Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match

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by Marilyn Brant
     
 

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**Limited time sale of PERFECT MATCH (reg. $3.99) to celebrate the release of the companion story: PRIDE, PREJUDICE & THE PERFECT BET by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Marilyn Brant!**

A single mother and an ER doctor meet on an Internet dating site�each for reasons that have little to do with finding their perfect match�in this modern,…  See more details below

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**Limited time sale of PERFECT MATCH (reg. $3.99) to celebrate the release of the companion story: PRIDE, PREJUDICE & THE PERFECT BET by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Marilyn Brant!**

A single mother and an ER doctor meet on an Internet dating site�each for reasons that have little to do with finding their perfect match�in this modern, Austen-inspired story. It�s a tribute to the power of both �pride� and �prejudice� in bringing two people romantically together, despite their mutual insistence that they should stay apart�

Would an Elizabeth Bennet by any other name be as appealing to a Darcy?

Beth Ann Bennet isn�t looking for love. She�s an aspiring social worker using an online alias to study sex-role stereotypes. Dr. William Darcy isn�t looking for love either. He�s just trying to fund his new clinic by winning a major bet. Both think Lady Catherine�s Love Match Website will help them get what they want�fast, easy and without endangering their hearts. Both are in for a big surprise.

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match�where true love is just a fib and a click away.

STORY EXCERPT:

Beth reviewed her stereotypes list: Greater size and strength, goal-oriented, often highly ambitious, etc., etc. It seemed to pretty much sum up the major male stereotypes as she knew them, omitting universal truths like men�s bizarre predilection toward big tools and bigger remote-control devices.

She set down her pen. She was armed and ready for today�s coffee �date� and planned to find as much direct, supporting evidence as she could for each point in the few minutes she and Will would spend together. She hoped she could pull this off.

Somehow she managed to get Charlie to kindergarten, do a morning�s worth of work at the agency and arrive at the Koffee Haus right on time.

The scent of warm, roasted coffee beans enticed her nostrils even before she made it through the doorway. The singles� bar of this century had cinnamon shakers and skim milk pitchers on the counter instead of vodka jiggers and salty peanuts, but the idea was unchanged.

A pair of lanky guys leaned against the counter waiting for their orders to be ready. Neither of them looked anything like Will�s website photograph. Where was he?

A small table opened up near the door and Beth leaped for it. She slid into the chair and began casing the room. Mostly couples or small groups of friends. A dark-haired man in his early thirties sat alone with a newspaper. His back was to her so she leaned to the left to try to catch a glimpse of his face. It could be him. Might be.

She leaned a little further but before she could see him she felt that roller-coaster dip in her stomach and lost her balance�hands swiping the floor, chair scraping awkwardly. Very smooth move.

The guy turned to stare at her. So did everyone else. She readjusted herself and tried to bury her head in her purse. That looked like him. Close enough to the photo anyway to make her pretty sure. He had to think she was a klutz.

When she looked up, he was staring at her again. An assessing glance. Yep. The game was over before it had a chance to begin. Something about him struck her as odd, though. His email personality was so warm, so charming. This guy�well, arrogant seemed to be a better descriptor.

She wondered what he�d do now. Ditch her? She grabbed her stereotypes list from her purse, scanning it covertly in case he worked up the nerve to come over before she approached him. A glimpse at her watch told her it was already ten minutes past one. When she looked back at his table, he was gone.

She sighed. Not good. Her final project was due in a few weeks, and she needed to cite concrete examples of Case Study #1�s behavior, documented and dated over a period of thirty days. She didn�t have time to start again with a new subject...and Charlie�s future was at stake. She stood to go.

�So, are you the woman Lady Catherine thinks I�m destined for?� a deep voice with a laugh hidden in it whispered in her ear. She swiveled around and stared at the man behind her. He wasn�t the guy with the paper, but he, too, looked like Will's photo. Only better.

�If so,� he added, �I�m your Perfect Match.�

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Editorial Reviews

Austenprose - Kimberly Denny-Ryder
"Brant couldn�t have done a better job at pulling me into the story and keeping me hooked until the end. I loved how her work was different enough that I felt really out of my element at first but then brought back to the themes of compassion, forgiveness and love that really hold Darcy and Elizabeth together. This was an amazingly smart move that left me more than satisfied at the end of this work. I liked this book so much that I delayed watching the season 3 premiere of Downton Abbey!"
Austenesque Reviews - Meredith E.
"Looking for an Austen-Inspired novel that's fast-paced, modern, and endearing? Well...the results of your online dating profile show that...Marilyn Brant's new novel is the �perfect match� for you! Heart-warming, tender, and sweet � Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match is a lovely tribute to Jane Austen and her masterpiece."
So Little Time - Candy M.
"I love a story that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside, and that�s just what Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match did to me! I LOVED it! It�s a perfect book to curl up on a couch with!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016076669
Publisher:
White Soup Press
Publication date:
01/07/2013
Series:
Perfect , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
203
Sales rank:
312,281
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary fiction, and she was named the 2013 Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, the story of a modern woman who receives dating advice from the spirit of Jane Austen (October 2009); FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a tale about three suburban moms, their marriages and what happens a decade or two after the "Happily Ever After" (a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club pick in 2010); and A SUMMER IN EUROPE, a novel about a woman's journey of self discovery as she travels through Europe with her adventurous aunt's Sudoku & Mahjongg Club (a Literary Guild and BOMC2 featured alternate in 2011, and a Rhapsody Book Club Top 20 Bestseller in "Fiction & Literature" in 2012), all women's fiction releases from Kensington Books.

