Contemporary Romance, Christmas
St. Martin's Press
October 17, 2017
12 Books of Christmas
October 31 - November 2, 2017
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe from New York Times bestselling author, Melissa de la Cruz, is a sweet, sexy and hilarious gender-swapping, genre-satisfying re-telling, set in contemporary America and featuring one snooty Miss Darcy.
Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family.
Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32-years-old and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?
The 12 Books of Christmas Reading Challenge
Welcome to the 12 Books of Christmas! This is my FIFTH contribution and I’m excited to share reviews for twelve holiday books over the next coming weeks.
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I don’t know why I keep reading retelling of Pride & Prejudice. None of them live up to the original story and this book was no different.
First, I need to preface this by saying I’ve tried to read exactly one other book by Melissa de la Cruz and I hated it and quit after about two chapters. I am clearly not her ideal reader. That said, this sounded like a cute Christmas story and perfect for my 12 Books of Christmas reading challenge. If you’ve enjoyed the author’s other work, you may fall in love with this story.
So, we’ll start off with the good things. I love that the author chose to do a gender swap, it’s always nice to shake things up a little bit that way. I also really liked the sub-characters, specifically Bingley and Luke’s brother… who’s name I can’t even remember anymore. I like that the author chose to include a same-sex couple, that really helped to modernize the classic tale. Darcy was a self-made woman who left home all on her own to live the life she wanted, not the one her parents wanted for her, and I love and respect that.
Unfortunately my list of dislikes far surpassed my likes. Most importantly, I hated Darcy. While I loved that she was self-made and successful, she was just so immature. I hated almost everything about her and the way she behaved. I didn’t like how Luke acted either half the time. Neither of them held the charm that Lizzy and Mr. Darcy from the original tale possessed, and unfortunately they came across as unlikable and their actions were unredeemable in this reader’s eyes.
Honestly, this book just left a bad taste in my mouth. Darcy and Luke’s lack of communication with one another and their personal hang ups and immaturity made them perfect for one another, because I’d hate for anyone else to be saddled with them.
At least I can say that my time reading this is over, and I know to never pick up another Melissa de la Cruz book in the future.
So, should you read this? I wouldn’t recommend it to my friends, but if you’re a fan of the authors previous work you may fall in love with this one.
See, it is an assumption universally made that any beautiful, brilliant, single woman who is rich as hell will be in want of a husband. She’d heard it time and time again.
Wanting to be near family and actually being near family were two completely different things.
There had been a part of her that thought maybe, after all these years, there was no way he could still be so mad, or so hurt, whichever it was.
Mr. Fitzwilliam’s wishes for his daughter were twofold, and the second fold involved her doing what a truly good and honorable woman would do: give birth to children and dedicate her life to raising them.
From their very first kiss until now, his kissing technique had evolved in no way whatsoever. It had always been good, sure, but not incredible. It was nice, practiced, wholesome, almost regulated. He had reliable rhythm and predictable moves.
Oh no, I have this one on my list, thanx for the heads up!
I’ll be super curious to hear what you think if you end up reading it!
But I know your TBR list is longer than mine, and I guarantee you’ve got hundreds of better books to prioritize!
The cover is cute, but sounds like a pass.
A hard pass. I was shocked to see that most Goodreads reviewers agreed with me as well.
I will have to add this to my TBR list
I didn’t like the original P&P. I tried reading P&P and Zombies because hey-it’s zombies. Hated it.
That’s a bummer! I wish THAT was the version of P&P I’d read, but I read the original. Zombies just takes the original book and adds zombies, right? I don’t think I could do that again… even with zombies. Someday I’ll watch the movie though!
Oh no… People really need to leave the classics alone. ESPECIALLY P&P. But you were fair, balanced, and honest in your review.
It’s hard to turn this particular story into a modern tale because societal norms have changed so much, it’s just not possible without the characters being awful people. Thanks for the nice words about my review. 🙂
I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice (I tried thrice, but classics aren’t my thing- except Sherlock Holmes of course) so I don’t think I’d read this either, but I love your review! 🙂
I don’t blame you. Classics aren’t my thing either. I forced myself through P&P because I love the movie so much, but that was less grueling than this version. :\
I was going to try and read this but never managed to find the time. I will admit though to of never of read the original book.
Honestly, I read the original but it was REALLY hard. I only made it through by referencing the scenes from the movie in my head. LOL