Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Book Review: The Wrong Mr. Darcy by Evelyn Lozada

So I didn't know what this book was when I downloaded it at work--I just saw the title and thought, "yep, that's for me!" I was a bit surprised when I got into it to find it was a fairly traditional commercial romance novel, but set int he world of professional basketball. That's pretty out-there for a retelling of Pride & Prejudice. But I thought I'd appreciate the unconventionality so I pressed on.

Hara is a young sports journalist, working at her hometown newspaper. The NBA set up a nationwide contest for sportswriters to compete to win an interview with the most reclusive basketball star, Charles Butler. Hara wins and flies out to Boston for the interview. Before she can meet Butler, she has an unpleasant run-in with his best friend, Derek Darcy, who she finds obnoxious, even if he is gorgeous.

Multiple twists and turns ensue, and I wasn't sure the book was going to sustain my interest, but just as I was starting to tire, Ms. Lozada stopped following the P&P outline and went off the rails in a spectacularly great way. With blackmail and prison and an eventual shooting, it diverged quite a bit, and really came into its own when it let go of Austen's coattails. While the romance parts weren't for me (I know, I actually read Outlander for the history), the plot was a lot of fun and I raced through to the end. Romance readers will love this one.

This book is published by St. Martin's Griffin, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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