She's also a #1 Kindle & #1 Nook Bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty contemporary romantic comedies, available as original ebooks. ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH were Top 100 Bestsellers on both Barnes & Noble and Amazon. DOUBLE DIPPING was a 2012 International Digital Awards Finalist for Best Contemporary Novel. THE ROAD TO YOU, a coming-of-age romantic mystery (October 2013), was a Top 100 B&N Bestseller. Her novella "All About Us" was included as part of the new-adult romance anthology, ALL I EVER WANTED (January 2014). And PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT BET (July 2014) is her latest romantic comedy release.

As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer for Romantic Times, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. She received her M.A. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago, dabbled in both fiction and art at Northwestern University, studied the works of Austen at Oxford University and is a Lifetime Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her debut novel won RWA's prestigious Golden Heart Award� in 2007 and a number of awards since -- including the Single Titles Reviewers' Choice, the Booksellers' Best and the Aspen Gold.

Marilyn lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with her family. When she isn't rereading Jane's books or enjoying the latest releases by her writer friends, she's working on her next novel, eating chocolate indiscriminately and hiding from the laundry.

Visit her website: www.marilynbrant.com

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Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Dr. Will Darcy and Beth Bennett’s initial meeting through Lady Catherine’s Love Match website is based on lies and subterfuge. To get funding for his clinic he needs to fulfill a bet and have a minimum of five dates with a woman. She needs a specific research subject type to complete her degree in social work. While he’s lying to get his money and she’s lying about who she really is there’s just something that attracts them to each other. The bottom line they’re all wrong for each other. But their hearts may have other ideas. What could be better on the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice than to have an Austen-esque tribute where a Darcy and a Bennett are the stars of the tale. Who better to bring it than a master storyteller and Austen lover Marilyn Brant who’s Darcy and Bennett fill the pages with their own lies, betrayals and social differences, who’s comedy of errors is a how-not-to find the perfect match that will entertain readers with their personalities and their antics. Thanks Marilyn for yet another great story and wonderful characters.
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Marilyn Brant and won't be my last! It was fun and her writing is very easy to read. I enjoyed that she wrote in third person so you got to see both Beth and Will's points of view. As mentioned in the summary above, Will and Beth both submitted a profile on a dating website to meet someone for ulterior motives. They both lied; however, Beth pretended to be someone she wasn't in order to use her match as research and Will failed to mention he was only looking for someone in order to win a bet with his cousin. This relationship seemed to be doomed to fail from the beginning. At first I wasn't sure I liked Will. Marilyn did a great job of portraying him in a way that prevented the reader to automatically fall for him. That is what he did though - he kept everyone outside his wall of emotion and detached so he wouldn't get hurt. Beth on the other hand had a tough time keeping her emotions in check. She was serious about her research, but she started falling for Will even though she knew she shouldn't take things futher becasue of her dishonesty. Beth also seems to be the only woman who is able to break down Will's walls and manages to pierce his heart, without realizing it. Once Will finds out that Beth lied to him, we finally start to see some real emotion from Will. It is amazing how you can draw closer to someone even when they are angry! He was no longer the cool, logical doctor only worried about his clinic and helping people in order to fight the system that he was subjected to growing up. We all try to anticipate how a story is going to go based on what we have read in past books. We know the hero and heroine will get together in the end in a romance novel, but it is the getting there that we love to read about. Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match did not disappoint in the "getting there" part. There were some surprises that happened along the way and when I thought they would forgive one another, well, they didn't! I was mentally urging Will and Beth to cut the crap and go to the other one (because I knew how they both felt about the other one - the fun part about being in both characters' heads), but they didn't listen. Stubborn characters! I thought Marilyn did a fabulous job with the story and the characters. I enjoyed the sweet romance that formed between the characters and loved Will's cousin Bingley and Beth's best friend Jane. I sure hope Marilyn writes a book about them! They would be so much fun to read about. If you are looking for a fun, contemporary read (whether or not you have read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice) that is hard to put down, I highly recommend Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick and simple read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will and Elizabeth's story is so much fun to read. It starts with both of them joining a internet dating service. Both having totally different reasons for joining than to find a love match. Needless to say, nothing turns out as planned. Their story really touch your heart.
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The story was cute, but predictable. I didn't think it really had much to do with Pride & Prejudice, though. It felt like it just used P&P so that people, like me, would read the book.
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