Mr. Darcy's Bite

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Mr. Darcy has a secret...

Darcy is acting rather oddly. After months of courting Elizabeth Bennet, no offer of marriage is forthcoming and Elizabeth is first impatient, then increasingly frightened. For there is no denying that the full moon seems to be affecting his behavior, and Elizabeth's love is going to be tested in ways she never dreamed...

Darcy has more than family pride to protect: others of his kind are being hunted all over England ...

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Overview

Mr. Darcy has a secret...

Darcy is acting rather oddly. After months of courting Elizabeth Bennet, no offer of marriage is forthcoming and Elizabeth is first impatient, then increasingly frightened. For there is no denying that the full moon seems to be affecting his behavior, and Elizabeth's love is going to be tested in ways she never dreamed...

Darcy has more than family pride to protect: others of his kind are being hunted all over England and a member of Darcy's pack is facing a crisis in Scotland. It will take all of Elizabeth's faith, courage, and ingenuity to overcome her prejudice and join Darcy in a Regency world she never knew existed.

Praise for The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy:

"Simonsen spins off another superior Jane Austen homage."
-Publishers Weekly

"Engrossing and delightful...Simonsen takes quite an intriguing approach."
-Rundpinne

"A fast-reading, engaging style...brings a new and enjoyable immediacy to Jane Austen's most popular novel."
-Linda Banche Romance Author

