I am a big fan of Beauty and the Beast so when I saw this cross over on Amazon I didn’t think twice about buying it.
Darcy and the Beast is a mash up of Pride & Prejudice and Beauty and the Beast where Mr. Darcy’s family faces a course that stipulates that the male heirs need to marry for love or some disaster will occur. Darcy’s father decides to ignore that, and marries without love, which triggers a downfall of Pemberley’s income. To solve that, he forces Mr. Darcy to marry an heiress, and the curse carries on. Darcy will be particularly affected by it as during a fire he is severely injured and gets permanent scars.
Because of those events he becomes a bitter person who is forced to wear a mask to hide his face. This fact, along with the rumors that accompany him, will make the people of Meryton fear and despise him, so when he buys Mrs. Bennet’s debts and uses that as leverage to make Elizabeth marry him, she is everything but happy and is able to negotiate with him, accepting to live at Pemberley, but not to marry Mr. Darcy.
I found the initial chapters of the book very humorous as we see characters proclaiming sentences we never thought they would pronounce. Then it takes a more serious tone as we see Elizabeth living with Darcy at Pemberley and their relationship enfolding. There are also some romantic scenes in the book and I found the daily marriage proposals very endearing 🙂
I enjoyed this book immensely, but some people may not like to read how Darcy got Elizabeth to live with him at Pemberley and that his personality is more similar to the Beast than to Darcy’s. I truly liked Darcy’s character; to me he was a sexy man whom I wanted to take care of. But I believe readers need to accept that he will be very similar to the Beast.
There was, however, one character I didn’t enjoy: Georgiana. Sometimes her goodness and ingenuity are tiresome and I’m not particularly fond of those characteristics when exaggerated, but I didn’t like seeing her portrayed as a little brat in this book.
Also, I was expecting Elizabeth to actually fall in love with Darcy and it felt she only fell in love with Mr. Dream and merely tolerated Mr. Darcy. Plus the ending of the book felt too rushed without any explanation as to how Darcy recovered etc. I think that this book has a lot of potential and it would have been great if the author had developed it a little more, it is however an enjoyable read and I still had many pleasant moments while reading it.
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