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Unleashing Mr. Darcy

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,214 ratings  ·  408 reviews
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband.

Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she's crossing the pond with the only companion she needs; her darling dog, Bliss. Caring for a pack of show dogs in England seems the perfect distraction from the scan
Paperback, Original Edition, 361 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published November 1st 2013)
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Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty is in want of a husband.

After being forced to take leave from her job as a teacher, Elizabeth Scott is offered a temporary job as a dog nanny in England. There she meets up with Donovan Darcy, London's most eligible bachelor and aristocratic dog breeder. Donovan and Elizabeth are no strangers, having locked horns earlier when he had been in America judging a dog show where Elizabeth had entered her dog.

Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Bliss stars!

I love dogs, and though I'm extremely allergic to those little cuties, I still have a dog named Lucky that I love so much.

I saw Unleashing Mr. Darcy the movie and decided to read the book. It's a little bit different which is totally normal but still it was enjoyable, steamy with a hot black haired-blue eyed breathtaking so sexy Donovan.


See! Told ya ;)

Unleashing Mr. Darcy is a happily ever after story of two people who share the love of dogs and who learned how to love each other
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
.5 stars, only because I don't give zero

Not to put to fine a point on it, but I thought this book was utter shite. Much as I cannot resist Austen retellings, they often bite me in the ass (see First Impressions above for another example). Unleashing Mr. Darcy is one of the worst of the bunch. The writing is bad, the plot terrible, and the characters show either a complete failure to understand Austen or a willful desire to use her fame to make people pick up this book. If the latter, to be fair,
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque
In this contemporary re-imagining of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Teri Wilson has succeeded in updating this classic story by placing it in the dog show world in England. Her characterization are both fresh and reverent and the plot was as charming and romantic as the original. Brava!

Laurel Ann,
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
4.5 stars! Dogs + Darcy + England = No Brainer!

Because of an unpleasant encounter that has forced her into a “temporary administrative leave,” Elizabeth Scott is wary of all men…especially men with money. Because men with money have power – and oftentimes will use their money and power in unethical and self-serving ways. When Elizabeth crosses paths with Donovan Darcy, an incredibly gorgeous dog show breeder judge, she immediately decides that he is arrogant, rude, entitled, and definitely someo
Big Book Little Book
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

It is no secret that I adore Jane Austin. What you might not realise is that far from placing her books on a pedestal, behind a velvet rope and insisting that they can only be admired reverently from afar. I am the kind of Austin fan who loves to consume books, movies and web serialisations, based on her works. When I saw Unleashing Darcy, a contemporary Pride and Prejudice retelling set in the world of dog
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
After being suspended from her job as a teacher at the exclusive New York Barclay School, Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Scott flees to London where she has been offered a temporary job helping get a group of pedigree terriers ready for dog shows. Elizabeth is experienced at showing her own Cavalier King Spaniel, Bliss, who she takes with her to the UK with the aim of entering her in a few shows as well.

Just before she leaves New York she meets the English judge, handsome, sexy, Donovan Darcy, who she can't
This book started out kind of cute and I thought it had potential but I quickly became concerned when the author began throwing in language and sexual innuendo. From the reviews I read I figured it would be clean....but after reading about 40% of it I got tired of the characters taking the Lord's name in vain...and was concerned that it was headed in the direction of a "scene" I didn't finish it. ...more
Carissa (Regency Woman)
It is the opinion of this reviewer that Mr. Darcy, the real Mr. Darcy, would denounce Donovan Darcy as a womanizing cad devoid of honor.

