The Wrong Mr. Darcy
The Wrong Mr. Darcy is a charming, multicultural, Pride and Prejudice--inspired romantic comedy from celebrity Evelyn Lozada and Holly Lorincz...

The Wrong Mr. Darcy Details

TitleThe Wrong Mr. Darcy
Author
ReleaseJun 9th, 2020
PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
ISBN-139781250622143
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary

The Wrong Mr. Darcy Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    I confess: I saw the book name including Mr. Darcy and I screamed: Yessss! Only this magical name and beautiful illustration made me click the request button and of course after seeing it at my library, I applied my regular routine when I get a book that I really want to devour! First base: Screaming Second base: dancing on the chair Third base: dancing in the street Fourth base: catching the happy hour for grabbing house margaritas to celebrate!So after my routine, I was suffering from a little I confess: I saw the book name including “Mr. Darcy” and I screamed: “Yessss!” Only this magical name and beautiful illustration made me click the request button and of course after seeing it at my library, I applied my regular routine when I get a book that I really want to devour! First base: Screaming Second base: dancing on the chair Third base: dancing in the street Fourth base: catching the happy hour for grabbing house margaritas to celebrate!So after my routine, I was suffering from a little tipsiness but I was still okay to start my reading. But as I start to flip the pages and pass the chapters after chapters, I started murmuring: “What? Really! Ha? WTH? Nooo! Nooo! Nooooooooooooooo!” Hara is half Japanese and half African American, (she also has Greek goddess name) a small company sports author but as I read the terms she uses for her articles or talk with the colleagues, she seems like she has no idea about sports. Even though she has friends circle with basketball players’ wives and dated with too many players. (Nobody taught her enough and I’m so sorry for her boss, arranges her limo, fancy hotels and flights for her gig.) I have to admit I hate the guts of the heroine and romance parts definitely failed for me! This book is not retelling of “Pride and Prejudice”! Hara loves this book and mentions about quotes and passages and names are familiar but that’s it! The story progression made me dizzy because too many dramatic, traumatic, angsty things happening at the same time. Miscarriages, perfect storm, flight cancellations, sexual harassment, parent at the jail! Oh boy! At some I waited for alien or zombie invasion. I could happily pay them to kill heroine to save us from the misery!So characters, romantic development and story-telling, semantic mistakes didn’t work for me!This is a big disappointment because I was so ready to enjoy a soft, sweet, entertaining romance. You cannot always get what you want as the song says. I want to change the name of the book as :”Wrong Mr. Darcy Book”So unfortunately after a long time, I’m giving two solid stars and chasing better books by climbing up to my MOUNT TBR.Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/St. Martin Griffin’s to share this ARC with me. I wish I could enjoy it but unfortunately this book didn’t fit with my expectations.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Desiree
    January 1, 1970
    I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.So, a few disclaimers. I'd never read anything by this author prior to picking up this e-ARC. I had no idea who she was. I just saw a super cute rom-com cover with a title that suggested that the book would take inspiration from one of my favorite books of all time.I am a multi-faceted nerd. I enjoy many hobbies including reading, television, movies, music, crochet, and sports. Mostly football and baseball, but I also have a I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.So, a few disclaimers. I'd never read anything by this author prior to picking up this e-ARC. I had no idea who she was. I just saw a super cute rom-com cover with a title that suggested that the book would take inspiration from one of my favorite books of all time.I am a multi-faceted nerd. I enjoy many hobbies including reading, television, movies, music, crochet, and sports. Mostly football and baseball, but I also have a passing knowledge of other popular sports and athletes. As I was reading this book, which is about a sportswriter trying to catch her big break by interviewing a hot-shot basketball star, I just kept thinking to myself, "This feels like it was written by someone who has never actually been to a sporting event and uses the phrase 'sportsball' to demonstrate some sort of perceived superiority over people who enjoy competitive sport."So you can imagine my surprise to learn that this woman has been romantically connected to multiple professional athletes, and was a member of the cast of the 'reality' show Basketball Wives for several seasons. She's also a model and spokesperson, shilling countless products on her instagram, including harmful diuretics masquerading as diet drinks. I'm not sure if she was counting on her previous platform as an influencer to help her sell books, but I can't imagine they actually sold on merit, so it must have worked.I know that I'm being harsh and judgmental, but when I read a book as poorly-written as this pile of nonsense get published while other, more talented writers get overlooked after years and years of working on their craft, I get a little salty. Okay, I get a lot salty. I'm not a writer myself, but I understands how much work goes into writing a quality story.Now, I understand that this book is an ARC, which technically means that the final copy may be very different from what I just read. And for the sake of any reader who actually picks up a final copy, I hope that's the case. There are just so many technical inaccuracies throughout this book that I'm not even sure where to start. That's not to say anything about the actual characters and plot (both of which were subpar.) Just a couple highlights:The protagonist's name is Hara Isari. We are told she is African American and Japanese American. In Chapter 14, she tells our Mr. Darcy that her name is Japanese and she didn't realize that she wasn't named after the Greek Goddess Hera until she was in middle school. But that doesn't make sense. The names Hera and Hara wouldn't be pronounced the same if Hara was being pronounced as a Japanese name. Also, being the curious person I am, I looked up the name Hara to see what it means in Japanese. 'Hara' is the Japanese word for 'belly' or 'stomach'. I find it strange that her dad would want to name her 'Belly'. Then, going a step further, I looked up the last name, Isari. In Japanese, 'Isari' means 'fishing' or 'searching'. So her name is 'Belly Fishing'. I have to wonder if the author even bothered to do any research before settling on this for her heroine's name.I'm actually curious why the author chose this ethnic background for her heroine, when the author herself is Puerto Rican. I just wonder if the character would've felt a little more authentic if the author had drawn on her own background to create her. To be clear, I'm not saying that the author isn't allowed to write characters with a different ethnic background from hers, and as a white woman I don't have any place to say whether the representation was good, but I feel like it possibly would've helped. Because this isn't good, and it needed all the help it could get.There is another character, Kitty. Those who know the story of Pride and Prejudice know that Kitty is one of the younger Bennett sisters. In this book, she's in two scenes and serves as a plot device to get our heroine into a room where she needs to be for the story to move along. She is supposed to be Italian, which I only realized in the second scene (Chapter 11) she was in because when she's leaving she says, "Ciao" to Hara. Earlier in that scene she throws a couple other non-English words into conversation randomly. The only problem is, one isn't an Italian word and the other wasn't the correct word. Kitty is calling someone a whore and uses the word 'punta', which is Italian (and Spanish) for 'point'. A couple paragraphs later she says something about her 'familia', which is the Spanish word for 'family.' The Italian word is 'famiglia'. Then Kitty disappears never to be seen, heard from, or talked about again, so it doesn't really matter I suppose, but this feels so lazy to me.There's another scene (Chapter 16) where Hara is reading a letter and the letter uses the word 'abeyance'. They use it as a synonym or relation to the word 'obedience'. In reality, this means almost the opposite of what the author intends. The definition of abeyance is: a state of temporary disuse or suspension. So instead of the letter saying 'we would like you to honor (obey to) our agreement', they are instead saying, 'we would like you to suspend our agreement'...I can't actually point out a character or scene that I enjoyed in this. The romance was too little, too late. The passages from Derek Darcy's POV feel totally pointless. This whole story could've been written without them. Hara is one of the most annoying heroines I've read about in a long while. None of the side characters are anything more than caricatures. There's even a moustache-twirling villain who we're told has an obsession with phallic symbols and it's equated to being depraved and evil.The story itself is just bad. It bums me out so much. There is a glimmer, just the faintest