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Undue Influence: A Persuasion Retelling

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  96 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews

Second chances only come around once.

Eight years ago, Adam Elliot made the biggest mistake of his life. Now that mistake is coming back to haunt him. His family’s beloved vineyard has gone into foreclosure, and the new owner is the sister of the only man he’s ever loved—the man he dumped under pressure from family and friends who thought the match was beneath him.


Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published September 4th 2018
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PERSUASION is my favourite Austen so when I saw this modern retelling, with an m/m update, was for request, I did some flailing and then prayed to the NG gods for approval. It could be that my hopes were way too high but nonetheless I had those hopes.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that--"
"Oh, fuck off."

UNDUE INFLUENCE really shines when it comes to the romance. And also with certain modern updates ala Mrs Russell becoming Rusty the drag queen, Freddy working his way up from dishwasher
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 y subo a 3 porque está bien escrito y me encantan las versiones, soy la que se ha leido todas las de Sweet Home Alabama en todos los fandom habidos y por haber, y algunas son incluso mejores que las originales (hello, Times like These de doodlewrites) sin embargo en esta ocasión creo que han fallado dos grandes pilares de la trama: en primer lugar, el motivo de la separación (en la novela de Austen el contexto en el que ocurren los hechos tiene todo el sentido del mundo) pero en esta histori ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up

I’ve read and enjoyed a number of books by Jenny Holiday (her m/m romance, Infamous is a firm favourite of mine) and as Persuasion is one of my top two Jane Austen novels (regularly trading places with Emma at the top of the list), the combination of the author and a favourite plotline was one bound to catch my eye.  In something of an embarrassment of riches, this is the second m/m re-telling of Persuasion to appear in the last few weeks (the other is Sally Malcolm’s Perfect
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

*Warning* The story contains flashbacks. If those aren't your thing, you've be warned.

I've never read this author before and was excited to try this book because the blurb really spoke to me. I love the idea of a scorned lover coming back bigger and better and showing their ex what they missed out on. Undue Influence wasn't as dramatic as I had envisioned, but it was still nice. Slow burn for sure, and no on page sex, which didn'
The title on the cover clearly mentions that this book is a retelling of Persuasion and also an m/m romance. I actually don't remember much about the last Austen novel, so I will not be able to compare or give any idea about how close this book stays to the original. However, this is still a fun romance novel and not remembering the origin story didn't hamper my enjoyment.

After his dad's death, Adam tried very hard to keep the family's Kellynch vineyard afloat but there was nothing he could do a
Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |
I know Jane Austen's books almost word by word, they're masterpieces. And I think that try to rewrite one of her story is a terribly difficult job, so if the author does an half good job is still a good work and a victory.
I think this author did a great job with this rewriting of persuasion.
I really really enjoyed this story! It was coherent with the original, but also not a merely rewrite. The characters were portrayed well, and I loved Adam, such a sweetie and without the extremely self commis
This is a favorite author of mine and I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately it wasn't the hit I was expecting it to be.

This is a m/m retelling of Jane Austin's Persuasion and I think the author did a pretty good of keeping to the original plot but with modernizations. I think though that was part of my problem. There is very little emotion between the MC's until around 60%. I was so bored and unconnected to them that I was ready to dnf by 40%. The story jumps back and forth b
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty particular about Austen retellings, but this had so many things that I like, namely food/wine and very specific settings, that I had to give it a try. And I really liked it! The hardest thing part of this for me was Rusty, and I think actually I find him worse than Lady Russell is in the original? There are at least there's a long standing bond and she's not actually threatening Anne's well being, whereas here, Rusty's threat to fire Adam if he didn't break up with Freddy carried so m ...more
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
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- Review to come

Review originally posted on my blog with added content Mikku-chan / A world full of words
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Just Love

4 stars

Look, I’m here for all the Jane Austen retellings you can throw at me, so I’m basically the perfect audience for a book like this. But I have to say, this stripped down, fluffed up, m/m retelling of Persuasion was just the thing I needed to ease my end-of-summer-vacation blues.

I’m not overly familiar with the original book, not like I am with Pride & Prejudice or even Sense & Sensibility, but I feel like the author took the best parts Persuasion, gave it a li
Julia Edits
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Got a sneak peek at this one -- it's an absolutely delicious slow burn, with tons of angst and hardcore backstory. Made me feel all the feels. If you love Persuasion, grab this one the second it comes out.
Elley Murray
I adored this book. ADORED. I watched the 2007 movie version of Persuasion recently (though I'm ashamed to say I haven't actually read the book by Jane Austen yet... SOON!) and I loved the ways in which Undue Influence ties into the original while still maintaining its originality. Just small things, like Ben Captain as the modern version of Captain Benwick and Rusty/Lady Merlot as Lady Russell's character, were just lovely touches. Reading Undue Influence made me both want to read Persuasion an ...more
Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
Thank you to NetGalley, Jenny Holiday, and the publisher for the ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.

Adam and Freddy both grew up in the same small town with slightly different circumstances. One was a bit of a misunderstood rebel/bad boy. The other did what his family wanted and enjoyed being alone with his thoughts. They met eight years ago one summer and fell in love. Circumstances, fear, and stubbornness got in the way of their happily ever after.

