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The Perfect Hero (Austen Addicts #2)

3.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,093 Ratings  ·  354 Reviews
A romance worthy of Jane Austen herself
Praise for A Weekend with Mr. Darcy:
"Sunshine on a rainy day. A charmingly written slice of warmhearted escapism."
- Lisa Jewell, bestselling author of Roommates Wanted
"Lively, funny characters ... the romances of this novel brilliantly reveal one thing that Miss Austen always knew: true love is often a complicated, but beautiful,
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Paperback, 373 pages
Published April 28th 2011 by Avon (first published January 1st 2011)
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Shannon
Feb 26, 2012 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Melanie
Mar 30, 2014 Melanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a die-hard romantic. I am a die-hard Austen fan. I love light, fluffy books. I also love deep, thoughtful books. So, had this drivel fallen anywhere within my fairly large spectrum of "likes", all would have been well. However, I cannot abide poor characterization, stupid characters who do stupid things, plot lines that demand constant suspension of disbelief, and poor editing (seriously - some of the words used don't even exist!).

Kay starts out as a promising character. Then we get to the
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Obsidian
Apr 05, 2016 Obsidian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Welp. Sometimes you find some great books in the bargain bin, and sometimes you don't. I bought this book a few years back and never got around to reading it because the first few chapters dragged. Since one of my personal goals this year is to clean up my electronic and physical shelves I decided to check this one of the list since I decided to start reading Persuasion this week.

Besides a few callbacks to Austen novels (Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion) there was not a lot here left
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Susan
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand the heroine buys a bed and breakfast in Lyme Regis which tooted my Anglophile and Janeite horn. How cool would that be?! On the other hand, she has the emotional maturity of a middle schooler which brought a knee-jerking slap her off the side of the head reaction from me. And I can't understand why the title is Dreaming of Mr. Darcy when the book takes place in Lyme Regis and a film crew is working on a Persuasion movie. Shouldn't it hav ...more
Beck
Mar 05, 2012 Beck rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although there were likeable elements, I found myself utterly repulsed by the characters' overuse of "love" to describe feelings for people they'd just met and barely knew. It was as if these folks were Austen characters rather than multidimensional 21st century characters. This may be deliberate, of course, but it repulsed me nonetheless.

Kay's flash daydreams were cute at the start except that, again, although she told herself not to get carried away, she still did seem more to plan on the stu
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Blodeuedd Finland
This was a bit different from my usual JA stuff, but it still deals with the love of Austen. Kay, our heroine, truly loves Jane Austen. Truly loves is the word. But then our hero loves JA too, talk about a match made in heaven...or not.

This was a bit of an Emma novel. Kay is clueless (but in a good way) that Adam likes her. Because she is oogling hottie actor Oli who is playing Captain Wentworth. And this is where the Emma story comes in. She is smitten by someone who is just playing with her. A
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Marla
Jul 23, 2013 Marla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a superficial irritating little book. I liked her first book Weekend with Mr Darcy and I was hoping for the same kind of fun. Instead you get Kay, the main character who is a stupid twit. She thinks she's going to marry the most famous actor in England just because he winks at her. I wanted to reach in and throttle her. I didn't like her character at all. I know there are women out there like that but please, it was irritating. I'm not sure if I want to read the next one. Maybe I need to ...more
Nicola
I am crazy about anything even remotely Austen related so of course I jumped at the chance to read Dreaming of Mr. Darcy! Both the title and the gorgeous cover appealed to me, and the description didn't sound like anything I'd ever read before. I was quite optimistic about this.

It did not really live up to my expectations but at the same time, it wasn't bad. I very much enjoyed the beginning and was excited to see what would happen. I thought the whole idea was pretty cute and the old lady who l
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Kate
Apr 28, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
This was an impulse buy, I liked the cover and I thought it sounded like an entertaining read from the synopsis.

I enjoyed this book, it didn’t knock my socks off but it was a fun read. I liked the behind the scenes on a film set idea, and the thought of a film cast and crew coming into your town, meeting and interacting with them would be fantastic! I’m sure I would be just as star-struck as Kay was.

The story is told from Kay, Gemma and Adam’s point of view. I loved Kay’s imagination, it sounded
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Megan
Feb 26, 2012 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted a light read, but this was just painful. The characters were all dumb as bricks, and there was absolutely no mystery about who anyone was going to end up with. I mainly kept reading to see if the random creepy guy inserted for Gemma was going to turn out to be a murderous stalker, as he just sort of starts appearing in every scene she's in and saying the perfect right thing. But no, just another perfect guy, just with even less character development and even lazier writing than all the ...more
Valerie
Jan 04, 2012 Valerie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, kindle, 2012
Gah, this book drove me crazy. Didn't like it at all, which was too bad because the summary sounded like it had potential. The characters are just sad, the writing isn't great, and the plot was silly and ridiculous. It started off good but quickly went downhill once Kay moves to Lyme, and at the point I couldn't stop the eye-rolling. I kept thinking that it would get better but it never did. It was one unbelievable thing after the next. Adam invites her to his Nana's house why? Just because he t ...more
Emorgan05
The Story:
Chick-lit. A girl comes into some money and decides to open a Bed and Breakfast in ... uh... wherever Jane Austen's Persuasion takes place. (And that is how memorable the story was). A film cast and crew are filming Persuasion and descend upon her B&B. Romance is in the air, but the lines of romance get crossed and muddled, and then sorted out.