glimmer of an interesting story. This could've been a fun updated version of P&P, in semi-skilled hands. But aside from a few inserts of quotes from the source material, vague plot generalities, and a few character names, this has almost nothing to do with Pride & Prejudice. Then the end gets so utterly ridiculous and melodramatic that I don't even know how this whole book isn't one elaborate prank. At one point, our hero says, "Am I stuck in a bad cable movie?" And I literally face-palmed. EVEN YOUR CHARACTERS KNOW THE BOOK IS RIDICULOUS!A couple more WTF moments:1. We're told several times throughout the course of this book that Hara works for a small-town newspaper in a podunk town (I'll take boring cliches for a million, Alex) and that she is the ONLY full-time employee working at the paper along with her boss. Even so, her boss bought multiple plane tickets for her, ordered her a limousine, and put her up in a super swanky boutique hotel. He also bought her fancy clothes for the trip. Yeah...that sounds like real life in a podunk town. 2. (view spoiler)[ Hara's father blackmails someone he knows is potentially dangerous in order to get his daughter a job opportunity...where she will be around the person he knows is potentially dangerous at worst and a criminal at best. WHAT? (hide spoiler)]3. (view spoiler)[ Hara's friend/acquaintance Naomi learns she's pregnant and that same night Hara and Derek jump into having unprotected sex and there's never even a discussion of condoms or birth control or anything. In 2020? Really? (hide spoiler)]4. There's a lot of girl-hate in this book. The word 'ho' is thrown around liberally and girls literally fight over shitty dudes. Could we not?I am so thankful to be given the opportunity to read this book before its release, and I wish I had enjoyed it more.
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  • Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!
    January 1, 1970
    What the fuck did I just read? This would make Jane Austen weep if she was still alive today. It was God awful and my brain is still processing what I just read."The Wrong Mr. Darcy" was too choppy at parts for my liking and didn't flow consistently. Moreso the sentences and most scenes ran into each other alongside the pov of the lead characters who were less impressive than most. It was like too much was happening all at the same time that it just became off putting. Like how much could What the fuck did I just read? This would make Jane Austen weep if she was still alive today. It was God awful and my brain is still processing what I just read."The Wrong Mr. Darcy" was too choppy at parts for my liking and didn't flow consistently. Moreso the sentences and most scenes ran into each other alongside the pov of the lead characters who were less impressive than most. It was like too much was happening all at the same time that it just became off putting. Like how much could happen in the span of 2-3 days? Plane delays because of rain, severe storms, unexpected pregnancies, and all around sports drama. About ¾ was unnecessary which includes the sex scene that was unexpected and would have been better if the author left an illusion that 'fun times' occurred. I was cringing throughout this Jane Austen inspired modern piece and needless to say, this missed the mark.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
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  • FTLOReading
    January 1, 1970
    The write up (which is very brief) on this is very misleading. When you first read the description/ see the cover you think a modern day Pride and Prejudice with a basketball twist. Something light and fun. The story needs either a major overhaul to match said charming multi-cultural P&P inspiration or a new marketing campaign. Trigger Warnings: Abortion, miscarriage, sexual harassment, attempted suicide, death by gunfire, near drowning, blackmail, cheating...there were more but thats what The write up (which is very brief) on this is very misleading. When you first read the description/ see the cover you think a modern day Pride and Prejudice with a basketball twist. Something light and fun. The story needs either a major overhaul to match said “charming multi-cultural P&P inspiration” or a new marketing campaign. Trigger Warnings: Abortion, miscarriage, sexual harassment, attempted suicide, death by gunfire, near drowning, blackmail, cheating...there were more but that’s what I can presently recall. Not what one would expect in a contemporary romance. There is little connection to the classic novel save for the names of a handful of characters and a couple scenes, outside of the quote in the chapter header. The characters themselves are more like caricatures then believable people. Some of their speech patterns, thought processes, and behavior are generally too much or not enough. The story itself, is not at all what was expected. The first couple chapters help a lot of promise. Hara as a journalist working the story, catching the eye of a pro athlete and going from there ok. It was the execution that did not work. They have a “hate/misunderstanding/annoyance to hop into bed to this is the one” relationship that transitions very quickly. Less then a week quickly. It really bothered me that she has the impression that this man shes getting into bed with has had hundreds of one-night stands but there is no talk of any kind of safe sex practices, none. In this day and age that’s just encouraging bad choices. That’s just one of several examples that left a bad taste in my mouth as a reader. When it comes to the plot and over all feel of the story...again, not at all what was expected. This as a Romantic book doesn’t work. Steamy scenes aside. Your antagonists are so callous and intense that they do not belong in this kind of setting. The last 40% of the book where Hara is uncovering all the scandals (bet rigging, forced blackmail abortion, threatening of harm to persons or loved ones, deviant sports managers, etc) was a good concept. If you’re going to go this route, plug the story as suspense and tie it in more throughout the story. Not so much from Hara’s POV but from the other characters involved. This was an advanced copy so it is possible this could be a completely different book by the time it is released. As it stands it is not a book I can recommend. E-Arc kindly provided by St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • ColleenIsBooked
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to St. Martins Press and NetGalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.CW/TW: parent in jail, sexual harassment, cheating, miscarriage, attempted suicide by a side character (happens off page, but mc walks in after), talk of abortion, death by shooting of a side character.*Im going to start off by saying that I listed what I could remember for the content/trigger warnings. Some of these things will be mentioned in passing in this review. This book is marketed as light and Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.CW/TW: parent in jail, sexual harassment, cheating, miscarriage, attempted suicide by a side character (happens off page, but mc walks in after), talk of abortion, death by shooting of a side character.*I’m going to start off by saying that I listed what I could remember for the content/trigger warnings. Some of these things will be mentioned in passing in this review. This book is marketed as light and fluffy, but a lot of things happen that some people may find triggering and I want them to be aware. *I am disappointed to say that this book was actually really bad. I thought it would be a fun, cute P&P retelling involving basketball. What I got was a story lacking in a clear plot with pacing issues and some scenes that left a bad taste in my mouth. There were some things said in the story that felt racist, ableist, and just gross. There were a few flippant comments about eating disorders peppered in too. As well as, a suicide attempt by a side-character that wasn’t handled with any kind of care or nuance. There was also a hyper-focus on the main character being African American and Japanese American with light blue eyes and “caramel skin” and, though I do not have heritage from either of those races, the way it was constantly brought up felt very uncomfortable and kinda ew. The way that difficult topics and scenarios were just used as plot devices was abhorrent to me. There was no nuance in dealing with abortion, miscarriage, and attempted suicide, and definitely not any related to other topics like sexual harassment in the workplace. I feel like the author was trying to cram in a ton of hot topics but never took the time to do it with care and people stumbling onto this book thinking that it would be a cute rom-com based on the cover could end up being triggered and hurt by this. As for being a Pride & Prejudice retelling, it barely stuck to the original storyline. The author took some names and a couple lines from the original. This premise was so great: a hot shot b-ball player and an up-and-coming reporter disliking each other at first and then coming to realize their prejudices were unfounded and then falling in love? I wish that was what we got here. The idea was solid, but the execution was severely lacking and with all of the issues noted above I doubt there was a sensitivity reader within a hundred feet of this manuscript. Needless to say, I did not like this book.I would love to hear what others have to say about this, but, truthfully, I wouldn’t recommend that anyone read this book.
