Pemberley by the Sea (The Woods Hole Quartet #1)
Marine biologist Cassie Boulton likes her coffee with cream and her literature with happy endings. Her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, but Cassie has no patience when a modern-day Mr. Darcy appears in her lab. Silent and aloof, Calder Westing III doesn't seem to offer anything but a famous family name.
But there is more to Calder than meets the eye, and he can't get
If you have read any of Abigail Reynold's Pemberl ...more
I'm no stranger to P&P retellings/reimaginings/alternate universes/etc., and I'm relatively familiar with Reynolds' other works. For the most part - they're okay. "These kind of books" tend to be bodice rippers at worst and a quasi-continuation of the much beloved P&P at best... and for me, they exist solely in the realm of serious guilty pleasures that I am mildly embar ...more
A couple of things the author should keep in mind the next time she cribs from a master:
1) Please steal more effectively. In fact, stealing MORE would be recommended, because doing your own "take" doesn't cut it.
2) Just because ...more
If you are in the mood for a modern, sometimes hard hitting,oft times romantic read,then this book should find itself on your TBR list immediately.
This compelling story centres around Cassie,a marine biologist and Calder Westing,Senator Joe Westing's son.
They meet,fail to delight the other and presume they will never have to suffer the company of the other in the short time they will be staying in Woods Hole.
What they certainly didn't bargain on were the nocturnal activities that ...more
Basically, the whole book is a romance novel. If you are looking for a clean JA book then you won't like this.
I thought the premise of the book was great. I found the book to be entertaining and I liked the characters. I think Reynolds to be a decent writer.
The book is 426 pages long. The last 100 pages, or so, was the weakest and slowest part for me. The author took the book in a new dire ...more
I can honestly say that this is one of the first real adult romances that I have ever read. It was a bit more vivid than the ones that I typically read. It took a little getting used to, but I've got a pretty good handle of it now. I was never one to be partial to one-night stands.
I liked the general story. Marine Biology meets Pride and Prejudice sounds like my exact cup of tea. Certain things just threw me off. Now don't get me wrong, I am a TOTAL romantic,...but after a while I just wasn't f ...more
That didn’t bother me. As a whole, I’m a huge fan of the “You’re a jerk but, OMG — you’re smokin’ hot” plot tro ...more
The characters are just stereotypes without the barest hint of personality, the love story is so stupid and boring that after the first chapters I started to skip several passages at time.
Cassie (aka Elizabeth) is a marin ...more
The characters made me want to jump in the book and slap them. Cassie, the Elizabeth-like character was shal ...more
Where it succeeds is the political and familial intrigues yet with a little human understanding behind them, and the slums to academia success story of the heroine. There were some areas that just seemed to have no credibility, though. The heroine has slightly fewer sexual inhibitions than a porn star (quadruple orgasm on a first date? really?).
So, ove ...more
The part of the story where our hero writes a book starring ...more
The modern twist makes it a whole different story - I'd put it in a chick-lit/beach read pile. But entirely satisfying.
There are some fairly racy bits. Just a little note for all you blushers out there.
Thanks to Sourcebook ...more
I am still working on my Everything Austen challenge (ummmm... 2 months after it officially ended), and so I picked up Pemberley by the Sea at my library when I did a search of their catalog for Jane Austen and this showed up.
The Premise: This is a modern day Pride and Prejudice with Cassie Boulton, the Elizabeth Bennet character as a marine biologist, and Calder Westing, the Darcy character is a Senator's son. They first meet in summer at Woods Hole, Cape ...more
In Reynolds' modern day romance, which is set on Cape Cod and in Pennsylvania, Dr. Cassie Boulton is a marine biologist who loves a good book so long as the ending is a happy one--because there are just too much unpleasantness in real life. In many ways Cas ...more
I liked the smart (PhD marine biologist) heroine who struggled a little to figure out what she wanted from her life but on ...more