I feel like I want to assign two different ratings to this book, because there are different levels of success here. As a (somewhat) modernized Pride and Prejudice? 5 stars, easy. Its got everything that made the original a classic, from the enemies to lovers vibe to the complicated hero to the very solid writing. As a 2020 romance novel standing on its own merits? Less successful. There’s not enough zing to the banter, not enough time spent together, and not enough of a modern feel to the dialogue. So I think your satisfaction with this one is really going to depend on what you’re hoping to get out of it.
Anyone who is at all familiar with P&P will have a good idea of how this book plays out. It stays very true to the general vibe, despite the fact that it’s in a modern setting. There’s a serious tone and an innocence to the romance, which lovers of the original will likely appreciate. Some of the conversations felt more reminiscent of the original than relevant to present day, but I loved how seamlessly this story transitioned into an office setting. The author also does a great job incorporating Darcy more strongly into the story. Though I still would’ve liked more scenes with them together, his presence is there throughout.
Hart’s a very talented author, so there’s a lot about this that I really enjoyed. I read it in one sitting and loved the light, low angst feel. I also loved getting more insight into Darcy’s actions, which made this a more well-rounded romance. But it also felt stiff at times, with a lack of chemistry and a storyline that became too predictable. There were definitely moments when I was bored, though I enjoyed the book as a whole. This one’s a winner for P&P fans, a decent read for modern romance lovers, and somewhere in between for those looking for a mix of the two. I received an early copy via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review of this office romance.
Hate is a strong word.
Depending on the company, loathe is a good substitute. Abhor might be a little fancy, but it gets the job done. But the word that really sums up how I feel about Liam Darcy is, without question, hate.
He doesn’t seem to think much of me either. The second he lays his fault-seeking eyes on me, he sets out to oppose me. Everything about him is imposing, as if he consumes the nearby air to power the rise and fall of his broad chest, and it’s clear he resents my presence on his advertising team. Every idea I have is shot down. Every olive branch I offer is set on fire by nothing more than the blistering coals he calls eyes.
In return, I light him up with my words.
It’s not as if he can dismiss me, since I work for his client, Wasted Words. Instead, he’s forced to tolerate me, which seems the closest we’ll ever be to friends. Fine by me.
I can be civil and still hate Liam Darcy.
But if there’s more to him than his exterior shows, I won’t be able to hate him at all.
I might stumble over that line between love and hate and fall right into his arms.
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