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Pulse and Prejudice

(The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  75 reviews
1st Place Winner in Category: Chatelaine Awards Romantic Fiction

Austenprose Readers’ Choice: Top 5 Books of the Year*

In this thrilling and sensual adaptation of the classic love story, Elizabeth Bennet and the citizens of Hertfordshire know Fitzwilliam Darcy to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man, but they never suspect the dark secret of his true na
Hardcover, 2nd (Annotated), 387 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Southern Girl Press (first published May 4th 2012)
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Sheila Majczan
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

First allow me to recognize the generosity of Claudine, Blogmistress of and friend, in loaning to me a copy of this and many other JAFF books.

About a year ago I would not have consented to read a paranormal variation of any Jane Austen novel but you can teach an old dog new interests and I now am much more open to such. Having read and reviewed the 3 books, P&P& Z (prequel and sequel included), I found some comparisons. While both include a large amount taken from
Sheila Majczan
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars

About a year ago I would not have consented to read a paranormal variation of any Jane Austen novel but you can teach an old dog new interests and I now am much more open to such. Having read and reviewed the 3 books, P&P& Z (prequel and sequel included), I found some comparisons. While both include a large amount taken from canon in wording and events, this one did it so much more seamlessly, IMO. As with P&P, there are divisions marked as
I picked up this book because I love Austenesque stories and I was enthralled at the idea of Austen paired with paranormal. I've always been one to believe that out of all Jane Austen's characters aside from the villains; Darcy is the easiest to believe as a paranormal creature. I anticipated and then enjoyed the author's transformation of Darcy from just brooding hero to brooding vampire hero.

The majority of the story follows true to the original Pride and Prejudice plot with large
Debbie Brown
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jaff
Anyone who passes over this expansion of our well-loved "Pride and Prejudice" story because it depicts Mr. Darcy as a vampire is missing out on a gem. This is NOT another "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," which I've always considered sacrilege. In this case, the supernatural twist on the plot works surprisingly well, and Ms. Saucier's prose goes way beyond proper grammar, spelling and punctuation, which is flawless. You won't find another piece of JAFF that copies Jane Austen's exquisite writin ...more
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really wonderful version of P&P! It was perfectly done. I loved reading my favorite story and this author weaved the Vampire story in incrediable perfect. Her way of turning this story into Darcy being a vampire was done with such finesse that I never cringed in the story telling. The characters were the same but the author delicately kept the same story line without ruining Jane Austen's beloved story. This author was also creative in her introduction of the mash-up. The way she ...more
Victoria Kincaid
Fascinating. I love paranormal and I love P&P, so it was great to combine them! This book re-tells P&P from the perspective of Mr. D. being a vampire and it's amazing how well the conceit fits into the existing story. I loved to see him struggle with his vampiric nature and the proper Regency rules for a gentleman.
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque
Halloween is not my favorite holiday, but I needed to read a paranormal for the Jane Austen Spinoff Challenge, and I thought this would be the perfect time of the year to do that! And Wow! Colette Saucier’s Pulse and Prejudice was just the right book! This is the second book of Saucier’s that I’ve read, and I’ve loved both of them!

Pulse and Prejudice is not only a paranormal, but it’s also a Pride and Prejudice retelling. It is told mostly from Darcy’s point-of-view in the beginning but does sw
Stephanie Judice
As a Jane Austen enthusiaist, I am always curious about adaptations of her works. I was very pleased with the retelling of her most famous work through the eyes of Darcy as one of the damned. Upon reflection, Darcy's temperment is a perfect fit for the brooding vampire.

I was pleased to see that Saucier kept to Austen's tale, while adding her own scenes and interludes that easily could've been missed in Austen's original. I also appreciated the fact that Saucier's vampire followed the classic ru
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was so great! I loved that it was from Darcy's vampiric point of view, genius. AND, it still read like a Jane Austen (somewhat.. there were a few scenes near the end Jane WISHED she could have written!!). I also loved reading it on my kindle so I could look up about 100 words I didn't know. Seriously! I now know the meaning of 100 archaic english words. Not really, I have already forgotten the definitions. But, I enjoyed looking them up. Seriously, I finished this 2 days ag ...more
ana darcy
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff
I was eager to read this book not only because it is a variation of Pride a Prejudice but because it involves vampires.

