The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy, by Sara Angelini

Cover ImageFinished 2-2-10, rating 3.5/5 fiction, pub. 2009

On Thursday morning, Darcy woke up bleary-eyed from a night of sex, alternating between lusty and tender.  He had been out of control in the billiards room the night before.  What was supposed to be a fun romp had turned into an electrifying seduction.  He felt that Elizabeth would never have made such a display unless she felt something more than attraction for him.  The realization sparked more than physical desire in him; it lit a sort of feral, possessive need to take her, to mark her as his.  He was not embarrassed, except that she had no opportunity to take her own pleasure in that episode.  He made up for it twice more during the night, once with tenderness and once with mutual hunger.  He had never been so sexed up in his life.

Chapter 9

Judge Darcy of San Francisco is well-respected in the courtroom, but longs for his life of a gentleman back in England, Pemberley to be exact.  Elizabeth is also well-respected, only she’s still a relatively new lawyer in Darcy’s courtroom.  Darcy’s haughty demeanor turns off Elizabeth, but Darcy feels a growing attraction for the saucy Elizabeth.  What begins as a short-term fling turns complicated as the professional legality of their personal relationship is questioned.

This was a fun take on Pride & Prejudice.  Many things were taken straight out of the classic Austen novel and others gave the story a modern makeover.  There’s lots of sex, which is why I chose the excerpt I did above.  If you don’t want to read many more pages like that then this might not be the book for you.   There was real chemistry between Darcy and Elizabeth and I really liked both of the characters.  And I enjoyed the expanded role of Caroline Bingley, even if she was hot after Darcy.  My only small complaint was that what was keeping Darcy and Elizabeth apart was not serious enough for it to last as long as it did.  The book could have been shorter and been better, in my opinion.  But it was light and funny and I enjoyed going back to Pemberley.

This is from my personal library and was chosen by Heather and Linda.  Here’s what they had to say…

“It’s hilarious, fun, and very entertaining!”  Heather

“This one just looks really fun. I don’t have a copy and would love to read it. Feel free to host a giveaway of this one when you’re done!”  Linda