Mr. Darcy's Undoing

Mr Darcy s Undoing A passionate new Pride and Prejudice variation explores the unthinkable Elizabeth accepts the proposal of a childhood friend before she meets Darcy again When their paths cross the devastated Mr Darc

  • Title: Mr. Darcy's Undoing
  • Author: Abigail Reynolds
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A passionate new Pride and Prejudice variation explores the unthinkable Elizabeth accepts the proposal of a childhood friend before she meets Darcy again When their paths cross, the devastated Mr Darcy must decide how far he ll go to win the woman he loves How can a man who prides himself on his honor ask the woman he loves to do something scandalous And how can ElizabA passionate new Pride and Prejudice variation explores the unthinkable Elizabeth accepts the proposal of a childhood friend before she meets Darcy again When their paths cross, the devastated Mr Darcy must decide how far he ll go to win the woman he loves How can a man who prides himself on his honor ask the woman he loves to do something scandalous And how can Elizabeth accept a loveless marriage when Mr Darcy holds the key to her heart As they confront family opposition and the ill will of scandal mongers, will Elizabeth prove to be Mr Darcy s undoing

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    1. 2.5 stars though I would have given this novel a higher rating if the love was kept in clean taste (even a 4 perhaps). I loved the story line - Darcy returns to Netherfield shortly after his visit in Kent. He wants to know if Elizabeth has forgiven him after his letter and hopes to re-unite Bingley with Jane. He wants to prove himself to be the man Elizabeth would want him to be but is utterly shocked and grieved when he learns she is engaged. Lizzy becomes engaged to a lifelong friend Mr. Covin [...]

    2. Having read all the other reviews I read such different opinions. But we are all entitled to our own. I purchased and read this book as Without Reserve. I love all of Abigail Reynolds's books and I think this one may be one of my favorites, if not number 1. I have read it many times in part or in whole. I can take or leave sex scenes but am not offended by such nor do I read Abigail's as porn. I have posted several other reviews in which I do describe the stories as smut or porn, but Abigail bui [...]

    3. More smut than I would like.*spoiler alert*The concept of the book was interesting - what if another man proposed to Elizabeth after she'd turned down Darcy's proposal (and she accepted)? Unfortunately, that only lasts for about 1/4 of the book. I don't care for the interpretation of Darcy as written by Reynolds, and while I can accept the scene where Darcy kisses Elizabeth (even though she's engaged to another guy), I can't fathom them having premarital sex, at Netherfield, with Georgiana in th [...]

    4. Mr. Darcy's Undoing is a book I've won through here and yesterday evening I started reading it. I read Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion by Jane Austen before I commenced with this book. Although a fan of the film renditions of the book, I had never read Pride and Prejudice—or any book by Jane Austen, for that matter. Needless to say, after becoming familiar with the language and Austen's way of storytelling, I enjoyed both books immensely, though I was slower than I usually am in reading the [...]

    5. Definitely not the worst of the lot in these P&P variations but I wonder at this author's portrayal of Darcy as a man who can't control his desires. I agree he was a passionate man underneath all that starch (there was no doubt of that after his first proposal) but I'm sure that Darcy would have been able to keep himself in check in most other circumstances. I guess this was the author's solution for having Darcy mauling poor Elizabeth every time he had the chance.Anyhow, the plot is as foll [...]

    6. This story had a sweet premise-how would Darcy react when he discovered Lizzy was engaged to another and how would he persuade her otherwise. The first half of the book was really touching,very romantic-with Darcy determined he was happy for her to be married to another man as long as she, herself was truly happy. He returns for Bingley's wedding only to happily discover that she is unwed and sets out to make her his and is not willing to take no for an answer.I wanted to love this book but I fo [...]

    7. There comes a time every so often when I am compelled to read another Pride and Prejudice sequel/bodice ripper featuring Darcy and Elizabeth in (very) compromising positions (actually in lots of positions). That time is now and this book is one of them. Nope, don't feel a bit guilty about it

    8. there were so many arch comments and arched eyebrows on Elizabeth's part I can only imagine her eyebrows had actually migrated off her face. they're hovering even now a foot above her head. This book was a pretty big 'mehn' with okay characterizations.