The facts are these. Jane Austen's Elizabeth and Darcy were restrained individuals of decorum, Darcy mostly, but Elizabeth certainly. Their relationship focused on that restraint. In Teri Wilson's Unleashing Mr. Darcy the entire story is about breaking restraint, unleashing passion, etc. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it was not a complete and total reve
Niki Mclaren
Wow. 30 pages in and I just can't go on. I don't know if that has ever happened to me before. I wasn't expecting brilliance but this book is ridiculous. There is a quote from a Eminem song in it. . .so that's weird. ...more
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-jaff, jaff
I truly love this book. This is the fourth time I've read it - this time in anticipation of the Hallmark movie that will be on TV tonight. (Sadly, I may not get to watch it, but that's another story.) Teri Wilson sets a lively, humorous tone throughout the book, the characters are well defined (including those of the dogs!), and it's a perfectly constructed story with lots of parallels to Pride and Prejudice. When she describes the Barrows' Border terriers as being pampered with their own TV tha ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
I'm not a big fan Austen. (please don't throw things at me) so I wasn't sure if I would really get into this story. I love the idea of the dog show world being the backdrop. It was a pleasure to find the character very real and their dialog fun to read. The story moved long at a good pace and I looked forward to going back to the pages to find out what they would do next. Wilson does a great job of making you feel as if you are in London from the moment Elizabeth steps off the plane. The Austen ...more
What can I say? Cute cover, modern-day retelling of Pride & Prejudice, Darcy and Lizzy as show dog aficionados? Cuteness and curiosity won out so I grab this one up looking for a light, entertaining romantic read. And it was that. If Elizabeth was a bit more prejudiced and some of the parallel scenes and dialogue to the original story felt forced, it was not enough to ruin my enjoyment of the story. I would go bail that for someone who hasn't read Pride & Prejudice; some of the dialogue that is ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
In many ways, this is one of my favourite romances I have read this year. I was actually quite surprised by how much enjoyment I got out of this book. What the characters were based on put aside, I loved the originality of the cast. When you read a lot of romances, they all tend to blend together after a while, so it was nice to see some characters that really made me want to root for their success.

I really loved Elizabeth's character. She was intelligent, emotional and just all around the kind
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
E-galley received through Netgalley for review.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband.

This is not true for Elizabeth Scott, teacher at an elite private school in Manhattan. She's perfectly happy with her job and with taking her puppy Bliss at dog shows. However, when a scandal forces her into temporary leave from her job, Elizabeth is forced to reconsider. She meets a nice couple at a dog shows and is offered a job
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth is a wonderful teacher who loses her job after a parent tries to bribe her into changing his son’s grade. In the process of standing up for herself she is put on suspension, leaving her job-less and unable to afford her apartment.

Lucky for Lizzy she met a wonderful couple at a dog show (while showing her gorgeous dog Bliss) and they ask her to come look after their dogs in England during show season. Who would say no to that? So Lizzy packs up, and is whisked away to wonderful London.

Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and sexy read!

I have been on a Pride and Prejudice reading binge lately. I saw the Hallmark movie based on this book and enjoyed it so much I had to read the book ;) The book did a great job of adapting P&P to modern times. I really enjoyed Elizabeth's and Mr. Darcy's verbal sparring. The book is written in dual viewpoints of both the main characters which I really enjoyed getting to see what Donovan Darcy was thinking. His love a d adoration for Lizzy was spellbinding...
Sigh.... There was
Amber Todd
Jun 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
For the most part, I really enjoyed Unleashing Mr. Darcy. In particular, I liked all the dog show parts. It was very interesting to get a first hand account of showing a dog, not to mention how much cuteness they all added to the story. Elizabeth was a solid character and I liked her spunkiness. All the side characters were charming and funny. My main issue was with Donovan Darcy. For being such a charming and gallant English gentleman he was manipulative, which didn't seem to match with his cha ...more
Feb 06, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: romance, borrow, ebook
I don't know how to feel about this book. I spoiled myself for the ending and I hate it so I don't want to continue. I might give it another chance but I don't know. ...more
Tiffany Ehrob
Jun 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Unleashing Mr.Dacey is written by Author Teri Wilson. This book is so much better then the movie and I was very happy to have read it. I couldn't help falling in love with the story from the moment I picked the book up. I absolutely couldn't get enough of Elizabeth Scott and her dog Bliss. I loved the Blanter between Elizabeth and Donovan Darcey. I liked how they meet throught dog showing and throughout the story they took you through the process of dog showing throught Elizabeth's point of view ...more
Sonya Heaney
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Originally posted HERE .