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  • thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)
    January 1, 1970
    I've been reading a lot of crime, thriller, and horror books lately and wanted to read something light-hearted. So, I tried the rom-com genre. It has been such a long time since I read any rom-com or romance fiction - the last romance fiction I read was P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern - so it was like 16 years ago! The Wrong Mr. Darcy is a quick, and light-hearted rom-com with a little mix of mystery. Any books that are inspired by Pride and Prejudice or with the name Mr. Darcy will grab my I've been reading a lot of crime, thriller, and horror books lately and wanted to read something light-hearted. So, I tried the rom-com genre. It has been such a long time since I read any rom-com or romance fiction - the last romance fiction I read was P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern - so it was like 16 years ago! The Wrong Mr. Darcy is a quick, and light-hearted rom-com with a little mix of mystery. Any books that are inspired by Pride and Prejudice or with the name Mr. Darcy will grab my attention! The Wrong Mr. Darcy tells the story of Hara Isari, an aspiring sports reporter who meets basketball superstar Charles Butler, to do an exclusive interview. She is also introduced to Derek Darcy, a rookie on the rise. Hara finds Darcy to be obnoxious and infuriating. However, their paths keep crossing and Hara begins to see Darcy in a new light. From the characters to some scenes in the book, I could definitely feel the Pride and Prejudice vibes in this book and that held my interest! Besides the vibes, I liked it that it was a quick and easy read story. Truth be told, there are some parts that did feel repetitive, or is this how a rom-com should be? I am not sure. I'd say it is a clean read, since the intimacy between Darcy and Isari is not steamy at all. Overall, this is just a so-so read. I wish there is more depth in the characters because honestly, I couldn’t connect with any of them. I am not fan of the writing either - it felt elementary - or again, is this how a rom-com should be written? Pub. Date: 9 June, 2020***I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed in this review are my own and was not influenced by the author, publisher or any third party.***
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Expect the unexpected.Sexism is on the rise with Hara our main gal and sports journalist.Derek is the male character on the court and off he's quite unique.Sexual violence, abortion, and gun violence is never an easy topic so please note there's quite a bit in here that may trigger others.It's also a book that seems disjointed and off the mark so if you enjoy the more free flowing, fast paced, and edge of your seat kind of reads there's non of that here.It wasn't terrible for me but it wasn't a Expect the unexpected.Sexism is on the rise with Hara our main gal and sports journalist.Derek is the male character on the court and off he's quite unique.Sexual violence, abortion, and gun violence is never an easy topic so please note there's quite a bit in here that may trigger others.It's also a book that seems disjointed and off the mark so if you enjoy the more free flowing, fast paced, and edge of your seat kind of reads there's non of that here.It wasn't terrible for me but it wasn't a book that I'd long remember after I close the cover.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. Needed more pride and prejudice
  • roxi Net
    January 1, 1970
    Pride & Prejudice in the modern world of basketball! I expected this to be a fun and quick read, and I wasn't disappointed -- an interesting take on the classic and modernized addressing themes such as bi-cultural lineage, small-town girl, bribery in sports, prisoners, and of course the classic female strength.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Following a heavier read and a busy week at work, I needed something light and easy to read, and this one showed up in the mail that day, so I jumped on it. It did fit the bill for what I needed, but on the whole, this was pretty bad, even for a genre that isn't really known for high end literature (not that I have a problem with that, I love a good cheesy rom-com). The story itself was ok, but the writing was poor and the dialog far worse. I know it may be realistic to have people who speak Following a heavier read and a busy week at work, I needed something light and easy to read, and this one showed up in the mail that day, so I jumped on it. It did fit the bill for what I needed, but on the whole, this was pretty bad, even for a genre that isn't really known for high end literature (not that I have a problem with that, I love a good cheesy rom-com). The story itself was ok, but the writing was poor and the dialog far worse. I know it may be realistic to have people who speak like some of these characters did, but it drove me up a wall to have supposedly educated, accomplished characters who couldn't use proper grammar or complete sentences. It was painful. I'll include the caveat that I read an advance copy of this one, nearly 5 months before the book hits stores, so it is possible that some of that could change with final edits. If that were the case, I'd probably give this more of a 2.5 or 3. While I did not like the writing style, the story was enough to keep me reading, so it wasn't as bad as some.Thanks to Goodreads and St. Martin's Press for the advance copy!
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  • Hillary
    January 1, 1970
    Had I not read the author bio I would have sworn to you that the person who wrote this has never attended a professional sporting event, met a journalist, or had parents. I'm really only about 85% they even read Pride and Prejudice.
