Published by Laree Bailey Press on February 13th 2016
Genres: JAFF, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Modern Pride and Prejudice
Charming. Sexy. Rich. William Darcy is the triple threat that should make any woman twerk on sight. He’s everything a girl could want—a beautiful billionaire with sad eyes and a crooked smile so yummy you can't help but try to lick it. Well, unless that woman is Beth Bennet. Her panties don’t drop for anyone unless there’s love, so a guy like Darcy doesn’t stand a chance.
Being shoved up the New York City socialite ladder chafes, so Beth attends college as far away as possible. Texas provides the distance she needs, but when her father gets sick she finds herself right back where she started—stuck together with a bronzed god who hates her.
The prideful will fall to ruin.
Their prejudice will be their undoing.
And William Darcy will be the first to fall, Beth is certain of that.
“He wants to conform to society, and I want to defy it.”
After moving to Texas to escape New York and its elite society, Beth Bennet flies back when her father had a health scare. When she rushes to the hospital, she bumps into the handsome William Darcy of Darcy Biopharm, the same Darcy who was in the meeting with Beth’s father when he collapsed. She blames him, tells him to kiss her ass, and goes on her merry way to her father’s room.
She decides to stay in NYC and gets sucked back in the mad world of the elite. Things are not as it seems at home. Her father’s company is doing worse than she thought, her mother is still as forceful and conforming to society as she remembers, her big sister Jane is still popping Xanax like they’re Tic Tacs, and her little sister Mary is as rebellious as ever.
Her best friend Colin Frey is still closeted, and he’s trying to convince Beth to be his beard. His father is running for senate, and his family believes it would be good press to see Colin, the only son, settled down.
Reading Over You felt like going inside a movie theater fifteen minutes into the film. You don’t know what happened, but since you saw the trailer or read the synopsis, soon you get into it. You then go to the ladies’ room to powder you nose, and when you come back, you realize you missed a whole chunk of important plot elements.
My favorite characters were probably Mary and Colin. Instead of having the usual five daughters, instead we have three, with Mary being a bit of a mix of the remaining sisters (Mary, Kitty, and Lydia). She’s rebellious and adventurous like Lydia and Kitty, but she’s an advocate for various issues and is quite outspoken about it. Colin is flamboyant, and I felt bad that he couldn’t open up about who he is to his family.
In the beginning, Jane was portrayed as this timid girl who battled her anxiety with Xanax, so I had the impression she was this doped up woman. It was great to see that she wasn’t like that.
“Jane struggles with such a massive amount of pressure she’s usually doped up on Xanax to cope with it.”
I appreciated the attempt to write a Pride and Prejudice re-telling without fully copying the plot. Over You still had its own story and its own subplots—Colin’s arc, to be specific.
I didn’t see the progression of William and Beth’s relationship. One moment they were glaring at each other (or rather, Beth was; Will was busy boring holes into her back), the next they were making out and getting intimate. So, it was kind of hard to believe they’re in love with each other when they rarely even had any interaction with each other.
My biggest problem was Elizabeth. For me, she had very few redeeming qualities. I saw her as a petulant, privileged, bratty girl whose perception is clouded by her pride. She reminded me of a high school student who gets offended at every single thing, and “rebels” because she believes she’s an oppressed child. She’d act like she hates Darcy, but then out of nowhere, she kisses him. She’d think he’s annoying, then she lets him give her a handshake. He doesn’t talk to her after the handshake incident, so at a club, she dry humps his step-brother in front of him. Oh, I forgot to add, she may or may not be engaged to her closeted best friend, and they went to the club to slowly expose their relationship to the public. Yeah, no.
Sad to say, the cons outweighed the pros. This book just wasn’t for me.