Love, Austen (Book 3)
“I want someone to want me for who I am. No changing my appearance or philosophies or principles. I need a partner to be proud of me—in public and beyond—and proud of themselves.”
“Think you’ll find it?”
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Bennet had always dreamed of love. Of finding his Mr. Right.
Hell, he’d even settle for Mr. Righteous.
Who he won’t fall for, not ever? Mr. Downright Pride-less.
~ ~ ~
It’s Pride and Prejudice, complete with scumbaggery, anguished declaration of desire, meddling villagers, Karaoke, Scrabble, and Pride.
Their horses licked each other playfully.
Darcy’s voice rumbled. “We should get back before it pours.”
Bennet wholeheartedly agreed.
They didn’t make it.
The sky opened and they rode, laughing, through the downpour.
Shoeless and dripping on Darcy’s welcome mat, they peeled off layer after soaked layer and threw them into one big, horse-scented puddle on the floor. They were down to boxer briefs now. The thin material did nothing to conceal the swelling under it.
Laughter dissolved as awareness thickened around them. They’d seen one another half-naked before but this was different. This time, Bennet was aware how much they both liked what they saw. This time, Bennet knew Darcy wanted to touch him. Explore him. This time, Bennet was tempted.
Darcy swallowed. “You’re covered in goosebumps. You should, ah, warm yourself in the shower.”
A spell under cold water might have been more helpful; Bennet set the shower to lukewarm and made quick work of soaping himself, drying off with equal efficiency.
His hair dripped onto his shoulders as he stepped—once more wearing only his underwear—out of the bathroom.
Darcy approached, carrying a pile of clothes. He had slung on a dry T-shirt and dark shorts. It was so remarkably casual that Bennet stared at him as though he continued to wear nothing.
“Here. Something dry.”
Bennet blinked. The same jeans and blouse he’d borrowed last time. He fingered the material.
“You like bright colors,” Darcy said uncertainly. “Did I get it wrong?” He gestured to Bennet’s eyes. “I thought this one would look good. That you’d like it.”
It wasn’t exactly his style, but . . . He pictured Darcy rummaging through his children’s things, searching for something Bennet would like and feel comfortable in.
Right from the beginning, Darcy had tried.
He shook his head. “You got it right.” I’m sorry I didn’t appreciate your choice enough last time. “Thank you.”
Darcy nodded. “I, ah. Shower.”
3 of 5 Stars
Hmmm…I’m not totally sure where I stand on this. I think maybe I’m not following the stories because of the writing.? There are a lot of off-page events that I guess I’m missing.
First things first, while this can be read as a standalone (probably) I don’t think it should be. Darcy is Henry’s father. They interact and have issues in book two that are somewhat important to this story. Caroline is aunt to Harry and Martin who briefly appear in this book, but we meet and get to know in book one. Olivia, who becomes a big character in this book, is introduced and plays a major role in book two as well.
So, there are two Will’s in this book which is a bit confusing to me. But the older Will has history with Darcy and causes problems for him and Bennet. Unfortunately, I apparently missed part of the interaction between Will and Bennet, but it is cause for an argument that further confused me. My advice is to really pay attention between those two.
Bennet’s younger brother Lyon is only 15 but is extremely sexually over the top, in an off-putting way. It made me uncomfortable. I understand he is partially doing it for attention and partially because he’s 15, immature, and has hormones that are overactive. I still didn’t like it.
Just like with book two, there is so much that happens off-page and that we must read between the lines to understand that I felt a little lost through half of this book. I think it may be time for me to give up this series.
About the Author
I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.
Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.
I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of emotion, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.
My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.
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