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To Conquer Mr. Darcy

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,918 Ratings  ·  219 Reviews
What if...Instead of disappearing from Elizabeth Bennet's life after she refused his offer of marriage, Mr. Darcy had stayed and tried to change her mind?
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Published August 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published May 11th 2007)
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Feb 25, 2013 Auggy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, jane-austen, 2013
I debated just putting this book down and not finishing it many times while reading this. Why didn't I? Probably because nothing truly eye rolling popped up to make me say effe it. But it was close. And it all started around page 28 when I encountered this:
She fiercely renewed her attention to her needlework, with the unsurprising result that her needle promptly found its way into her finger. With a muffled exclamation of pain and embarrassment, she raised the injured finger to her lips, comple
Rachel Friend
Feb 20, 2009 Rachel Friend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gah. I realize that I shouldn't like this book as much as I do, but really it's pretty awesome. And it's almost possible to believe that it's not entirely out of character for Darcy and Elizabeth to behave the way they do in the book, right? Ok, maybe not, but it's a fun read anyway and who doesn't want to read about Darcy passionately wooing Elizabeth -- even if Jane Austen might not approve?
Sheila Majczan
Feb 20, 2016 Sheila Majczan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book first as Impulse and Initiative and did post a review of 5 stars. I have now re-read it under this title.

I went back and posted under the original title an addition to note that I found there to be scenes involving Caroline Bingley and her design to spread rumors concerning Elizabeth's behavior with Darcy are omitted in this edition. Then, of course, the matter of Darcy's discovery that it was Caroline who set in motion the rumors and his consultation with her brother, Charles,
Sheila Majczan
Feb 20, 2016 Sheila Majczan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book as "Impulse & Initiative" on September 15, 2007 and over the years have read it many times. I own all of Abigail Reynolds' books and have not had a problem with discerning when it is being published under a new title. So I have not read "To Conquer Mr. Darcy" - seems to be the same according to reviews.

I absolutely love how Abigail takes us for a journey inside the minds of ODC. Darcy is persuaded to go to Hertfordshire to attempt to win Elizabeth's heart. "How long do you
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
To Conquer Mr. Darcy, originally published as Impulse and Initiative in 2008, is another brilliant and impassioned novel in Abigail Reynold's stellar Pemberley Variations series. The Pemberley Variations series is a collection of Pride and Prejudice re-tellings that asks the question “what if?” In these variations we see how one small change in the plot can alter the course of Pride and Prejudice.

To Conquer Mr. Darcy opens with Colonel Fitzwilliam visiting his cousin, Mr. Darcy, who has been in
Nov 10, 2008 Michele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, austen-esque
It has to be said from the outset that Impulse & Initiative is not an Austen sequel. Rather, it is an Austen variation. Allow me to explain the difference: an Austen sequel continues beyond Austen's end to a novel; a variation re-tells the novel, playing the "what if?" game.

Impulse & Initiative is a retelling of Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice. This time, though, what if Mr Darcy had not retreated after Elizabeth Bennet refused his first proposal of marriage and instead f
Eliza Baum
One thing I'll say for Abigail Reynolds is that she excels at producing strong emotional reactions. Even when I was unsure how to feel about this story, the quality of the prose and how it made me feel was never in question.

I was hesitant to even attempt this story, because I knew that there was premarital sex. I'm not opposed to that in general, nor am I offended by sex in JAFF stories, but I do have a difficult time seeing Elizabeth and Darcy acting in that manner. There's a lot at stake for t
Nov 09, 2007 devra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
though occasionally amusing for sheer audacity
or bodice-ripping creativity (or lack thereof), truly awful.
Debbie Brown
Mar 04, 2016 Debbie Brown rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff, 2016-jaff
This is my 5th read-through of this wonderful book. It just hits all the right notes for me. The internal psychological/emotional demons that Darcy and Elizabeth fight are as compelling as the external events in the story.

From the time Darcy became the Master of Pemberley, he has always taken charge, been in control, and made things happen in whatever way he deems best for those he cares about. He does the same when he finally determines to properly court Elizabeth shortly after the events in H
Mary Doyle
Oct 03, 2015 Mary Doyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a sweet story that follows the efforts and lengths on Darcy's part to endear himself to a most reluctant and hesitant Elizabeth....We share their chemistry from their shared glances to lingering touches, from their wedded bliss to the birth of their first child.

Loved the relationships in this story-how human each character was-flaws and all.

I'd recommend this short,fast paced read to lovers of JAFF.
Dec 31, 2008 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I quit reading this book half way through. Sometimes less is more. I have no interest in Mr. Darcy and Miss Bennett's premartial sex life. The author did not capture a tenth of the wit of the original and the characters could have been completely different people. Just calling it a Pride and Prejudice spin-off doesn't make it so.
Aug 16, 2009 Heidi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Pride and Prejudice. I love the story and the setting. This book was nothing like that at all. I felt that it is a 21st century couple rather than a 19th century couple. It was "R" rated for me. Way to many steamy love scenes! Ew! I was really disappointed. I didn't like how it was written either.
Shala Howell
My goodness, this is a lusty variant. Blink blink.
J. W. Garrett
***SPOILER***the whole story is Darcy and Elizabeth working toward anticipating their vows. All roads lead to the bedroom. I did not appreciate our H&h being reduced to the level of Lydia and Wickham. If you can stomach that, then by all means read it. You have been warned.

Parts of the story and characters are canon and the rest is outrageous and leaves the reader with a bad taste in their mouth. I am trying desperately to find something new that was added to the story. If, as an author, yo
Aug 06, 2015 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Après avoir été rejeté par Elizabeth, Darcy se confie à son cousin, le colonel Fitzwilliam, qui va le convaincre de tout faire pour conquérir celle qu'il aime. Darcy n'attendra donc pas cette fois que le destin remette Lizzy sur sa route et va passer à l'action.

