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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Out, Proud, and Prejudiced (Classics Queered) by Megan Reddaway




Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 85,000 words approx.

One’s proud, one’s prejudiced, and they can’t stand each other. 

Quick-tempered Bennet Rourke dislikes Darius Lanniker on sight. Darius may be a hotshot city lawyer, but that doesn’t give him the right to sneer at Bennet, his friends, and their college. It doesn’t help that Bennet’s restaurant job has him waiting at Darius’s table. So when his tutor recommends him for an internship at Darius’s Pemberley estate, Bennet isn’t sure he wants it. He’s also not sure he can afford to turn it down.

Darius is a fish out of water in the small college town of Meriton, but something keeps pulling him back there. He’s helping out a friend with business advice, nothing more. If he’s interested in Bennet, it’s not serious. Sure, Bennet challenges him in a way no other man has. But they have nothing in common. Right?

Wrong. Their best friends are falling in love, and Bennet and Darius can’t seem to escape each other. Soon they’re sharing climbing ropes and birthday cake, and there’s a spark between them that won’t be denied.

But betrayal is around the corner. Darius must swallow his pride and Bennet must drop his prejudices to see the rainbow shining through the storm clouds.

A standalone novel—a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Note: contains mention of past abuse.



3 out of 5 (good)


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*insert sigh*

I'm really not sure how I feel about this book!

It started off well, and I was mostly enjoying it, but somewhere along the way, I stopped enjoying it. This was well past half way, and I wanted to see if it would perk up, so I DID finish it. 

Only Bennet has a say. I wanted, no I NEEDED to hear from Darius and I don't. I think maybe I might have enjoyed the whole book, had Darius had a say too. 

I got lost with the hate into love thing. They start off hating each other, after Darius makes a comment. But somewhere along the way, Bennet flips his emotions to the opposite end of the spectrum. And that's what it seemed like, he flipped from hatred to love. There was no build up, I felt. One minute Bennet hated Darius, and the next, he loved him. 

HOWEVER! 

What is here, is reasonably well written, and I saw no spelling or editing errors. I did like that, once Bennet listened to Darius, he believed him, and that there was some justice for Darius' brother. But mostly, it  just really did not work well for me. And I'm sorry for that! 

It's billed as a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but I haven't read that, so I cannot comment on how similar it is. 

This is the first of this author I've read. Will I read more? Possibly. Blurbs would have to grab, but I would check whether it's single point of view first. 

Lots of people will love this, unfortunately I didn't. But I did finish it so for that reason,

3 stars.

**same worded review will appear elsewhere**

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

MEGAN REDDAWAY lives in England and has been entertained by fictional characters acting out their stories in her head for as long as she can remember. She began writing them down as soon as she could.

Since she grew up, she has worked as a secretary, driver, barperson, and article writer, among other things. Whatever she is doing, she always has a story bubbling away at the same time.

For news of Megan’s gay romance releases and two free stories, visit her website: http://meganreddaway.com
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