Compulsively Mr. Darcy is the debut novel of Nina Benneton and it was a really fun read! This take on our beloved Pride & Prejudice finds Darcy and Elizabeth tackling the modern world and more than a few misunderstandings along the way. This funny and entertaining modern adventure is a great adaptation of an old and favorite classic!
Fitzwilliam Darcy is an obsessive compulsive man of great wealth who can be brought down by germs or the sight of blood and Elizabeth Bennet is a doctor who specializes in infectious disesases. When we first meet her she is working in Vietnam. Darcy had traveled to Vietnam with Bingley to support their friends who were wanting to adopt a baby from an orphanage there. Bingley, always looking for trouble, manages to cut his leg and has to go to the hospital. Darcy, used to getting what he wants, demands of Dr. Bennet that his friend be seen and he doesn’t really do it in a very polite manner. Elizabeth, not one to take any flack from anyone wields her scalpel and, yes you guessed it, Darcy hits the floor. So, not really a great beginning for our Darcy and Elizabeth and yet soon enough they develop eyes for each other.
There seems to be a definite chemistry between Darcy and Elizabeth which Elizabeth is having trouble with since she firmly believes that Darcy and Bingley are a couple. After finding out that indeed Mr. Darcy does in fact like women things begin to heat up between the two and let me just say there is plenty of hanky panky going on with these two. Of course it wouldn’t be Darcy and Elizabeth without a few misunderstandings and it’s fun to watch them both try to navigate a relationship when neither one of them has ever been very successful at it before.
I thought Compulsively Mr. Darcy was an interesting take on Darcy for sure. To make this strong, good looking man have obsessive compulsive issues was very real and yet the author added a funny spin on it too. She took an illness that is usually swept under the carpet and put it out there and best of all Elizabeth accepts him completely for who he is, strange habits and all. My favorite character was Darcy and I got a giggle out of how he had to always be in control of a situation to be comfortable and yet Elizabeth manages to mess that up for him pretty good in most cases. The romance between the two was sweet and funny and all in all this was a really good read for me and a few hours of time well spent!
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Source: Review copy provided by Sourebooks via NetGalley. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are solely my own.