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Dating Mr. Darcy

(Love Manor #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  823 ratings  ·  195 reviews
Is it a truth universally known that a girl must compete on reality TV to win a modern-day Mr. Darcy's heart?

Clothing designer Emma Brady is having serious doubts about how far she'll go to promote her new activewear line. Sure, being on a reality show would be great for business, but is putting up with Mr. Darcy-wannabe Sebastian Huntington-Ross really worth it?

Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Wild Lime Books
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Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a very entertaining romantic comedy combining a modern Pride and Prejudice variation with a parody of reality TV programming (specifically The Bachelor).

The plot: Emma Brady manages to get herself onto Dating Mr. Darcy, a reality TV show where a dozen hopeful American bachelorettes vie to become engaged to the program's "Mr. Darcy," Sebastian Huntington-Ross, who's British and owns a Pemberley-type estate in England.

Emma actually has no interest in winning; she'll be happy if she manag
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-romance
Emma and Darcy fall in love in a reality tv and have to overcome obstacles to be together.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just like Emma went into Dating Mr. Darcy with no expectations to make a connection, I also did not expect to love it as much as I do especially since first books usually has some growing pains. I am pleased to say that just like Emma, I was wrong as I was immediately invested into the characters and readers will find themselves pleasantly surprised how easily they get drawn into this book.

A cross of the Bachelor seasons of Matt Grant who was British and Lorenzo Borghese who came from a prominen
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A surprisingly wonderful book! Emma and her partner are looking for a way to promote their new clothing line. What better place to do that than on a reality dating show. Sebastian is the bachelor, a perfect Mr. Darcy with an English accent and a mansion in England. Emma is feisty and determined. I delighted in the interplay between these two, each with their own secrets. The other characters are varied and interesting, the relationships feel real and the humour made me laugh-out-loud. I recommen ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This was pretty cute. I liked the dating reality show concept. I liked the romance, but thought it could have been developed a little more. It felt like they only had a couple real interactions before they were "in love." I'd be interested in reading more from this, author. ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely delightful story. Emma is a Fashion Designer, but she really wants to promote her line. Is going on a Reality Show worth it. Loved it.
Toni Shiloh
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
So many laugh out loud moments. Glad I found this book and look forward to reading more by Ms. O'Keeffe. ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Word. I honestly could not put this book down. If I didn't have real life responsibilities getting in the way, I feel like I could have finished this book in just a few hours. The whole premise was amazing. A Bachelor-esque type dating show where the main character was portraying Mr. Darcy and was frequently referred to as Mr. Darcy? Loved it. And I don't even like watching The Bachelor as a show. But I do love Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen.

While this is not a retelling of Pride an
Christine Indorf
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rom-com
I have been reading Christmas books like crazy and needed a break and a good laugh. I got them both with this book. Funny and romantic this book is a great read. I usually read Christine Fiction but eventhough this is not, it is really clean with only a few cuss words. Dr Darcy and Emma are both great. I usually hate dating shows and read a book recently that was like that and didn't like it, but this one is just great. The girl on the show are real and have fun during the process and become gre ...more
Kristen Lewendon
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I laughed so hard my sides still hurt. In this adaptation of Pride and Prejudice with a reality-TV spin, we get humor, sweetness, angst, drama, and a dose of just plain crazy. Emma is just adorable. She’s the everywoman-kind of character that I can relate to easily. She’s occasionally clumsy, often snarky, and someone I just couldn’t help but cheer on to victory. Sebastian could be the poster child for the classic British reserve and stiff upper lip. But he’s hiding a world of secrets that could ...more
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, man. I loved everything about this book. I had to stop and think before posting this review because the only words in my head when I finished were "Holy $h1t amazeballs!" I was sneak reading while letting my toddler play on his own. (What? It's good for him.)

I’m generally not a huge fan of Pride & Prejudice (I know, I know!) but I do love the remakes. Especially Bridget Jones’s Diary. But this wasn’t a straight remake, and it truly is one of the best books I’ve read in ages. I devoured it.
Robin Vroman
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Austen fun.

Okay, if you're looking for something a tad, shall we say, edgier, this is perhaps not the book for you. However, if you want something light, laugh out (at least snicker) loud funny you've come to the right place. This is not quite a cliff hanger, but close enough. Book 2 will be out in November,. Happy reading! ☺
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun read in these trying times. A great escape from reality.

If you grew up with stories of meeting Prince Charming then U will love this.

I am a huge fan of this author and especially love the Books set in NZ and especially the ones in my beloved Wellington
Megan Besing
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Cute. Fun. Happily ever after. Clean romance. Few cursing. Overall well done. If you love mr. Dacy, this story is for you.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing contemporary retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. This was a really great feel-good rom-com! I loved Emma and her straightforward humor while she goes through this Bachelor like reality TV show it was hilarious. I have never been the biggest reality tv fan but I could definitely see myself watching a show like this just for the period wear. We get a few mean girls, Mr. Bingley, and bloomers in this book Lol! Loved seeing a modern take on one of my favorite classics ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'll be honest and say I started this book not in the best of minds due to personal stuff, I wasn't feeling great and wasn't sure I was going to like this as much as I ended up doing. I am very glad I did read it as it has left me feeling so much happier than I was.

This book had me sniggering, rolling my eyes, closing my eyes not sure if I wanted to read what happened next, sighing, smiling, going 'oh no!' and laughing out loud. I fell in love with the story and the characters. I didn't always
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
In order to promote her fashion line Emma decides to apply for the new television dating show 'Dating Mr Darcy'. She has no expectations at all, but during the filming of the show she forges new friendships, gains enemies and falls in love with said Mr Darcy... but can she win his heart?

