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I’m in love with the Austen brothers! As we all know there are many subgenres in Romance and one of my absolute favorites is the Romantic Comedy. Not everyone can do it well, unfortunately, and Rom-Com is where so many authors try too hard and end up with a mess on their hands. Luckily for us this is not the case with The Bachelors! Everything about it is sheer perfection. Taking her cues from one of classical literature’s most beloved books, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, Ms. Carter has given it a modern age spin, and it is going on my list of Top Ten for this year! With so many things to love about it I just want to mention my favorite one: Mr. Darcy Austen! Ladies, you’re in for a treat.
The Austen family has owned Austen’s Book Stores, a nationwide chain, for five generations. The current owners are Darcy, the eldest, followed by Bingham, or Bing for short, and Wickham “Wick”, the youngest at twenty-four. All three Austen brothers are handsome, single and, unfortunately, soon to be unemployed. They might have to sell the failing company. Now, with the boom in eBooks and audio books, it’s in dire straits, and Wick desperately wants to save it. He convinces Darcy to give him six months, to find a way to do so, before they have to sell it. Wick has to find someone with deep pockets who can invest in it. The more he thinks about it, the clearer the solution is: He needs to find a rich bride. With his playboy and bad boy reputation, that might be little problem. But, as fate will have it, there’s a charity ball being hosted by the Bennet sisters, all three sisters single and very wealthy. He just needs one of them to fall madly in love with him in less than six months. Or, maybe he can talk one of his brothers into it. Darcy, who’s the straight-as-an-arrow, no-nonsense brother, might be hard to get on board his plan. And Bing, being the nose to the grindstone, nerdy one, will be just as hard to convince. Wick’s not too concerned with the schematics of it, he’s sure it’s a good, solid plan.
Eliza, Jane and Lydia are the Bennet sisters. Known as being “richer than the Royal family” the beautiful, single sisters all have very different temperments. “Lize”, the eldest, has been the head of The Bennet Group, a multibillion dollar company, since her father died less than a year ago. The savvy businesswoman is headstrong, practical and very stubborn. Jane, the middle one, is the gentle one; she’s very generous and is proud of her charity work, something that was near and dear to their late mother. Lydia, at twenty-one and the youngest, has always been thoughtless and selfish. As the bad girl in high society, she’s always in the tabloids, equal parts due to gossip and her high fashion sense. As with all sibling dynamics, there’s a little rivalry, and it’s usually Lydia against her two sisters. Elize and Jane are unusually close to each other and seem to agree and understand each other best.
So, when Lydia does the unexpected at the Charity Ball, with Wick on her coattails, the Austen brothers and Bennet sisters join forces, to shake some sense into them. And forces are not the only things joined **wink, wink**
“I knew it would feel like that.”
“Like I was tasting a thousand of our lives on our lips.”
As the couples pair off there’s one couple that gets along as well as a fly and vinegar. Or rather not very well at all. I felt like I wanted a bucket of popcorn, to munch on, every time they interacted together.
“The ice princess has been hiding her talents beneath her frosty outer-layer. Why, Miss Eliza, if you ever lose your place at The Bennet Group you’ll always get work as a stand-up comedienne. I’d pay good money to see what other material you have.”
“You couldn’t afford it.”
This book had me reading nonstop, I practically read in one sitting. I loved the witty, laugh out loud dialogue and I had a huge grin on my face while reading. Any book that has my clutching my Kindle to my chest, at the end, is a great one!
The Bachelors is a witty take on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
I'm ashamed to say I've never read the book- I've only watched the different movie adaptations, but that at least that gave me enough background to appreciate the upside down nature of this storyline! And now I have a great need to read the original.
While it was fun getting to see things from all 6 characters' points of view, I do wish more of the book had focused on Eliza and Darcy, instead of focusing so much on Wick and Lydia's antics, and even Bing and Jane's burgeoning relationship. It felt like it was more the story of those 2 couples instead of the who you'd expect from a retelling of P&P. I honestly felt more invested in Bing and Jane (I really liked those 2) than I did in Darcy and Eliza, and there was so much potential with them. They were both such great characters I would have loved to have spent more time with them.
But overall this was an easy, entertaining, and enjoyable twist on a much loved classic tale.
Elie Carter has given her readers a special laugh-out-loud read. This is far from the Jane Austin novel you read in High School with stilted conversations and laborious descriptions. Picture your favorite Darcy actor with a wicked sense of humor, of course extraordinarily handsome to females and males despite the thread bare clothes. Add the willful and glamorous baby sister without a sense of decorum, the highly focused and beautiful eldest sister, and of course the sweet blond middle sister who wants everyone to be happy. Did I happen to mention the nearly unbelievable wealth and power to make all the Bennett sisters even more attractive? You will recognize names with fresh personalities giving a definite 21st century sensibility. From the gorgeous cover the pages flow beautifully with beautiful icons. The story unfolds from an elegant fund raiser in London, boarding a private jet, touching down in Las Vegas and jetting back to London for a very special flash mob. The dialogue and details make this a happy read. You will find yourself drawn back to re-read this joy of words and laughter many times. Perhaps even dust off that vintage copy of “Pride and Prejudice”?
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