Length: 85,000 words approx.
Quick-tempered Bennet Rourke dislikes Darius Lanniker on sight. Darius may be a hotshot city lawyer, but that doesn't give him the right to sneer at Bennet, his friends, and their college. It doesn't help that Bennet's restaurant job has him waiting at Darius's table. So when his tutor recommends him for an internship at Darius's Pemberley estate, Bennet isn't sure he wants it. He's also not sure he can afford to turn it down.
Darius is a fish out of water in the small college town of Meriton, but something keeps pulling him back there. He's helping out a friend with business advice, nothing more. If he's interested in Bennet, it's not serious. Sure, Bennet challenges him in a way no other man has. But they have nothing in common. Right?
Wrong. Their best friends are falling in love, and Bennet and Darius can't seem to escape each other. Soon they're sharing climbing ropes and birthday cake, and there's a spark between them that won't be denied.
But betrayal is around the corner. Darius must swallow his pride and Bennet must drop his prejudices to see the rainbow shining through the storm clouds.
A standalone novel-a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Note: contains mention of past abuse.
Quick confession first—I’ve never read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, so for me I wasn’t comparing this story to anything, just reading and reviewing it on its own merits. As far as the story goes, it was an interesting one with a good group of characters but I did find that the pace was slower than I would have liked. That means that at times my attention did wander a bit, but in the end I was still satisfied with the story.
Bennet was a great character, responsible for the most part (at least he is now…a couple of years prior—not so much) and supportive of his friends—in particular his best friend Jamie. Darius comes across as a bit snobbish and aloof, and it takes quite a while before you start to see through that. When it comes to the supporting characters, most of them I liked. I was a bit on the fence about Bennet’s housemates and their flippant attitudes towards many things, but Charlotte? Wow, no one needs a “friend” like her.
The story takes a while to build up and develop, and it’s told solely from Bennet’s point of view. I think if we could have had Darius’s POV as well it would have helped me fall more deeply into the story since for the majority of the book he seems distant from the others with his attitude. Understanding his thoughts behind his words and actions would have gone a long way towards making his character more likable sooner in the story.
Bennet and Darius dance around each other for most of the story, with a few points that could have sparked more. Once they finally do give in, it’s quite far into the book, so there’s plenty of unresolved tension until then…and together they do steam things up quite a bit.
There is a bit of drama brought up involving Wyndham—a character that I didn’t care for almost from the moment he was introduced. It winds up actually being resolved quickly, and without much ado at all.
This story was a good read, if a bit slow for my taste, and gets 3.5-stars from me. There is some adult language, mentions of disturbing past abuse of a minor, and sexual content so this book is meant for readers 18+.
About The Author
MEGAN REDDAWAY lives in England and has been entertained by fictional characters acting out their stories in her head for as long as she can remember. She began writing them down as soon as she could.
Since she grew up, she has worked as a secretary, driver, barperson, and article writer, among other things. Whatever she is doing, she always has a story bubbling away at the same time.
For news of Megan's gay romance releases and two free stories, visit her website: http://meganreddaway.com
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