  • Megan (readingretriever)
    January 1, 1970
    The Wrong Mr. Darcy Rating: 2.5/5 (rounded up to 3)WOW. That was a wild ride. The Wrong Mr. Darcy was essentially a wild soap opera where anything, no matter how ridiculous, could happen! Unexpected pregnancy, freak flooding, scheming bosses, a wild and unrealistic love story. You name it - The Wrong Mr. Darcy had it. About half way through the book, I stopped thinking "this is ridiculous" and just started hoping that the most ludicrous things would happen. That made my reading experience much The Wrong Mr. Darcy Rating: 2.5/5 (rounded up to 3)WOW. That was a wild ride. The Wrong Mr. Darcy was essentially a wild soap opera where anything, no matter how ridiculous, could happen! Unexpected pregnancy, freak flooding, scheming bosses, a wild and unrealistic love story. You name it - The Wrong Mr. Darcy had it. About half way through the book, I stopped thinking "this is ridiculous" and just started hoping that the most ludicrous things would happen. That made my reading experience much more enjoyable. Fair warning: If you try to take this book seriously, you will have a terrible reading experience. The Wrong Mr. Darcy did have some good things going for it. I loved the WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends of the basketball players). I also enjoyed Hara, the main female character, trying to make it a sports journalist and how she confronted the sexism that is ingrained in sports reporting. Overall I liked the main male character, Derek Darcy, and his redemption story on the basketball court. Now the not so good. The writing of The Wrong Mr. Darcy is all over the place. It's choppy and hard to follow. The character's personalities are sporadic. Hara goes from angry, to lustful, to sarcastic, to pleasant in one page for no apparent reason. Their was barely any "lovin" in the book and Hara and Derek's romance was very rushed (they knew each other for two days and were head over heals by the end of the book).Overall, this book was too much for me (which was disappointing because I wanted to love it so much!). But hey...If you are in the mood for a over the top romance with lots of cliches, give the Wrong Mr. Darcy a read! A couple trigger warnings before you read: Sexual harassment, abortion, and gun violence.Thank you St. Martin Press for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Erica (storybookend)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and St Martins Press for an e-arc to review.So, I admit, I jumped on this book because it said Mr. Darcy. How could I not? I love Pride and Prejudice and retellings/adaptions of it! Plus the cover was cute, so I decided to request it from Netgalley.It started off good. Hara seemed like a strong determined character. And I loved the basketball angle on the retelling. I also loved that each chapter had a P&P quote as a heading. That was fun trying to figure out what the Thank you to Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for an e-arc to review.So, I admit, I jumped on this book because it said Mr. Darcy. How could I not? I love Pride and Prejudice and retellings/adaptions of it! Plus the cover was cute, so I decided to request it from Netgalley.It started off good. Hara seemed like a strong determined character. And I loved the basketball angle on the retelling. I also loved that each chapter had a P&P quote as a heading. That was fun trying to figure out what the chapter could be about. My favorite was the quote “It rained.” Which is funnier with context 😂I didn’t realize it would be a sexy story, and it wasn’t too bad in that aspect (one sex scene and little sexual comments sprinkled throughout), but the sexualizing of these beloved characters kind of rubbed me the wrong way. The characters also started to not act anything like their counterparts. Which is good to a degree. I want different tones and aspects to retellings, but when they act the complete opposite, why even call it a retelling? It does say it’s a “light retelling,” so I shouldn’t fault it there. It’s just, kind of a disservice to the original classic to say the story and characters are lightly inspired by it, and then completely change their characteristics. Especially Charles. Like what the heck happened there? I think there will be plenty of people who will enjoy it. Just as someone who adores Pride and Prejudice as much as I do, I couldn’t love it the way I was hoping I would.
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  • Janelle
    January 1, 1970
    I am weak for a Pride & Prejudice retelling. My best friend pointed out that I never enjoy them, despite the fact that I will read almost any that come my way. One of the reasons I so often dont enjoy them is because I dont know what I want in a retelling. When do I begrudge the changes made to put the story in a new context? What elements are necessary to retain the spirit of the story I love? Do I need to see Wickham preying on underage Georgiana (must she be underage?) and then hooking up I am weak for a Pride & Prejudice retelling. My best friend pointed out that I never enjoy them, despite the fact that I will read almost any that come my way. One of the reasons I so often don’t enjoy them is because I don’t know what I want in a retelling. When do I begrudge the changes made to put the story in a new context? What elements are necessary to retain the spirit of the story I love? Do I need to see Wickham preying on underage Georgiana (must she be underage?) and then hooking up with underage Lydia? Why do updates so often leave out my beloved Aunt and Uncle Gardiner?? These questions were never far from my mind as I sank into Evelyn Lozada’s The Wrong Mr. Darcy. Lozada takes some wild liberties with the story, and ultimately lands in a space that is officially too far from Austen’s original for my personal taste. My affection for the original could not extend cover to this version.Hara Isari is a sportswriter in her small Oregon hometown. She’s stuck trying to live down her father’s reputation as a bookie known for fixing basketball games. She gets an opportunity to interview Boston Fishers star Charles Butler and leaps at the chance. Her interview brings her into the orbit of the entire Fishers organization, including Charles’s prickly friend Derek Darcy and the very officious Miss Bingley. Once Hara gets her foot in the door, she uncovers more drama than she ever expected. Lozada packs a lot into Hara’s three days in Boston. Side chicks! Bribery scandals! Workplace jealousy! A night at the club! A flood!The writing isn’t great. For example, I spent way too much time trying to figure out who the Fishers were, assuming they were the team owners. No, it’s actually the name of the basketball team Butler and Darcy play for. While the story is being marketed as a comedy, there weren't any funny scenes. Hara stumbles into a B plot that is mostly confusing and then takes a dark turn that feels wildly out of place. Aside from the impression that this needs another round of development editing, there’s also too much drama packed into too little time. I want to say it felt unrealistic, but I understand Ms. Lozada is a Real Housewife. Perhaps that life comes at you a bit faster. It’s hard to get a good handle on Hara, Derek, and Hara and Derek. Hara is a unicorn African American-Japanese woman with blue eyes and good hair. (Honestly, the blue eyed thing was very distracting. I kept trying to figure out how those genetics work. Black folks do carry recessive genes for blue eyes--you know why--but do Japanese folks?) I didn’t get the sense that she had any interest in Derek at all. Derek himself never comes around to that redeeming moment where you can almost forgive him for being a prat earlier in the story. He’s justified in taking offense at her in their first encounter. My biggest problem with The Wrong Mr. Darcy is that it doesn’t feel inspired by Pride & Prejudice at all, other than lifting a couple of names. A couple of very key characters appear to be wildly inconsistent mash-ups. To wit, Charles Butler is George Wickham and Charles Bingley in one. If you’re wondering how that works, it doesn’t.This one was a swing and a miss for me. The primary reason I requested it was because I love P&P, but there’s not enough of the original here to suggest the authors feel the same. Content warning: attempted suicide and pregnancy traumaI was provided with a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in order to facilitate this review.
