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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402262493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402262494
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Nina Benneton has taken the best elements of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice and spun a tale with a delightful modern twist, which will more than satisfy the most fickle of Austen fans. COMPULSIVELY MR. DARCY is exquisitely romantic. This is a tenderly written novel which would make even Jane Austen swoon. The Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy who stole your heart in Jane Austen's novel are written to perfection in COMPULSIVELY MR. DARCY." - Fresh Fiction

"I loved that way Ms. Benneton worked in the characters from the original book and from other Jane Austen books as well. Some of the characters follow a similar path as the original version, but others go a different direction and it all works. Elizabeth and Darcy have a strong relationship that overcomes their own mistrust and outside influences. The bad people get punished and when you read the last page you think to yourself.... That was really an enjoyable read! I hope that we will see more from Ms. Benneton." - I Mainline Fiction

"The story delivers characters with quality personalities, a conflict that has substance without being dark and a happy ever after that ends with a giggle. It's well rounded, entertaining and thoroughly lovable. I'd recommend this book as a must read, even for those like me, who've never read a Jane Austin book. Thank you, Ms. Benneton, for a story that had such wonderful heart, I read it in one sitting. It's that good. LASR Best Book of the Month" - Long and Short Reviews

"It has love,a modern day romance,an old theme with a new idea,misconceptions,understanding,sweet sensuality,misunderstandings and of course strong characters. A must read for anyone who enjoys Pride and Prejudice but in present day." - My Book Addiction Reviews

"Compulsively Mr. Darcy is the debut novel of Nina Benneton and it was a really fun read! This take on our beloved Pride & Prejudice finds Darcy and Elizabeth tackling the modern world and more than a few misunderstandings along the way. This funny and entertaining modern adventure is a great adaptation of an old and favorite classic!" - Peeking Between the Pages

"There are many similarities to the original Pride and Prejudice story, the same characters are there; there are plenty of differences, even a cameo mention or two of characters from another book (FBI agents Colonel Brandon and Marianne Dashwood – sure hoping that means that will be a future story, maybe, perhaps?). This was a nice and enjoyable story for those who love Pride and Prejudice, and want to read a retelling, but are looking for something a bit different from a lot of others." - A Bluestocking's Place

"...sweet, silly and whole lot of fun. I loved the author's interpretation of these beloved characters and the ones she chooses to be the villains are fabulous. A delightful debut and a must read for any JA fan." - Under the Boardwalk

"By just looking at the cover, the reader can tell this is going to be a fun book. From her humorous one-liners and wit, to her portrayal of her characters, Nina Benneton offers a great diversion... For readers who enjoy modern Pride and Prejudice variations, lighthearted reads, or want a vacation, this book should be on the top of their to-be-read list." - Austen Inspired Fan Fiction

"I love, love, love Jane Austen adaptations. Especially ones that take me out of my Austen comfort zone. This one was definitely very far from my comfort zone. And I absolutely loved every minute of it... Lizzy and Darcy were so squishy sweet and I found myself chuckling at their adorableness at times." - Books Like Breathing

"Benneton's unique and inventive story is a wonderful addition to the Jane Austen fan fiction world. However, Compulsively Mr. Darcy is definitely not for the Austen purists out there. A more mature audience will appreciate this romantic, sensual new retelling of our favorite duo, Elizabeth and Darcy." - Austenprose

About the Author

Nina Benneton was on her way to save the world and win a Nobel Prize in something, anything, when a rare-bird enthusiast nut whisked her off her restless feet. A flock of beautiful children and a comfy nest kept Nina contented in domestic bliss until one day, she woke up and saw that she was too obsessed with alphabetizing her spices and searching for stray Barbie shoes. A dare and a supportive nudge from her nearest and dearest diverted Nina's obsessive energy into writing fiction. Compulsively Mr. Darcy is her first novel. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

More About the Author

Nina Benneton was on her way to save the world and win a Nobel Prize in something, anything, when a rare-bird nut whisked her off her restless feet. A flock of beautiful children and a comfy nest kept Nina content in domestic bliss until one day, she woke up and saw that she was too obsessed with alphabetizing her spices and searching for stray Barbie shoes. A dare, a challenge, and a supportive nudge from her nearest and dearest diverted Nina's obsessive energy into writing fiction. She is always writing now.


Her debut novel, Compulsively Mr. Darcy, earned a Best Book review from Long and Short Review, 'Hands down...a must read for lovers and fans of classic romance.' Fresh Fiction Review called it a 'tenderly written novel.' Publishers Weekly wrote, 'Die-hard fans of everything Austen will enjoy this update of her classic tale.'

