Type 'Mr Darcy' into Google Blog Search and you'll be confronted with over 22,000 hits. As Bloggers, as women, we are Darcy obsessed. Plenty of the poType 'Mr Darcy' into Google Blog Search and you'll be confronted with over 22,000 hits. As Bloggers, as women, we are Darcy obsessed. Plenty of the polls I've conducted on my blog have certainly ranked him as one of our favourite heroes. Is it any wonder then that there has been an influx of P & P Spin-offs?
One of the most recent is Gwyn Cready's second time-travel romance, Seducing Mr Darcy and it is fabulous. There is a condition to reading and enjoying it though. You can't be a stick-up-your-bum-Austen-purist. Approach this romance with a light heart, be prepared to suspend your disbelief and you'll be greatly rewarded. True of many romances, no?
The most enjoyable part of this novel has to be the constant, fun way Pride and Prejudice is constantly discussed. I loved reading the hero Magnus's educated view of Austen combined with Flip's BBC Mini-series opinions. It was an excellent combination and pulled the novel from full-out sexual fantasy into a tongue-in-cheek Austen commentary. What a fun way to stimulate debate on a classic novel!
In terms of what I look for in a romance - Sex, Sex and a Happy Ending - this book didn't disappoint. The love scenes were just hot enough to be confrontational but not so explicit or long that they made you want to close the book. By the end of the book I had forgotten Darcy (almost!). Oh Magnus is such a smart, sexy guy. I love a hero with a brain! You know what they say about the quiet types...Which reminds me, I've got to find a new Scrabble partner.
Read this novel if: You've ever secretly wished Jane Austen had written another chapter of Pride and Prejudice - the wedding night. Just delightful and oh so fun! Don't read this novel if: See stick-up-your-bum-purist description above....more
Ever wondered what would happen if a thirsty vamp bit Sophie Kinsella's Becky Bloomwood on the neck and crowned her Queen of the Undead? No? Neither hEver wondered what would happen if a thirsty vamp bit Sophie Kinsella's Becky Bloomwood on the neck and crowned her Queen of the Undead? No? Neither had I till I began reading Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson but I can now tell you the result is a hilarious mix of sex, shoes, comedy and blood-sucking!
This book takes everything you love about a good chick-lit novel: - a smart-mouthed heroine with impeccable fashion sense - a light-hearted and cheeky plot line - a smouldering sexy love interest And infuses it with a healthy dose of vampiric action!
Even though the main character's materialistic tendencies make her a little tough to love, blood-sucking Betsy is still entertaining as all hell and an absolute scream to read (hardy harr harr). Some of the things she said had me clutching my side with laughter.
I listened to rather than read this book and I have to say that it translated perfectly to audio. Listening to the voice actor speak with a lisp when Betsy's fangs came out was a particularly memorable moment that tickled my funny bone. I thoroughly recommend giving the audio version of this book a go! It's how I'll be listening to the rest of the series.
This isn't the kind of book you'll remember forever but it is certainly wonderful escapism. A great beach or weekend read!...more