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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (July 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416541160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416541165
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #817,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x99bce00c) out of 5 stars 33 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99cbfd20) out of 5 stars Clever and enjoyable read--different and better than most recent romances July 28 2009
By A. Mode - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I decided to read this book after seeing that it is the 2009 RITA award winner of Best Paranormal Romance. "Pride and Prejudice" is my favorite book so I was a biased reader almost daring Cready to offend me. Not only was I not offended by Cready's imaginative use of Mr. Darcy, I was pleased to discover that Cready must love Darcy as much as the rest of us.

This book has all the elements I expect to find in a really good romance novel--believable dialogue, interesting characters fleshed out beyond sterotypes, tightly wound plotting. But it has some nice surprises too-- wicked humor, clever conflict and situations, juxtaposition of Regency and contemporary romance, and, most importantly, an atypical hero and heroine that seem both real and likable.

The only reason that I did not give five stars was because my "willing suspension of disbelief" was stretched a bit during the metaphysical aspects of the plot. But this is paranormal romance so I can forgive Cready's bold jump given that "Seducing Mr. Darcy" does everything else exactly right.

Do yourself a favor and read this book. You will find it a welcome respite from everything you have read lately.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c19dec) out of 5 stars A fantastical leap of faith-- but just go with it -and enjoy! July 27 2008
By Christina Boyd - Published on
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The cover is definitely a bodice ripper of the highest caliber and so is the story. That said, it is deliciously angsty and Darcy is all you desire him to be. The book is about a divorced woman,Philippa (Flip,) who hasn't had any action since her husband left her over two years prior, and (okay here is where you must take a fantastical leap of faith -- just go with it!) gets this therapeutic massage that sopposedly transports your imagination into your favorite book. Yet, instead of transporting Flip into her current racy bodice ripping romance novel, she finds herself in Regency England in the company of Mr. Darcy pre-Pride & Prejudice. After waking from her massage (and an explicit encounter with Mr. Darcy in a Grecian folly) she finds later in spotting a 1st edition P&P on display at her university library, that certain important passages are changed -- like the proposal turned argument at Hunsford with Elizabeth and Darcy is about her, Philippa! So she must discover a way to correct the chain of events she has unwittingly altered. I am terribly loyal to Darcy and Elizabeth, together... but I liked this character, Philippa, so much, I sheepishly must admit, I kind of liked Darcy with her... very much... Surely, this isn't some great literary work of Jane Austen (just look at the cover) but I believe you will enjoy it. If the cover embarrasses you too much to read in company, well fold it back and tell those that have their sensibilites easily affected to kindly, "Avert your eyes." Ha! It's remarkably well-written -- and it showed Darcy prior to meeting Elizabeth in Hertfordshire and how he might have behaved amongst his peers. He is just a man afterall. A smokin' hot man! And in not wanting to give too much of the story away, the Darcy-like man & Austen expert, Magnus, who helps Philippa right this wrong, well, I think he is a keeper, too; he "almost" eclipses Mr. Darcy. Enjoy!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a8a018) out of 5 stars 3.5 stars and watching for her next book Oct. 11 2008
By emyln - Published on
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This was an enjoyable read. The Premise was fun and different, getting a massage and being transported into a book and "changing" the story. But things go very wrong and when Allison awakes, she finds that the actual book is being re-written based on her experiences.

Naturally she has to try and rectify this along with the unwanted help from a current day professor of literature. Fun ensures.

I can't say that I'm now a devoted reader of Gwyn Cready, her writing style is still a little unpolished and her plot lines could be tighter. For example little knowledge is given to the person giving the massage and we just take it on faith that its there to make the story work instead of woven into the story. Still, very innovative and I will definitely check out her next book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a1335a0) out of 5 stars Excellent Premise, Sub-Par Executioin Feb. 24 2010
By Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is a verifiable truth that a Jane Austen addict will read anything and everything related to Jane Austen that they can get their hands on, and I am no exception to this statement. A book like "Seducing Mr. Darcy" is not the type of novel I am customarily drawn to and while I have read novels that include intimate and sexually explicit scenes, it is not the primary thing I look for in a book. It was the fact that this book featured Mr. Darcy and the plot of "Pride and Prejudice" that piqued my curiosity and prompted me to read it despite its suggestive cover.

Flip Allison, a divorced ornithologist experiencing a very rough morning, decides to treat herself to a therapeutic massage. But this is no ordinary massage. Madame K, the proprietor of Looking Glass Massage Therapy, advertises that her clients will imagine themselves in their favorite book. Flip has two books that she has recently been perusing; one is "Pride and Prejudice," which she is rereading for her book club, and the other is a sexy romance novel that involves a hot encounter on a bathroom sink. Flip intends to visit the romance novel during her massage knowing she will have a more rapturous time there. Unfortunately, she winds up in "Pride and Prejudice" instead, and has an unexpected steamy interlude (very reminiscent of the bathroom sink scene) with Mr. Darcy. When awake from her massage, Flip discovers that the plot of "Pride and Prejudice" has gone catastrophically off course and somehow has been altered by her imaginings. She now has less than twenty-four hours to set the story to rights before the changes are permanent!

In order to repair the damages made to "Pride and Prejudice" Flip begrudgingly enlists the help of Magnus Knightley, an arrogant, brooding, and sexy Austen scholar visiting from England. But is he only interested in the restoration of "Pride and Prejudice?" Or is he developing a soft spot for the impudent yet vulnerable Flip Allison? If he had to choose between the two, which would it be?

Why the two stars you ask? No, it's not because of the time travel, steamy scenes, or the liberties taken with "Pride and Prejudice," but because I felt it could have been better executed. Writing a story that includes time travel, romance, and the plot of a beloved novel gone awry is a tremendous task and unfortunately, in this case, ended being up too disjointed and difficult to follow. Because there was so much going on in this novel I often felt that some of the story-lines were incomplete and under-developed. Furthermore, the novel's resolution felt hurried and unsettled. I would have liked a more satisfying and complete conclusion rather than assume that all had ended well.

I have no compunction in reading about "Pride and Prejudice" characters in the bedroom, as I have done it before in novels by Abigail Reynolds and Linda Berdoll. However, the romantic scenes in this novel were often a little flat and uninspired. In addition, I sometimes felt that the characters behaved so uncharacteristically that they were unrecognizable. Yes, I can believe that Darcy and Elizabeth would have a sexy and passionate side to them, but for Elizabeth to drink from a flask and be preoccupied with losing her virginity???

While I greatly enjoyed the premise of this book, I walked away disappointed for the book it could have been. It had great potential and merit; the hysterical hijinks often reminded me of the movie "Lost in Austen," another clever slant of "Pride and Prejudice." I do not recommend this book to readers who know "Pride and Prejudice" like the back of their hand, as the liberties taken and character distortions may hinder their enjoyment of the novel. Nonetheless, people have varying taste and opinions and this novel may be more to your liking than it was to mine.

Austenesque Reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bbd6a8) out of 5 stars Enjoyed it but can`t say I would recommend it Sept. 17 2009
By skmkc - Published on
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I am a huge P&P fan & it was fun to see more on my favorite characters, but I almost hated to see them all be so silly as was depicted in this book. I am glad I read it, but I`m not sure I would recommend it to anyone else. But if you keep in mind it`s just a farce & not intended to be thought provoking, you might enjoy it.

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