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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Vampire Darcy’s Desire by Regina Jeffers review/giveaway


Title: Vampire Darcy’s Desire
Author: Regina Jeffers
Publishers: Ulysses Press
ISBN: 978-1-56975-731-4
Format: Paperback
$ 14.95
Rating: 4 Crowns


Tormented by a 200-year-old curse and his fate as a half-human/half-vampire dhampir, Mr. Darcy vows to live forever alone rather than inflict the horrors of life as a vampire on an innocent wife. But when he comes to Netherfield Park, he meets the captivating Elizabeth Bennet.

As a man, Darcy yearns for Elizabeth, but as a vampire, he is also driven to possess her. Uncontrollably drawn to each other, they are forced to confront a "pride and prejudice" never before imagined--while wrestling with the seductive power of forbidden love. Meanwhile, dark forces are at work all around them. Most ominous is the threat from George Wickham, the purveyor of the curse, a demon who vows to destroy each generation of Darcys.

Written in authentic Austen style and faithful to its Regency-era setting,
Vampire Darcy's Desire retells the greatest love story of all time in a hauntingly imaginative fashion.
(from the author’s website)


My thoughts:

This will be either exceedingly good or very bad.

I have often noticed that when Pride & Prejudice turns paranormal it either shines or falls flat, there is no middle with deal with this type of spin-off. The author must construct a storyline that is paranormal yet believable while maintaining the elements Jane Austen infused into the character as well as the novel.

In Vampire Darcy’s Desire, author Regina Jeffers ups the ante even more by basing the core of the plotline on the traditional Scottish ballad “Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender”. I was half expecting to fling this novel against the wall, although I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how well this novel was composed.

I rather enjoyed this novel and found that the elements fused together quite nicely without feeling forced or impossible to believe. Although if the novel were to stand with just the paranormal spin-off quality, without the addition of the ballad I am not sure that I would have enjoyed it as much. For me, it was the incorporation of the ballad that sold it.



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13 comments:

Melissa said...

Sounds like a really fun read! Thaks for the chance to win it:)

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Maureen said...

It looks like a unique story.
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Martha Lawson said...

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Kathleen McCluskey said...

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Svea said...

I would love to give this vampire p&p spin off a chance... thank you for the giveaway!

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Margaret said...

I had not heard of this one. It sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway!

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LadyVampire2u said...

Sounds like a great book and I would love a chance to read it. Thank you!

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Margay said...

I don't usually like paranormal elements in my Jane Austen stories (I guess I'm a purist that way), but this one sounds intriguing.

Margay


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Regina Jeffers said...

It was great to be surfing the net for information on my latest release "Christmas at Pemberley" and to find this lovely review on "Vampire Darcy's Desire." I am pleased that you enjoyed the story. If anyone is interested, he may find an excerpt from VDD at my website www.rjeffers.com. There are also two short excerpts posted at http://austenauthors.net on Oct. 31, along with a sample of Mary Simonsen's Mr. Darcy's Bite.

J.A. Beard said...

Okay, this sounds intriguing

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Jakki L. said...

I have been interested in this book for some time and it keeps moving further up on my TBR list! Sounds like such a great read!
Thanks for the giveaway!
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Kim said...

This is one of my favorites. I just love this Darcy and Fitzwilliam has the larger part I've always thought he deserves.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like an absolute must-read, especially for some-one who loves to read Jane Austen-related stories.
Thank you for the give away opportunity!!


Marianne

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