One’s proud, one’s prejudiced, and they can’t stand each other.
Quick-tempered Bennet Rourke dislikes Darius Lanniker on sight. Darius may be a hotshot city lawyer, but that doesn’t give him the right to sneer at Bennet, his friends, and their college. It doesn’t help that Bennet’s restaurant job has him waiting at Darius’s table. So when his tutor recommends him for an internship at Darius’s Pemberley estate, Bennet isn’t sure he wants it. He’s also not sure he can afford to turn it down.
Darius is a fish out of water in the small college town of Meriton, but something keeps pulling him back there. He’s helping out a friend with business advice, nothing more. If he’s interested in Bennet, it’s not serious. Sure, Bennet challenges him in a way no other man has. But they have nothing in common. Right?
Wrong. Their best friends are falling in love, and Bennet and Darius can’t seem to escape each other. Soon they’re sharing climbing ropes and birthday cake, and there’s a spark between them that won’t be denied.
But betrayal is around the corner. Darius must swallow his pride and Bennet must drop his prejudices to see the rainbow shining through the storm clouds.
A standalone novel—a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Note: contains mention of past abuse.
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*I received the book in exchange for an honest review*
- filming without others’ approval
- abuse & filming of a minor (not too explicit but there are mentions)
I love Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Actually, I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and I did love when we had classes on Romantic Novel. So this was a kind of ‘NEED TO READ’ book. A queer retelling of a book I like? SIGN ME UP!
The characters’ names were generally changed a bit, but had connections with the old names. It isn’t difficult to connect the characters in this book to their original counterparts.
The book DOES follow the plot of the original for most of the time. I mean, it is a contemporary book, so there are changes, but still, the premise seemed the same. Jamie and Bennet (or Jane and Elizabeth in original), are now students at a vocational college. There are events from the college and their work places. The author also found interesting ways to connect them to the places that stayed the same, such as Pemberley.
There is some angst, the villain of the book does things a bit (worse?) differently than the counterpart in the original. But in general the book is sweet, with twists. It is also very modern – Darius doesn’t write a letter, he leaves voicemails, and some other such modernisations.
As in the original, I was not a fan of Darcy/Darius due to his behaviour but by the end I did get more fond of him, but Tim and Jamie were as likeable here as Mr Bingley and Jane in the original.
In general, I liked the book. It was interesting, something close to sweet as well, but not the cheesy sweet. Also there’s the animosity between characters…well, if you know Pride and Prejudice, it follows that. Otherwise it might seem a bit darker, but it is still very enjoyable and it did meet my expectations 🙂
About The Author
MEGAN REDDAWAY lives in England and has been entertained by fictional characters acting out their stories in her head for as long as she can remember. She began writing them down as soon as she could.
Since she grew up, she has worked as a secretary, driver, barperson, and article writer, among other things. Whatever she is doing, she always has a story bubbling away at the same time.
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