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    He hates everything about her.
    She despises him even more.
    So why is his heart so determined to belong to her?

    Once trapped by marriage to a woman he loathed, Fitzwilliam Darcy is finally free again. Resentful, bewildered, and angry, he is eager to begin his life over - preferably with a woman who is the exact opposite of his wife.

    He never imagined a short stay in Hertfordshire would bring him face to face with his worst nightmare; a woman similar in face, form, and name. He certainly never expected her to be so impossible to ignore.

    Torn between what he believes he wants and what his heart cannot live without, his dignity begins to unravel. Will his desperation to escape his past drive a wedge into his closest friendship and destroy any hope of a future?

    Will Miss Elizabeth Bennet prove to be as nefarious as his wife? Or, will the last woman in the world be his only chance at happiness?

    ©2019 Nicole Clarkston (P)2019 Nicole Clarkston

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    • Sophia Rose
    • 02/12/2019

    A Gothic Romance Variation on a Classic


    A tortured hero and a spirited heroine in a gothic-style variation on an old familiar classic pulled me in from the beginning especially from now fabulous and familiar author and narrator.

    Nefarious is a variation on Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice that introduces the story with a stormy, bitter Darcy beside his wife's grave. Hating the perfidy she and her family used to manipulate him into marriage and access his wealth (ala Mr. Rochester's in laws from Jane Eyre), he swears he will never trust another Elizabeth. Gasp! Then the man decides to court the sister. Double Gasp!

    But, that is only the first of the shocking twists on the original as Darcy endures much at the hands of his enemies and alienates the one woman who is nothing like his wife though she shares the same given name and has an ambitious mother and now counts herself as hostile toward the rude, arrogant man from Derbyshire.

    It was full of angst and pushed me to my limits. I'm not generally a fan of that much angst and over the top gothic villainy, but something about the author's writing and the story kept me listening and vested in the story. I had to know how Darcy saw his way through all the plotting against him from all sides it seemed and won Miss Elizabeth's favor and love after he set her against him so strongly. I'm a softy for a wounded, brooding hero who has to overcome so much both character-driven and action-driven conflict and a strong, engaging heroine who has her own flaws to overcome and does.

    Surprisingly, it wasn't all doom and gloom. The humor-laced leaven in the lump even during the darker scenes had me smiling and sometimes laughing a little. I was glad to see it there so my emotions got a reprieve and the story felt more balanced.

    As this was a Pride & Prejudice variation, I enjoyed seeing familiar characters, dialogues, and key scenes, but they were sometimes creatively mixed about to form this new story. Those who haven't read the classic tale would do all right as a result.

    The narration work was fabulous. This was all told from Darcy's point of view and I thought Harry Frost, a now familiar and engaging narrator, captured Darcy so well. He voiced the bitter anger and betrayal as well as the lighter amusement. He did great with gender, age, class, and the various situations. I felt he gave an already solid story more depth and would happily look up more of his work.

    All in all, Nefarious was captivating to my senses and had me emotionally vested in the outcome of this tumultuous variation tale of treachery and romance. I would recommend it to historical romance fans who like a bit of the classic gothic feel to their read-listens.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 06/12/2019

    Brilliant


    This book is quite beautiful. I would have never imagined that Mr Darcy could be portrayed thus but I am glad it was so.
    I would highly recommend this book to any JAFF enthusiast. I would have liked to know what happened to the villains in the story. All that was summarized towards the end was that there was testimonials against them and some evidence but nothing was revealed afterwards stating if they received their just desserts or not.

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    • Christina Boyd
    • 03/12/2019

    Easy to recommend!

    Voice actor Harry Frost really shines, showing his range and imagination. His rich voice and excellent pacing made for the perfect Mr Darcy! He is an enthusiastic narrator, bringing a nuanced, honest performance to each character. His audio production is flawless—no annoying clicking or mouth sounds, no echoey recording to detract from the performance or story.

    Easy to recommend this clever, emotive, and even funny “Pride & Prejudice” reimagining from Darcy’s POV. Yes, Darcy is a little more frustratingly flawed than in some other fan fiction but don’t worry—that just adds to the delicious happily-ever-after that we know MUST come. Warning: Block out the time to listen to this one—because once you’ve started, you won’t be able to turn it off.

