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Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson

unleashing mr. darcy
Warning: This book contains at least one explicit sexual scene and may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband.

Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she’s crossing the pond with the only companion she needs; her darling dog, Bliss. Caring for a pack of show dogs in England seems the perfect distraction from the scandal that ruined her teaching career, and her reputation, in New York. What she doesn’t count on is an unstoppable attraction to billionaire dog breeder Donovan Darcy. The London tycoon’s a little bit arrogant, a whole lot sexy, and the chemistry between them is disarming. When passion is finally unleashed, might Elizabeth hope to take home more than a blue ribbon?

Elizabeth is a dog lover and since her professional and personal life have gone up in flames, she’s retreated to what she can count on — her pup Bliss, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Like Elizabeth, I loooooooove dogs!!

I also love Pride and Prejudice.

So this was a meeting of true love for me. (smile)

Isn’t that puppy cute!  She won a Best in Show, which is what Elizabeth would like to win for Bliss.  That’s where she meets Donovan Darcy — at one of the competitions.

Wilson honors the playful spirit of P&P while diverging from the original plot’s structure.  Sure, there’s all of the usual suspects (Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, etc.) but the events of the original book are all mixed up and re-envisioned which makes the classic story a fresh read.

That said, I guess I’d better explain the warning at the beginning of the post…

This is not an erotica. It is a romance in the vein of chick lit and a modern update of Pride and Prejudice. But, because it’s a romance ( i.e. a story involving the growing relationship between two people), that relationship does manifest in sexual tension, culminating in a sexual coupling (or two). As far as how those scenes are detailed, it’s not as graphic as I’ve ever seen, but neither is it a “fade to black” either. So, fair warning.

Criticisms — the romance does get a bit “hot and heavy” sometimes and I’d like to think that Darcy loves Elizabeth for all of her good qualities, not because he’s burning up with passion that must be sated (cough). The passion could be toned down and this would still be an adorable story.

I liked how Miss Bingley is such a tramp in this. I love Jane Bennet’s counterpart in this book, she’s so much fun. When I think of a demure Jane, I can’t help but visualize Susannah Harker, and I think both of these “Janes” could be friends.

I think some of the references between books doesn’t need to be as heavy-handed as it is. Anyone who’s seen the movie (or movies) will have a good grasp of who represents whom without an exact scene by scene comparison.

Overall, I enjoyed Wilson’s book and I look forward to reading it again at some point. If you’re in a Jane Austen mood, or maybe just for a cold and rainy day and want to curl up with a cozy book, give this one a try. Let me know what you think!

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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