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  • Lindsey Collins
    January 1, 1970
    Give me a Pride and Prejudice retelling anyday and I'm a happy girl. In this version, which was full of representation and a culture as different to me a regency era England, we find Hara a budding sports writer trying to catch her big break. It is always weird to me when P&P retellings have the characters mention the book, in this case it was doubly weird to have Hara able to quote from Austen's work, but didn't seem to recognize the names from the book in the people she was meeting. Give me a Pride and Prejudice retelling anyday and I'm a happy girl. In this version, which was full of representation and a culture as different to me a regency era England, we find Hara a budding sports writer trying to catch her big break. It is always weird to me when P&P retellings have the characters mention the book, in this case it was doubly weird to have Hara able to quote from Austen's work, but didn't seem to recognize the names from the book in the people she was meeting. Bingley and Darcy are pretty rare, and at no point did Hara notice or comment. It was strange to me that Hara, who is a self proclaimed professional at juding poeple on first impressions, seems to miss the biggest and most obvious message in the original work. Overall, most of the differences made the story brighter for a modern age while others left me feeling heart broken. The shocking moments held no purpose for the main characters development and seemed there only to shock the readers. The reality tv lifestyle most of the women portrayed in this book live is shallow, and I don't think it really represents the breadth of women who make up the WAGS groups. After learning one of the writers is famous for sports-related reality TV it seemed to make a little more sense as characters were probably caricatures of real life women.I got a ARC of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
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  • Millie
    January 1, 1970
    'The Wrong Mr. Darcy' has been on my most anticipated list for 2020 for quite some time, and believe me when I say I was ecstatic when I received my approval for this e-arc. All that being said I'm absolutely gutted to say I did not enjoy this book. I really do not want to send in my feedback or post a review on social media.My Rating: 1.5 rounding up to a 2.This novel has an amazing first chapter, I loved Hara's dynamic with her father, and the minor discussion of Derek Darcy and Hara's opinion 'The Wrong Mr. Darcy' has been on my most anticipated list for 2020 for quite some time, and believe me when I say I was ecstatic when I received my approval for this e-arc. All that being said I'm absolutely gutted to say I did not enjoy this book. I really do not want to send in my feedback or post a review on social media.My Rating: 1.5 rounding up to a 2.This novel has an amazing first chapter, I loved Hara's dynamic with her father, and the minor discussion of Derek Darcy and Hara's opinion on him felt so natural. However that all quickly changed in Chapter Two, her dialogue with her mother and her boss felt so stilted and it set the vibe for the rest of the novel. Her mother, Willa is your stereotypical overly dramatic mother who is far too obsessed with her daughter's love life. Carter is absolutely forgettable, I had to go back through my notes to remember he existed which is strange because it a way he was the closest to a rational human?? At around 50% through this probably 300 page arc I wanted to dnf it, but didn’t in hopes the latter half would be better. At 75% I caved and looked at other reviews to see if there was any hope of it getting slightly better in the quarter, hope was not found, however I pushed my way to the end. The entire story is just far too convenient for me, I could list all the plot points that were just too realistic but I'd rather not write a review longer than the actual book. Hara and Derek are painfully average characters.(I hate writing this review.) My last issue that I want to touch on is this was truly not a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, the only similarity to P&P is our female lead being fiery judgmental female lead and our rich brooding love interest. That's it. If you enjoy fast light overly dramatic cheesy romantic comedy in your literature you will love this.Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for giving me this opportunity, I appreciate it immensely!
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  • Bunmi
    January 1, 1970
    I ama sucker for pretty much any Pride and Prejudice retelling, and this one is definitely one of the most unique ones I've read.Hara Isari (our Lizzie Bennet) is a young reporter looking for her big break into sports journalism. She gets her chance when she wins a contest to do an exclusive interview with Boston Player Charles W. (our Bingley). This also puts her in the path of Derek Darcy. And the story commences from there. This book plays more with the original title of P&P, First I ama sucker for pretty much any Pride and Prejudice retelling, and this one is definitely one of the most unique ones I've read.Hara Isari (our Lizzie Bennet) is a young reporter looking for her big break into sports journalism. She gets her chance when she wins a contest to do an exclusive interview with Boston Player Charles W. (our Bingley). This also puts her in the path of Derek Darcy. And the story commences from there. This book plays more with the original title of P&P, First Impressions, as Hara learns that her habit of judging people by her first impression of them has led her to trust the wrong people. Not all the P&P characters have counterparts, and some of them are a mashup of two or more. But the general storyline of bad first impressions and a scandal that could ruin them all is present, and made for a compelling read. I also liked the Hara was half-Black, half-Japenese, and that some culture is woven into the story without being intrusive or over the top. It's a bit open door, but there is really only one scene and it is not the most open door, and is easy to skip if that bothers people.
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  • Becki (millerreads)
    January 1, 1970
    **I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The Wrong Mr Darcy is a romantic comedy with touches of Pride & Prejudice and features Hara, an aspiring sportswriter, and Derek Darcy, a pro basketball player. Their initial meeting doesnt go well, and both find each other irritating, but their private thoughts dont quite match the outward annoyance. Will they find their way past the initial flaws they see in each other and give in to the attraction?The **I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The Wrong Mr Darcy is a romantic comedy with touches of Pride & Prejudice and features Hara, an aspiring sportswriter, and Derek Darcy, a pro basketball player. Their initial meeting doesn’t go well, and both find each other irritating, but their private thoughts don’t quite match the outward annoyance. Will they find their way past the initial flaws they see in each other and give in to the attraction?The title, cover, and synopsis all pointed to a modern retelling of the beloved Austen novel set in the world of pro basketball. What’s not to love about that? However, this is not what I found.The references to P&P were a stretch at times, and others thrust in the readers face for seemingly no other reason than to have a character that was named for one from P&P. The plot was so poorly put together it defied suspension of disbelief. Small town reporter wins national contest to interview the biggest NBA Star, has a super rich boss in said small town who happens to have his deceased mother’s couture wardrobe to lend to Hara so she doesn’t look out of place when she stays in the home of the team’s mega rich owner, which she then leaves to stay with a random woman she met for all of an hour, who then confesses her pregnancy by the big star, and then suddenly Hara can’t go home because of a terrible flood in Boston, and on and on and on. Next, I wondered at times if there was ever any research done on the journalistic profession or even the actual sport of basketball. For example, at one point a starting player is referred to being on varsity. I have never once heard the term varsity used in reference to professional basketball - you’re either a starter or you come off the bench. It was odd.Then, there’s talk of abortion, a miscarriage, a suicide attempt, blackmail, murder, and more that are all handled in the most nonchalant of ways because they are simply plot devices in this narrative and hold no emotional weight. With all of the confusion of the beyond unbelievable plot, combined with these super dark events being glossed over, I cared so little about whether Hara and Derek would work out as a couple. It was just too much. Finally, I was bothered by the throwing around of derogatory terms for women by male AND female characters. Women need to do and be better for each other. I really don’t like writing negative reviews, but this book made me angry by the time I was done with it. I really did like the idea of Hara’s character and hoped for so much from her, but as this novel stands, I can’t in good conscience recommend to fellow readers.
