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Pride and Papercuts by Staci Hart [REVIEW]

Hello readers,

If you know and love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, then today I have a treat for you – a retell of the story that you can’t miss! This is not an easy job because Pride and Prejudice is known to tell a love story that is considered one of the best romance novels ever written, but in my opinion Staci Hart did a good job!

Pride and Papercuts is a modern retelling of the classic Pride and Prejudice with characters that are very similar to the original ones.

This book is part of a series (‘The Austens’) and I read it without reading any of the other books. I do believe this book will be most enjoyed after reading the previous but I have to say that you can read it alone and will understand perfectly everything.

This book is focused in the story of Laney Bennet and Liam Darcy. Yes, even the names are very similar! The story also includes a secondary romance between Jett Bennet (Laney’s brother) and Georgie Darcy (Liam’s sister).

Laney Bennet and her brother Jett Bennet are the only two Bennet’s that don’t work in the family business but in a bookstore, Wasted Words, that is undergoing a new marketing campaign. Laney always did their social media and marketing, so she’s very involved with everything when it comes to campaigns. And this is where Liam and his sister Georgie enters. They are involved in the the new campaign!

Liam and Laney see themselves in a advertising competition for all the Wasted Words campaign.

They don’t work well together. But they challenge each other and secretly they love it. Behind the hostility, there tension and you can imagine that together they are explosive!

I really liked this couple. It’s heavily inspired in the original Pride and Prejudice, that I love so much, and although it’s not better, it’s pretty good! It has a hate to love relationship, a broody hero with issues and a heroine that’s strong and stands for her believes. She’s everything he needs in his life and vice versa.

As the original, this book is focused on the emotions so don’t expect a lot of steamy scenes. It’s not about that (but it has a moment or two of ‘push me to the door and kiss me’). This didn’t stop me from loving the book. It didn’t with the original.

This is the first book that I read from this author and I loved it. I will definitly go check others like these. Maybe start with the first from the series, because but from this book I understand that something happened to Darcy’s aunt Catherine that maybe was talked in another book.

ohhh, almost forgot to say that I loved the Bennet family dynamic, they look all so close.

This book is pretty good and if you like the original, you can’t miss this. I really think you won’t be disappointed because it’s the original but with a very unique modern touch.

While I was reading this book, I was always expecting a scene where Darcy had to enter to a lake or something because who can forget the scene with Colin Firth in the 1995 TV Series? But my favorite Darcy has to be the one portrait by Matthew Macfayden in the 2005 movie!

If you like movie adaptations and a modern story of Pride and Prejudice, please see the tv series Lost in Austen. I think you’ll love it. I did.

What’s your favorite Darcy? Let me know in the comments what’s your favorite book inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

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