"Creative, well-paced, and definitely diverting."
-Austenprose

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Editorial Reviews

Savvy Verse & Wit
If you're an Austen purist who can let their hair down a bit, Mr. Darcy's Bite could fit your need for the paranormal this Halloween season without scaring you senseless. Simonsen's work is always a delight to read, and Mr. Darcy's Bite is no exception.
RomFanReviews
This was an interesting take on the traditional Pride and Prejudice story...This book picks up right after Lydia's forced marriage, and the author did a wonderful job blending the two stories together. She's very true to the old world way of speaking, and despite the werewolf factor, this is an amazing addition to the world of Pride and Prejudice.
Palmer's Pick's For Reading
This book is matter of fact about Darcy being a werewolf and it really does not get in the way of the telling of Darcy and Lizzy's love story. The writing of this book was very good and kept with Austen's style. This book fleshed out Austen's characters in a different way and did it well.
Austen Prose
Unlike another popular vampire work, Twilight, where werewolves appear because of vampires, Simonsen provides an actual realistic explanation for it. The novel is written with fabulous Gothic undertones, creating a dark and spooky reading atmosphere that grips you from cover to cover.
Austenesque Reviews
Mr. Darcy's Bite is the perfect novel for those Austenesque readers who are wanting to branch out try a paranormal novel/Austen mash-up but not wanting something graphic or violent. An entertaining, light read — perfect for October!
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
If you want something extra in your JA variation then go for this one, you will love Mr. Darcy as a werewolf.
Linda Banche and Her Historical Hilarity
In Mr. Darcy's Bite, Mary Lydon Simonsen has succeeded in crafting a story true to Regency sensibilities within the framework of an almost done-to-death paranormal motif.
Debs Book Bag
Simonsen has created a paranormal version of Pride and Prejudice that remains true to the love between between the two characters while adding a new dimension to the story...Simonsen adds just enough of both elements to balance both worlds and still provide a riveting and emotional book.
Anohki Magazine
Mary Lydon Simonsen turns Jane Austen's classical tale into a maze of twists and thrills, perfect in time for Halloween.
Life in the Thumb
That was a fun, different twist on P&P with a werewolf thrown in for good measure!
Daytona Beach News-Journal
A fresh, original paranormal Jane Austen sequel by bestselling author Mary Simonsen explores Mr. Darcy as the leader of a secret world of werewolves threatened with extinction.
So Little Time
A Pride and Prejudice werewolf story. But this isn't your typical werewolf story, it is a romance. Oh, Mr. Darcy is most definitely a werewolf but this is not a gruesome story. In fact, Mary Simonsen made the whole werewolf thing very interesting and surprisingly organized!
Booklist Online
Simonsen's clever reimagining of Pride and Prejudice...Simonsen plausibly and intricately weaves in Jane Austen's plot and dialogue to create an entertaining pastiche of the original.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402250774
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 906,434
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Lydon Simonsen is the author of two Regency Austen re-imaginings, The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy and A Wife for Mr. Darcy, and a Jane Austen historical romance, Searching for Pemberley, which was acclaimed by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and RT Book Reviews. She is well loved and widely followed on all the Jane Austen fanfic sites, with tens of thousands of hits and hundreds of reviews whenever she posts. The author lives in Arizona.
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Elizabeth was in her room reading when Mrs. Hill came upstairs to announce that Mr. Darcy was in the parlor and would like to see her. This news generated little excitement. Mr. Darcy had been in her parlor on many occasions, always with the same request: "May I ask that you join me for a walk in the garden?"
The first dozen times, Lizzy had been truly excited because it was obvious that Mr. Darcy liked her very much. The next few times, she was equally flattered by his requests because she was convinced that all of this attention, paid over the course of the six months since Jane and Charles had married, was leading to a request that they begin a formal courtship. But then some urgent business would call him back to Pemberley, and he would be gone for a week or, as had happened in June, for the entire month. When he returned, he would be back in the Bennet parlor as happy as a puppy to see his mistress. But she had tired of this routine, and today she was going to tell him so.
Lizzy went into the parlor and found Mr. Darcy standing in front of the window. The outside light served to create a silhouette of the master of Pemberley, and it was a very flattering one: tall, with wavy hair, a strong chin, broad chest, narrow waist, muscular thighs, and excellent calves. My goodness, he was a handsome man-and an excited one. He nearly sprinted across the room to greet her. If the room had been as large as the parlor at Pemberley, she thought that he might have leapt over the tea table to get to her. There was never a lack of enthusiasm on his part when he did come calling, making his behavior all the more puzzling.
Mrs. Bennet, Kitty, and Mary remained in the parlor with Lizzy while Mr. Darcy, who was staying with the Bingleys, shared the latest news about Jane and Charles, including their decision to renew the lease on Netherfield Park. Without embarrassment, an unusual circumstance for a man discussing an expectant mother, he also shared that Jane was looking hale and hearty, and not showing any discomfort in carrying "her lone offspring." This news was well received, earning smiles all around, and after some additional small talk, the superfluous Bennets rose and departed.
As on every other occasion, Mrs. Bennet was convinced that "today was the day" when Mr. Darcy would ask Lizzy to be his wife, and she gave her daughter a knowing smile on her way out. With the door left slightly ajar, Lizzy listened for the retreating footsteps of her mother and sisters. After she was sure that Mama was not eavesdropping, she turned to Mr. Darcy. "You said Jane was experiencing no difficulty in carrying 'her lone offspring.' That is a very peculiar way of phrasing it. One child is the rule, not the exception, Mr. Darcy."
"I imagine that did sound odd," he said, fidgeting. "Our Newfoundland recently had a litter. I guess that was in the back of my mind when I made that comment."
Lizzy nodded, but asked no questions about the furry arrivals at Pemberley. Although she usually took the lead in their conversations, she was of no mind to do so today. When the gentleman asked if they might go for a walk in the park, Lizzy stated that she preferred to remain indoors.
"But the weather is absolutely perfect for a brisk walk."
"Mr. Darcy, we have been fortunate on your many visits to have had good weather. However, I am not inclined to walk today. Maybe on your next visit or the one after that or the one after that, we may go for a walk."
"Elizabeth, you are out of sorts with me, and I do not blame you. I know my coming and going has been an irritant to you."
Yes, an irritant and inexplicable. Your excuses for your frequent absences never satisfy.
"But my purpose today is to invite you to Pemberley. My cousin, Anne de Bourgh, is coming with my sister from London, so that we might all go together." Mr. Darcy came and sat next to Lizzy on the sofa and took her hands in his. "If your parents approve, I would like to set out as soon as possible because there is something I would like to share with you, but I must do it at Pemberley."
Lizzy's mood altered immediately, and she was so bold as to kiss him on the cheek. But Mr. Darcy was even bolder, and he put his hand on her neck and brought her toward him. Her kiss was as wonderful as he had imagined it would be, and he could feel the heat rising. Reluctantly, he let her go, but whispered. "Everything will be decided at Pemberley. Will you come?" Lizzy went to the library to get her father's permission to go to Derbyshire with Mr. Darcy.
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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Great love story with a paranormal twist

    I really enjoyed this story because it combines two of my favorite things - Pride and Prejudice and the paranormal. It is definitely a romance as opposed to a scary, supernatural tale. If you're looking for a violent or beastly werewolf Darcy, this is not it. He is not a savage beast during his full moon "cycle", but an Alpha male wolf who, like human Darcy, is responsible for all those under his protection and leadership. His being a wolf isn't all bad, and to see him enjoy the freedom his wolf nature gives him was great. It also makes him more sensitive to those around him.

