads of plot threads and not all of them were needed. My main complaint is that I never actually saw the relationship progress; 3/4 of the way through the story and the male love interest still didn’t know what h
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
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Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

Jane 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 y
Samantha Hastings
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 protagoni
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5-3* TW: (view spoiler)

I anticipated this book for quite a while. I love Jane Austen and there is not enough current books that are set in the Regency era, and have a similar feel like the books from that time. The beginning of Dangerous Alliance was fantastic, it really felt like reading Austen with a dash of novelty.

I was excited that the book has multiple perspective narrative, but the more I read, the more I realized that th
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
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Dangerous Alliance was absolutely DELIGHTFUL. I had such a fun time reading this book! It was witty, smart, full of romance and a little dash of mystery. I’m a huge fan of reading Regency romances, so the fact that this is a YA historical novel featuring tropes of a Regency romance + Jane Austen elements + an actual mystery? This was a combination I never knew I needed in my life but I completely devoured this
A Book Shrew
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To all the other books who claim to be a love letter to Jane Austen: sit down before you embarrass yourselves. This book has you all beat and then some.

See my full review at A Book Shrew

As a big fan of Jane Austen, I'm usually uneasy whenever I pick up a book that features a main character who is just as inspired by her works. Ninety-nine percent of them are modern, contemporary retellings where the main character tries to apply the books to her life. It only succeeds in coming off as cheesy, u
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc
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.
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
What could be more delightful than a mingling of Regency era manners, mystery, and a heroine who fangirls over Jane Austen? I was prepared to be enchanted and I was not disappointed.

Dangerous Alliance opens with a young lady, Lady Victoria Aston, on the cusp of her coming out living on her family's country estate content to help her father with estate matters, read her favorite novels by a certain Miss Jane Austen, and dream of being a character in one of those novels. Her musings are rudely int
Jan 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
this book is bad!!!!

- vicky is an awful protagonist. she is just so DIM. one major issue is that she spends the half the book talking about her duty, and how she must marry to protect her family.....and the other half going "hmmm but do i LOVE him?" like gurl i thought we already established that that was off the table!! and there are plenty of other individual moments where vicky's decision making is just NUTS. i agree with the reviewer who said the dual narration did NOT help. vicky comes off
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Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is advertised as Austen-esque and it's just not. It's not witty, there's not a lot of chemistry between the main character and her love interest, it brings up heavy topics (domestic abuse and sexual assault) without giving them the proper space, and it lacks the kind of sharp social commentary that I love in Austen. This read much more like a Gothic novel, but without the eerie atmosphere or sense of drama that makes for a good Gothic. In short, putting Austen quotes at the beginning of eac ...more
Kester Grant
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, hist-fiction
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. ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
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

Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Sheena ☆ Book Sheenanigans

This was disappointing to say the least. Vicky, the Jane Austen enthusiast who one day hopes to find her very own Mr. Darcy was dull along with being too childish for my taste to believe she could follow in Lizzy footsteps from "Pride and Prejudice" to solve all her problems and the barely speaking hero who I've often times forgot was the actual hero, Tom, was forgettable and lacked any depth. Honestly it would've been better just to cut him out of the equation and leave out dear
Annie ⚜️
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
It was like a Jane Austen if they were action packed. It was a thoroughly enjoyable homage to Austen’s work.
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
This was good, not really anything special though. I listened to the audiobook and I'm pretty sure I would've liked it more if I read the physical copy. Most of the voices the narrator used were downright annoying, to the point where I found myself thinking more about how annoying the voices were rather than listening to what was being said. ...more
Sarah Monzon
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A little light romance. A little light mystery. A little bit of Austen. One cute cover. Nothing to knock your socks off, but it was cute.
Kathy Martin
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lady Victoria Aston has what looks like an ideal life. She has a happily wed older sister and doting parents. However, things are not quite as they seem. When she is rescued from an attack by a childhood friend she hasn't seen since they were young, it appears that trouble is coming her way. And then her older sister arrives home on the run from her abusive husband. The only way to prevent her husband - Lord Dain - from eventually owning her family's estate is for Vicky to marry.

She and her fam
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked 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 wo
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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 South ...more

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