Now they’re all grown
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's only been a few days since I read "Perfect Day", a Persuasion retelling. I mentioned in that review that "Persuasion" is my favourite Jane Austen novel, so I could hardly believe my luck when I saw there was another one! And I really enjoyed this one as well.
I had a few minor niggles - nothing that really marred my enjoyment the first time, because I fairly rushed through it, but things that I would probably notice the second time around. I found the detailed flashbacks unnecessary, or rat
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

After a spate of DNFs, I needed a win in my reading, and Jenny Holiday reliably came through. This is a beautiful modern adaptation of Persuasion - quiet, sensitive, and layered with emotion. Also, the books starts with

"It is a truth universally acknowledged--"
"Oh, fuck off."

I am on board with taking the piss out of the overuse of that iconic line.

My main quibble with it was Rusty's apology at the end, which came without a lot of regret or understanding on his part and that Adam allowe
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness this book! I am madly in love with it! I loved how angst filled this was. It wouldnt be a proper Persuasion retelling without it. Adam and Freddy were relatable characters, as were their circumstances. Let us only hope that Jenny Holiday is up for more classic retellings!
Terrific retelling of Persuasion. Excellent in almost every way. Review for AAR to come.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
This is a really lovely adaptation of Persuasion that stays faithful to the original without feeling tired or recycled. I felt a lot of emotions.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Received a free copy from NetGalley

It pains me to report that I DNF this book, I lasted as long as I could but I had to give up around the halfway mark. I liked the setting since I’ve always enjoyed wine country but I had problems with the timeline (was I supposed to believe that 2 kids without high school education moved to New York and with no formal training whatsoever became the celebrated chefs and owners of a 5-star restaurant? In 8 years? Nope, sorry, I can put aside my logical mind for a
Roberta Blablanski
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This contemporary re-imagining of Jane Austen's Persuasion was impossible to put down. I will admit, I've never read Persuasion so I checked out the Wikipedia article beforehand. I'm glad I did because I gained a better appreciation for Holiday's story.

Adam (Anne) is the sweetest, most sensitive character, and I loved him. Freddy (Frederick) is also sweet, more so when it comes to Adam. The reader learns piece by piece of the couple's meeting and courtship, and eventual parting. Circumstances th
Christi Snow
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Review:
Confession: While I've read Persuasion at some point in time, I honestly do not know enough about the story to draw parallels between this story and that I won't. Instead, I'm going to just discuss this story and just how much I enjoyed it, regardless of the classic twist on the original story line.

This is a second chance at love story. Adam and Freddy spent one amazing summer together as boyfriends (that no one knew about). While both boys were out, no one knew that the two
Sep 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fan-fic, m-m, romance
DNF. This book didn't work for me, though I suspect it's more of a personal preference than a reflection on the author.

I love Jane Austen books. I even love Austen retelling stories. I've read several versions of Pride and Prejudice, absolutely loved an m/m retelling of Sense and Sensibility and Emma is always a fantastic retelling because it's about finally falling for the perfect guy who was there all along, and that person who makes us a better version of ourselves.

Of them all, Persuasion has
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I’m a sucker for retellings of Jane Austen’s novels, and Persuasion is one of my favorites, so I had to give this book a try.

Despite having two male leads and being relocated to a contemporary American setting in New York state, the story is fairly faithful to the original. Under the influence of his awful social-climbing family and an older friend whose drag queen whose stage persona is named Lady Rusty Merlot (ha!), Adam Elliot broke up with his boyfriend, Freddie Wentworth, who was v
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Romance with echoes of a classic

This is a contemporary mm romance with familiar echoes of Austen's Persuasion. Persuasion itself is one of Austen's less smooth works with many layers of unlikable people advising, influencing and selfishly using the central character. Undue Influence doesn't do the smoothest job of sorting through these characters and refining the story to make easy sense in modern context, nor does it retain some of the ridiculousness underlying Austen characters. but it's a fin
Danielle Gypsy Soul
I read the blurb of this book as was really looking forward to it but it just didn't end up being what I expected. Not that it was bad it was just much sweeter then I thought giving the synopsis. I thought Freddy would be the scorned lover who returned to the town having made something of himself and showing his ex what he missed out on. I thought there would be drama and glares and well it just wasn't. Freddy comes back and he and Adam just act as if they barely know each other.
It was more of
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The answers to life questions aren't always as easy they would seem. Love is love. What happens when love for family (and friends) collides with true romantic love of the heart-- finding 'the one'? How do you reconcile the influence others force on you at the risk of your own happiness?

Author Jenny Holiday explores this through her modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion as a M/M romance novel. I have not read Austen's original work, so I had no comparison or expectations reading Undue Infl
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A great second chance story.

I have never read Jane Austen's Persuasion, I've actually not read any Jane Austen books. I've also never read a book by Jenny Holiday – until this one. I found Undue Influence to be a very enjoyable story; one that I would probably read again if I ever re-read books.

It's kind of a classic second chance story. Two young people fall in love, circumstances/people tear them apart, they reconnect years later and discover that they still love each other. Those are the thin
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely story about two men who get a second chance at love. Adam and Freddie meet at work; Adam is a valet and Freddie works in the kitchen. They are a mismatch as Adam's family owns a winery and Freddie's mother cleans houses for a living. After a wonderful summer together they break up, essentially because of their different stations in life. Eight years later when Freddie returns home a wealthy celebrity chef, they realize that their love is still there.

While Persuasion is not my fa
i mean, it's a truth universally acknowledged that if someone is writing a jane austen retelling, i'm going to read it, right? and undue influence retells one of my absolute favorite of jane's stories, persuasion. while this is not the first persuasion retelling i've ever read, it's the first that switches up the genders and has two heroes as romantic leads.

even though it's moved to a contemporary setting, a lot of the socioeconomic commentary in austen's original story come into play here. fred
Pamella Lee
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt, standalones
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Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, thoug ...more