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Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  85 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
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 ...more
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

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
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
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
Nov 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
I can completely see this book having allll the witty banter, so obviously I need it
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 appropriate
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 protagonist
Kester Grant
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hist-fiction, ya
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.
Jacqueline Firkins
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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, ...more
Lillie Lainoff
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Laura Namey
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases
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.

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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.
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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
Beth  Rose
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Austen Fans

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 stars

Review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.
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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
Erin Arkin
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come
Sarah Perchikoff
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.

3,5 stars

This 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,
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
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.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jason B
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. :)
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
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

Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
I presume this book will contain a lot of witty banter, therefore, I am in lol
Sage Knightly
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
"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,
Nikole Clow
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
gwendalyn _books_
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it

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
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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 ...more