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My Review:It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband.
Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she's crossing the pond with the only companion she needs; her darling dog, Bliss. Caring for a pack of show dogs in England seems the perfect distraction from the scandal that ruined her teaching career, and her reputation, in New York. What she doesn't count on is an unstoppable attraction to billionaire dog breeder Donovan Darcy. The London tycoon's a little bit arrogant, a whole lot sexy, and the chemistry between them is disarming. When passion is finally unleashed, might Elizabeth hope to take home more than a blue ribbon?
As a huge Jane Austen fan, I've read countless Pride & Prejudice retellings. Some are continuations of the story, some are modern retellings and still others presuppose what would have happened if certain plot points in P&P never actually happened. However, I can easily say that I have never read in a modern retelling in which Mr. Darcy and Ms. Bennett are dog show participants. Don't let this seemingly odd premise throw you, however, because the tension, pride and prejudice of Darcy and Elizabeth are truly perfection in Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson! I loved learning more about dog shows and reading about Elizabeth and Darcy in this unique setting -- most of the book takes place in London and the descriptions were wonderful! Definitely one of my favorite reads of the year.
I highly, highly recommend this to anyone that likes contemporary romances and, especially, to fans of Jane Austen. This retelling is unique and absolutely lovely!
The mood spoiled by a heaping dose of reality, he withdrew his hand. And as they waited for the check, they sat with their fingertips little more than a whisper apart, the air swirling with the fresh scent of ripe oranges and unwanted affection.