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Seducing Mr. Darcy Mass Market Paperback – Jul 29 2008

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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: #617,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Gwyn Cready is a writer of contemporary, Scottish, and time travel romance. She's been called "the master of time travel romance" and is the winner of the RITA Award, the most prestigious award given in romance writing. She has been profiled in Real Simple and USA Today, among others. Before becoming a novelist, she spent 25 years in brand management. She has two grown children and lives with her husband on a hill overlooking the magical kingdom of Pittsburgh.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa6e4d300) out of 5 stars 35 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6e5bbac) out of 5 stars Clever and enjoyable read--different and better than most recent romances July 28 2009
By A. Mode - Published on
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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(0xa6e5bdf8) 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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6e5bdbc) out of 5 stars 3.5 stars and watching for her next book Oct. 11 2008
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa740a0cc) out of 5 stars Enjoyed it but can`t say I would recommend it Sept. 17 2009
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa740a12c) out of 5 stars Ridiculous but highly entertaining romantic farce. Sept. 23 2011
By Marshall Lord - Published on
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Hysterically funny if ludicrous romantic farce, a bit like a mix of the "Thursday Next" series with the TV programme "Lost in Austen"

A large part of me cannot believe that I am giving this book four stars and seriously considered awarding the fifth. But however nonsensical the book may be, since I devoured it as fast as I could, laughed out loud at least half a dozen times while reading it - and not a little chuckle either but a full-throated roar - and went out and bought several of the author's other books as soon as I had finished it, I can hardly pretend that I didn't immensely enjoy it.

The heroine, Flip Allison, is a recently divorced ornithologist whose handsome but worthless ex-husband, also an ornithologist and now a professional rival, had a fondness for pretty students. She is more fond of trashy modern romances than classics like "Pride and Prejudice" but takes part in a reading of Jane Austen's novel with her friends.

At about the same time, Flip is introduced to an unusual hypnotist and masseur, Madam K, who has a special treatment in which you "Imagine yourself in your favourite book" and tries the treatment out.

Unfortunately, instead of imagining herself in one book, her mind conjures a mix of "Pride and Prejudice" and a rather more trashy novel, and the character she becomes has a scandalous affair with Fitzwilliam Darcy which Miss Austen would never have allowed one of her characters. Even more unfortunately, Madam K's treatment isn't just something which happens in her client's heads.

The first clue that something has gone seriously wrong is when Flip finds that a specimen of a creature extinct in the 21st century USA which she put into her reticule during her dream visit to Regency England has appeared for real in her handbag when she wakes in her own time. The next is when copies of "Pride and Prejudice" start to change ...

To rescue the situation, Flip has to enlist the aid of a handsome but stuffy English visiting professor of literature: and meanwhile the schemes of her ex-husband and his latest student girlfriend are about to make matters even worse ...

Some very entertaining humour in the book, parts of which are quite clever - I particularly appreciated the scenes from the viewpoint of one of the university library staff who is baffled by some very strange goings on in the library - though elements of the humour in the book are seriously lowbrow.

One content warning. Anyone who is likely to be seriously offended by some mild references to spanking should give this book a miss. When Magnus, the handsome professor of literature, first sees the heroine with some of her friends, they have had slightly too much to drink and are not on their best behaviour, so much so that he wishes he could turn all of them, particularly Flip, over his knee.

On first reading this passage the reader may assume that this is simply a way of emphasising that our heroine and her friends have made a bad first impression. However it soom becomes clear that this was not just a passing thought: one of the ongoing will-they-won't-they sub-plots in the book is whether Magnus is going to end up making love to Flip, spanking her bottom soundly, or both. I'm not going to spoil the story by saying whether this actually happens, but if you think a man who would even seriously consider putting a woman over his knee must be such an evil sexist that he could not possibly be a suitable hero, you probably shouldn't read this book.

Highbrow fans of Miss Austen may find aspects of this book at best silly and at worst irritating, though they will at first sympathise with Magnus - well, with his reasons for being annoyed with Flip and her friends, anyway.

If you do enjoy this book and particularly the humour involved in trying to protect great works of literature from being messed up, and have not already read Jasper Foord's "Thursday Next" series, I strongly recommend you try "The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next Series #1) by Jasper Fforde" which is the first in that series.

"Seducing Mr Darcy" is obviously not intended to be taken seriously, but if you like "Lost in Austen" or any other story in which characters from classic literature come alive, or if you enjoy a silly romantic farce, you might find this very entertaining.

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