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Reads like a Hollywood screen play...eyes glued to the page
on April 7, 2015
I have very mixed and conflicting feelings about this book. If I look at it as a stand-alone romance novel - I loved it. But if I consider it as a variation on Pride and Prejudice there are shortcomings. I have stated in other recent reviews I have posted that I don't usually read modern variations of P&P but have had recommended to me more than a few by people I trust recently. I read them and enjoyed those modern tales, but have now come to the conclusion that one must realize and emphasize that modern variations are going to reflect 21st century morals and culture, i.e., a gay community in the open, drug usage, women in professions, one-night stands, friends with benefits, etc. This book is definitely rated R. I have read many books with sex scenes so that is not a negative but a statement to those reading this review to expect very graphic sex scenes. And the F-bomb among other words is dropped a few times.
There are some surprises in this book. And there is a lot of humor...ROFL for me at times. I found it difficult to imagine a certain matron being given cannabis by her husband to keep her calm. Just too funny. My cheeks are hurting from the ear-to-ear grin here. And Lou Hurst!!!! Hold onto your sensibilities. For me it was a stretch to not only imagine a gay male BFF going into the dressing room while Lizzie tries on lingerie but also physically demonstrating a technique he recommends she use in her relationship with Darcy.
Elizabeth is a tease in this book. She comes across very proper in the courtroom but take her to a karaoke bar and put her on stage, or set her in a boring conference next to a man she has just realized she wants to entice into her bed, or send her miles away to work so that she has to come up with a way of sending Darcy reminders of what he is missing. Wow! Lizzy is not the woman we thought we knew.
Caroline is another surprise and I do mean SURPRISE. I have a problem here because I don’t want to write a SPOILER but just know that she does not follow the character in canon except that she does want Darcy and that she goes out of her way to stick like glue to him in public places.
Much of Darcy seems in character with canon: he puts up his own excuses not to seek a relationship with Ms. Bennet. He is very rich: has his Pemberley in England as well as a penthouse in California. Loved that he shows up at the bar and watches her “Hot Stuff” performance and leaves without her realizing he saw the “spank it” part. Then there is his participation in a certain auction. We don’t have the rejected proposal scene but a parallel offer to collaborate in a paper for a law journal is presented.
About 72% into the book on kindle we read of Darcy saying, “I can’t explain it, it just is. I like Elizabeth. Everything about her. The way she smells, her hair, her jokes, the way she moves, the way she laughs. All her imperfections, to me, combine into one perfect whole. I feel like I’m missing something when she’s not here, like I’ve forgotten my wallet. Something isn’t right without her.” Who does he say this to? No, it is not a letter to Lizzie ala the Wentworth letter but he does say some things that touch one’s romantic side.
The sex scenes fit well in this story but I do think we could have had just a little less. The scenes are imaginative and detailed: every touch, every sensation and every electric pulse. Lizzie’s outfits (think red stiletto heels, etc.), with Lou’s help, are well described and add a lot to setting the scene and pushing Darcy into a state of uncontrolled lust. And his decision to stay in costume as a mute Speed Racer at the Halloween party is a golden touch. Lizzy is floored when she realizes who it is she has been seeking…not in a million years would she imagine he is the "old" man with eyeglasses and gelled hair sitting on the bench in front of her and giving her a very difficult time in her daily legal work.
Part of the misunderstandings in this book have to do, not with class separations or scandalous family behaviors but, with who is going to sacrifice what or not to make their relationship workable or the keeping of a pact made to pretend they have no relationship now nor have they had any in the recent past.
This book has been around for a while but in noting the date it was published I realize I was planning first one then the other of two of my own children’s weddings. So this was not in my field of awareness.
I read it over two days and it kept my attention. We expect our HEA but the trip there was full of angst and longings and, again, misunderstandings.