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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Lynn Rigaud

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark  
ISBN: 1402257813
Pages:432 pages
Genre: Jane Austen Adaptation  
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:

Heather Lynn Rigaud is a debut author coming out of the fandom for Jane Austin's Pride & Prejudice. Her novel, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star was Internet phenomenon, inspiring tee shirts, CD's and thousands of loving fans. Available for the first time in print, this sexy, adult romance is ready for a wider audience. 
Fast music, powerful beats and wild reputations on stage and off have made Slurry the band of the year--and the media's newest bad boys. Described as temperamental by their kindest critics, they've just lost their latest opening act and their red-hot summer tour is on the fast track to disaster.

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Slurry's tall, dark, and enigmatic virtuoso guitarist, knows that this is no time to be picky, but he never expected what was waiting when he, Charles Bingley and Richard Fitzwilliam crashed the Meryton Public House. 

Elizabeth Bennet, the fiercely independent and talented lead singer of Long Borne Suffering has serious reservations about joining such a trouble laden tour with the bad boys of Rock and Roll, but the opportunity is just too good to pass up!

On the Slurry tour, the music's hot, but backstage is an inferno.

My Review:  

This is one of those sequels that I knew would either really appeal to me or really tank terribly. I was morbidly curious as to how well Darcy, the epitome of gentleman in my book, could be turned into a rock star and if it would translate well to a novel. Turns out, pretty damn well on all counts. 

The book starts out really interestingly. Darcy, Richard and Charles are seen in a “Behind the Music” style interview. It gives us a bit of backstory to the band Slurry and their history. Lizzy, Jane and Charlotte are all members of a band Long Bourne Suffering (fricken hilarious) and are selected as the opening act for Slurry. As is probably predictable (and it should be considering what book this is an adaptation of), they all begin pairing off. Jane and Charles were every bit as sweet and adorable as they were in Pride and Prejudice. But Jane had a bit of an edge and, let’s be honest, she needed one. Charlotte and Richard were also paired off. I did a Perfect Stranger’s Dance of Joy with that one. I shipped them hard in Pride and Prejudice and their story was fairly heartbreaking here. Richard, hardcore manwhore, enters into a friends with benefits relationship with Charlotte and it, of course, turns into love but not before Richard decides to distance himself from Charlotte by, of course, lousing around with other women. They were my favorite. Lizzy and Darcy themselves came a close second. Lizzy spends most of the book hating Darcy which is typical. The way he induces Lizzy’s ire will surprise most Austen fans. They are the same Lizzy and Darcy we love, with the same chemistry but different in their presentation.

Okay okay I know the idea of Lizzy and Darcy being rock stars is kind of ridiculous. It is. I know we are all imagining Darcy in his Regency Darcy uniform prancing about on a stage with a guitar. But it works. Fan fiction can take any character you can think of and make them new again—if it is done well. And it done very well here. I am a huge fan of Twilight fan fiction—and I am going to use that as an example because well everyone knows Twilight. Some of the best stuff I have read have taken Bella and Edward out of the craptastic world of Twilight and into different careers, lifestyles and pairings—and most of it is done better than anything Stephenie Meyer could ever come up with. It requires a suspension of belief and temporary amnesia but if you are willing, you usually end up being rewarding with a really great reading experience. This was the case here. Seeing Darcy and Lizzy as rock stars brought out the characteristics we already love in them but in a different way.


*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

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