    9. Ok~ llegamos otra vez a ese tiempo del año en que me dan deseos de leer variaciones de Orgullo y Prejuicio (y después, vuelvo a releer el libro y a ver la serie del 95) entonces, decidí leer esta adaptación porque la sinopsis de veía interesante. Y la primera parte del libro es interesante. Después ya no tanto, porque todo gira en torno a "la tensión sexual" entre los protagonistas, que no está mal pero sostener eso durante más de cien páginas. Me parece demasiado. En fin, en su conjun [...]

    10. No, I'm sorry, but no.The whole 202 pages worth was like listening to your favorite song sung in the worst possible way. On repeat.I did read the whole book, which tempted me to give it two starts instead of one, but I just really couldn't, because I actually wish I would have stopped the book while I was ahead and recycled the paper immediately. The main reason I finished the book was because it was so thin, barely more than a novella, and the other reason I finished was because, I admit, there [...]

    11. Review originally posted on Diary of an EccentricMr. Darcy’s Undoing (previously published as Without Reserve) is another retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in which Abigail Reynolds asks readers to imagine “what if?” — in this case, what if Mr. Darcy had a rival for Elizabeth Bennet’s affections? Reynolds opens the novel after Darcy’s disastrous proposal at Kent. By the time Darcy convinces Bingley to return to Netherfield and rekindle his romance with Elizabeth’s si [...]

    12. Mr. Darcy's Undoing (originally self-published as Without Reserve in 2007) is one of Abigail Reynolds' earliest novels from her incomparable Pemberley Variation Series, and just happens to be the first one I ever read! If you are unfamiliar with these riveting and romantic variations, they are retellings of Pride and Prejudice that take our beloved hero and heroine down a slightly altered path. Abigail Reynolds, one of my favorite Austenesque authors, is a skilled-story teller, an ardent admirer [...]

    13. This was an okay book (I love anything with Elizabeth & Darcy in it) but I was disappointed with how many pages I had to skip. By the end it seemed more like a sordid novel and less of a continuation of Jane Austen's character. What story line there was, was not done very well. The premise behind the book had promise but it disappeared quickly. Will not be reading any of her other books.

    14. Pretty intimate and delightful While not near the best of Mrs. Reynolds works, this is a very good story, as usual. I find it amusing that some of her works have barely any adult scenes, while others, such as this are copious. If this isn't your thing, please don't read it and then disparage her abilities with low star ratings. This woman writes D & E with an intensity that few else can and should be lauded as a proficient in the field of P&P variations.

    15. I found that after the initial conflict, Lizzy protested too much and was too stubborn. I did enjoy seeing a more fully-realized Darcy - especially one who had to overcome not being able to get everything he ever wanted.

    16. I bought this in paperback but that format is not showing up.Having read all the other reviews I read such different opinions. But we are all entitled to our own. I purchased and read this book as Without Reserve. I love all of Abigail Reynolds's books and I think this one may be one of my favorites, if not number 1. I have read it many times in part or in whole. I can take or leave sex scenes but am not offended by such nor do I read Abigail's as porn. I have posted several other reviews in whi [...]

    17. Not what I expected. If anyone is sensitive to any sort of erotica take I would far from recommend. I didn't mind it for what it was HOWEVER I would have rated higher if it weren't for these things:1) The book synopsis is not accurate. Why? Well the premise given isn't very used. And is over and done quickly. I didn't mind, but I could clearly see how people are/were offended in the quick skim of reviews I read. the review inside the book say g it was steamy but chaste is also a bit bait and swi [...]

