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Persuade Me (Choc Lit) (Darcy & Friends Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Juliet Archer
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Book Description

When do you let your heart rule your head?
When it comes to love, Anna Elliot is stuck in the past. No one can compare to Rick Wentworth, the man she gave up ten years ago at the insistence of her disapproving family. What if she’s missed her only chance for real happiness?
Since Anna broke his heart, Rick has moved on – or so he thinks. Out in Australia, he’s worked hard to build a successful career – and a solid wall around his feelings.
The words ‘forgive and forget’ aren’t in Rick's vocabulary. The word ‘regret’ is definitely in Anna’s. So, when they meet again on his book tour of England, it’s an opportunity for closure.
But memories intrude – the pure sensuality of what they once shared, the pain of parting … And she has to deal with another man from her past, while his celebrity status makes him the focus of unwanted attention.
With Anna’s image-obsessed family still ready to interfere and Rick poised to return to Australia, can she persuade him to risk his heart again?
This contemporary re-telling of Jane Austen’s last completed novel is the second book in Juliet Archer’s Darcy & Friends series, offering fresh insights into the hearts and minds of Austen’s irresistible heroes.


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Persuade Me by Juliet Archer is the second book in the author's series about Darcy and Friends. In my opinion, this second is very much better. I like the way the author develops characters and weaves the story, set in England and with an Australian lead character around whom the story is built. The book is an easy read and will hold your interest (especially romance lovers) from the first and carry you through to the last page as the doomed love affair struggles along. A perfect lazy day read!

"Once I started Persuade Me, I had a hard time putting it down. I loved Archer’s easy writing style and her appreciation of Austen’s humor when it comes to exaggerated secondary characters, especially in transforming Anne Elliot’s hypochondriac sister, Mary Musgrove, into Anna’s alcoholic sister, Mona, and Mrs. Clay into Cleopatra, a masseuse with a phony French accent. I also enjoyed how she lets readers into the heads of both Anna and Rick, though knowing the innermost thoughts of both lessened the excitement a little bit. . . Archer does a wonderful job adapting Persuasion for a contemporary audience while staying true to Austen’s story of second chances. Her ability to add a modern flair to every event that transpires in Persuasion exemplifies the timelessness of Austen’s novels."

I recommend Persuade Me and The Importance of Being Emma to anyone who enjoys contemporary Austen-Inspired literature! I greatly admire Ms. Archer's work and cannot wait for her next installment in this series! I wonder who the hero will be: Mr. Ferrars, Mr. Bertram, Mr. Tilney, or Mr. Darcy?

It was intriguing to see how Juliet Archer made those familiar events take place in such a different context, for example. She often surprised me and her smooth, involving narration kept me interested all the time.

Short-listed for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award

About the Author

JULIET ARCHER is from Newcastle upon Tyne in England. She studied languages at the University of Nottingham. She describes herself as a 19th-century mind living in a 21st-century body. Actually, some days it’s the other way round. By day, she masquerades as wife, mother and businesswoman. By night, with a glass of wine and a box of chocolates in hand, she becomes an author. Juliet’s Darcy & Friends series are modern day versions of Jane Austen. Her debut novel, The Importance of Being Emma won the 2011 Big Red Reads Fiction Award and was short-listed for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. It was warmly praised by international bestselling author, Joanna Trollope. Her second novel, Persuade Me was short-listed for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1994 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (December 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NIXSLW
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Lives in Regret, The Other Never Forgets September 25, 2011
Format:Paperback
Dr. Rick Wentworth, a successful marine biologist/celebrity author, is preparing for his extensive seven-week book tour in England, with a book provocatively titled, Sex in the Sea. With a flourishing career, a modest amount of wealth and popularity, a supermodel girlfriend, and a very attractive physique, it would seem Rick has everything he has ever wanted. But he doesn't. He doesn't have Anna Elliot, who was persuaded by her family to give him up ten years ago and whose rejection still haunts him all these years later. Since Anna's rejection of him, Rick has let disappointment and resentment rule his heart, living by the motto "never forgive, never forget." Now returning to England, Rick wonders if their paths will cross, and if Anna Elliot will feel something like regret for giving up on the love they once had...

Anna Elliot, a professor of Russian Literature does know regret. In fact when she lectures about Anna Karenina and how she gave up everything for her lover, Anna Elliot feels deep regret for not doing the same ten years ago. Instead of following her lover, Anna went to university, finished her studies and became a professor of Russian Literature. Anna has learned to be content with her simple and comfortable life, yet deep in her heart she yearns to travel back in time, to the summer when she was eighteen and hopelessly in love with Rick Wentworth.

How I LOVE these novels by Juliet Archer! Her skillful and stellar retellings are some of my most favorite contemporary Austenesque novels! I love how she tells the story from both the hero and heroine's perspective, she did this in both The Importance of Being Emma and Persuade Me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Persuasion Modernized September 28, 2011
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I have been waiting on this title to be released since I read The Importance of Being Emma, and I am not disappointed. I did have to settle for reading it on my Kindle App, but again it was well worth the effort.
I hate to give any actual story information away, and here is my take...
The book starts out with a Forward including Darcy making a nice little twist. I liked the addition of having a girlfriend, and the extra bit of drama included with this. James' and Ben being brothers was a nice little twist also. It is Persuasion all the way and well worth the read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Persuaded to read this! September 27, 2011
Format:Paperback
Persuade Me, if you can't already tell by the title, is a modern-day version of Jane Austen's Persuasion (or so I'm told, since I haven't read Persuasion). I can't compare the two books, but they feature characters with the same names and a similar plot... So I'm going to go out on a limb here and say: They're fairly similar. Juliet's is obviously more modern and `now' though. Although saying that, it was still relatively old-fashioned and posh. The Elliot family were rich, living in big houses in the country and Sir Walter was a Baronet, so it retained everything that was probably in Jane's book. It was a very civilised book!

