Review⎜The Muse by Jessica Evans

The Muse

Elizabeth Bennet, the newest corps de ballet dancer at Ballet Theater of New York, dreams of rising through the prestigious company's ranks to become a prima ballerina. When she's cast in superstar choreographer William Darcy's newest work, she believes she's one step closer to realizing her dream-until she meets him.

William Darcy, the former dance legend and ballet bad boy, is a jaded perfectionist whom dancers both fear and admire. Although touted as the next big thing in the ballet world, he secretly battles a bad case of artist's block-until he meets Elizabeth Bennet.

Tempers ignite between Elizabeth and Darcy, but he's irresistibly drawn to the stubborn and beautiful corps de ballet dancer. Could she be the muse he needs to reignite his passion for ballet?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Review | The Muse: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

by Jessica Evans 

The Muse, one of the first ever modern P&P stories I’ve ever read, paved the way for my obsession with modern P&P retellings. You don’t have to read P&P to appreciate this gem. It works perfectly as a stand-alone contemporary romance.

A story of pride and prejudice in the world of ballet, The Muse stars Elizabeth Bennet, a corps de ballet dancer at the New York Ballet theater, and William Darcy, a blue-blooded, renowned ballet prodigy turned choreographer. The theater is abuzz as William Darcy returns to the prestigious theater after being cast as the choreographer of the latest performance. Elizabeth, having only recently joined the company, greatly admires Darcy and hopes to be part of his latest work.

Although Elizabeth gets cast-albeit a minor role-in Darcy’s work, she overhears him saying something unpleasant about her, cementing her bad impression of the man. He is aloof, indifferent to the corps de ballet dancers, and to make things worse for Elizabeth, he seems to be picking on her more than the others.

We meet Elizabeth and Darcy at a particularly trying moment of their careers; Elizabeth struggling to rise to the ranks of ballet hierarchy, and Darcy trying to get out of his uninspired funk. This opportunity-the ballet theater’s latest project-gives the two the opportunity to get over their funk. Elizabeth gets cast in the project, and Darcy finds a muse in Elizabeth.

The story screams grace and sensuality, with the elegance of the dancers’ movements and the sizzling chemistry between the artist and his muse. It stayed true to the important aspects of Pride and Prejudice-the essential characters and their roles adapted in the modern setting, the difference of classes seen in the ballet hierarchy, the misunderstanding between Elizabeth and Darcy, the flow and conflict-but still managed to be its own story.

Caroline Bingley was still catty, Greg Wickham charming and deceitful, and Jane and Bingley all that is good. William’s sister, Georgiana, is not as reticent as the one in the book. She’s a charming young lady who moved on from a trying past. Reynalda (Mrs. Reynolds) and Pepe are very important to Will and Georgiana, and they show Elizabeth Darcy’s more human and kind persona.

I’m not ballet literate, so it would have been nice if the book had a glossary (she talks about the basics of ballet on her blog though: here and here.)

It’s one of the books I’ve read more than once, and one I’m going to read over and over again.

It’s one of the books I’ve read more than once, and one I’m going to read over and over again.


Tropes: Pride and Prejudice, Hate to Love
POV: Third Person
Standalone: Yes


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6 responses to “Review⎜The Muse by Jessica Evans

  1. I read this book several years ago on a fanfic website and loved it. What caught my eye was that on your facebook post it looks as if you are giving it a 1.5 rating and I just had to click on the post to find out why! I'm relieved to see that your review is really 5 star not 1.5, but again, anyone just browsing through, might get the same impression that I did. I hope everyone click onto the site and sees your entire wonderful review.

  2. Oh dear. I've edited my post and made sure to put the 5 stars. Thank you so much for informing me!

    (on a side note, I would just like to say I loved both your books!)

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