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book: to conquer mr darcy
Instead of disappearing from Elizabeth Bennet’s life after she refused his offer of marriage, Mr. Darcy had stayed and tried to change her mind?
Lizzy, as she gets to know Darcy, finds him undeniably attractive and her impulses win out over her sense of propriety?
Madly in love and mutually on fire, their passion anticipates their wedding?
In To Conquer Mr. Darcy, instead of avoiding Elizabeth after his ill-fated marriage proposal, Mr. Darcy follows her back to Hertfordshire to prove to her he is a changed man and worthy of her love. And little by little, Elizabeth begins to find the man she thought she despised, irresistible…
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 1, 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003V4BPXS
- FTC Disclosure: my copy bought with my own money
I first heard about To Conquer Mr Darcy when Lynette from Lynette’s Two Cents was talking about it on Twitter. I’d heard about published fanfic before, but hadn’t ever read it. I’d definitely never given much thought to reading Jane Austen fanfic, despite my love for all the Jane Austen movies I’ve devoured (yes, even the much-despised Keira Knightley version. What? Matthew Macfadyn is hot.)
In this revamp of Pride & Prejudice, Darcy doesn’t avoid Elizabeth the way he does in the original novel and let things happen the way he thinks they’re supposed to. Rather, he goes after her and pursues her like a real man should. Even though she initially rejects him (as she should – his behavior was reprehensible) she eventually bends and they fall in love.
The almost-love scenes leading up to their eventual consummation of their desire were pretty hot and heavy… so much so that I almost wondered if Elizabeth would have actually allowed Darcy to treat her that way, given the fact that she was raised to be a proper lady but I had to stop and think about the fact that this was a a) a book and b) Elizabeth was a young girl with hormones going crazy. Hell, even older women have hormones going crazy and would likely give into temptation like that. Have you seen the many incarnations of Darcy??
Once they gave in and did the hibbity-dibbity, all bets were ON and my Kindle almost melted. I’ll tell you one thing, Abigail Reynolds knows how to write a love scene! ^_^
Once the happy couple were… happy, I did feel that the story kind of dragged on. All the crap with her bratty ass sister running off with that dickhead Wickham felt like it took forever to resolve. Maybe it’s because I felt like the story was already wrapped up with Darcy and Elizabeth married and together and happy. That was really my only problem with the story. Other than that, I enjoyed the hell out of it.
Rating: 3.75 meows
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