I remember years ago I watched a reality tv show called 'Outback Jack'. All those women competing over 1 man... They were vicious and mean to each other, but some were really nice. And you know what? The man play
Lisa Bretschneider
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ll admit I’m a sucker for all things Pride and Prejudice, but I was pleasantly surprised by Dating Mr. Darcy. Emma is our spunky heroine who goes on a dating reality show for all the wrong reasons, only to find herself developing feelings for the lead.

What I loved about this book is that P&P is a setting for the book and there are a few plot references, but it doesn’t completely follow the storyline. Emma is written with a strong voice. I liked her and believed her. Sebastian is a little less
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC for my honest review by the author.

Oh my goodness! I absolutely loved this book. I'm always up for a sweet, funny Rom-Com and this book was it.

Emma signs up to be on dating show, "Dating Mr. Darcy" which is a playoff of Pride & Prejudice. The women are the Lizzies and Sebastian is Mr Darcy himself. Emma is on the show to promote her clothing line, not to fall in love.

This book was funny and was a great read. The chemistry between Emma and Seb is amazing. I'm a big fan of when
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've read other books by Kate O'Keefe and remember laughing out loud at some of the crazy antics and characters. Dating Mr Darcy didn't disappoint. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite movies so I could appreciate the references (which also had me thinking of funny scenes from a certain Julia Kent book). Emma grabbed my attention with her quick wit and "real" personality amidst some very interesting characters on this reality dating show. Sebastien took a while to show his true personality, ...more
Lisa Proskin
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I should not like this book. I do not watch The Bachelor. I am not a huge Pride and Prejudice fan (even though I do love Bridget Jones!) and I don't like reality tv. It made no difference as I really enjoyed this story. Emma is a clothing designer who goes on a Bachelor type show to publicize the brand. She had no expectations, but what fun would that book be? I enjoyed the story of Emma's adventures dating her Mr. Darcy and, as usual, I loved Kate O'Keefe's character development. She has a way ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this quirky and unique story. I was pretty much hooked from the beginning and enjoyed the comic relief sprinkled throughout.

As a business owner, I had to force myself to ignore the whole "must go into a reality show to save the business" angle because I could think off the top of my head of dozens of other things they could have done instead but without this Emma wouldn't have had an excuse to go on the show and fall in love so I'll let it pass.

The ending was very frustrating though.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Neither of us went into this thing looking for the other. But somehow we found each other."

While I've never read the original Pride and Prejudice (gasp!) nor watched a single episode of The Bachelor (double-gasp!), this lovely, delightful, and funny story has everything I'm looking for in a rom-com: main characters I can root for (Emma and Sebastian are simply adorable), lots of witty banter between the "Lizzies" and Sebatian, and swoon-worthy kisses.
Plus, my geeky little heart was extraordina
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First, this is a SWEET romance - no further than kissing.

The book was laugh-out-loud funny. Emma is very witty with her internal monologues and the secondary characters are clever too. The 'Lizzies', aka bachelorettes, are varied and Emma stays an enjoyable character throughout the cattiness.

The reality show premise is done well. I actually love the idea of a show called Dating Mr Darcy, and would love to try my hand at dressing up Regency-style...minus the bloomers.

I wondered how they were g
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cute, fast-moving, with a down-home gal and a real McCoy British toff💕

I just ate this story up. Emma the heroine is witty and feisty; Sebastian ("Mr. Darcy") is a landed British gent with a hidden agenda and a manner about him that really evokes Jane Austen's starchy Pride and Prejudice hero. The reality show dating contest is a weird way for these two to meet but their story in many ways mirrors the original Austen couple's dynamic but with a totally modern vibe.

With a major twist I never saw
Jackie Brokaw
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I've sat down to watch a dating reality show, but it all came back to me as soon as Emma hit the red carpet... Literally. You can picture pretty much everything in the book as something that would definitely happen on a reality show and I can't believe that they haven't done more shows with this sort of premise and theme. I love when a book makes me want to try to warn the characters because you can start to see what's coming. It means I'm hooked enough that I'm invested ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
I debated logging whether I read this because I was actually embarrassed by this book, but I realized I should just do it so I don't forget that I read it and am then subjected to whatever the hell this was once again. I'm sure this was for some people, and that's great for them but it was definitely not for me.

The dialogue was atrocious is really all I can say. Also this is offensive to the spirit of Jane Austen; please let the woman enjoy the afterlife, she doesn't deserve this. There's a lot
Meg Martin
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a more than delightful story including a dating show, young love, endearing characters and a few rude girls thrown in as well. The back and forth humor had me smiling and even chuckling out loud. A few tense moments are a must in everyone's dating life and these are handled well. The descriptions of the areas where they visited were done well making it easy to picture. I think the bantering back and forth between everyone was my favorite part. I do hope there more as I'm ready to read a ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While I don't like Jane Austen novels or reality dating shows (90 Day Fiance is the only reality show I watch), I loved this novel! It will make you laugh and cry for sure. I picture Emily Hampshire as Emma and Henry Cavill as Sebastian. And in true reality show style, I can see Darcey from 90 Day Fiance as Hayley.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, best-of-romance
I tend to be disappointed with contemporary romances, but wow, I loved this charming story.

I was with Emma for the entire story: there were moments when I was laughing, stubborn, or jealous, and there were moments when I was blindsided by the twists. However predictable the story may be, it was impossible not to be fully invested. This felt like re-reading your favourite story; deep down you know how it will end, but your heart is racing flipping pages just in case you're incorrect. There is dra
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Kate O'Keeffe is a USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning author who writes exactly what she loves to read: laugh-out-loud romantic comedies with swoon-worthy heroes and gorgeous feel-good happily ever afters. She lives and loves in beautiful Hawke's Bay, New Zealand with her family and two scruffy but loveable dogs.

When she's not penning her latest story, Kate can be found hiking up hills (slowl

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