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
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 have read any of Abigail Reynold's Pemberl ...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
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
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
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
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 characters made me want to jump in the book and slap them. Cassie, the Elizabeth-like character was shal ...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
Ms. Reynolds has made Lizzy into Cassie, a brilliant marine biologist with a past and family she’s afraid will come to haunt her. Mr. Darcy is Mr. Westing, the privileged son of a Senator (think John John Kennedy) who has already essentially told his family where to go and what to do with their aspirations for him–instead he writes novels under a pseudonym that Cassie loves. The ...more
The strong writing of the original? Replaced with sloppy POV and dull characters.
The class differences of the original? Replaced with evil (of course) Republicans and noble (naturally) Democrats who believe in "science" and saving the world. The Republicans (again, naturally) do not believe in science. And they don't fund scientific research because they are (and I quote) "too busy funding their little wars", when they're not busy trying to b ...more
The best thing I can say about this book is that there is pretty good chemistry between Calder and Cassie. Sadly, it seems that the foundation of their relationship for a good few years is based on a physical connection rather than an emotional one. I felt that there was too much of a focus on their sex life. After awhile I was over it and just wanted to know how they would relate to one another without trying to rip off each other's clothing. When we truly get to read about Calder's ...more
It is the story about marine biologist Cassie who every summer comes to the cape to study the sea life and sit in her lab. This year she has her friend Erin with her and Erin meets a nice guy, Scott and d ...more
The storyline was a bit...jumpy, with the last third of the book seeming almost like an entirely differe ...more