Dangerous Joy Book Summary and Study Guide

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Miles Cavanagh is an Irish young man who is appointed guardian to a feisty, strong headed and very beautiful young heiress named Felicity Monahan. Miles mounts on his horse and he goes to meet his new protegee at the Foy Mansion. During his trip he meets an Englishman named Rupert Dunsmore. The two men are suddenly attacked by a gang of rebels wearing masks. They beat Dunsmore and tie Miles to a pole in a cottage.
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When he comes to his senses Miles sees a beautiful woman who is trying to seduce him in exchange for him not reporting the incident to the police. She recommends herself as Joy and she warns him that she is a very dangerous woman. Miles loves nothing more than his horse, Argonaut, and he is very angry when he finds out that his beloved animal was also injured in the fight. He is barely able to refrain himself from accepting the woman's offer and she takes him to an inn nearby to look after his horse. The innkeeper calls the young woman by her real name and Miles finds out that he was appointed guardian to a wild, independent, stubborn girl who liked to associate herself with the Irish rebels against their English oppressors. Miles and Felicity arrive at the Foy Mansion and they are very angry at each other.

Miles spends the next weeks getting to know Felicity and adapting to his new role. He finds out that Felicity wants to marry Rupert Dunsmore and the fact that Dunsmore has a son named Kieran. Felicity loves Kieran and she wants to marry Dunsmore so she can protect the child against his father's brutality. Miles forbids Felicity to marry just to protect another woman's child and he proposes they should return to Clonnagh, his residence.

Felicity accepts his proposal. When they are about to arrive at Clonnagh, they are met by Rupert Dunsmore. Felicity announces Miles that she is going to run away and marry Dunsmore in Scotland. Dunsmore hits Miles in the head with the butt of his gun and they run away. When he wakes up Miles follows them and he takes Felicity back to Clonnagh. Dunsmore goes to Scotland alone by boat.

Miles and Felicity are very angry at each other but they realize that they can't keep their hands off each other. They spend a night of passion in Miles' bed and he hopes this will keep Felicity away from Dunsmore. He tells his mother that Felicity wants to marry a man that is unworthy of her rank and money and she suggests he should take her away, to England.

Miles has a group of friends called the Rogues. They like to hunt and they often meet in the English countryside. He decides to take Felicity to England and to ask his friends for help.

He puts some sleeping potion in Felicity's tea and he takes her to England. She is extremely angry and he must tie her hands and feet so she will not run away. He explains the problem to his friends and they suggest that Kieran might be Felicity's own son. She admits that Kieran is her own son.
Dunsmore follows Felicity to England and he tries to kidnap her. The Rogues force Dunsmore to give up his marriage plans and they tell him to let his son be adopted by the count of Kilgoran in exchange for a large amount of money. He accepts and Felicity can finally have her son for herself.

Miles and Felicity get married and live a happy life at their Irish castle as Count and Countess of Kilgoran.
Best part of story, including ending: This is a very funny and easy to read kind of book. There is a lot of dialog and the characters are enjoyable.

Best scene in story: I liked the scene where Felicity had to pee but Miles was afraid to untie her hands and feet because she was just going to run away. He took her shoes instead and he left her to go about her business. The whole story is actually very funny.

Opinion about the main character: I liked Felicity very much. She is an independent woman and a mother and she wants to protect her own son. She is very young but she really knows what she wants. She is about to sacrifice herself and marry a brute of a man so she can protect her child.

The review of this Book prepared by Andreea Lupei a Level 5 American Goldfinch scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Victorian england Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one woman-two men If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   sensitive Unusual characteristics?    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   wealthy Effect of sexing    -   angry Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Ireland Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   nearly 100% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk Focus of story    -   equally on 3 in a l-triangle How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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