The Review:
It started off kind of cute, then got annoying, then was completely forgettable. I don't even remember the characters' names. Wh
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Pamela
Feb 11, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
3.5 stars - I liked the vivid descriptions of Lyme Regis and the surrounding areas, makes me want to go there. This was a cute story with a lot of Austen stories mixed into it. A bit of Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Most of the characters were somewhat likable, but Beth was obnoxious as she was probably supposed to be.
Paula  Phillips
Oct 20, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life is at a standstill for fledging artist and Jane Austen Addict Kay Ashton. Her mother passed away and now recently , a women she befriended in the resthome Peggy as also gone. Imagine Kay's surprise when she discovers that Peggy had no ties and wasn't a cat person and has left her estate to Kay. Now Kay , has no reason to waste about living an unhappy life. So without further adieu, Kay picks up everything and heads to the seaside coast of Lume Regis. For Jane Austen addicts, Lyme Regis was ...more
Stephany
May 20, 2012 Stephany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2012
I had high hopes for this book but was ultimately disappointed. The main character, Kay Ashton, is a Jane Austen fanatic who is given a huge inheritance that she spends on a fledgling bed-and-breakfast fixer-upper. Before she's ready to open for business, the cast for the movie edition of Austen's novel, Persuasion, needs rooms immediately and Kay has no other choice but the open her doors for them.

Kay is a character I never took a liking to, not even at the end. She was annoying and flighty an
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Lori
This is author Victoria Connelly's second entry in her "Austen Addicts" series (to read my review of her first, A Weekend With Mr. Darcy, please go here) and I was utterly delighted with this effort.

From the first page, Ms. Connelly draws the reader in with the comparisons to Jane Austen's Persuasion, most notably the stunning location of Lyme Regis. I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that I was secretly envious of Kay, stepping into the role of bed and breakfast owner. Wouldn't it be fabulou
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Kate  Maxwell
Dreaming of Mr. Darcy is the story of Kay Ashton who inherited a sizeable amount of money and bought an old bed and breakfast in Lyme Regis, home of Jane Austen’s Cobb and Persuasion. Now, all she needs is Captain Wentworth to walk in the door. Which happens shortly after room renovations are done, as the movie of Persuasion is being filmed in front of Wentworth House, Kay’s new venture in the world of bed and breakfast. In walks Oli Wade Owens, the newest Captain Wentworth, and his fellow actor ...more
Cecilia Robert
I’ve never read any book from Victoria Connelly, but have to admit I enjoyed reading this one. Kay is an artist and Jane Austen fan, and a dreamer.- dreams of the perfect guy. After the death of a friend and she receives an unexpected inheritance, Kay resigns from her job, packs and moves to Lyme Regis, buys and Bed & Breakfast. She meets Oli Wade Owen who is filming Persuasion, and playing the part of Captain Wentworth. And to her, he is the perfect Captain Wentworth. Although Oli’s behavio ...more
Serena
Jan 10, 2012 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dreaming of Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly is the second book in her Austen Addicts trilogy, and is a must have in any Austen fan’s collection for its unique set of characters and the clear references to Mr. Darcy, Captain Wentworth, and more. Starring Kay Ashton, who works in a dead end and thankless job, and she’s surrounded by a unique cast from her mother’s friend and fellow Janeite to the cast of actors that invade her new Bed and Breakfast in Lyme Regis. Kay finds herself playing Emma Wood ...more
Jakki
Feb 03, 2012 Jakki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Dreaming of Mr. Darcy,* Kay Ashton lives in her own dream world, forever dreaming of “the perfect hero.” But what does he look like? Is he the libidinous and charming Oli Wade Owen, who just happens to be playing the role of Captain Wentworth, or the compassionate and gentlemanly Adam Crain, or does he exist only in Kay’s dreams?

In her quest for the perfect hero, Kay faces many obstacles. She chooses to overlook many signs that she is currently heading down the same road her mother traveled,
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Vidya Tiru
Jan 11, 2012 Vidya Tiru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First thoughts: ‘Dreaming of Mr.Darcy’ by Victoria Connelly was a cute page turner. I loved it. This book is centered more on ‘Persuasion’ despite the title and has references to ‘Emma’ and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’. I had a look into life in dreamy seaside towns which are definitely a wonder as seen through this book.