    18. My thoughts:It is that time again, time for a JA variation. And this one gets a bit passionate towards the end too.Lizzie meets Darcy, he proposes and she thinks he is an ass. We all know the story. In this one she goes home and meets Mr Covingon, she knows him from before and he asks for her hand in marriage and she accepts. Darcy comes and wants her back but it is too late. Of course Mr. Darcy does not give up, and there are a few twists and turn before they can get their HEA.Oh Mr. Darcy, you [...]

    19. Without Reserve was another enjoyable P&P variation from Abigail Reynolds. This variation sees Elizabeth agree to marry a childhood friend, Mr. Covington, after Darcy's first proposal. She knows that she shouldn't have accepted another man so soon after rejecting Mr. Darcy but she sees it as a benefit to her family. However, Mr. Darcy reappears shortly after the engagement and Elizabeth starts to realize her mistake. With little surprise, Elizabeth breaks off her engagement with Covington, b [...]

    20. I loved this book. It's a little off from traditional Austen but I liked that we got to see more of Darcy. I also loved that there was more passion between them like kissing and stuff. I actually imagined something like what would happen if another guy also liked Lizzie so when I heard there was a book about this I had to read it. I just wish Lizzie wasn't so close to becoming his mistress. I think the traditional Darcy and Elizabeth would have more self control.

    21. This was the least favorite variation of P & P by Ms. Reynolds so far. It gave me waves and waves of hopelessness throughout. And yet I've read this twice already! So obviously her ability to write beautifully always delighted me.

    22. 2.5 stars. This book makes me sad. It started with a really interesting premise, then quickly became inappropriate. I don't mind the occasional insinuation by an author that Elizabeth and Darcy had typically human sexual desire for one another, but I don't believe Darcy plotted like this toward Elizabeth.I don't believe Darcy would have ever spoiled Elizabeth's virtue. In this book he calls her a minx on more than one occasion. Really? If I remember some of Reynolds' other books correctly, they [...]

    23. Good adaptationMore and more i have been understanding that Mr Bennet is quite neglectful. He cares more about his reading than his family. Mrs Bennet is unintelligent and not a nice person at all. Lydia is what is now called a dumb slut. She only cares about her own pleasure. Jane is so milquetoast that she would have trouble thinking poorly of the person who robbed her. Elizabeth can be so very frustrating. She isn't the best at understanding Darcy and his thoughts which lead to great trouble. [...]

    24. This was a pretty terrible book. I usually read romance as light, fluffy reading; something easy when I want to take a break from something stressful. I figured since I love Pride and Prejudice so much, surely a variation would be interesting. And I'm sure there are interesting variations out there somewhere, but this is not one of them. The tiger metaphor got very old, very quickly and there's no reason to think either of them would have ever behaved the way they did (and I'm not just talking t [...]

    25. Medium amount of angst, great storyI love Abigail’s stories and though this is one of her old books, it’s one of my favorites. It has medium angst, which is just perfect. Zero angst reads as sappy and not realistic. And to much angst is somewhat of a chore to read.My only complaint, I would have enjoyed 4 or 5 chapters about the Matlocks smoothing ODC couples transitioning into the ton and getting to know and like Lizzy.

    26. I didn't enjoy this book for so many reasons. Firstly, Darcy was unlikable - petulant, jealous, self-centered - and you never really understood why Elizabeth fell in love with him. Lizzie was also altered. The Lizzie readers know and love would never have cared so little about risking not only her reputation but the reputation of Bingley and Jane. These are not the characters from P & P. Their essence is gone.

    27. Probably my favorite of AR's books so far. The emotions were vivid and believable, fun mix of romance and angst. Both characters had to sacrifice and there weren't too many distracting side plots, ie. Wickham.

    28. A promising premise, but the plot didn't last as long as the book, having devolved into descriptions of their *many* physical interactions. After that ball got rolling there was very little else of either of their characters.

    29. This was a nice variation. Well done. Abigail Reynolds sticks to the period, avoids editing errors, and creates believable reactions to her situations.

    30. 2.5 stars. The story started out well, but after Elizabeth's engagement with Mr. Covington ended, there was not much happening, except explicit dreams and the acting out of said dreams.

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