Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Review: Pulse and Prejudice

Title: Pulse and Prejudice

Author: Colette L. Saucier

Genre: Historical, paranormal

Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing

Reviewer: Jen

Review rating: 2.5 Lightening Bolts

Blurb: When the haughty and wealthy Fitzwilliam Darcy arrives in the rural county of Hertfordshire, he finds he cannot control his attraction to Elizabeth Bennet – a horrifying thought because, as she is too far below his social standing to ignite his heart, he fears she must appeal to the dark impulses he struggles to suppress.

Set against the vivid backdrop of historical Regency England, this adaptation of Pride and Prejudice follows the cursed Mr. Darcy as he strives to overcome both his love and his bloodlust for Miss Elizabeth Bennet.   This compelling variation remains faithful to the original plot and style of the Jane Austen classic but tells Darcy’s story as he descends into the seedier side of London and introduces Elizabeth to a world of passion and the paranormal she never knew existed.

Pulse and Prejudice is an adaptation of the beloved classic: Pride and Prejudice.  The main difference in this particular story is the fact that the famous Mr. Darcy is a vampire. The book takes place in Regency England like the classic but with a touch of paranormal thrown in it adds a unique flavour to the new tale.  The author adds several quotes throughout the book that I found also gave it a classical vibe to the story. For lovers of the original novel, they will be pleased to find that the author tends to stay true to the tale and keeps the characters reasonably parallel to the old ones; with the exception of Mr. Darcy being a vampire.  Where the story tends to become quite different is towards the end, where there are some very passionate scenes between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett.  The Epilogue that is included in this edition hints at a sequel, as some questions are raised about certain secondary characters.
The reason for the low rating from me was strictly my own personal opinion and taste in books. I found the story to be boring for my taste and was disappointed that the “intimate” moments between the hero and heroine didn’t come until 93% into the story. My own preference when reading a romance novel; is that I love more “steam” and romantic encounters then what was offered. Being a vampire book, I did expect there would be more passion and romance. For a good part of the story the couple wasn’t even together much of the time. Elizabeth’s personality in the story was a bit contradictory from beginning to end. She started off as quite timid and shy, and then towards the end she was flirting with another man, even though it was upsetting Mr. Darcy. That behaviour just didn’t fit with who she was as a person in the beginning; in my opinion. My rating in no way reflects on the author’s work, as I felt the writing was very well done. For someone who likes this kind of story, it would be a very enjoyable story to read. If you are like me and like some heat to your books and a lot of romance, then I would definitely find another book.

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