Avertissement: ce livre est une version érotique d'Orgueil et Préjugés. Personnellement, je le savais déjà avant de l'ouvrir mais je sais que plus d'une d'entre vous a été bien surprise. Le premier reproche que j'aurais donc à formuler e
Sep 02, 2010 Laura added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Whenever a variation of a classic story such as Pride and Prejudice is attempted, there is always the danger that the reader who is an avid fan may not accept the new version of a beloved character. Although I was initially excited about this book, I was soon disappointed with To Conquer Mr. Darcy, which reads like the typical romance where the main characters are so engrossed with each other that nothing else is happening in the story.

I read the first 150 pages, hoping for a good plot developme
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Kylara Jensen
I kind of like the idea of a "what-if variation" on Pride and Prejudice. After all, I read that kind of fanfiction all the time. That being said, I've read much better fanfiction.Yes, the idea of Mr. Darcy pursuing Lizzie and convincing her to say yes after the failed proposal is interesting, but doesn't work at all for the PRide & Prejudice story line.

THis book is just all kinds of ridiculous. It is little better than Pride & Prejudice porn. Yes, I know women all over have this obsessi
Pride and Prejudice re-imagined?

In this retelling of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, author Abigail Reynolds re-imagines the famous plot and asks these burning questions. What if after Elizabeth Bennet’s refusal of Mr. Darcy’s first proposal at Hunsford, he does not disappear from her life, but arrives at her home at Longbourn determined to change her mind? What if Elizabeth seduced by his ardent attentions sets aside all propriety giving way to her base impulses? What if their mutual p
It was very fun to read, and I do recommend it to rabid P&P fans who need more more more of Darcy and Elizabeth. That said, the author is very easy on her characters, almost too easy. Most problems are resolved within a few paragraphs though frank conversation and mutual understanding. In a way, this is refreshing, compared to many of the authors I read who torture me though putting their characters through absolute hell, sometimes with no resolution, or not the resolution I wanted. Still, w ...more
Brooke Cunningham
Ok, Ok. I enjoyed it. As with my first encounter with Abigail Reynolds, I had mixed emotions throughout. At first I was upset at the liberties she took with the characters, then reconciled with some well placed original lines from Pride and Prejudice, then shocked at actions Jane Austen would have never approved of, and finally placated by just being able to read more about Lizzie and Darcy together both physically and emotionally.

I think one of the things I enjoyed about this book is the way it
Nov 29, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've said a number of times that I love Abigail Reynolds stories, but I have a confession to make: it wasn't always so. Now, hear me out - I spent half a dozen+ years obsessively reading and rereading Austen's books before I knew there was such a thing as an adaptation or retelling. I stumbled upon them completely by accident when I was looking for more authors similarto Austen via a book recommender. To learn that people had actually taken Austen's worlds and characters and written new stories. ...more
So this is a Pride and Prejudice variation that I read under the title 'To Conquer Mr Darcy' but it has also been published as 'Impulse and Initiative'. Having read the book I think the I&I title is better, Mr Darcy is Conquered before the book even begins! It's more like To Capture Miss Bennet! The story picks up P&P after the rejected proposal at Hunsford. Darcy has gone back to London and is in the depths of despair; he believes that he has no hope of ever winning Lizzy over and doesn ...more
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Apr 05, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun variation on the events in "Pride and Prejudice." I loved the author's writing style; the voices of the characters were true to form and sparkled with wit. I laughed out loud through the book and that made it all the more enjoyable. While I was not completely sure about the actions of Lizzy and Darcy, I reminded myself that this was a variation, a "what if" scenario played out in the mind of the author, and I could accept the storylines. As I said, with great writing and co ...more
I am generally not a fan of the idea of rewriting a classic and Reynolds' books do read like little more than (admittedly very high quality) fan fic, but they do fulfil that dark craving for more Darcy and Elizabeth! This is the second Reynolds book I read (after Mr. Darcy, the Last Man in the World) and I was much relieved by the improved writing style. The dialogue is quick and witty and Elizabeth is back to her normal feisty self. I don't really see the sex scenes as necessary but they did no ...more
Hm, this certainly can't be categorized as anything more than fluff. As a passionate fan of Ms. Austen, when I by chance came across this book, I just had to buy it. The premise intrigued me. I of course knew full well that it would be nothing more than fan fiction in print, but I couldn't help myself. Another reviewer described the Pemberly variations as "candy for bibliophiles", and they were quite right.

Is it damning to admit that I enjoyed this book anyway? Of course it doesn't compare to th
I immensely enjoyed Impulse & Initiative – probably more than I should have; although I don’t consider myself an Austen purist. Though Austen’s Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett would not have engaged in premarital relations, Reynolds writes Impulse & Initiative in a way so it is almost possible to believe this Darcy and Elizabeth actions are not completely out of character and social customs.

Renyolds replicates quite a bit of Austen’s style and wit, and writes a believable Pride and Prejudice
Mar 25, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed Abigail Reynolds novels before, I was really disappointed with this one.

The plot lasted about a quarter of the book before devolving into a long boring series of sex scene after sex scene. I ended up flicking through the last 40% of the novel to see if any sort of plot happened - alas, it did not. I like a bit of smut from time to time but this felt extremely out of character for both Lizzy and Darcy, whose minds were solely focused on their next passionate embrace. I refuse to ac
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Abigail Reynolds has spent the last fifty years asking herself what she wants to be when she grows up. This month she is a writer, a mother and a physician in a part-time private practice. Next month is anybody’s guess. Originally from upstate New York, she indecisively studied Russian, theater, and marine biology before deciding to attend medical school, a choice which allowed her to avoid any de ...more
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