I have to confess that I like the “Twilight Saga”, I read the books before watching the films and I liked Edward Cullen from the first page. However, I have always preferred the “proper” vampires that people discover with Bram Stoker’s Dracula and in my case, also watching the film adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview with the vampire.

I was pretty sure, wi
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, vampires

wow ok

This was... surprisingly really good. To be honest, I didn't know what I was expecting when I purchased an e-copy of this, but I'm come away from finishing it extremely satisfied. Saucier has managed to capture elements of Austen's style perfectly, and the fact that this is written from Darcy's point of view has made it unique in ways that other supernatural retellings of Pride and Prejudice haven't done. I feel like I've gained a further understanding of his as a c
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
We all know that Mr. Darcy is fastidious, aloof, and private, but according to Colette Saucier, he has every reason to exhibit these traits. In Pulse and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy is...a vampire. That's right, he is no longer human – he is immortal and cursed! Mr. Darcy needs to be fastidious because with his blood cravings, extremely cold skin, and abhorrence of human food – Darcy fears others may become suspicious of his unusual habits. Mr. Darcy has to remain aloof because he firmly believes that, ...more
Elin Eriksen
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
If the vampire variation is not your thing, this book will not sway you. Although it is well written and the author is clearly knowledgeable.

This is my second attempt to a vampire variation and my last...
The issues I have ranges from little trifles like why he need to breathe when his heart doesn't beat... Why she can marry him when he is already dead (until death do as part ). To bigger issues like their love seems more like lust then a soulmates kind of love that I imagine th
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off I don't know why I didn't read the first edition that I bought years ago. I feel so dumb for not doing so. That being said I loved this book. It sticks to the story of the original Pride and Prejudice very well. But it does add scenes of Darcy's daily life as the story mainly revolves around him. We do get to read some of the book from Lizzy's perspective but not a lot of it. Which is fine because this book is supposed to be mainly about Darcy anyways. Getting to see Darcy struggle wit ...more
Rick Portier
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I'm not one for all the fancy-pants stuff in most chick books, but Pulse rocks.

Actually, I liked Pride and Prejudice when I was forced to read it in college. I had a blast going through this version.

There's something fun about the story as told through Darcy's eyes. The fact that he's a vampire, and has to fight to keep up appearances adds a whole different conflict to the story without getting in the way of character development.

Saucier stays true to al
Chloe Friend
Holy mary mother of god... Need I say more than Mr Darcy the vampire?


I was prepared to be disappointed, I'm not going to lie, so many P&P fan fiction has disappointed me before but this book... It was amazing!!!!


I honestly can't tell you how much I loved it!!!!

Set from Mr Darcy's
Ellie Potts
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice and Colette L. Saucier offers a refreshing twist on it by doing the story through Mr. Darcy's eyes. But Mr. Darcy is a vampire! What I loved about this is that the vampire is not overdone. It is there with light traces. He is not shiny or too dark. He is Mr. Darcy. I loved them sitting around talking about life and music getting more into their past that wasn't touched on. I think I caught a few pop references in there as well that made me smile. But what r ...more
Julie Reilly
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For anyone who might be thinking, "Pride and Prejudice with vampires?? WTF??" Can I just say, I was blown away with how good this is. I was prepared for it to be awful and was dreading the thought of wading through a mangled adaptation of my beloved Austen. BUT it is really really good. Colette tells it mainly from Darcy's tortured POV and so many things make so much more sense when it's revealed some of the characters are vampires, it makes you think "Oh, so THAT's why such and such a person di ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Woohoo, I'm finished!!! This book just was not for me. The writing itself was fine; I just like more romance and sex in the books that I read.. In this story, there wasnt' any intimate moments until 93%, and though quite well written; it came way too late (for my taste) in the book.
So, I gave a low rating but it is more because this book just didn't fit MY style, not because the author did a poor job. I actually thought her writing was quite impressive..
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How great is it to find two of my favorite subjects to read in one book? I loved it. Seeing and feeling the struggles of Darcy but a le to do so of vampire fitzwilliam is éventuellement better. Had ont enjoied reading à book like this in a long time.
The passions, the hunger, the love...where can i get one like him?
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many Austen purists draw back in horror at the thought of a paranormal Pride & Prejudice adaptation. This is the novel that will change their minds. Mrs. Saucier's clever re-working of the classic love story give us the glimpse into the mind of Mr. Darcy we always longed for, with a dark twist we secretly yearned for, all while staying true to Austen's style and language.
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this version of P&P mixed with vampires! Added some unexpected sexiness, just the right amount! Well almost, I have to be honest, I found myself wanting a little more sexiness! It was just done so well. The whole book was great! A must read!
Stephanie • Ideally Inspired
A nice little paranormal twist to Pride and Prejudice! I was thoroughly entertained by this one. I loved getting a lot more of Darcy, too!

