Review: “Pride and Modern Prejudice” by A.J. Michaels

TITLE: Pride and Modern Prejudice
AUTHOR: A.J. Michaels
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 246 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 6, 2014
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback


What happens when Jane Austen’s immortal characters are thrust into 21st century Pennsylvania, with an all-male twist?
Liam Bennet has always been a good judge of character, but when William Darcy is thrown into his social circle, everything spins out of control. Darcy is proud, cold, arrogant—and strangely captivating. When Liam’s brother and Darcy’s business partner start seeing each other, Liam cannot avoid this enigmatic businessman. But does he want to?
As Liam struggles to find his identity in college and acknowledge his feelings, he must deal with the fortunes of his four brothers, his gossiping mother, and the possibility of a large inheritance that could save his family from financial ruin. Emotions come to a boil when George Wickham, a world-weary musician, stumbles into town and ignites a feud with Darcy. He threatens to expose a long-hidden past, and Liam must decide for himself who William Darcy really is and what he really wants.

If you ask me: Levi what is your all-time favorite book? Without any hesitation, the answer would be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. So imagine my shock when I saw this title! It was like a dream come true!

I have to be honest with you I may have had some fantasy about Darcy going to the pink side when I was reading the original (in 4 languages and no I’m not obsessed…shut up!) well you know me …

This book though…I read some reviews of this book, it wasn’t all great, but for me, it’s more than 5 OptimuMMs (aka stars).

Liam Benet (excellent name!!!) comes from a large family with five siblings (uhm duhhh!) and his best friend is his brother Jamie (another excellent choice of character name for the original Jane). When Bingley pops into Jamie’s life, Darcy pops into Liam’s.

I will not talk about the plot because you know…you don’t? How can you…?! You read romance and never read Pride and Prejudice?! … shame!…but I tell you a few things about the difference between the original and this marvelous work.

I loved the changes, the adaptation to this modern life of US. Loved how Georgiana is so different and Wickham, my…our modern Wickham whom you really want to punch in his face.

Darcy is his original self, proud, judgmental and very distant. Liam though doesn’t give a fu..dge about him. He must support Darcy because of Jamie and Bingley. But they can’t avoid each other for long, and some sparks took life.

There is no described sex scene in the book, but you can let your imagination go wild when Liam and Darcy finally collide. Of course they had sex! This is a contemporary story, not just holding hands and walking on a muddy road to Charleston…

We all know how this book ends, so there was neither twist (well except the changes) nor surprises for me. It’s an absolutely beautiful love  story (the original) turned perfectly into an MM Romance.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***


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