When I saw the cover of A Man With Faults I knew I had to read the book as soon as it got out, and when I saw the blurb I couldn’t believe my eyes! Lory Lilian, the Queen of Hot Mush, was going “angst” on this book! As a true angst addict, these were the best news I could have and it was with great expectation that I started reading it.
It turned out to be the perfect balance between an angsty beginning and a passionate, loving romance in the end. The balance between the angst and the romance makes A Man With Faults a perfect book for every reader as it will please all tastes.
In this variation Elizabeth refuses to read Mr. Darcy’s letter and without any reason to hope she will think better of him, or the pleasure of clearing out his name, he is a broken man.
So the book begins with Darcy in a dark place, and I confess I absolutely loved how Lory Lilian tortured him and how she made him react, especially towards Elizabeth. He was hurt, angry, and acting resentfully. He is not an easy character, he is harsh, complicated and I absolutely love it!! But above all, he remains honorable even when it means giving up on his own happiness. You know Darcy…
I also loved to see that Elizabeth didn’t need to read the letter to see Whickham for who he was. She is an intelligent lady who can see the signs in front of her. She just can’t see how much she loves Darcy and how much he loves her…But we wouldn’t have any love story if they figured it out immediately would we?
As I said, I love to see Darcy get tortured, and Lory Lilian did an excellent job at that! She did it using the plot I love the most, but I only like to see him suffer if the reward he will have in the end makes it up for all the suffering, and once again, the author nailed it!! Elizabeth’s letter was pure perfection! I could feel Darcy’s joy while reading it and I could think of no better way to give him his much deserved happiness. In fact, we are given the opportunity to see the couple’s happiness in the end, so those who love some “Darcy/Elizabeth together time” will be pleased with the last chapters of the book.
I’ve been talking about Darcy and Elizabeth because they are the main characters of the story, but as always Lory Lilian did an excellent job at developing secondary characters, not only already existing ones, such as Georgiana who plays an important role in this book, but also new characters like Darcy’s Aunt, Lady Hardwick, and Mr. Slade.
Georgiana is a fragile, insecure girl who finds in Lizzy the friend she never had, and it is because of her that our couple will be compelled to spend much time together. Lady Hardwick is an intelligent, funny woman who helps our dear couple achieve their HEA and Mr. Slade’s story is intriguing. I honestly would love to know more about his relationship with Lady Hardwick 🙂
As expected Lory Lilian delivered a powerful, intense romance that can not be missed by any JAFF reader. It gave me a tremendous pleasure to read this book and I highly recommend it.
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