Mini Review: Dating Mr Darcy

Dating Mr Darcy – Kate O’Keeffe

Clothing designer Emma Brady is having serious doubts about how far she’ll go to promote her new activewear line. Sure, being on a reality show would be great for business, but is putting up with Mr. Darcy-wannabe Sebastian Huntington-Ross really worth it?

Sebastian is straight out of an Austen novel. But it’s hard to focus on his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and wickedly sexy accent when all Emma can see is his pride, arrogance, and smug demeanor.

But Sebastian has a secret reason for being on the show, and when Emma figures out what it is, her heart warms to him — without her permission.

Will Emma hold fast and keep the aristocratic Sebastian at arm’s length? Or will she put her reservations aside when the lines between reality and “reality show” start to blur?

I just flew through this book. It’s Pride and Prejudice meets The Bachelor, and is a cute concept. Emma enters a Bachelor type dating show where the Bachelor is a person portraying the character of Mr Darcy. Emma has not entered the show in hopes of finding her true love, however, she is doing it to promote the line of activewear that she has designed.

It is a quick and easy read, with a mix of cast members making up the female contestants on the show. You’ve got the mean girls, the drama queens, and the down to earth girls like Emma. Emma could be quite snarky herself at times, which I didn’t mind. The entire thing is told from Emma’s perspective, so you do get a full feel for the atmosphere of the competition as well as whatever is going on inside her head.

There are quite a few Jane Austen references in the book, but it’s more of a retelling of the Colin Firth movie rather than the original book itself. And oddly, tons of Downton Abbey references are thrown in as well.

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