Review: An Unlikely Alliance by Rachel Van Dyken

An Unlikely Alliance
An Unlikely Alliance by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Astraea Press
Page count: 123
Source: ebook from author

Spoiled New York rogue Royce Mc Arthur lives a charmed life. He sees no reason to settle down, until his mother issues her decree that he must grow up, find a wife and produce some grandchildren, preferably before she dies of old age. But his choices are quite limited considering the only women of his acquaintance are ones of ill repute.

Meeting the beautiful Evelyn DeJarlias at a ball gives him hope he may have found the one. Her southern blue collar outspokenness and lack of refinement draws him like a moth to a flame. Unfortunately, she does not find him nearly as endearing — consistently refusing his lavish gifts and his attentions, she poses a challenge he simply cannot ignore.

When his mother and her widowed father begin to keep company together secretly, it provides the perfect excuse for him to spend time with Miss DeJarlias. But figures from Royces past threaten to destroy the blossoming love between the couple. Evelyn must decide if she is willing to trust the man or hold his past indiscretions against him.

Review:  Take four outrageous characters, place them in a setting somewhere in the past (think carriages and balls), concoct an absolutely unbelievable plot told with pithy, sparkling repartee, celebrate the clever intimations of passion without the graphic descriptions, sigh in relief as no ‘language’ assaults your eyes—and you have arrived at the brilliant sum of An Unlikely Alliance.

Evelyn De Jarlias: beautiful, resourceful, independent—and nouveau riche—is not about to let rakish Royce McArthur add her to his string of conquests. The problem is—he doesn’t want to seduce her. He wants to marry her instead and not just because his widowed mother orders him to get married within the impossibly short time frame of FOUR MONTHS!

Stuart De Jarlias—charming country bumpkin (but don’t discount his savvy side)—meets Royce’s mother on the same night Royce falls head over heels in love with Evelyn—and begins his own courtship. It’s obvious the two courtships are preceding apace, but who’s chaperoning who? And who will live happily ever after?

Rachel Van Dyken has written a rollicking read for everyone who loves a fast-paced, smile-eliciting entertainment. Not one blush on a single page!

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