Review: Events in her life and at work lead Kay Ashton to quit her job and move to Lyme Regis when she comes into some money so she can pursue her passion in peace. Her pass
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Heidi
Jun 18, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
This book is the second in the Jane Austen trilogy by Victoria Connelly. The Perfect Hero is a modern day romance in true Austen style. I have been melting lately for these light romances while I used to never read them. I think having an Austen connection makes it fun.

Kay has decided to make a total life change after her good friend Peggy passes away and unexpectedly leaves her her estate. She leaves her home and job behind and moves to Lyme Regis where she uses the money she has inherited to b
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RivkaBelle
Review originally published on my blog: AWordsWorth.blogspot.com
eARC provided by publisher for review

Since she first met him, Kay Ashton has dreamed of Mr. Darcy. Actually, she loves all of Jane's heroes, but her special favorite is Mr. Darcy. Until the day she moves to Lyme-Regis, purchases Wentworth House and opens a bed & breakfast. Nestled in the heart of Jane-country, Kay finds herself unexpectedly housing the cast of a new film adaptation of Persuasion. Including the smashingly handsom
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
In the second Austen-inspired novel of her trilogy about Jane Austen addicts, Victoria Connelly once again transports readers to a Jane Austen location that is on every Janeites' list of places visit. Lyme Regis, a seaside village known for its fossils, Cobb, and Louisa Musgrove's fictional fall, is the ideal setting for this novel about fresh starts and broken hearts. It is also the location of a new big screen production of Persuasion. It seems the quiet village of Lyme Regis is being invaded ...more
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Oct 03, 2012 Megan Readinginthesunshine rated it it was amazing
Kay Ashton uses her inheritance to set up and open a B&B in the sunny seaside town of Lyme Regis. Romantic Kay is then amazed when the cast and crew of a new production of Persuasion descend on her little business, and even more dumbstruck when she sees heart-throb Oli Wade Owen. What follows next is a fun story full of match-making, laughs and romance.

I must say I really enjoyed the story, it was a fun, light-hearted read that is perfect for a holiday or a beach read. The story is very easy
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slsmitty25
Sep 27, 2012 slsmitty25 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! Once I started reading I couldn't stop. Kay seems like a well known friend that I had to find out what was going to happen to her. Left alone and unsettled but independently wealthy with the recent deaths of her mother and a close elderly friend Kay decides to make a change from her current life by quitting her job, moving and buying a B&B. Kay is an avid Jane Austen fan and is thrilled when a filming crew arrives and her nearly renovated B&B demanding they be ...more
Maureen
Mar 16, 2012 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a charming book! I am a HUGE Jane Austen fan, so I appreciated all the references to all things Austen, but you don't have to be a Jane Austen fan to enjy this book. Miss Connely has written a witty, romantic, funny book filled with lively characters who will keep readers interested fromm the start, Kay, the main character is a dreamer who had lost her mother and a dear friend and feels all alone in the world. She is stuck in a dead end job, but dreams of illustrating Jane Austen's work ...more
Laura de Leon
3.5 stars. This was a cute piece of Jane Austen related fluff.

I went into it looking for nothing more than that, and at first, I thought I wouldn't be disappointed. And perhaps I shouldn't have been disappointed in the last half, either.

Certainly, the Jane Austen references were lots of fun. Since the book revolved around the production of a movie version of Persuasion, those are the ones that I was expecting, but many more elements were borrowed from Emma, which I am immensely more fond of. Th
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Laura
Feb 27, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dreaming of Mr. Darcy is the perfect novel to escape into. I’ve been very stressed lately with teaching a class, taking a class, work, kids, etc., but this novel helped me to forget my worries each night before bed and take delight in the story.

Kay Ashton is addicted to Jane Austen. After she inherits a bit of money, she moves to Lyme (one of the locations in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion) and buys a bed and breakfast. Before she even has time to open, the stars of a new production of Persuasi
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Maria Grazia
Jun 06, 2011 Maria Grazia rated it really liked it
“Maybe Jane Austen’s fans are destined to be disappointed by love because nothing could ever live up to the happy endings created in fiction”. This is what Adam Craig, one of the main characters in Victoria Connelly’s latest novel, thinks. The same can be said of the perfect hero: who might live up to Mr Darcy’s charm or Captain Wentworth’s passionate loyalty? Maybe... your favourite actor? Someone you admire and dream about? Imagine that he, a real dream-come-true, arrives where you have just o ...more
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Victoria Connelly grew up in Norfolk before attending Worcester College where she studied English Literature. After graduating, she worked her way through a number of jobs before becoming a teacher in North Yorkshire.

In 2000, she got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and moved to London. Five weeks after their wedding, her husband, a television news cameraman, was sent to Israel.
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Austen Addicts (6 books)
  • A Weekend with Mr. Darcy (Austen Addicts, #1)
  • Mr. Darcy Forever (Austen Addicts #3)
  • Christmas with Mr Darcy (Austen Addicts #4)
  • Happy Birthday, Mr Darcy (Austen Addicts, #5)
  • At Home with Mr. Darcy (Austen Addicts, #6)

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