Pirates and Prejudice
Publisher: Heartworks Publication
Publication Date: May 24th, 2013
Genre: Regency Era, Pride and Prejudice Variation, JAFF
After Elizabeth Bennet refuses Mr. Darcy’s offer of marriage, it takes a heavy toll on him. He withdraws to London and disappears near the docks, away from family, friends, and acquaintances. When he is mistaken for an escaped pirate, he is thrust into an adventure he would never have imagined. Will this be what he needs to forget the one woman he had come to love?
When her aunt and uncle have to cancel their plans to tour the Lake District, Elizabeth Bennet has the opportunity to sail to the Isles of Scilly with her father. After a pleasant visit, the voyage home brings storms, a shipwreck, and pirates! When she is rescued by gallant Captain Smith, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him. What will she do when she discovers he is the very man whose offer of marriage she refused just a few months earlier?
Best decision to have this book open my Pride and Prejudice month! I LOVE this book! I can’t believe I missed out on this for so long! I’ll be honest, I avoided this book because I couldn’t see how Darcy as a pirate—or at least Darcy as someone who’s impersonating a pirate—would work out. I’m so glad I finally took a chance on this.
Pirates and Prejudice starts after Elizabeth turned down Mr. Darcy’s proposal. The rejection leaves Darcy despondent, a little intimate with liquor, and uncaring of his physical appearance. Because of his unruly appearance and wobbly gait, he gets mistaken for a hunted man—the infamous pirate Lockerly. His name gets cleared, but somehow, he is roped in into impersonating the pirate to finally catch him.
So, there’s no reunion at Pemberley since Darcy wouldn’t even be there. He’ll be busy pretending to be someone he’s not, while Elizabeth—along with her father—unexpectedly travels to the Isles of Scilly to visit Mr. Bennet’s ill sister.
There’s a bit of a Darcy makeover to make him look and talk the part. That was pretty entertaining. I couldn’t stop giggling because of Darcy’s pirate talk. I could almost feel how awkward it was for him! Adorable man. He managed to portray the pirate quite well, but Darcy was pretty much still “Darcy”. There are some things he just can’t shake off.
Obviously, the story deviated from Pride and Prejudice, but Kara Louise managed to weave the story in a way similar to the original; just with the elements of the sea, pirates, and disguise. I loved seeing how Elizabeth and Darcy came to an understanding, and I was left in a puddle of feels with how sweet he was. I swear, you guys, I was giggling in my room like an idiot thanks to Darcy. Their flirtations and interactions were so sweet and adorable and ahhh. I love it. Haha!
And the proposal!!!!!!!!
Pirates and Prejudice is one of the most fun variations I’ve ever read, and if you’re looking for a fun, action-packed, yet romantic P&P read, this is a book you’ll enjoy.
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