Finished Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“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.”
This was a really fun book! There are a lot of references to Pride & Prejudice and I think there are obviously a lot of similarities. (One of the characters mentions that Tom Sherborne is very similar to Mr. Darcy and I’m not sure there’s ever been a bigger understatement.)
I don’t read historical romances that often, but this one was completely delightful. (Probably because I over-relate to bookish women and because this has a lot of P&P references, which is always a bonus.)
You’ll know where this is headed but you’ll also love the entire journey.