‘I’ll give you £100 for every guy with a bowler hat and umbrella you see walking the streets of London who’s not going to a fancy dress party. My generation weren’t saying, “I can’t wait to grow up so I can put on a pin-stripe suit and go to an office”. They were piercing their ears and learning to play the guitar. If you want to define a modern Englishman, you might as well look at Keith Richards, Johnny Rotten [John Lydon] or Ray Winstone, rather than John Major o
Carole (in Canada)
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JAFF, Romance
Rating: 4.5 Stars!

What do you get when you create a modern day version of Darcy and Elizabeth but add adorable dogs to the mix? Absolute fun! I wont go into the premise of the book as the book jacket tells it all. However, you know a book is going to be good when you are chuckling before the first chapter is done! The chemistry between Elizabeth and Darcy is electrifying but Elizabeth is very wary of rich men after being suspended from her teaching job at a posh private school and fights her at
Khalia Hades
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Scott is spending her thirtieth birthday away from home and family celebration to take her beloved dog to her first dog show. She is joined by her sweet older sister, Jenna, who has no interest in dogs, but doesn't want Lizzy to be alone on her birthday. They meet a very nice British couple who are there to show their dogs, but then she bumps into a not so nice Brit, Donovan Darcy, who just so happens to be the guest judge and also one of those rich snobs she hates.

Elizabeth has been p
Cyn Delia
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've read other works by Ms. Wilson and enjoyed them so I was excited to read an ARC of this book.

One of the reasons I've loved her other works (Harlequin Love Inspired Line: Alaskan Hearts and Alaskan Hero)is because she writes a funny heartfelt romantic story. And as a dog lover, I adore that her books feature dogs.

Unleashing Mr. Darcy is pure magic. It made me smile and cry and sigh with pure joy. She is truly a comfort read. And this book is just as funny, heartfelt and romantic as the other
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Snapped this puppy off of NetGalley today because I've been eager to read it for quite some time. I always hate reading books by friends, because I'm afraid I'm going to hate it and then I will have to avoid the subject when they ask if I liked the book, because I don't want to hurt their feelings, and I don't want to lie either. Fortunately, this was not the case with Teri's book. I was absolutely enraptured! Perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon. To steal a quote from Austen, as Teri did, "I ...more
Hannah • So Obsessed With
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Hannah • So Obsessed With by: Alexa
Shelves: read-in-2014
Honestly, I might not recommend this book as a Pride and Prejudice retelling. It's a fun interpretation of the original, but there was something missing for me. If I wasn't comparing the two in my mind, I probably wouldn't have minded a number of things that ended up not really working for me. I love Austen retellings, but I can definitely be more critical of them than I would be with a regular read.

However, as a contemporary romance, I really liked this book! It was a funny, warm and enjoyable
Vanessa Booke
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Teri Wilson's Unleashing Mr. Darcy is a wonderful retelling of the world's most beloved novel, Pride & Prejudice. I was pleasantly surprised with just how closely the novel followed Ms. Austen's story while still maintaining it's own uniqueness. Wilson does an excellent job bringing back to life Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth and adding a fun modern twist. Donovan Darcy is very much swoon worthy. I felt myself falling in love with Austen's characters all over again, except this time I felt an even deep ...more
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Light, sweet, funny and just delightful are a few words I would use to describe Unleashing Mr. Darcy. Very easy to read, I fell into this story quite fast. Of course it helps that I am a fan of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice which this book is modern take on. I love the unique dog show aspect of it; I thought it made a different and interesting plot for this romance.

Now don’t expect this story to follow along the original perfectly. It doesn’t, the author changed it up a bit and I think it m
Rebecca M
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having finally read the original classic P&P over Christmas, I have this huge obsession with Mr Darcy, I cannot get enough!!
This retelling feels like a fresh new story based around a dog show circuit, yet retains familiarity from the original. It has all my favourite classic lines. That I'll-fated marriage proposal. The letter. You know how it's going to end. Despite this predictability, it made me so damn happy while reading it. I had this perpetual smile on my face, this swelling of my heart,
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of Unleashing Mr. Darcy from Harlequin via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

Refreshing, humorous, and with a dashing, über-British Donovan Darcy, as well as all-American and sweet Elizabeth Scott.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
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