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by NetGalley and St Martins Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review. A whole lot happens in this book, and all of it is bananas-crazy-town. I, like many other readers, wonder why a Latina author felt the need to write a biracial Black and Japanese-American heroine with blue eyes (of course). I still have no idea why this book has the title it does. Were Charles and Derek initially supposed to be brothers, with Charles being ARC provided by NetGalley and St Martins Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review. A whole lot happens in this book, and all of it is bananas-crazy-town. I, like many other readers, wonder why a Latina author felt the need to write a biracial Black and Japanese-American heroine with blue eyes (of course). I still have no idea why this book has the title it does. Were Charles and Derek initially supposed to be brothers, with Charles being illegitimate? Did they have the same last name at one point? I picked this up because of the P&P reference in the title and as the epigraph for each chapter, but it has NOTHING to do with Austen.
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  • Toya
    January 1, 1970
    Touted as a Pride and Prejudice retelling, this book doesnt do Pride and Prejudice any justice. The writing is choppy and disjointed. While I appreciate wanting to integrate real world issues into this story, the amount of heavy themes in this one makes it tough for the palate and takes away from the overall experience of the book. If you want a great Pride and Prejudice retelling, pick up Pride by Ibi Zoboi.Thank you to St. Martins Press and Goodreads for my giveaway win. Touted as a Pride and Prejudice retelling, this book doesn’t do Pride and Prejudice any justice. The writing is choppy and disjointed. While I appreciate wanting to integrate real world issues into this story, the amount of heavy themes in this one makes it tough for the palate and takes away from the overall experience of the book. If you want a great Pride and Prejudice retelling, pick up Pride by Ibi Zoboi.Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Goodreads for my giveaway win.
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    Blurb:The Wrong Mr. Darcy is a charming, multicultural, Pride and Prejudice--inspired romantic comedy from celebrity Evelyn Lozada and Holly Lorincz...NO. Nothing about this was Mr. Darcy worth. There were so many triggering events in this book that there must have been a contest to see how many random and awful things could fit into one book billed as Pride and Prejudice with Basketball.Let me just say that is you are triggered by anything, it's in here. And they all were truly awful. Blurb:The Wrong Mr. Darcy is a charming, multicultural, Pride and Prejudice--inspired romantic comedy from celebrity Evelyn Lozada and Holly Lorincz...NO. Nothing about this was Mr. Darcy worth. There were so many triggering events in this book that there must have been a contest to see how many random and awful things could fit into one book billed as Pride and Prejudice with Basketball.Let me just say that is you are triggered by anything, it's in here. And they all were truly awful.NetGalley/St. Martin's June 9, 2020
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  • Stacia | stacialovestoread
    January 1, 1970
    Ms. Eva is on to something writing this sports romances. The Wrong Mr. Darcy was a sweet story of a reporter cutting her teeth on a big story and unearthing a story bigger than the one she went in for. Thank you to Netgalley & the publisher for granting me this free ebook in exchange for an honest review. Ms. Eva is on to something writing this sports romances. The Wrong Mr. Darcy was a sweet story of a reporter cutting her teeth on a big story and unearthing a story bigger than the one she went in for. —————————Thank you to Netgalley & the publisher for granting me this free ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Therese
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Austen has turned over in her grave again. And again.This book gives the shows Cops and CSI competition, going from a won journalism contest to murder scene under sixty seconds.Shamefully I havent read Prude and Prejudice but I KNOW its not written like the cluster &*$# that I just read. Jane Austen has turned over in her grave again. And again.This book gives the shows Cops and CSI competition, going from a won journalism contest to murder scene under sixty seconds.Shamefully I haven’t read Prude and Prejudice but I KNOW it’s not written like the cluster &*$# that I just read.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks Netgalley for an arc of this book! I absolutely loved this book.!!! The story immediately pulled me in. I loved Haras determination. A little romance, a little mystery, sports, tears and laughs. This book had it all! Thanks Netgalley for an arc of this book! I absolutely loved this book.!!! The story immediately pulled me in. I loved Hara’s determination. A little romance, a little mystery, sports, tears and laughs. This book had it all!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This very quickly veers away from the story of Pride & Prejudice, so if you're looking for a modern variation, this isn't it. We've got our bold but judgy heroine and the rich, broody hero who insults her, but that's where the similarity ends. P&P mashed up with basketball players could be really fun and the story starts off entertainingly, but then the plot instead goes for high drama and over-the-top situations that just don't make sense--e.g. why doesn't Hara consider that her name This very quickly veers away from the story of Pride & Prejudice, so if you're looking for a modern variation, this isn't it. We've got our bold but judgy heroine and the rich, broody hero who insults her, but that's where the similarity ends. P&P mashed up with basketball players could be really fun and the story starts off entertainingly, but then the plot instead goes for high drama and over-the-top situations that just don't make sense--e.g. why doesn't Hara consider that her name would be a stumbling block in her future career, given her father's past? Why do the O'Donnells invite her to stay at their house when they could've put her up at a hotel and not had her--A JOURNALIST--around to discover potential stories when they talk secrets with open doors (or at least non-soundproofed rooms)? There are so many situations and reactions of the characters that just wouldn't happen realistically. (Also, how is there not a condom or any mention of protection in a sex scene in 2020?) The story is all over the place, the main characters aren't terribly likeable, and there's a lot of lazy stereotyping. There is so much potential in the premise, but the story doesn't live up to it.Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC.
