Author: Rachel John
Series: Austen Inspired #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: May 12, 2018
“Angry people are not always wise.” —Jane Austen
After a standoff in the pizza parlor, Elsie Bennet has decided Fitzwilliam “I-Throw-Fitz” Darcy is the worst customer she’s ever encountered. Also the best looking, but that’s beside the point. She’s horrified to discover Will is not just passing through her small town, he’s her new neighbor.
Will Darcy has all the money and time he could ask for, and yet life never seems to meet his expectations. When his best friend, Charlie, starts dating Jane Bennet, Will becomes their unhappy third-wheel. The solution? Bring along Jane’s sister, Elsie, a girl who challenges him, makes him laugh, plagues his thoughts, and unfortunately, hates his guts.
Will might control a lot of things, but he won’t control her. Elsie’s already been warned away by her new friend, Jeff Wickham, who found out the hard way that Will is not someone to be crossed. Things would be so much simpler if she was attracted to Jeff. But she’s not. She’s attracted to Will, and the tug-o-war between her mind and her heart is going to drive her mad.
A modern day take on Pride and Prejudice with all the characters you know and love.
Rating: Mild+. Mild crude humor; some substance use; mild kissing; mild sensuality.
First off, I loved the cover. It portrays the story very well.
Second, if you would love to read what is strictly a modernized retelling of Pride and Prejudice then this is a good one. It follows the story line pretty closely and changes events to how it might work in our day. For example, having a guy seduce a woman to run away with him would not create a scandal in society in our day so something else has to happen that would be a real problem. If you are looking for a “what if” JAFF that deviates drastically from canon then this isn’t the book for you. This retelling includes pretty much all the characters from canon, even giving a reason for Catherine DeBourgh to have so much influence over Collins.
I think if you are wanting to indulge in some Darcy and Elizabeth but don’t have time to read Austen’s version then this would be a good substitute. It doesn’t take too long to read and you get the same feel for the story.
My only real negative is just a matter of personal preference but I didn’t like the Elizabeth character to be named Elsie. I would much rather have kept it as Lizzy. Didn’t change the story at all but I would have preferred even Eliza, Ellie or El to Elsie. But again, that is just personal preference.
Sex: No. Some kisses and references to making out.
Language: References to cursing but doesn’t state what the curse words are.