Published by Meryton Press on December 10th 2014
Genres: JAFF, Modern Pride and Prejudice
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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?
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.
It’s one of the books I’ve read more than once, and one I’m going to read over and over again.