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  • Jennifer Holik
    January 1, 1970
    First, a few of confessions. 1. I've never read Pride and Prejudice. Never even had the slightest interest. It sounds awful and boring to me. Sorry, but that's how I feel. 2. I'm not really a huge fan of romance novels, I am much more of a thriller girl. 3. I don't care what the other reviewers say, I really enjoyed this book! Ok, so maybe not having read Pride and Prejudice and not being that into romance is part of why I liked this book so much and others didn't. From what I hear, it's only First, a few of confessions. 1. I've never read Pride and Prejudice. Never even had the slightest interest. It sounds awful and boring to me. Sorry, but that's how I feel. 2. I'm not really a huge fan of romance novels, I am much more of a thriller girl. 3. I don't care what the other reviewers say, I really enjoyed this book! Ok, so maybe not having read Pride and Prejudice and not being that into romance is part of why I liked this book so much and others didn't. From what I hear, it's only vaguely P&P adjacent not really a retelling. And to me it didn't read much like a typical romance. It definitely had thriller like qualities that kept me more hooked than I might have been otherwise. And be forewarned, there are a lot of potential triggers in this book! There's murder, attempted suicide, assault, abortion, and more. The premise is pretty simple. Small town girl Hara Isari wins a contest to be the first reporter to interview a normally aloof big time Boston sports star by the name of Charles Butler. In the process she meets and immediately dismisses one of his teammates, Derek Darcy. Both Hara and Derek make assumptions about the other and proceed to dislike each other immensely. As various things conspire to have them continuously interacting they eventually realize they were wrong in their assumptions. But by then there is so much else going on that it might as well be the apocalypse. Which is one place where I will agree with some of the other reviewers: there is a lot going on in this book, enough to seem implausible. Here are some of my thoughts from the book, in no particular order. Hara is described repeatedly in the start of the book as wanting to be taken seriously. There is a lot of her downplaying her looks while her mother, boss, and basically everyone around her (a total stranger at one point) tries to play them up. This really bugged me a lot, but not at the author or the book. It just bugs me about our society. I could go on for days about it but I won't because this isn't the place. As far as the book is concerned, this whole thing felt genuine to me. Attractive women in our society do have to wrestle with this issue constantly. So yea, I get it. If this bothers you, direct your hate at society where it belongs. Oh oh Carter, Hara's boss. The number of people I saw complaining about this. Ok either the book changed drastically between when they read it and I did, or they missed a huge point. It was explained very early on that Carter's mom was a wealthy socialite who had left him a massive inheritance and wardrobe which he had thus far not dealt with. So stop crying about how Carter was booking luxury hotels and cars for Hara. I love Carter. He obviously cares about Hara a lot, almost like a father figure as well as mentor. He knows she's potentially trying to leave and get a gig in the big city, but he still helps her. That's amazing! Madeline... ugh. I hated her from page she was introduced, quite literally. There's a passage about her slipping flawlessly between professionalism and baby talk and how she clearly got ahead in the world (and her career) by adopting whichever persona was needed. Gross! But again, accurate in my opinion. I've known so many people like this in my life and it's simultaneously revolting and jealousy inducing. Those of us not like that have to work twice as hard to get ahead when they just bat their eyelashes or give a bro hug and move on. But again, hate people like that not the author for portraying an accurate character. Derek. Ah what an a-hole. In order for the hate to love relationship to work, he had to be detestable early on but likable enough later: always a tough line to walk. The author choose to do it by mostly making him socially awkward, rather than downright awful. Which is why I absolutely love him. As a self confirmed a-hole myself, I can relate to the difficulty with small talk, the tendency to say the wrong thing, etc. I'm blunt and direct and come off as a jerk a lot. I'm also pretty unapologetic. But deep down I really am a good person and I do care about people. So I find this character instantly relatable, accurate, and basically wonderful. Also it is so much better than what I have seen too many times before, which is a guy who acts like a jerk turns into a stand-up guy all of a sudden just because the heroine has decided she's into him. Erm no. Doesn't work that way! There is a scene in a night club where Derek makes a comment about Hara being dressed up and looking as desperate as the groupies hanging around the players. Hara, rightfully so, goes off on him about how smart women can't also be attractive. It's a little contradictory to her character's obsession with dressing down earlier in the book, but then she wasn't the one who picked her outfit that night either. So I feel like she was making the most of it and addressing his ignorant comment rather than giving his statement credence by admitting it wasn't her choice. Which is the right move in my opinion. There are a lot of other characters in this book who I haven't mentioned. Thomas Isari, Hara's dad spends the entire book in prison where he has been since she was a child. He is infamous in the world of sports for his sports book operation that ended up taking down a lot of big stars eventually. Yes, Hara is a little naive for thinking she could make it in the sports world without anybody making the connection between her and her father. But she's been living in a small town where her dad is already old news and this is her first attempt to make anything of herself in the rest of the world. And yes, it has been just long enough since the entire thing happened to make it plausible that people will make the connection but not immediately. Willa Isari, is Hara's mom. Is it bad that I had to go look up her name because I couldn't remember it? I remembered her as a characters but not her name. I don't think her name comes up more than a handful of times in the book. But here is a weird character if there every was one. After her husband went to prison, she has essentially nothing to do with him. Yet she is absolutely obsessed with Hara not only marrying, but marrying for money. That makes zero sense to me. All I can figure is that it was a character stretch just to force it to feel a little more like P&P than it is. This is my main issue with the book. It just feels wrong. I don't like characters that don't feel genuine and this one fits that category for me. I think just a little more character development could have been done to make Willa Isari make more sense. Naomi, basketball groupie. I hesitate to say much about this character for risk of spoilers. What I will say is that I enjoyed her as a character but she is another one that might have done with a little bit more fleshing out. Specifically the way her story wraps up feels incomplete. She was so much a part of the story for a while and was used as major plot points to keep Hara in town and the story progressing and then suddenly it's like she was just dropped because it's no longer necessary. There couldn't have been one chapter of Hara visiting Naomi? Or, barring that, some inner monologue on Hara's part addressing that sometimes you don't always get answers to all your questions? In the end, I'm shocked that so many people seemed to dislike this book so much. It had some issues, but overall I thought it was great. Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the advanced copy of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Pride and Prejudice: The Basketball Soap Opera. As an adaptation, it has its issues, but it's a fun enough read.
