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Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star - Book Review

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock StarFitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Lynn Rigaud
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


At the start of August I mentioned in a guest post at Roof BeamReaders that I consider myself to be an “In betweener” when it comes to the reading of Jane Austen inspired books.  I like my books to be believable in the realm of Jane Austen’s World.  I’ve read, but not really enjoyed, some of the modern adaptations of her books (they average about 3 of 5 stars). 



That being said, this book came way out of left field for me!

To start, I was pulled in by the cover first and the premise second.  Darcy as a rock star?  I can read that!

Darcy or Will as his friends call him is a guitar virtuoso.  He lives music.  He started a band, Slurry, with his cousin Richard Fitzwilliam (drums) and his college friend Charles Bingley (guitar and vocals).  They are a huge hit, but like any rock band they come with a bad boy reputation.   They need a new opening act and in steps Long Borne Suffering an all girl band that features Jane and Lizzy Bennet and Lizzy’s friend Charlotte Lucas.

The story followed the basic plot points of Pride and Prejudice but set in the world of two bands on the road.  One band has made it and the other is on its way up in the music world.  I liked the changes in the story to fit the plot of this book. The changes really didn’t seem forced and as far as I know the story seemed believable.

As others have noted there were editing flaws with the book and there were a few sections that I had to reread because of the changing POV, which kept this from being a 5 star book.

As I finished this book I found myself surprised by how much I enjoyed reading it and how much I liked it. I normally do not like these modern day adaptations of Jane Austen stories, but this one was different.  There was something about it, but I couldn’t put my finger on it for the longest time (okay really between the time I finished reading the book and last night when I finally realized what it was).

The “it” is that in my mind, while I was reading the book, two of my top five favorite fictions male characters formed into one! Darcy (the rock star version) was a mix of the classic Mr. Darcy and Trent Lane from Daria.  As I read the book I pictured Trent as Darcy (I know he’s not the way Darcy is described in the book, but that’s who I saw in my mind while I read). 

I didn’t picture Lizzy to be Daria and I didn’t have a reference point for other characters. 





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