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Duty and Desire by Pamela Aidan
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Apr 18, 2012

did not like it
Read from April 24 to May 06, 2012


Ok, here goes. I tend to have a (perhaps somewhat skewed) prejudice (PUN!) against most P&P spin offs. But this one caught my eye and the first book in this trilogy was surprisingly entertaining. Not Austen, by any means, but I appreciated the fact that she stuck with the original plot and managed to add her own twists without corrupting my burning love of P&P.

However, this book, the second in the series was a total disappointment. Not only do we not encounter any of the Bennets, we don't even return any aspect of the original. It's basically an entirely different book that just happens to use Mr. Darcy's name. His character wasn't even the same. Mr. Darcy is supposed to be this stauch creature who just exudes entitlement. Until his run in with Elizabeth and the misdirected proposal, he has no reason to change his personality. Aidan seems to think differently. All of a sudden, Darcy is swooning, confused, and desperate for a woman, any woman. PLUS, somewhere between the first book and the second, Aidan's writing style has completely morphed. She went from a somewhat light and fluffy supplement to Austen, to something that borders on trashy romance meets Agatha Christie meets Lifetime made-for-TV movie. Ugh.

I'll probably read the last in the series, These Three Remain, simply because I can't bear to leave Darcy and Elizabeth hanging in limbo. But I'm also curious to know just how necessary this second book was.

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