Thursday, March 15, 2012

Compulsively Mr. Darcy by Nina Benneton

Compulsively Mr. Darcy by Nina Benneton
Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 978-1402262494
Published Feb 2012
Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Compulsively Mr. Darcy is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy is an obsessive compulsive philanthropist who follows his friend Mr. Bingley and his family to Vietnam where Bingley's older sister Louisa and her husband want to adopt a child. Here they meet Dr. Elizabeth Bennet at an emergency room and her sister Jane, who works at the orphanage. Misunderstandings ensue when Elizabeth thinks that Darcy and Bingley are a couple and that they are the ones who really want to adopt a child.

After some of the good reviews I read about this book, I was eager to read it. It started out okay, and the premise of the story promised a funny read but before long I realized I didn't real care for it. After 100 pages I had enough of the crude language and romance based on nothing but physical attraction. The characters were okay but not enough for me to want to continue reading. I was actually getting bored. The setting of Vietnam was interesting but it wasn't exotic and the story could easily have taken place elsewhere and not much would have changed.

I realize that Austen spin-offs are a hit and miss with me. I'm a sucker when it comes to Pride and Prejudice but maybe I should just hang up my hat and stick to the real thing. That way, disappointment won't be a possibility.

This book is rated P and S = Profanity and explicit sexual content.

Reviewed by Laura 

Disclosure: Thanks Kay Mitchell from Sourcebooks for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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