An Unlikely Alliance (House of Renwick #2.5) by Rachel Van Dyken



Published: February 2012

Publisher’s Blurb:

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 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.

Tags: Romance, Historical, Funny, New York

Time Frame: New York, 1814

Heat Level: 1



Oh my goodness! I had the extreme privilege of picking this book up for free from Amazon and am I ever glad I did! It’s funny and sweet and romantic. I loved it!

Royce is a rake who has been ordered by his mother to get married in 4 months. None of the women in New York hold any interest for him. Then he meets Evelyn. Evelyn is a breath of fresh air. She grew up in Louisiana on a farm. When her father was able to sell their farm for a lot of money, they move to New York so Evelyn could be launched into society.

Royce decides he wants Evelyn as his wife. None of his usual seduction techniques work on Evelyn. She doesn’t want jewelry, flowers, or any other gifts. She just wants to enjoy life. He sets out to win her over by spying on his mother and her father, who are meeting in secret. Along the way they fall in love.

But the world is not all roses. Evelyn catches Royce coming out of a house of ill repute. Now she’s mad. How will he win her back?

This was a very humorous story that had me giggling throughout. I plan to get the rest of this series and read them all. I find Ms. Van Dyken to have a wicked sense of humor in her writing!

**At the time of review this book was available from Amazon for $1.99**


I am a happily married mother of three very busy children.  Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Some days I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.


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