Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: January 1st 2014
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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?
This is a modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, set against the backdrop of the dog breeding world. I admit I have some experience with this as a family member is a dog breeder who shows her dogs for championships. I also admit it isn’t something I’m very interested in.
Elizabeth drove me crazy. She was far too stubborn and quick to jump to conclusions. That she painted all rich men with the same brush because she had a bad experience with one would have made sense, but she admitted there were several others she’d met who were good and nice. She didn’t really have a reason to treat Donovan Darcy the way she did. Having said that, I did warm up to her as the novel went on.
Speaking of Donovan Darcy…I loved him. He was the perfect Mr. Darcy. A bit cold and condescending, but warm and compassionate when he needed to be. His love of dogs came through and made him seem much sweeter.
Though I didn’t care for the quick way Elizabeth jumped to conclusions and the broad way she judged all rich people, I did enjoy the two of them together. When she forgot to be wary of his money and he forgot to be reserved, they were perfect together. They supported one another, made each other laugh and found an easy friendship.
3.5 out of 5