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    • Katie
    • 15/05/2020

    Angsty Darcy as he learns to love against his will

    I loved this variation, perhaps my favorite. I like the ones that detail Darcy's journey from early withstanding to love, and give Elizabeth the wit that makes her more than just a pair of fine eyes. And the narrator is PERFECT for voicing Darcy's inner thoughts! I could listen to this Darcy all day.

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    • Fabulous Mrs B
    • 11/04/2021

    Great book

    What a story. So well written and the narrator did a great job. This story had some angst. But as always it ends well. The road to A HEA had a different start. So much hidden along the way. Great JAFF.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 03/03/2021

    Excellent

    I adore Harry Frost as a narrator!!! He contributed so much to my enjoyment of this story! He gets 10 stars out of 5!

    4.5 rounded up to a 5 for the story. This book was such a delight! I love stories from Darcy's perspective, but this one is very fun and unique. Instead of the reserved, but impeccably mannered Mr. Darcy, we get the raw and embittered Darcy who has had enough of the rewards of living up to society's dictates and expectations. He has always let his overdeveloped sense of honor and duty govern his choices and it has brought him nothing but trouble and grief, more than even he realizes when we begin this journey with him. Those choices led him into a miserable marriage and highly undesirable in-laws where he never even pretended to grieve or regret the loss of his wife, Elizabeth Benedict. What's in a name?- in this story, quite a bit as his very reaction to a different, but similarly named Elizabeth is all based on his former nemesis of a wife and he sure does make a mess of things! I found myself laughing out loud at many of his unguarded thoughts, comments and behavior and cringing for him at other times. I really enjoyed seeing his development start from a very different place and the change process that he goes through. Just when you think things can't get any worse, there's a new twist that will have you on pins and needles. The satisfaction of a HEA did finally come, and it was really worth the wait! A must read for Darcy fans!!!

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 27/02/2021

    A good companion in quarantine

    Interesting take on the P&P. And surprisingly from Darcy's POV. Good quality narration. Very peaceful to listen to.

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    • Sherrie Jones
    • 26/10/2020

    Very Dark and Twisty

    All of the regular characters are here and the story follows along with the original in some areas, but when it diverts the curve is sharp. Darcy was married to another Elizabeth before meeting Lizzy. The similarities don’t end there either, same basic shape, hair and eyes. We weave back and forth between the original story and this alternate reality.

    I’m not going to give many more actual details as the story is one that unfolds slowly, in some cases almost too slowly, and is full of surprises. I will say this, we meet Wickham earlier and differently, and although he is still a villain, he is a light weight compared to the real criminals behind the scenes.

    It is a very twisty story with many unsavory characters, male and female, who are scandalous,violent, abusive and just plain murderous.

    This Darcy is dark and deeply broken to the point of being frightening to the ladies of Meryton and this story is told in the first person so we get to see into the very depths of his despair.

    If you feel like a dark, moody romance, this will fit the bill.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 07/10/2020

    Superbly written and narrated!

    I loved this book, the characters were so beautifully developed, and such strong plot! highly recommended

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    • M. Sheron
    • 02/10/2020

    Great P&P Variation

    This was an enjoyable listen and worth listening to again. It is told from Darcy’s perspective and has an excellent twist in his demeanor. I really enjoyed his descriptions of Elizabeth as his worthy opponent. At the end he does become a bit flowery in emotions regarding his love but it isn’t over the top. I personally prefer a long story if the language and plot are good - and this one is! If you love these characters you won’t mind the length. Harry Frost nails the performance. Bravo!!!

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    • minipli
    • 27/11/2019

    Pride and Prejudice aus der Sicht von Mr. Darcy

    Schon die ersten Sätze der Hörprobe, gesprochen von Harry Frost, haben mich überzeugt: diese 15 Stunden und 15 Minuten lohnen sich! Keine Sekunde Langeweile in dieser witzigen Story. Dem Sprecher hätte ich liebend gerne noch ein Paar Sterne angehängt. Was für eine Vorstellung! Man muß ihn im Auge behalten und Nicole Clarkson ebenso.