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Read eBook ´ An Unlikely Alliance ebook ✓ [Download] ➽ An Unlikely Alliance Author Rachel Van Dyken – Spoiled New York rogue Royce McArthur 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 preferabl SpoiledSpoiled New York rogue Royce McArthur 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 uite limited considering the only women of his acuaintance are ones of ill reputeMeeting I'd put this novella somewhere between three and four stars—but ultimately I liked it just enough to round upThe plot in short A highly privileged man whore meets the unconventional woman of his dreams and has an introspective life change—almost immediately rendering him a new man In most cases it takes a heck of a lot to get me to buy this sort of premise in the hero's story arc But throw in the fact that the hero's mother appears to be secretly courting the heroine's father and things got interesting enough to string me along for the ride While it took a while for Royce to develop any convincing appeal he did get there eventually And in the meantime I was treated to Evelyn's ill mannered feistiness and skewering commentary The author's style presents a uirky hybrid blending an array of contemporary terms with the elegance that makes so many historicals compelling I suspect if one is a stickler for uncorrupted historical accuracy on all fronts this isn't the author for you But while this reviewer admittedly isn't an avid fan of meticulously researched historical romance I am a fan of good pacing and a redemptive plotline—both of which this story possessesFrom an editing standpoint I'll point out as fair warning that there was an abundance of exclamation points and a little bit of word repetition However clipped pacing pithy dialogue and clever bites of humor keep the reader well engaged I'll agree with those who felt the story was a bit rushed and the peripheral characters not as fleshed out as they could have been Unfortunately there simply wasn't room for embellishments I think we all would have been better satisfied if this novella had instead been a full length novel But I will happily credit it with being an entertaining read and one that introduced me to the charmingly uniue voice of Ms Van Dyken Note I received this novella free via an epress promotion There are several chapter teasers to be found at the back of the book and as a direct result I was intrigued enough to purchase one of Rachel Van Dyken's other books The Seduction Of Sebastian St JamesWell played Astraea Press Well played

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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 Originally posted at 'Classic' is the first word that pops into mind after so happily reading An Unlikely Alliance by Rachel Van Dyken This meets every expectation one might have for a romanceEvelyn dreams of a glamorous life Like Belle she wants 'so much than this provincial life' Hers is a middle class life however not horriblebut far from her dreams Then almost magically her circumstances changealthough that might not be the gift it seems when it comes to dealing with tutorsRoyce McArthur is perhaps not 100% rake but close; he's vain and flippant and yet funny And attractive All right like all the other women around him this reader fell for him too He isn't fooling anybody least of all Evelyn Conversations between the two are simply hysterical The I read of this one the I wanted to continue reading Smart and sassy doesn't begin to convey their dialogue and there are other entertaining characters as we find out from overhearing the butler who overhears the kitchen staff who has it from but that would be tellingOne or two points in the story seemed less believable than should be such as a twenty one year old being hit by a tutor? But these are small points and in all take nothing away from the focus of the storyIf overall the plot's a shade predictable it's no worse for that and perhaps all the sweetly satisfying And from moment to moment I never never exactly might happen dinners and dances just never go as they should Reading it is like anticipating the flavor of one's favorite pieand then finding that somehow expectations are exceeded Do read

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An Unlikely AllianceWhen 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 Royce's 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 I thought this was such a sweet historical romance I savored every little chapter and wished it was a full length novelRachel Van Dyken is a very talented writer I really look forward to reading of her work I really appreciated her writing style with this particular romance novella She kept it very sweet and clean She was able to maintain page turning enthusiasm without being sexual explicit While maintaining PG content she was still able to create sexual tension between the the two main characters I really appreciated that she made Evelyn a strong female lead but not feminist She was independent and confident but not arrogant I thought her character development was superbI'm so glad that I downloaded this for my kindle pc It was such a pleasant read I'm sure I will be rereading it again in the future