Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on September 27th 2016
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Armed with gypsy magic, Caroline Bingley plots to take Fitzwilliam Darcy away from Elizabeth Bennet. Caroline takes Elizabeth’s place – through a body swap – and Darcy must determine which woman is his true love. Stealing Darcy is a paranormal variation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice set in the Regency Era. It was published previously with Jane Grix as the author.
There was something about Stealing Darcy that piqued my interest from the moment I saw the cover of this new JAFF paranormal story? Was it the unusual way Caroline Bingley is depicted on the cover? Was it the catchy title? Perhaps it was the early reviews that got me excited to read another JAFF body swap book between two intriguing characters; Caroline Bingley and Elizabeth Bennet.
How can an author pull off a premise like this without it coming across as too much of a hoax? Cass Grix figured that solution out by having her Caroline Bingley character intrigued by the “dark arts” and taken in by the promises offered one night when a gypsy fortuneteller shows up at Netherfield, offering the opportunity to purchase a trinket that will grant her a wish. Abracadabra and poof, Caroline swaps bodies with the one woman who has unknowingly caught the attention of Fitzwilliam Darcy; the lively and witty Elizabeth Bennet, who is currently a guest at Netherfield Park, while her sister Jane recovers from her trifling cold.
Now that she’s Elizabeth, capturing Darcy in her matrimonial web should be just a matter of time. After all, how hard can it be to remain an object of Darcy’s desire? Well, that’s actually where this story begins to get really interesting, because as soon as a horrified Elizabeth realizes her situation as the “new” Caroline Bingley, Darcy begins to notice that Caroline’s character now demonstrates a depth to her character that he comes to believe he may have previously overlooked.
As the events of the story unfold, and Elizabeth and Caroline become more and more desperate in their situations, the story became even more enjoyable! Just imagine Caroline living at Longbourn as the object of Mr. Collins’ “affections,” while also living amongst the silliest of the Bennet sisters. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is horrified and immediately tries to find an ally amongst her family to help her resolve her dilemma. But what if the only person willing to help her is the one person who’s been watching her so closely that he can’t help but notice the subtle changes between the two ladies in question?
I enjoyed many of the clever maneuvers Ms. Grix made within her story and found myself enjoying the story even more than I anticipated! Watching Caroline struggle in her role as Elizabeth Bennet was just pure fun! I really felt like I connected with the themes that were explored in this book and I thought that the way that Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s relationship was gradually developed throughout the story made me appreciate their HEA even more. I did feel there were a few places where the plot could have been further developed to add even more depth of feeling to the story and I believe that if the characters would have been even more developed some through more introspection, this story would have been closer to a five-star read for me.
I found Stealing Darcy to be a delightful surprise that led me to explore more of Ms. Grix’s JAFF stories. Not only was the plot able to draw me in from the very first pages, but her tight and engaging writing style kept me turning pages at a brisk pace until the very end of this story! Finding a new JAFF author to enjoy is always a pleasure, and for me, Cass Grix is now one I have added to my list of authors to keep exploring in the JAFF community.
Ms. Grix has offered three giveaways of this book for my Just Jane 1813 readers. To enter your chance to win one of her two ebooks or a paperback copy of “Stealing Darcy,” please leave a comment on this blog by midnight, ET on November 4th. The winners will be announced on November 5, 2016. To claim the paperback copy, the winner must have a U.S. mailing address.
Thank you to Cass Grix for writing such a fun story for JAFF readers and for her generous giveaways for my readers!
Please feel free to read my interview with Cass Grix that was published this week and enter the giveaways being hosted for her other JAFF paranormal stories, “Bewitching Mr. Darcy,” which is within her Just Jane 1813 interview and “Frankenstein Darcy.”
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