Find her on her website/blog: www.NinaBenneton.com
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Customer Reviews

What a fun character!
LAS Reviewer
Making Darcy suffer from OCD was very clever in my opinion, it does kind of fit and I really liked the way Elizabeth loved him with all his flaws.
abz
Overall I like the different take on the characters but there was way too much sex and overly descriptive!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Blake M. on July 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am an advid Jane Austen fan, and having read practically every Jane Austen book out there, I decided to try something new while still sticking to my tastes. And so this brought me to my meeting with Compulsively Darcy. I was drawn to the lovely, classy cover and expected it's content to be no less. Boy, was I wrong! As a Jane Austen fan, I love the proper, pure, ladylike characters Austen always creates to be her protagonists. The Lizzy I knew from Pride and Prejudice was a sweet and selfless woman, though of course she had the fault of at first letting herself be led astray because of her judgments, she quickly sees her fault and seeks to always better herself for usually always the sake of others rather than herself. The Elizabeth Bennet of Compulsively Darcy, to be frank, thoroughly disgusted me. She was rude from the very first time we meet her, and she continues to be very harsh and rough (explicit language is a problem for her) throughout the novel. In one point of the book, in the more advanced stages of her and Darcy's relationship, she states that Darcy is going to "floss his teeth" with her panties. I was horrified! As the story and their relationship progresses, multiple sex scenes are in tucked into the story - very graphic, erotic and sometimes just disturbing (I would rather not read about how she gives him oral sex and "rides" him afterwards). In addition to this, the charcters other than Elizabeth are also very poorly formed - very unlike the original characters, usually too immoral and extreme - and the text is simply very poorly written ( a 5th grader could read this story with no trouble understanding it, though no one under the age of 18 should be reading this). All in all, this read was immensely disappointing, from it's unlovable characters to it's excessive and completely unnessesary sex scenes. Austen's and Benneton's Elizabeth Bennet have nothing in common except for the seeming coincidence of their names.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on February 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's all the rage to adopt a child in a foreign country -- and engenders more social status if the child is dissimilar to the adopting couple in ethnicity. So, Mr. and Mrs. Hurst have decided to adopt a child. Charles Bingley decided they needed someone responsible to come along so he invited William Darcy -- that it would also get Darcy out of the office was a plus. So, Bingley, Darcy, the Hursts, and Caroline are in Da Nang, Vietnam, to meet with the managing director of Gracechurch Orphange, Jane Bennet, and hopefully pick up their child.

On the way to their hotel, they end up in a traffic jam. Charles can't stand sitting still so he hops out and asks a man riding a bicycle carrying a load of live chickens if he can try riding it. Of course he falls, scattering chickens and managing to gash his leg badly enough to require stitches. Darcy swings into action and learns of a local hospital with an American doctor, and hires a bicycle taxi to take them there. Darcy can't bring himself to enter the hospital due to his fear of germs and painful associations, so he opts to wait outside.

When the waiting becomes intolerably longer than it should be, in Darcy's opinion, he seeks out Bingley only to find him still waiting for treatment. Darcy is outraged and demands to see the doctor while lifting the towel over Bingley's leg. A glimpse of the blood on Bingley's leg causes Darcy to faint. A clog prodding his face trying to bring him to consciousness is his first introduction to Dr. Elizabeth Bennet. Neither comes out of this encounter proud of their actions.

Thus begins, Compulsively Mr. Darcy by Nina Benneton.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on February 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
A smooth read with plenty of eccentric and quirky characters, this story was a meaty delight with a hero and heroine I enjoyed getting to know. Compulsively Mr. Darcy had moments of sheer literary genius that took turns making me smile, sigh or laugh out loud. Some of Ms. Benneton's turns of phrase were brilliant and utterly entertaining.

Darcy, a/k/a Will, was a wonderfully developed hero with compulsion issues that took turns at amazing me, making me giggle or completely fascinating me. The author put a very human spin on what other people would term, `crazy behavior'. In fact, it was very clear that the behavior did not define the man and that really impressed me. It certainly led to situations down unusual paths and I felt quite grateful that the hero had the money to indulge his particular needs because they certainly presented challenges not everyone could overcome without it. Despite his controlling tendencies, Darcy has a good heart, good moral fiber and he's incredibly sexy. In fact, the author's way of describing his actions in moments of passion were highly enjoyable.

The recipient of all that passion and focus is the heroine, Dr. Elizabeth Bennet, a/k/a, Lizzie. What a fun character! She's impulsive, emotionally passionate, tender hearted and has a sparkly snarky wit full of cheek and sauce. My absolute favorite aspect of her personality was her acceptance of Darcy's compulsive behavior. Her viewpoint was refreshing, very positive and optimistic with a healthy dose of understanding and acceptance. I wish there were more people like Lizzie to interact with people with emotional/neurological conditions - the world would be a much more compassionate place. As it is, in Compulsively Mr.
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