I'd recommend this to any fans of Vamps and classic literature! :)
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other
I LOVED this version of one of my all-time favorites. I love seeing things from Darcy's POV, it fills in some of the gaps left in the original. The vampire element adds just the right touch of drama and tension. It is evident the author labored to get this right and it is exceedingly well done.
Madenna U
This Pride and Prejudice story has just that bit of extra to the plot which provides yet another thing for Darcy to think about and Elizabeth to accept in their misunderstandings leading to romance.
I do love my Pride and Prejudice sequels and retellings. I'm a sucker for them. This was a swell one that was mostly from Mr. Darcy's point of view, his vampiric point of view that is (cue dramatic music). Yep, Mr. Darcy is a vampire. (view spoiler) It's not the first time it's been done, but I liked how Colette Saucier ran this particular Vampire Darcy show.

With a pen name like Saucier (I'm assuming it's a pen name)and a pub
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Alexisa by: Netgalley
Let me start off by saying I LOVED this book. I admit I am a Jane Austen fan and I love paranormal books. Colette L. Saucier’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice filled that niche perfectly. In reading this book Saucier was true to the original in language and timing. The only difference is that now we know Mr. Darcy to be a vampire (and I repeat she did it perfectly) and this story is told a majority from his perspective. When the plots overlap we see Miss Bennet in the same story that we have a ...more
Louise Sparrow
As a highly critical Jane Austen fan who is always pulling bad adaptations to shreds, I have to say, I loved this!

It might help that I’m a vampire fan too but the concept seemed to fit perfectly with the original story, and Pulse and Prejudice is far from the lazy ‘mash ups’ we’ve all read/heard about. Colette’s writing style works very well with this era of story and I also learnt a few things, since it had me looking up a few facts. (All of which she was right about I might add.)

May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a total sucker for anything involving Pride and Prejudice, so I easily snapped ip the chance to read and review Pulse and Prejudice by Collette Saucier. I really enjoyed the book and can say that this is one of the most thorough retellings I have encountered. Not a scene was lost and there were some pleasant additions owing mostly to the fact that this version is largely from Darcy's POV.

I loved the insight into what happened in all those inbetween times when Elizabeth was not i
I was intrigued by the plot line, Pride and Prejudice with a Vampire twist. I found the story a bit difficult to get into at first due to the fact the author stayed very true to the original story in its wording. It's not a story I found you could read for a few minutes at a time and come back to it easily. However, once I was able to immerse myself without interruption the story flowed smoothly. I loved that it was told from Mr Darcy's point of view and the added Vampire twist meshed well with ...more
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Colette L. Saucier is a bestselling and award-winning author in a variety of genres under multiple pseudonyms. Her novel Pulse and Prejudice, Book I: The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire; the highly-acclaimed paranormal adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, was the 2013 Chatelaine Awards 1st Place Winner in Category, Romantic Fiction. Elle Magazine named Pulse and Prejudice a "Mos

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