Despite not having a clue about Jane Austen, and Persuasion in particular, I thoroughly enjoyed Persuade Me. It was a very quick read and one I found difficult to put down. It was definitely more of a character-driven novel than a plot-driven novel, since there were numerous small plots rather than one massive plot that tied the book together. But that wasn't necessarily a problem. I'd have perhaps liked a bit more of what went on when Anna and Rick were teenagers. The whole book revolves around the fact that when they were younger they were in love, but because of Sir Walter they broke up and Rick went to Australia whilst Anna became a Russian professor and it would have been good to flashback to the time when they broke up to give us the full story as to why exactly Anna allowed her father to do that as that's never really touched upon during the novel.

I found the characters to be very fascinating and I daresay most of them will bear a resemblance to Jane Austen's characters should I go back and read Persuasion. I'm sure they have the same characteristics and mannerisms - quite honestly, at times, it felt like Sir Walter had walked out of the 1800s.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I am a fan! March 24, 2012
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I'll have to admit that Persuasion Is my favorite right after Pride and Prejudice. I love Anne Eliot, she is so mature, selfless, level headed... I admire her. She is like Elinor Dashwood traped in a crazy nonsensical family.

In this book Ms Archer did another masterful job turning the story that we all already know into something new! She was brilliant! And now I am a fan.

I am not going to comment much on the plotline because we all know how it goes: guy likes girl, girl likes guy, for some reason (in this case, some error in Annas judgement) they get separated. They find each other years later, she is sorry for what she did, he is bitter towards her and makes a series of mistakes of his own. In this book Anne Eliot is Anna Eliot, same personality, she teaches Russian Literature in the University, in Bath. BTW I loved the references to Anna Karenina and The Idiot, both great books! Ana is not weak, in this book we get to underestand why she made the choice that she made and we ask ourselves if in her place we would have done the same. (How much would you give up for love?)

This is well worth the read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Very cute with too much filler
I really enjoyed the first half of this book. Very well written with only a few problems with how it showed on my kindle app. It made it hard to follow who was talking. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Loveable Modern Persuasion
There's not much choices on alternative 'Persuasion', so this is a great buy for Persuasion lovers like me... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Maria Imelda Cabacungan
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible! Superbly inspired, but with its own flair.
This book drew me in immediately! After grudgingly reading a modern take on S&S that ended up being only tolerable, I was wary to start this one. I couldn't be more pleased!! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Angela KTM
1.0 out of 5 stars Can I give this back?
Terrible long drawn out book. Somewhat good character development, but far to long for the plot that ensues. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kaye
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Jane Austin, you will love this
Extremely enjoyable read! This is a modern version of Jane Austin's Persuasion and it does not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will look for more by this author!
Published 13 months ago by NAC
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm persuaded
wow! I love this book, it was not my typical romance novel. Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost but not quite
In the beginning I was really enjoying Juliet Archer's modern adaption of Jane Austen's Persuasion.
I like her narrative style and characterization. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Reading Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Austen retellings!
I absolutely LOVED this book. Persuasion is my second favorite Austen novel (after P&P), which is probably part of the reason. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ALK
3.0 out of 5 stars How can you screw up a Jane Austen.
We'll you can't. Especially when you pretty much plagiarize the entire book. If the idea was to modernize Jane Austen's Persuasion, it fell way short of the mark. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Vee
5.0 out of 5 stars Persuaded to read again!
Although a bit long it was a total page turner that left me feeling the emptiness of the two main characters only wishing them both to find the time they needed together to sort... Read more
Published 14 months ago by CandyLyn
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More About the Author

Juliet Archer is a 19th-century mind in a 21st-century body. Actually, some days it's the other way round. She's on a mission to modernise all six of Jane Austen's completed novels, in a series called - very unimaginatively - 'Jane Austen in the 21st Century'.

Her debut novel was The Importance of Being Emma, inspired by Austen's Emma and a desire to give Mr Knightley a makeover. It was shortlisted for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and has had wonderful reviews on Amazon. The second novel in the series is Persuade Me, due out in 2011, and she is currently writing Northanger Nights.

She says: 'Updating Austen is not an original idea - think Bridget Jones's Diary and Clueless, for a start. And, let's face it, as the first writer in the genre to achieve worldwide cult status, Austen provides the inspiration - consciously or unconsciously - for most romantic novelists today. So I'm looking to differentiate - through sticking as closely to the original plots, characters and settings as possible, while developing the hero's point of view. If this involves spending lots of time with imaginary modern versions of Mr Darcy, Captain Wentworth and the like - well, they say suffering is good for the soul!'


Juliet was born and bred in North-East England and now lives in Hertfordshire, Pride & Prejudice country. Unlike Anne Elliot in Persuasion, she resisted well-meant advice and married young, before graduating from the University of Nottingham with a First in French and Russian. Many years later, she is still married, with almost grown-up children - a Mrs Bennet in waiting?

She gives talks all over the UK - and even in the US - about why and how she is updating Jane Austen. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Society of Authors and the Jane Austen Society. Her non-writing career has spanned IT, acquisitions analysis, copy editing, marketing and project management, providing plenty of background for her novels.

You can find out more about her books and talks at www.julietarcher.com.

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