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That being said, Karen Cox has written another favorite P&P story! And if you've never read the original, that's ok too! The setting is a first for me and such an interesting one. I felt like I was heading into Sue Grafton's world of Kinsey Millhone but it was oh so much more than that.
I think the biggest GENIUS of this book is how seamlessly she embedded not only the Pride and Prejudice story, but the characters as well. In some instances I had to go back and re read and I was just so amazed at how Karen sprinkled and worked the story and characters in there. Lizzy was just what she should be in a modern tale: independent, clever, caring, witty, and feisty. Darcy was definitely more debonair but you see his brooding and his mysterious enigmatic self in there as well. Loved this Darcy!
Warning: there are love scenes. Not really explicit, more spicy than anything else.
I absolutely loved this story. But I admit it started off somewhat confusing. But once it took off, I buckled in for an intense ride! Whether you're into mystery and suspense thrillers, love stories, or both, this book has it all. Thanks for another amazing story Karen!
Elizabeth is in training for the CIA when the hot but arrogant Mr Darcy insults her while teaching one of her classes.
Wickham tells her of his woes by the hands of Mr Darcy and she is sent into the fields with the order of uncovering him as a double agent.
Hungary and east Berlin proves tricky and they are chased out of both places without achieving their goals. Back in the states they are sent to hide in Virginia but Darcy's move on Elizabeth is not welcome and they go separate ways. Meeting up again in the Caribbean the scenes turns both passionate and dangerous while they team up and try to find out who is the mole... The end however brings a couple of surprises that I really did not see coming.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it.
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
There’s just no way to deceive anyone regarding my feelings for this book! Karen Cox, hit the nail on the head when she created this spy story, which has the perfect combination of gripping action, sharp and sassy dialogue, and wonderfully descriptive language that made this story feel similar to a motion-picture experience. Whether I was reading about going to a secret drop, traveling to the next undercover assignment or savoring an intense scene between Darcy and Elizabeth, I felt completely immersed within the context of this story.
These are certainly not the spies I grew up with from the show “Get Smart.”Not to say I didn’t love Maxwell Smart and his adorable, playful sidekick, Agent 99. I remember faithfully watching them as a kid and laughing at their silly antics. But clearly, the Cold War spies here in “Undeceived” are a whole different breed; they’re serious, sexy and ready for all kinds of action!
In the beginning, we meet the infamous “London Fog,” aka, William Darcy, who is less than pleased about being at a CIA event to speak to a bunch of new trainees. Elizabeth Bennet, a new CIA recruit, recognizes who he is and is immediately drawn to his good looks. After accidentally overhearing his obnoxious and demeaning words regarding two female trainees, Elizabeth finds her initial attraction for the London Fog fade into thin air as she begins to develop an intense prejudice against Darcy.
When she eventually meets her new CIA colleagues, Elizabeth learns that her very first assignment is to investigate whether or not William Darcy is acting as a double agent. Everything she currently feels about him makes her want to turn him in as a double agent, but she knows she must begin by sketching his character to decide if her first impressions truly will lead her to these actions.
Throughout this Cold War story, we travel around the world with Darcy and Elizabeth, where they must question everything and everyone surrounding them, determined to find the answers they need before it’s too late. Through a string of assignments, they find themselves caught in a web of entanglements and secret missions, while at other times, they are being played like pawns in a game of chess. Can two people who are trained to deal with every type of deception come to unconditionally trust another person?
The decisions behind the casting of these “Pride and Prejudice” characters within the context of this Cold War spy story were brilliant and brought a whole new layer of intrigue to these characters. I especially enjoyed how the Hursts were cast in this story, which was quite a new twist for me, as well as the characters that Ms. Cox chose to cast in a much darker shade than Austen would ever dare to do. Overall, I felt the characters were faced with a nice balance of internal and external struggles, which made the story flow very smoothly for me and allowed me to feel really connected with these characters.
The two years that Ms. Cox spent researching the information that she included in this story really pays off for her readers. Even the tiniest details made her settings come alive and contributed to the authenticity of her storytelling. I loved reading the Author’s Q&A at the conclusion of this book, where I learned about her decision-making process regarding several parts of this story, as well as her inspiration for writing this book.
Ms. Cox keeps us guessing up until the very end of this story, allowing her readers to feel as though they are also players in this game of intrigue. She does a wonderful job in the way she paces her story and reveals the various connections amongst the characters and the sub-plots she’s woven together within the context of the overall story. “Undeceived” is a sexy and thrilling alternate era Austenesque story that incorporates Austen’s themes about love, unequal circumstances, pride and prejudice and makes them come alive within a titillating Cold War game of intrigue and deception.