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Category: Contemporary Romance
Tags: Enemies to Lovers, Office Romance
Published October 2020
Laney is devoted to her job and she’s not about to let someone talk down to her even if he technically works for her boss – even if his name is Darcy.
Laney Bennett and Liam Darcy are like oil and water and don’t hold back when it comes to expressing how they really feel about each other. Loathe may be a strong word but then again there really is a thin line between love and hate.
Fans of Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice are going to LOVE this novel!
If you don’t know the underlying premise to Jane Austen’s famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, then you must be living under a rock. Well that may be a bit harsh but most romance readers are familiar with this amazing story about two people whose pride and prejudice keep them from really seeing the person’s true character in front of them.
Staci Hart has tackled what I have to think is one of the hardest things to do – create a modern retelling of this amazing story. Not only did she do it but I think it’s fantastic!
A Fun, Unique Retelling
With any retelling I think it’s important to keep the same semblance of story and similar characters while making it your own.
I love how this book still gives us key players from Pride and Prejudice – Laney aka Elizabeth, Darcy, Darcy’s aunt, Caroline Bingley, Wickham and more.
I also love how the book, despite its modern setting and storyline, gives the reader the same iconic moments between Darcy and Laney where the wrong words are expressed and the wrong sentiments conveyed to set off their prickly start.
One of the best parts of this book is the character development. For those readers already familiar with Austen’s story, you’d have to get Darcy’s stoic nature just right while also conveying that there is something likable about him.
I loved Hart’s Darcy and could sense his despair and loneliness through the pages.
Laney was great too and I liked how her story was less about being single and more about finding her purpose.
If anything, I think the angst and attraction could have been played up a bit more, but overall their dance around each other was perfect.
Pride and Papercuts is the fifth book in Hart’s The Austens series but this was my first in the series.
I definitely will have to check out the previous books, but I feel like this can easily be read as a standalone. The backstory regarding the failing flower shop got a bit redundant but that is easily forgivable.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend reading it. Hart does a wonderful job retelling this cherished story into a modern office romance so be sure to check it out.
*Thank you to Staci Hart for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.
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