Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Reviewer's Bookshelf: "A Dangerous Engagment" by Melanie Dickerson

Summary (Goodreads): Just as merchant’s daughter Felicity Mayson is spurned once again because of her meager dowry, she receives an unexpected invitation to Lady Blackstone’s country home. Being introduced to the wealthy Oliver Ratley is an admitted delight, as is his rather heedless yet inviting proposal of marriage. Only when another of Lady Blackstone’s handsome guests catches Felicity’s attention does she realize that nothing is what it seems at Doverton Hall.

Government agent Philip McDowell is infiltrating a group of cutthroat revolutionaries led by none other than Lady Blackstone and Ratley. Their devious plot is to overthrow the monarchy, and their unwitting pawn is Felicity. Now Philip needs Felicity’s help in discovering the rebels’ secrets—by asking her to maintain cover as Ratley’s innocent bride-to-be.

Philip is duty bound. Felicity is game. Together they’re risking their lives—and gambling their hearts—to undo a traitorous conspiracy before their dangerous masquerade is exposed.

My thoughts...This is the third book in Melanie Dickerson's The Regency Spies of London series, and I'll have to say...I have really enjoyed all three! Different than Dickerson's YA fairytale retellings, this series has a little more suspense, different setting, and slightly more romantic tension, although the books are still very clean. The romance is definitely PG and suitable for all audiences.

Similar to the other two novels, the pace begins a little slower as the characters and setting are established, as well as some backstory. The story's intensity and plot begin to go deeper as you continue to read. Felicity was a strong character but dealt with fainting and motion sickness, which were two of her physical weaknesses. Even though she struggled with this, she didn't let it get the better of her. I loved her perseverance through difficult circumstances. Philip is also courageous and a man of strong moral character, which definitely makes one want to cheer him on in his dangerous mission. (possible slight spoiler) From the beginning, just the name, Ratley, gave me a negative perception of Oliver. I guess that was the point. Even so, the full nature of his and Lady Blackstone's involvement were somewhat a mystery. It made the two of them an interesting contrast to Felicity and Philip.

I would definitely recommend this book as well as the others in this series! Melanie is great about connecting with her readers and fans. Go check her out on social media!

**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in order to share my honest opinion, which I did.**