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June 12, 2008

Review: Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready

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Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready

From the moment I saw the title Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready, I knew I had to read this book! Most of us have read Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” more than once. Admittedly, I became a Mr. Darcy fan after watching BBC’s version of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth. He played Mr. Darcy as if the famous character was written specifically for him. Whew! So as you may have guessed, I jumped at the chance to read this book.

Philippa “Flip” Allison is not having a great day. Stressing over the presentation she must give at the University about “Bird Density and the Diversity in Clear-cut Oak Forests” is not going so well. Between having a hard time concentrating on the subject, and knowing she has to re-read Pride and Prejudice for her book club in a few days, she jumps at the chance to meet her friends at the local café to unwind and have some well deserved girl talk.

As Flip begins to relax, the subject of Mr. Darcy comes up. Revealing to her friends that she prefers more down and dirty heroes than the straight-laced Mr. Darcy, they soon begin to discuss Mr. Darcy in ways that would make Lizzie Bennett blush.

Magnus Knightley can not believe what he is hearing. As a visiting scholar of literature and expert on Pride and Prejudice, he is appalled to hear what the ladies a few tables over are saying about his favorite novel. Are those women for real? What are they saying about Mr. Darcy? Something about hedges and his nether regions? Frustrated that the women are discussing his favorite subject as if it were some trashy romance novel, he is having a hard time concentrating on the article he is writing.

As the women continue to discuss Mr. Darcy in scandalous ways, Flip soon starts noticing the handsome man sitting not too far from them. When she inquires about him, she discovers about his love of literacy and his authority on Pride and Prejudice. She decides to introduce herself and invite him to speak at the book club meeting. When Magnus is not overly friendly and turns down her offer to speak on his favorite subject, Flip decides to forget him and his sexy in a straight-laced-kind-of-way self.

Needing relief from all of the stresses of the day, Flip decides to get a massage. While there, her massage therapist Madame K tells her she is in for a treat. Instructing Flip to imagine herself in her favorite book, Madame X tells her that she will experience it like never before. Soon, Flip finds herself in the middle of Regency England with the very sexy Mr. Darcy and has a very sensual tryst with him.

When Flip is awakened from her massage and discovers she has altered the course of Lizzie and Mr. Darcy’s relationship as written in the book, she is horrified. Knowing she must right what she has wronged, she reluctantly asks the help of Magnus. What happens next is a romp full of fun and adventure!

I loved this book! I was curious how Gwyn Cready would incorporate Flip and Magnus with the famous characters of Pride and Prejudice. Ms. Cready not only stayed true to the essence of Mr. Darcy and Lizzie, but with all of the other characters in Pride and Prejudice as well.

I thought that Flip and Magnus’ relationship was very well written. Although they had a rocky start when they first met, I found myself cheering them on and enjoying the development of their relationship. They have some very funny moments, as well as very sensual ones (I will never look at the game “Scrabble” in the same way…Whew!).

I quickly read this book in one afternoon. I loved it and it has found a permanent place on my keeper shelf. In my opinion, Seducing Mr. Darcy is a very well written book from start to finish, and I enjoyed every minute of it!

For more information on the author Gwyn Cready and her other works, visit her web site at www.cready.com.

 

Reviewed by Shellie

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