I must admit that I started “Seducing Mr. Darcy” by Gwyn Cready three or four times before I finally finished it. Obviously it didn’t really hold my attention and even though the story was cute with some very funny parts and some very sexy parts (including a very risque game of Scrabble, and that’s not something I see too often) but all together, it just ‘missed’ that extra oomph for me.
In a nutshell, the book selected for the heroine’s book club is “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. Our heroine isn’t exactly keen on ‘literature’ and like many of us prefers some heat with her reading. While discussing the lack thereof at a sidewalk cafe, they are overheard by an eminent (and way hot) visiting British Austen scholar. Needless to say, he’s not very impressed although he does discretely eye our heroine. There is a side story regarding the heroine’s sleezy ex which I think just muddled the story and added pages, but hey that’s just me.
Next our heroine heads for a relaxing massage at a parlor recommended by one of her friends and part of the ‘service’ is imagining yourself in a book and somehow, during the massage, you actually become a part of the story in the book you imagine. Now our heroine manages to imagine herself back in time into Austen’s P&P and her actions during her ‘visit’ cause all the books to begin changing in today’s world…beginning with the oldest copies. When she realizes what she’s done, she becomes desperate to fix things and here’s where our sexy British scholar comes in. I won’t give away any more of the plot, but if you are an Austen fan you will either laugh through the rest of the book, or just be pissed. Either way, my biggest issue with the hero and heroine is I just didn’t buy their relationship. It seemed to be more about having sex than building a relationship, and even with the short timeframe, it just didn’t work for me. But others may feel differently…it’s just my opinion!