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.
Hmm...honestly my overwhelming feeling about this book is one of disappointment. I really enjoyed a Spy's Devotion (the first in the series) and I haven't read the second one, but I was excited for this one. The cover is really pretty. Something just seemed really off in this book. Maybe it was because I don't remember A Spy's Devotion being YA. Not to say that YA wouldn't enjoy it, but the writing seemed to be a little more mature. This writing seemed very juvenile. And maybe that was because Felicity was supposed to be portrayed as young and inexperienced. Whatever it was it was annoying to me the whole book.
I had a hard time with the characters as well. Felicity was just annoying, Philip wasn't developed (he could have been a great character, but he wasn't), the Aunt and Oliver were over the top and their relationship was just weird. The revolutionist weren't a coherent group and I had a hard time believing that they would succeed in their fight. The escapes were overly simplistic and then you had to wonder since they were so simplistic why didn't they happen a lot earlier. Plus the ending was rushed and not well thought out.
Dickerson is a clean entertaining author, but I'd skip this one and read some of her other stuff.
Title: A Dangerous Engagement
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Waterfall Press
Published: September 2017
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.