Mr. Darcy’s Bite by Mary Lydon Simonsen
Mr. Darcy’s Bite is a spin-off of Jane Austen’s brilliant novel, Pride and Prejudice. It starts with Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy courting Elizabeth Bennet for six months but the visits are so erratic that Elizabeth can’t tell whether Mr. Darcy wants to ask for her hand or not! However, Mr. Darcy loves her and wants very much to marry her but he has a problem. He realizes that he can’t just think about what he wants, he also has to keep in mind the safety of his family, sister Georgiana and cousin Anne, and his pack. Especially when he decides to tell Elizabeth a secret that he and his family have kept since he was thirteen years old. Mr. Darcy was a werewolf. In telling her he must face the possibility of society finding out and losing the love of his life, Elizabeth. By letting this secret out he risks losing everything he holds most dear.
I have a fierce love for all things Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice is my absolute favorite. So naturally, I read all the spin offs I find as well! This book was well written and it is a very fast paced novel but lacks a lot of conflict that I had expected. Mary Lydon Simonsen writes well but her main characters: Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth, Georgiana and Anne were a little out of character. For example: Mr. Darcy, while I understand being a werewolf changes some traits, seemed more like an energetic puppy then the well-known brooding Mr. Darcy of the Austen Era. However, the characters were still quite realistic and the dialogue flowed well. As I stated earlier, the novel is fast paced and many events happen before you even get half way through the book! This however, made the book fun to read because by the middle you’re wondering what else could possibly happen!
The one thing I severely disliked about Mr. Darcy’s Bite, was the ending, While it didn’t end on a cliffhanger, it did end in a way that was very frustrating for me. I found the ending way out of character for Elizabeth and Darcy and I couldn’t accept that to be the ending when the rest of the book was pretty good.
Overall, I found the book perfect for a light read and would be perfect for mature young adults and adults alike. I say mature because while there are a few scenes near the end of the book that are suggestive, it is not descriptive by any means. To be safe though, mature young adults and adults would be my recommendation. This book would also be perfect for Jane Austen fans and anyone who loves the paranormal literature.
Similar books would be A Wife for Mr. Darcy by Mary Lydon Simonsen and Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange.
Rating 3.5 stars out of 5