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.
Melanie Dickerson brings Regency England and the unrest to life in the third and final installment of her Regency Spies of London series. And while this is part of a series, it is a book that stands alone. There are a few mentions of the other characters in the books, but Julia and Leorah don’t make an appearance until the very end of the story.
I appreciated that Dickerson explores the challenges of those who are not titled or part of the Ton. In fact, Felicity has very little dowry and Phillip is a third son who is trying to find his calling in his life.
As Felicity walks the fine line between acting a part and getting caught, she must also deal with her fear, disappointment with herself, and her situation that led her to accept a proposal from a man she doesn’t know at all. Meanwhile, Phillip is intent on succeeding in his mission and proving himself at the Home Office, all while keeping the beautiful Felicity Mayston from harm.
Filled with danger, mystery, falsehoods, and a burgeoning uprising, A Dangerous Engagement has plenty to keep readers interested in the story. Add the growing attraction and connection between Phillip and Felicity, and those who love a great story will not be disappointed.
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