    There was some angst, as Lizzy must decide if she can accept and live with his lifestyle, but not as much as I expected, and it was not drawn out needlessly. In the end it comes down to true love overcoming an obstacle, and Lizzy and Darcy striving to protect each other and their loved ones. The romantic scenes are playful and not overly done. I personally like a little more in that department, but that is not really her style. Unlike her other stories, this Darcy is not very experienced prior to meeting Lizzy, because wolves mate for life. Darcy's heightened sensitivity to Lizzy's "moods" has an effect on the level of sexual tension between them that I am a little ambivalent about. It's amusing, and takes one awkward variable out of their courtship, making her more comfortable with her feelings because she can't hide them. Which can be a plus or a minus depending on how much UST you like.

    Simonsen brings depth to other "minor" characters like Georgiana Darcy, and Anne deBourgh; adding Darcy's Aunt Marguerite and (my personal favorite) his charming cousin, Lord Fitzwilliam, made it more entertaining. I love the ending; it makes me wish for another epilogue, not because it is incomplete but because all great Lizzy and Darcy stories have that effect on me.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    Surprisingly Delightful Read!

    Werewolves and Pride & Prejudice? Really? Those were my initial thoughts. However, skeptical as I was, I wanted to read what Simonsen wrote. Page by page my curiosity was piqued and I was drawn into the story. I love stories where there is competition for a character's love. Elizabeth has just that. The other lady is not only drop-dead gorgeous but she also shares something with Darcy Elizabeth does not. Simonsen truly captured the loyal and protective Darcy, as well as the compassionate and impertinent Elizabeth Austen created. The humor infused in the novel makes it all the more enjoyable to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Loved, Loved, Loved it!

    I am a huge fan of Mr. Darcy, and Mary Simonsen does a wonderful job of taking Austen's great story and adding a supernatural spin to it. Her retelling absolutely makes sense ... of course Mr. Darcy was a werewolf. She also does a great job of honoring the tension between Lizzy and Darcy in her tale of Mr. Darcy's Bite (while also honoring the love and devotion of the two characters despite any obstacles). If you like Austen, vampires, and werewolves then this is a must read!!

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

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    A Beguiling and Richly Recommended Romp

    Dear misbegotten Darcy has a dilemma. He's been infected by a werewolf and has the misfortune of howling and prowling the grounds of Pemberley at every full moon. What a horrible prospect for his bride-to-be, and what a horrendous burden of guilt! He knows he must inform poor Elizabeth Bennet so she can make a decision whether she will marry the night creature he sometimes becomes, or not. And, he must ask her to take dangerous risks on his behalf. Such issues tax a gentleman's heart and mind!

    Enlisting the kindly help of his sister Georgiana, along with others of the Austen crowd familiar to those who love her books, Darcy quietly and efficiently brings Elizabeth into the knowing fold. But can she learn to love and accept a dark and gruesome were? It's certainly not what she bargained for...

    Mary Lydon Simonsen is a crafty author whose tongue-in-cheek prose gives us a lively and fun trek into the adventure of these Jane Austen characters as they slip the light paranormal. I love her brilliant mind and her wit. I also love her ability to maintain the true character of these special people of Miss Austen's while adding such a strange conundrum to the mix!

    This is a fun and beguiling book. It's one any of those of you who love an Austen mash-up will find extremely well written. Miss Austen's beloved characters have a romp that's sometimes serious and sometimes humorous. Not a heavy book, but a captivating paranormal for a stormy night.

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

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    A Beguiling and Richly Recommended Romp!

    Dear misbegotten Darcy has a dilemma. He's been infected by a werewolf and has the misfortune of howling and prowling the grounds of Pemberley at every full moon. What a horrible prospect for his bride-to-be, and what a horrendous burden of guilt! He knows he must inform poor Elizabeth Bennet so she can make a decision whether she will marry the night creature he sometimes becomes, or not. And, he must ask her to take dangerous risks on his behalf. Such issues tax a gentleman's heart and mind!

    Enlisting the kindly help of his sister Georgiana, along with others of the Austen crowd familiar to those who love her books, Darcy quietly and efficiently brings Elizabeth into the knowing fold. But can she learn to love and accept a dark and gruesome were? It's certainly not what she bargained for...

    Mary Lydon Simonsen is a crafty author whose tongue-in-cheek prose gives us a lively and fun trek into the adventure of these Jane Austen characters as they slip the light paranormal. I love her brilliant mind and her wit. I also love her ability to maintain the true character of these special people of Miss Austen's while adding such a strange conundrum to the mix!

    This is a fun and beguiling book. It's one any of those of you who love an Austen mash-up will find extremely well written. Miss Austen's beloved characters have a romp that's sometimes serious and sometimes humorous. Not a heavy book, but a captivating paranormal for a stormy night.

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