Mr. Darcy's Bite

Mr. Darcy's Bite

by Mary Simonsen

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Overview

In the tradition of Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange (35,000 copies sold) this fresh, original paranormal Jane Austen sequel by bestselling author Mary Lydon Simonson explores Mr. Darcy as the leader of a secret world of werewolves threatened with extinction.

Elizabeth comes to realize that she loves him in both his incarnations, and all his servants protect his secret. But then Elizabeth must confront a shocking danger to her beloved with every full moon, when Darcy is alone and exposed to those who hate wolves...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402250781
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 630,412
File size: 889 KB

About 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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Monica_P More than 1 year ago
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.
JakkiL More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I+++enjoyed++this++story++very+much++++.++I++felt++the++characters++were++quite++true++to+Austen%27s+originals%2C+with+the++exception++of++Anne+de+Bourgh+and+Georgiana+%2C++who+had+considerably+more+personality+and+gumption+.+++The+supernatural++aspects++were+well+handled+and+did+not+overpower+the+story.
BookishDame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.All in all, I love this kind of book...pure fun and relaxing read.
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mr. Darcy's Bite by Mary Lydon Simonsen is a continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. In this novel, Jane and Mr. Bingley are already married and Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are courting. Every time Mr. Darcy comes to visit, Elizabeth is convinced that he's going to pop the question. However he never does. Mr. Darcy struggles with a dark secret, he is a werewolf. If Mr. Darcy confides in Elizabeth he is sure he will lose her forever. Although Mr. Darcy being a werewolf is certainly a problem in this novel, it's not the only one. A certain Lady has her sights set on Mr. Darcy and will not relent until he is hers. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are two of the most beloved Austen characters. Mr. Darcy has an air of mystery about him that really works with this story line. The reason he is so standoffish around people is not because he is proud but because he wants to protect his secret. I thought the story line in this novel is good. It was intriguing with a little mystery built in. Mr. Darcy makes a superb werewolf. I only wish that the story could be a bit darker. Mary Lydon Simonsen brought back many of the original characters from Pride and Prejudice. I was happy that she included Anne, Lady Catherine's daughter, in the story. I really like how protective the women in Mr. Darcy's life are of him. I enjoyed this story from start to finish. The ending was really touching and the perfect way to end this novel.Overall this was a fun read. I love the supernatural element that the author brought to the classic story of Pride and Prejudice. This is a great book to read for Halloween or really anytime of the year.
LiteraryChanteuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first reaction to Austen stories with paranormal elements is honestly a skeptic one however Mr. Darcy's Bite has completely changed my mind. This is an excellent mix of the two. It is very believable and after reading one chapter I was hooked. The author has kept a true likeness to the existing characters that we love and has introduced some new and wonderful characters as well as keeping the essence of the love story between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Humbee More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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