As an avid fan of Jane Austen, I’m always on the lookout for new stories related to her works. So when I heard that M.C. Frank was releasing a story about an actor playing Mr. Darcy in a modern-day Pride and Prejudice movie, I jumped at the chance to get a review copy.
Her “Mr. Darcy” is a blonde, 22-year old actor with a whole string of problems stemming from living life under a constant microscope. The apparent contradiction between the character’s appearance and the standard Mr. Darcy image might have been a turnoff, where it not for a lighthearted rib that one of the characters makes about how it’s “about time somebody made a movie with a light-haired Mr. Darcy and a dark-haired Mr. Bingley.” The P&P movie he is filming is set in sunny Corfu, Greece, a further departure from the classic Regency era England, making it all the more plausible that the characters themselves don’t resemble the ones from the book, and all the more enjoyable to see a new take on the idea.
Weston and Ari’s characters are not literal modern interpretations of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, but the parallels do exist, and there is plenty of pride and prejudice going around for both of them. Their relationship is quick to develop, but not without conflicts, due to Wes’ stardom and ties to fellow actor Elle, who plays his on-screen Elizabeth, but is more of a Caroline Bingley. Add the fact that Ari is carrying around a big secret, and their relationship is a loaded powder keg.
I enjoyed this clean new-adult romance, the complex characters and their love story, and the beautiful setting on a Greek island. It was definitely a could-not-put-down for me. I sat down to read it and didn’t stop until the end!