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC kindly provided by St. Martin's Griffin via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!If y'all know me, you know I looooove Pride & Prejudice and I love retellings, so when I stumbled upon this book I was so stoked! A retelling of P&P is a big project already, so making it modern is truly an undertaking!So what is this book about?Hara Isari has always loved talking, rather than playing, sports. Her dad is a huge sports fan and it is one of the things that formed the ARC kindly provided by St. Martin's Griffin via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!If y'all know me, you know I looooove Pride & Prejudice and I love retellings, so when I stumbled upon this book I was so stoked! A retelling of P&P is a big project already, so making it modern is truly an undertaking!So what is this book about?Hara Isari has always loved talking, rather than playing, sports. Her dad is a huge sports fan and it is one of the things that formed the backbone of their relationship when Hara was growing up... until it got her dad thrown in jail. His love of sports had spiraled into an illegal sports gambling ring. Ten years later, Hara is a recent graduate trying to make it as a woman in the sports reporting world, a tough feat for anyone, let alone one of sports' most hated man's daughter. When a writing contest leads to the opportunity to get an exclusive interview with one of basketball's hottest stars, notorious for not talking to the press, Hara thinks she's won the jackpot. Yet things aren't all that they seem when she arrives in Boston for her big break. The owner of the team is asking suspicious, the star player may be hiding a huge secret, and his best friend and rookie stark Derek Darcy might be the rudest, hottest person she's ever met. Secrets come out, things escalate, and love could be in the air. There are many things I liked about this book, but unfortunately the retelling / Pride & Prejudice aspect was not one of them. While there are a good number of similarities between the two books' characters, the plot has virtually no part of the plot bears a resemblance to that of P&P, aside from a few parties. While this can sometimes be the case with retellings, for me it wasn't enough to necessarily brand it as such. Within Hara, we find the closest resemblance to our leading lady Elisabeth Bennett. She is strong-willed, smart, judges people harshly, and offers no second chances. "It wasn't that she didn't want a boyfriend. But she didn't want someone because they were rich, nor did she want a man drawn to her only because she was thin and had shiny hair. She craved a man who would be drawn to her because she was talented and smart" This gives us a beautiful look at the similarities between Hara and Elizabeth. However, one aspect that I didn't like about the book was how Hara was consistently described as model-perfect, hot, and a knock-out. While a beautiful main character is by no means a crime, it felt like her constantly being described as such cheapened the romance that later would develop. This, among other things, set me off the retelling, as there are many aspects of the original story that do not function the same in modern society. Whereas in P&P, Mrs. Bennett is seen as overly invested in marrying her daughters off to rich men, it was understandable given the society of the time, as rich men would mean the women would be well cared for and move up in society. In our story here, Hara's mom pushing her to wear skimpy dresses and parade herself in front of rich men takes on a much different feel. Yet as this book written in a dual-POV switching between Hara and Derek, the author automatically gives us a new perspective that we never had in Pride & Prejudice, and that is the POV of Darcy. This is very clearly a time saving choice, as it allows the readers to connect with the character and understand his side without the drawn out process that happens in P&P. It is through this POV, too, that we get to truly analyze the relationship between Hara and Derek as it develops. This, too, is a contention point for me, as the relationship between the two seems to be 90% sexual attraction and 10% mutual respect / admiration. One scene in particular caught my eye; in P&P, we all remember the scene in which Darcy helps Elizabeth into her carriage while neither is wearing gloves, causing the first skin-to-skin contact that shocks the both, a very intimate gesture for the time. While Lozada surely needed to modernize this interaction for us, as touching a man's hand is nothing to swoon about nowadays, this scene seemed overtly sexualized (I won't spoil the scene for ya). Surprisingly enough, it was where the plot diverged from P&P that I enjoyed the book. The secrets of professional basketball players, the complex hierarchy of their wives and girlfriends, and the pressures they all face, was incredibly fascinating. The plot that evolves from this is reminiscent of a thriller, and I believe it should've leaned into that. Rather than being a modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice, I think it would've done much better as a sports-world thriller, harping on the dangerous power that rich men wield and the lengths they will go to in order to keep their wealth. All in all, if you are looking for a P&P retelling, look elsewhere. But if you are interested in the sports world and the pseudo-thriller feel that this book can offer, then read on my friend. Final rating 2.5/5 starts
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    The Wrong Mr. Darcy follows Hara Isari, a struggling sports reporter trying to find her footing in a male-dominated career. She gets the opportunity of a lifetime to get an exclusive interview with one of the players on a basketball team that has been silent for a long time and then she also meets his teammate and friend, Derek Darcy, and romance may or may not ensue. First off, I want to make something very clear: I dont know a lot about the basketball world. I think thats an important The Wrong Mr. Darcy follows Hara Isari, a struggling sports reporter trying to find her footing in a male-dominated career. She gets the opportunity of a lifetime to get an exclusive interview with one of the player’s on a basketball team that has been silent for a long time and then she also meets his teammate and friend, Derek Darcy, and romance may or may not ensue. First off, I want to make something very clear: I don’t know a lot about the basketball world. I think that’s an important distinction to make, as there is not only a bit of basketball talk which I cannot confirm is accurate or not, and therefore didn’t bother me. But, also, there was a lot of drama from the wives/girlfriends of the basketball players and I don’t know if that was realistic or not, and it did effect my enjoyment of the book. Let’s start with the good:I really enjoyed some of the points the author was trying to make. Hara is a female reporter covering basketball in a male-dominated field, and throughout the whole book she has to deal with some very sexist comments. Because of this she also has some doubts about herself and her talents. Was she here because of what she looked like, rather than her talent as a writer?Another point the author was trying to make was how some schools (like an Ivy League school) are starting to pay athletic stars in order to get them to come to their school. However, this means that public schools and also HBC’s also a lot of the times can’t afford to recruit the star, and therefore lose funding when they don’t do as well in the athletic field. This is a serious topic and deserves a lot more discussion then it gets. But I applaud the author for trying to go after it. I just wish it hadn’t been surrounded by so much drama. When his mother took that money, she became part of a growing national controversy, a trend that could ruin colleges and kids’ lives. If an athletic kid could be bought, then the rich schools were going to get the best players. The colleges that couldn’t afford blackmail bids would lose the ability to draw athletes, and then their funding was going to go down the toilet. Which would affect all the students at that school.The things I didn’t like:Drama. Drama. Drama. There was a lot of drama in this book. Way too much. I can’t say if it was realistic or not, but I highly doubt there’s this much drama that would happen in less than a month. The main character’s dad is in jail, and she and her dad both get blackmailed while he’s in prison. There’s almost an abortion, and then there’s a miscarriage. A crazy storm that starts flooding the city. Someone almost dies, and then almost dies again when they try to commit suicide. One of the girlfriend’s of the basketball players, literally takes her earrings off and shoes at a bar in order to start a fight. And more. Also, the main character is described in such a way that she’s a special snowflake. ”Nah, my dad is Japanese American and my mom is African American. Guyanese, actually, but like four generations back. If I did one of those DNA tests, I think they’d find a little of literally everything.”I understand that she’s mixed. But I couldn’t understand how someone could say this out loud to a person, and then later mention how they hated people asking her about who she is? People were constantly asking her where she was from, or, more rudely, “What are you?” This is something awful that people in this world have started asking, and I hated that this social commentary was lessened by her constant verbal diarrhea. Hara liked to find reasons to be happy, not emo.”But just because I like sports doesn’t make me gay.” I don’t understand how the above lines were even considered for publication. And the final issue I had was with the romance. :( I really liked Derek and Hara as a couple and I thought that most of their romance and their connection with each other was done right and believable. But, they get together intimately a couple of times, and all but one time was glossed over. And the one time was not so great. Overall, I really liked what the author was trying to say. But I didn’t enjoy the execution. The Wrong Mr. Darcy is not a direct retelling of Pride and Prejudice but does take some inspiration from the classic. I think there is an audience for this book, and definitely for the content.
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