Update – Congratulations to Lisa S, the winner of Marilyn’s giveaway! Thank you to all who participated!
I have a confession to make. I have never read (or watched) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I do vow to read it in 2013, though! From what little I know about Marilyn Brant she is a huge Jane Austen fan and I only wish I would have read Pride and Prejudice before reading her Austen-inspired book. Perhaps I will have to read Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match again after reading Pride and Prejudice! Marilyn is also giving away a copy of one of her other ebooks to one lucky reader, so don’t leave before answering the question at the bottom of this post.
- Title: Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match
- Author: Marilyn Brant
- Publisher: White Soup Press
- Release Date: January 7, 2013
- Category: Contemporary Romance
- Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble
- Buy: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
An original, contemporary Austen-inspired romance…
A single mother and an ER doctor meet on an Internet dating site—each for reasons that have little to do with finding their perfect match—in this modern, Austen-inspired story. It’s a tribute to the power of both “pride” and “prejudice” in bringing two people romantically together, despite their mutual insistence that they should stay apart…
Would an Elizabeth Bennet by any other name be as appealing to a Darcy?
Beth Ann Bennet isn’t looking for love. She’s an aspiring social worker using an online alias to study sex-role stereotypes. Dr. William Darcy isn’t looking for love either. He’s just trying to fund his new clinic by winning a major bet. Both think Lady Catherine’s Love Match Website will help them get what they want—fast, easy and without endangering their hearts. Both are in for a big surprise.
Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match…where true love is just a fib and a click away.
This was my first book by Marilyn Brant and won’t be my last! It was fun and her writing is very easy to read. I enjoyed that she wrote in third person so you got to see both Beth and Will’s points of view. As mentioned in the summary above, Will and Beth both submitted a profile on a dating website to meet someone for ulterior motives. They both lied; however, Beth pretended to be someone she wasn’t in order to use her match as research and Will failed to mention he was only looking for someone in order to win a bet with his cousin. This relationship seemed to be doomed to fail from the beginning.
At first I wasn’t sure I liked Will. Marilyn did a great job of portraying him in a way that prevented the reader to automatically fall for him. That is what he did though – he kept everyone outside his wall of emotion and detached so he wouldn’t get hurt. Beth on the other hand had a tough time keeping her emotions in check. She was serious about her research, but she started falling for Will even though she knew she shouldn’t take things futher becasue of her dishonesty. Beth also seems to be the only woman who is able to break down Will’s walls and manages to pierce his heart, without realizing it. Once Will finds out that Beth lied to him, we finally start to see some real emotion from Will. It is amazing how you can draw closer to someone even when they are angry! He was no longer the cool, logical doctor only worried about his clinic and helping people in order to fight the system that he was subjected to growing up.
We all try to anticipate how a story is going to end up based on what we have read in past books. We know the hero and heroine will get together in the end of a romance novel, but it is the getting there that we love to read about. Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match did not disappoint in the “getting there” part. There were some surprises that happened along the way like when I thought they would forgive one another, but they didn’t! I was mentally urging Will and Beth to cut the crap and go to the other one (because I knew how they both felt about the other one – the fun part about being in both characters’ heads), but they were stubborn characters!
I thought Marilyn did a fabulous job with the story and the characters. I enjoyed the sweet romance that formed between the characters and loved Will’s cousin Bingley and Beth’s best friend Jane. I sure hope Marilyn writes a book about them! They would be so much fun to read about. If you are looking for a fun, contemporary read (whether or not you have read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) that is hard to put down, I highly recommend Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match!
Marilyn is giving away one copy of one of her other ebooks including On Any Given Sundae, Double Dipping or Holiday Man to one lucky reader. To be entered into the drawing to win a digital copy of one these books (winner’s choice), simply comment below and tell us what your favorite Jane Austen book is or admit you haven’t read any and give me the title of the last book you read. Contest is open until 11:59 pm central time on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Winner will be notified via email first and then announced on website after confirmation.