Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Lynn Rigaud

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Lynn RigaudBodice-ripper and romance fans might enjoy this modern version of Pride and Prejudice. There is a lot of sex in this book, so if you’re not a fan of steamy novels you might want to give this one a miss.

Fast music, powerful beats, and wild reputations-on and off stage-have made virtuoso guitarist Fitzwilliam Darcy’s band into rock’s newest bad boys. But they’ve lost their latest opening act, and their red-hot summer tour is on the fast track to disaster. Now Darcy and bandmates Charles Bingley and Richard Fitzwilliam are about to meet their match…

Enter Elizabeth Bennet, fiercely independent star of girl-band Long Borne Suffering. Elizabeth, her sister Jane, and friend Charlotte Lucas have talent to spare and jump at the opening band slot. Elizabeth is sure she’s seen the worst the music industry has to offer. But as the days and nights heat up, it becomes clear that everyone is in for a summer to remember.

There were some things I really liked about Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star, and a lot things that I just found very mediocre. I loved the idea of Darcy as a rock star, lead guitarist in a band called Slurry, with Elizabeth as his counter-part in girl-group Long Borne Suffering, who have been booked as their opening act. It was definitely a refreshing, new take on the original and Rigaud doesn’t stick so faithfully to Pride and Prejudice it feels like you’re reading a watered down version of the same story. I really liked that Charlotte was more of a lead character in this version as well. Rigaud certainly makes the character her own, though no doubt some Austen lovers will hate the way Rigaud has written her.

The first half of the book is definitely the strongest, I enjoyed the dynamics between the two bands, the music, how they eventually learn to work together on tour. I also loved the banter and distrust between Darcy and Elizabeth and their gradual understanding of each other, the connection they had through their music.

Unfortunately, this book is about 150-odd pages too long and really started to drag in the second half. It becomes ridiculously angsty and drawn out. After a while, the multiple sex scenes become superfluous. When you’re simply bored that your protagonists are at it again, and wishing you could just get on with the story, you’ve lost the point of including the scene in the first place. There is also a very long, awkward prologue which is written interview-style, and really is just a massive info-dump for the reader.

My main issue with the book, however, was Jane and Charles. Purple prose alert – these two were nauseating from the get-go and I have to confess that I resorted to skim-reading or flat-out avoiding any scenes featuring these two.

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star was a fresh idea that turned into a Mills and Boon cliché. Worth reading even if you’re not a Pride and Prejudice fan, for some flirty, sexy, Darcy and Elizabeth scenes and if you enjoy characters with a passion for music, but I can’t deny that it does fizzle out half way through.

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