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    Great Adaptation of the Original

    Classic Brit lit, retold and centered around queer characters? I love it! I was keen to read Megan Reddaway’s Out, Proud, and Prejudiced because I knew the plot of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Pejudice, could make an interesting gay romance. Reddaway keeps the story line fresh, and inserts some modern twists to make it relevant to twenty-first century readers. This book is so much fun; if you’re new to this plot I promise you’ll enjoy it. And for fans of the original? There are a few surprises here I’m sure you’re going to appreciate. It’s been awhile since I read Pride and Prejudice, well over 20 years, but Reddaway’s version brought it all flooding back. Jane Austen’s protagonist Elizabeth Bennet, and her constant internal dialogue, second guessing herself and everything around her. As in the original, this version is also told entirely from the perspective of the new main character, Bennet Rourke. (Yes, very clever with the name, I agree.) I couldn’t help chuckling over Bennet’s misinterpretations and snap judgments. He has the confidence of youth, believing he’s infallible and has it all figured out. As the story progresses, and Bennet is repeatedly brought face to face with his misconceptions, his inevitable “aha” moment is charming. Darius Lanniker, the reincarnation of the misread hero, Mr. Darcy, winds Bennet up like no one else. Born into wealth and privilege, Darius fits the ideal picture of the upper class British gent. Add in his arrogance, good looks, and fancy car, and Bennet has no trouble casting Darius in the role of villain. Bennet goes to comical lengths to cultivate this animosity, never giving Darius the benefit of the doubt. There’s an immediate attraction between Bennet and Darius. Constant bickering and traded insults just provide more fuel for the heat building between them. Each time they cross paths the sexual tension continues to increase… argh, will these boys ever work it out?!? It’s a slow burn, but it’s definitely worth the wait. I don’t remember most of the melodrama surrounding the secondary characters in Pride and Prejudice, but their complexity in Reddaway’s novel is really something! No vice is left unexplored, and each misunderstanding just eclipses the one that came before. The story never stops moving. Out, Proud, and Prejudiced is beautifully written, and I’m impressed by Megan Reddaway’s creativity and insight. She brings some interesting aspects of modern British culture to light in this one and it works well with the story line. I definitely recommend this one to fans of the classic novel, but if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice you’ll be no worse off.
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    didn't work for me

    Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. *insert sigh* I'm really not sure how I feel about this book! It started off well, and I was mostly enjoying it, but somewhere along the way, I stopped enjoying it. This was well past half way, and I wanted to see if it would perk up, so I DID finish it. Only Bennet has a say. I wanted, no I NEEDED to hear from Darius and I don't. I think maybe I might have enjoyed the whole book, had Darius had a say too. I got lost with the hate into love thing. They start off hating each other, after Darius makes a comment. But somewhere along the way, Bennet flips his emotions to the opposite end of the spectrum. And that's what it seemed like, he flipped from hatred to love. There was no build up, I felt. One minute Bennet hated Darius, and the next, he loved him. HOWEVER! What is here, is reasonably well written, and I saw no spelling or editing errors. I did like that, once Bennet listened to Darius, he believed him, and that there was some justice for Darius' brother. But mostly, it just really did not work well for me. And I'm sorry for that! It's billed as a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but I haven't read that, so I cannot comment on how similar it is. This is the first of this author I've read. Will I read more? Possibly. Blurbs would have to grab, but I would check whether it's single point of view first. Lots of people will love this, unfortunately I didn't. But I did finish it so for that reason, 3 stars.
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    A good written story

    3.5 stars Solid story. I must confess I skipped pages... yes I’m bad :( Half way my attention drifted off, it had to much story. I wanted more Darius and Bennett. O they were there, only not enough for me. Again there was so much story around them, they almost drowned by it. They didn’t even fit together throughout 98% Sometimes a little here and there in the story. There was tension but it I would have loved more intensity. In short: a good written story, on the slow side, al the personalities were well put down. Even though Darius and Bennett were the main it didn’t felt like it. There was so much going on. I think there are others who will love and appreciate this story.
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