17 September 2011

Review: Fitzwilliam Darcy; Rock Star - Heather Lynn Rigaud

Fitzwilliam Darcy; Rock Star by Heather Lynn Rigaud
published September 2011
hot contemporary romance
bought my copy

When the famous rock band Slurry and it's members Fitzwilliam Darcy, Richard Fitzwilliam and Charles Bingley need a new support act, they choose Long Bourne Suffering, the band of Elizabeth & Jane Bennett and Charlotte Lucas. From the get go there is a lot of chemistry between the band members and even though Darcy, the leader of Slurry, doesn't want any relationships to develop he can't stop it from happening.
Soon the two bands and their members are connected in a close, complicated and sometimes messed up way. Will they find a way to play the whole tour, get over their issues and find happy ends for all of the band members?

I'm a big fan of "Pride & Prejudice" by Jane Austen and enjoy reading retellings of it, of course not all work for me however "Fitzwilliam Darcy; Rock Star" did. I enjoyed the mix of the "old" characters in a new setting & time and think that the author did a great job with writing her own modern, rock star version of  "Pride & Prejudice".

I think that you don't have to have read "Pride & Prejudice" to enjoy this book. Of course it's entertaining to compare the two books but the story is entertaining and interesting even without having some knowledge about Jane Austen's book. 

At the beginning of the book I needed about 20 pages to get into the story and to build a connection with the characters but after that I enjoyed the book a lot. I had a lot of fun while reading and Rigaud's engaging writing style made following the story easy and very enjoyable. I finished this book on one day event though it's a big one because I was always in the mood to read on.

I liked that the main characters and their character traits stayed the same and I also liked that the author changed some persons and how they contributed to the story compared to "Pride & Prejudice". I liked that both Charlotte and Richard Fitzwilliam played a bigger role and that there were only a few scenes with Mrs Bennett (I dislike her sooo much in Pride & Prejudice).

I was surprised by how well the drama and the issues between the band members worked for me. I'm normally not a fan of too much drama but this time it fit to the setting in the rock star world and the stressful tour. I even liked the love story that had elements of self-destruction, but my favorite love story was of course between Elizabeth and Darcy. Their banters & discussions, their connection through their music and their misunderstandings were always fascinating and made reading about them very entertaining. 

The songs texts Rigaud wrote both for Slurry and Long Bourne Suffering were fantastic and always fit perfectly to the situations they were played in. I loved how the songs were used as a way to communicate.

Even though I'm normally not that interested in rock stars and their lifes, stories about them seem to work for me. Ever since I read the first two books in the "The Sinners" series by Olivia Cunning (it's an erotic romance series), I can't get enough of romances about rock stars and maybe that's one of the reasons why I enjoyed "Fitzwilliam Darcy; Rock Star" so much. 

I think that the cover looks great and fits perfectly to the story.

final appraisal
"Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star" is a book that I enjoyed reading a lot. I think the author did a great job with creating a new story based on the story from "Pride & Prejusice". The mix of the friendship, the drama, the love stories, the trouble, the sexy scenes was very entertaining and brought me a lot of fun. 
I would recommend this book to all fans of hot contemporary romances with characters that sometimes mess things up. 

for more info on the author go to http://austennights.blogspot.com/


  1. I am VERY interested in getting this, because yeah, Jane Austen retelling weakness. I read an excerpt on my nook and for the most part liked it although I found the meeting between Jane & Bingley rather awkward, and it was weird that after a show the band would separate far from each other so that the other band could come upon them individually. It just threw me off a bit. I'm hoping this ends up being just a minor nit, because I love the premise.

  2. To be honest Jane and Bingley were my least favorite pair because they both are a bit boring (just as they are in the original).

    Jane Austen retellings are also one of my weaknesses, I have another at home (Murder at Mansfield Park) and have my eyes on two YA retellings and the upcoming (I think in 2012) one by Diana Peterfreund.
    I just can't get enough of things that have to do with Jane Austen and her wonderful books.

  3. @ Janicu: PS: If you decide to get the book I really hope that you will enjoy it.

  4. Great review Sabrina, I am not a fan of retellings, but this one could be fun.

  5. @ Aurian: What don't you like about retellings?
    Sometimes I'm also skeptical about them but i just can't get enough of Jane Austen inspired things.

  6. Great review! I'm curious about retellings, I've only read a few with mixed success. For instance, I LOVE Bridget Jones's Diary, but hated Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I'm interested in giving this one a go now, though! The only thing that strikes me as odd is that the author kept the "old" names - why not just update them? I don't think the name Fitzwilliam has been used much since the 19th century ;-)

  7. @ Belle: The name thing was at first a bit weird but I got used to it.

  8. Sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for recommending.

  9. @ Sanna: I think it really could be your kind of book.




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