October of 2011 marked my introduction to Mr. Darcy’s Bite by Mary Lydon Simonsen. I remember being so impressed by Simonsen’s ability to stay true to Austen’s characters even after changing one of them into a werewolf! I also remember writing Mary an email after finishing the novel begging her to write more of this particular story. I’m happy to tell you that a year later she has! Introducing the answer to my begging, Mr. Darcy Bites Back!
Someone or something is lurking in the woods of Pemberley.
As Mr. and Mrs. Darcy approach the first anniversary of their marriage, they look upon their life together as very much an idyll. With one exception. Their lives will always be ruled by the lunar cycle as the Master of Pemberley is a werewolf.
As Darcy prepares his pack for nightfall, an unsettling rumor is being spread in the village that a phantom Ghost Buck has appeared in Wentside Woods on the Darcy estate. Because Darcy does not believe the stag exists, he wants to know who started the rumor. Is it possible that someone knows of his darkest secret and is trying to draw him out?
I’m going to start out by saying that Mr. Darcy’s Bite is my favorite paranormal JAFF novel out there. (No joke I reread it like 3 times a year) The Darcy and Elizabeth that grace the pages of that novel are truly wonderful representations of Austen’s original characters. Fortunately, the same is true in Mr. Darcy Bites Back! Simonsen is a pro at writing these two characters. With almost a dozen novels to her name that have Darcy and Elizabeth included in some way, it’s no surprise that Simonsen has created two characters that have gotten better with time. It’s as if they’re old friends now, and their story is comfortable and fun. Fortunately there are still plenty of surprises left up Simonsen’s sleeve, adding enough twists in the plot to keep me intrigued to the end. I hope that Simonsen continues with these particular novellas. Adventures with werewolf Darcy and his pack would keep me entranced and coming back for more.
Mr. Darcy Bites Back has everything you’d want in a fun novella, all in a bite sized portion (no pun intended!) It was a quick and refreshing read that recharged my reading batteries. I can only hope that Simonsen can have a quick turnaround and come out with another great story featuring Elizabeth and Darcy soon! This is definitely a great addition to your shelf and a fun pick-me-up.
5 out of 5 Stars
Mr. Darcy Bites Back by Mary Lydon Simonsen
Quail Creek Publishing, LLC (2012)
eBook: 301 pages
Special thanks to Ms. Simonsen for my review copy