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The Sweetest Ruin

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  15 reviews
When William Darcy suffers a sudden health crisis, he immediately realizes two things: his sister will continue to nag him about his nonexistent social life, and he won’t stand for it. How can he possibly escape Georgiana’s good intentions or the watchful gaze of Aunt Catherine, his assigned babysitter? Cue a midnight getaway to the tackiest place he can think of. Lounge s ...more
Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Meryton Press
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Debbie Brown
How do I rate this...? This one's a toughie, folks.

On the one hand, it's beautifully written with lots of romance (with a bit of tastefully described sexual content) and vivid characters. There's not that much to the story, though it's a cute premise. William Darcy is a handsome, type A, workaholic, British bachelor at the onset of the book who has just had a medical crisis caused by stress. His doctor puts him on bed rest, and his family drives him crazy with their hovering.

He impulsively make
Sheila Majczan
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars

I like this author and I enjoyed this story. My complaint is that after following the blog tour which built up my expectations I read it and found I had to agree with several other reviews which point out that the only similarity to P&P is the use of the names. There were some new characters and it is a good romance.

However there were several parts of that story which were not fully developed. For one: Elizabeth's education and her goal to become a teacher seemed to
Mar 28, 2018 added it
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The Sweetest Ruin is a novella in which Pride and Prejudice meets Las Vegas. William Darcy feels suffocated by his family after a heath crisis and takes a spontaneous trip to Sin City, where he meets Elizabeth Bennet, a college student and a cocktail waitress at a casino. The two meet and sparks fly. Their whirlwind romance has some complications, namely William’s sister back in England and Elizabeth’s over protective best friend Thad. This was such a fun novella, with lots of steamy bits and hu ...more
Madenna U
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this Pride and Prejudice inspired romance, Darcy escapes his family after a health scare to visit somewhere he thinks they will never find him. The financial genius wakes up next to Elizabeth Bennet and the story evolves from there. This book is very steamy and very romantic. The authors description of their emotional connection is by far my favorite part. Their blood and chosen family members make the rest of the story interesting as the couple finds their perfect balance and happily ever af ...more
ana darcy
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A few hours since you meet a gorgeous English man when you are working in one of the best casinos in Las Vegas and… you wake up to a crazy marriage to him. What should you do? Firstly be surprise (duh!) but then both of you talk about it and give it a chance.

Yes, give it a chance! If we would have been talking about other protagonists, it could be a bit weird but we are talking about Elizabeth Bennet and William Darcy, so they are entitled to
Patricia Edmisson
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This Ruin Was So Sweet

This was so good!! I will definitely be reading this book again. Brilliantly done. I completely suggest others give this story a try.

I love how Elizabeth and Darcy were brought together in this story. It does make me want to visit Las Vegas and London, since I have not been to either.
A modern P&P story . Darcy has a severe anxiety attack and is hospitalized. He is banned from work for 4 weeks. He escapes his family and goes to Las Vegas. You know what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. One drunken night and Darcy finds himself married to a 25 year old cocktail waitress and full time student. Lizzy has three friends in Vegas..Kelly, Thad and Damien. Darcy is in a different world than his high powered, stressful business. He likes this new world. They decide to make the marr ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this tale but did not find it very related to P&P. Elizabeth and Darcy were similar in some ways but very different in others. For Instance, I find it very hard to believe Darcy would take off so much time from work then when he goes back he's essentially ignoring Elizabeth. Also Elizabeth as a free spirit is a bit too much for me.

However, I enjoyed the story. Here we have a super work-crazed Darcy which induces a health scare. Shortly after being confined to his house with Aunt C
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A modern story

While I’m not a fan of modern stories about Elizabeth and Darcy, this one interested me because of the reviews. I’m glad I took the time to read it. The ending was rather quick, which seems to be a problem for some writers. If you build up the characters and have a story line that brings in its readers, why do they suppose a few paragraphs will be the end? It amazes me. I gave it four stars because it entertained me, my personal opinion aside this was a good read.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Truly Enjoyable Read

This is not your normal Pride and Prejudice variation. For one it is set in modern times, and starts with a very quick wedding. The story continues with the reactions of friends and family to the situation. Some are good, and some are bad, but through it all Darcy and Lizzy have each other. I think the most enjoyable part of this book for me (besides the Lizzy/Darcy romance) is the twist in the sevondary characters personalities. It was really interesting to see how they al
James S
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Modern P&P but..

This retelling of P&P was odd enough to not KNOW that the HEA would definitely be achieved. Most of the original characters are here but many of them don’t have their original personalities. Things have changed enough to not be sure what’s going to happen.

That was very refreshing. I recommend this book. And if the author is reading this, please start writing again.
Terri Conley
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read modern version but something got me interested in this and it was lovely a very pleasant read.
Wyndz Pupay
I was hoping it will give me more on their love story before marriage. It is mostly a conflict with Lizzy and dear/sweet Georgie (who is not very dear/sweet here)
MA I won a copy from Meryton Press
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