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Unleashing Mr. Darcy

unleashing mr. darcyUnleashing Mr. Darcy
by Teri Wilson
Published by Harlequin
368 pages
Genre: romance; chick lit 
Thanks to NetGalley for the preview
3.5 / 5

 

Let’s get one thing straight: there is only one Mr. Darcy.

Sure, there have been capable and even stellar namesakes (I’m looking at you, Mark Darcy). But there is only ONE Mr. Darcy.

And so we have the latest incarnation, so to speak: Donovan Darcy, a man who owns and breeds show dogs.

Yes, I know. It’s difficult not to at least snort with a certain mocking humor, much as Mr. Darcy himself probably would do.

Donovan Darcy is not a bad guy, though, nor is he a particularly awful Mr. Darcy. He’s quite lovely, in fact. His Elizabeth is Elizabeth Scott, a school teacher based in New York who owns and handles a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The two meet cute at a New York dog show, although there are initial misinterpretations of character (as there should be when you’re basing a novel on Pride and Prejudice, for goodness sake).

When Elizabeth moves to London for a job, the two cross paths again, and a relationship takes bloom.

While there is no Mr. Wickham, there is a Caroline Bingley who, in true Caroline Bingley fashion, wants to be Mrs. Darcy more than she wants her next breath. Naturally, she does not take kindly to Elizabeth, which causes inevitable friction and misunderstandings.

One of the reasons Pride and Prejudice fascinates and captivates me is the dynamic between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. These two get each other wrong right from the start. Mr. Darcy may realize the error of his ways sooner than Elizabeth does, but Jane Austen tells us that he does everything he can to avoid a romantic attachment to Miss Bennet. Elizabeth, on the other hand, prides herself on being right about everything. She believes she sees more than other people and that her instincts are always, always correct. When she realizes how wrong she’s been, it’s one of the most moving scenes in literature.

And that is what’s missing from this book.

No, it does not purport to be Pride and Prejudice. It’s fun, romantic, sweet, and comfy, which Jane Austen’s masterpiece is not. But Elizabeth Scott is not Elizabeth Bennet. She isn’t even Bridget Jones. She’s likable, but not tolerable enough to tempt us into envisioning her as an Elizabeth Bennet product. She’s too – dare I say it? – dull. Whereas Donovan Darcy is a bit too sensitive to be a Darcy clone, Elizabeth Scott lacks the spark of Elizabeth Bennet. She holds her own against the Caroline Bingley character, but she’s just not as interesting as I wish she had been.

The book, though, is entertaining and romantic. There is some headboard rockin’. It isn’t wild or explicit, but it’s there. You will be charmed, and it’s quite possible that you will want to pick up Pride and Prejudice and read it (again), just to connect with the original.

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My Own Mr. Darcy Blog Tour

My Own Tour

mr darcy  My Own Mr. Darcy After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough. Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.

Review:

I am an unrepentant lover of all things Jane Austen, with special emphasis on all things Mr. Darcy. Unlike the Elizabeth of this book, however, my preference lies nearly completely with Colin Firth’s Darcy, although I wouldn’t necessarily turn down Macfadyen’s.

This is what I’d call a Cute Romance Novel, emphasis on cute. Lizzie is utterly adorable, largely because she trenchantly is who she is. She will not change or adjust for anyone, not even if it’s to her benefit to do so. She believes she will meet and marry a Macfadyen-like Darcy, and she will not be deterred.

We all know that Chip is perfect for her. We also know that Mr. Dawson is not, although to Karey White’s credit, she crafts both men with pluses and minuses. At some points in the book, we even find ourselves sort of hoping that Mr. Dawson becomes Lizzie’s Mr. Darcy. Still, though, like Lizzie, we are torn. Chip is a good guy; he’s devoted and kind and loyal and a heck of a kisser. Dawson, meanwhile, shows us that underneath his imperious exterior, he’s a man hoping to connect with a woman. He occasionally lets us see the cracks in his facade, that there is a warm, loving, lovable man in there somewhere.

As Lizzie struggles with her heart, she also has to battle a Miss Bingley-esque character, although thank goodness there are no Wickhams. In fact, it could be argued that Lizzie’s determination to have her Darcy is the Wickham in this book.

If you enjoy sweet, cute romances, you will love this one. You’ll love it even more if you’re a Darcy girl.

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karey Author Karey White Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.  

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Compulsively Mr. Darcy

Compulsively Mr. Darcy
Nina Benneton
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark
352 pages
Available on Amazon.com
Purchased copy
4 / 5 cupcakes

So on the long list of my obsessions, Pride & Prejudice might just take second place (behind Bruce Springsteen). I re-read that book at least once a year, and I became a high school English teacher just so I could teach it. I am nothing if not well versed in Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.

But when it comes to reading fan fiction based on Pride & Prejudice, I approach with caution. What will the author do to my beloved characters? The story? The passion? The humor? Will I want to pluck my eyes out or will I think, “Now, THAT’S how it’s done!”

In the case of Compulsively Mr. Darcy, it’s something of a combination platter.

Elizabeth Bennet is an infectious disease doctor volunteering her time in Vietnam, where her sister Jane is filling in as the operator of an orphanage and adoption agency. (The agency’s owner is the girls’ Aunt Gardiner.) Charles Bingley and William Darcy accompany Charles’s sister and brother-in-law, the Hursts, when they come for a potential adoption. Also joining them is Caroline Bingley, who harbors a deep wish of becoming Mrs. Darcy.

William and Elizabeth meet cute when Charles goes to the doctor for stitches and William faints at the sight of blood, after he berates Elizabeth and her staff for their less than prompt attention. William later spots Elizabeth and immediately is attracted to her lively green eyes. And when I say “attracted,” I mean that our Mr. Darcy is AROUSED.

The two begin their romance, which of course proceeds with fits and starts. Aunt Catherine de Bourgh and her stepdaughter Anne try to cause trouble, and then there is that pesky George Wickham, who is every bit as seedy in this telling as he was in Jane Austen’s.

There are some sex scenes, folks. Mr. Darcy likes to rock that headboard with abandon (le sigh – he always has, as far as I’m concerned), and he and Elizabeth enjoy some robust, if also a bit creative, couplings.

But is the book good?

Yes and no.

Darcy has OCD, which … really? I’ve never seen him in that manner. Elizabeth is feisty and misreads EVERYTHING, preferring to see the absolutely wrong state of things. Lydia is not a tramp, Mary is an eco warrior, and Kitty graduated from Stanford (with honors!!). The obvious winks to the source material get old, especially references to the BBC miniseries and the Keira Knightley movie.

I think what bothered me the most was that this Mr. Darcy is not the alpha male that I pictured him as being. He is too besotted with Elizabeth. Yes, Mr. Darcy is obsessed with her, but not to the point of directing her life. And Elizabeth occasionally is just as silly as her sisters.

Still, though, it’s a fun, quick read, with some reasonably hot sex scenes.

If you’re looking for a frothy little romance, this is for you. But if you are easily frustrated (or offended) by mediocre P&P fan fic, then find something else.

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