Tuesday, November 1, 2011

'Mr. Darcy's Undoing' by Abigail Reynolds

Synopsis: Elizabeth accepts the proposal of a childhood friend before she meets Darcy again. When their paths cross, the devastated Mr. Darcy must decide how far he’ll go to win the woman he loves. How can a man who prides himself on his honor ask the woman he loves to do something scandalous? And how can Elizabeth accept a loveless marriage when Mr. Darcy holds the key to her heart? As they confront family opposition and the ill-will of scandal-mongers, will Elizabeth prove to be Mr. Darcy’s undoing?

First thoughts after finishing: "Oh Mr. married the wrong woman!"

Yes, I know...there I go again about Mr.Darcy! I can't help it though.....this book has some scorching bedroom scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth and I swear my cheeks were burning up and I know for a fact that I had that stupid "I can't believe he did that!" grin on my face. Oh well, what is a Darcy lover to do?

What I liked:

  • Solid, well-written story
  • Loved the idea of Elizabeth becoming engaged to another man, therefore, leaving Darcy bewildered and brokenhearted.
  • The sex scenes..oh, wait I already said that!!
What I didn't like:

  • I wanted the author to take the story about Elizabeth's engagement further. The ending of the engagement seemed too abrupt and I feel it could've added to the story if she actually had Lizzy marry him and then maybe he dies somehow and Elizabeth feels so guilty that she shuns Darcy for years....oops, I'm getting carried away.
  • I honestly thought the book was about 50 pages too long. I was starting to get a bit tired of the story. There were some pages that really didn't add to the story.
  • I thought I would scream if Darcy called Elizabeth his, "My best beloved" one more damn time!
Recommend? For those that love Darcy and enjoy reading the P&P variations, AND don't mind a few steamy sex scenes....this is a good read!

Rating: 7.5/10
Mr. Darcy's Undoing by Abigail Reynolds
Source: review copy from Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: P&P variation
Pages: 323
Published:  October, 2011 Sourcebooks
*Uncorrected ARC

Disclaimer:Thank you toSourcebooks Landmark for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MYexperience while reading this novel.

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  1. Your review had me laughing and with such great bedroom scenes I might just have to indulge in the guilty pleasure of reading this one.

  2. hehehehehe... I love the sex talk!! this sounds fun! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. Wow! Bet the scorching scenes could rival those in Seducing Mr.Darcy!

  4. The "best beloved" thing bothered me, too, and I also thought the tension of the engagement to Covington could have lasted a bit longer. Still, I really enjoyed it.

  5. I agree with Jan - who can resist great bedroom scenes? :--)

  6. Terrific review -- I've had my eye on this one and think I should add it to my list.

    "And if you don't mind a few steamy sex scenes...." Um, yes, Mr. Darcy, please and thank you!

  7. yes, my best beloved darling....that is no where near as many times as a another author has used I forgave Reynolds here.

    I did enjoy this, but didn't mind that the engagement ended...though I would have loved to see Covington go against convention and fight for her hand over Darcy.

  8. you should write a "Darcy" novel :D

  9. I love your Darcy fixation. Don't stop. It's just so much fun to read your reactions.

  10. You crack me up with your love of Mr. Darcy. I'm wondering who Mr. Darcy should have married - you, perhaps?

  11. I am gonna agree with Serena, I would have liked Covington to fight for her, more drama ;)

  12. Your review had me laughing, I think I'd read it just for the sorching bedroom scenes lol

  13. Hmmmm, your cheeks were burning up... Sounds like one retelling worth reading. Lol.

  14. I think I need to read it for the hot sex, since I don't seem to remember what that is anymore.

  15. Staci, you are just too funny with your Darcy adoration. I loved your first thoughts!


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