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Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match by [Brant, Marilyn]
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Would an Elizabeth Bennet by any other name be as appealing to a Darcy?

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" & "prejudice" in bringing two people romantically together, despite their mutual insistence that they should stay apart.

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 on time.

The scent of warm, roasted coffee beans enticed her nostrils even before she made it through the door. 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. 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 left to try to catch a glimpse of his face. It could be him.

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 stare at her. So did everyone else. She readjusted herself and buried her head in her purse. That looked like him. Close enough to the photo 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. Game over before it could 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, scanning it covertly in case he came 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. 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. He wasn't the guy with the paper, but he, too, looked like Will's photo. Only better.

"If so," he said, "I'm your perfect match."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 759 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: White Soup Press (7 January 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AYLN5TI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #275,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Match 14 March 2013
By chatty1082 - Published on Amazon.com
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This modern day romance has all the names we want to see in a modern P&P story!(Bennet,Jane,Darcy,Bingley and Lady Catherine)
Beth Ann Bennet is a struggling student in her last semester to being a social worker. Her final assignment is to do a research paper on sexual role stereotypes. So she goes to an online dating service call Lady Catherine's Love Match. She enters information she thinks will attract the right man for her research. Anyway she finaly chooses Dr Will Darcy a 30ish ER DR. Dr Darcy has his own reasons for signing up on the dating service. And so the dance begins. Beth is not looking for romance but Darcy is for at least 5-6 dates. Anyway as the story progresses we realise that both Beth and Will have personal issues to work out and how that will affect there relationship is the journey. It was a wonderful easy read and I throughly enjoyed it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Modern Adaptation of P&P 29 December 2016
By Susanne Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
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An interesting modern take on Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth is a social worker with a young son who is talked into trying Lady Catherine's Love Match website. Meanwhile, physician William Darcy is also talked into trying the site by a fun-loving Charles Bingley who dangles funding for Darcy's proposed clinic as the carrot.

And thus the clash of two worlds begins, with much deception on both sides, many misunderstandings, and finally . . . acknowledgment that Lady Catherine's Love Match site had indeed set them up for their Perfect Match.

I like modern adaptations of Austen's works well enough, but the 19th century Brit Lit fangirl that I am usually prefers period variations. This was definitely one of the better modern takes; itwas definitely entertaining and amusing. Well done, Ms. Brant!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern romance using P&P couple's names 30 January 2014
By S. L. Majczan - Published on Amazon.com
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I read all the reviews on Amazon so that I could decide if I wanted to buy and then read this story. And then I read the excerpts from the second book on the Austen Authors' new site. I just finished reading this. Yes, it kept my interest. And I do agree that there was no need to name the characters after our favorite couple in P&P since this book could stand alone as a novella. I, too, do not find that the personalities remind me at all of the original Elizabeth and Darcy, but they are interesting on their own. Using an Internet dating site was a new approach, which worked very well. There are many strings left hanging in this first story and I look forward to more than one follow up story from this author. Well done overall. When will we see a movie come out from one of the JAFF books? Austenland is the only one in the modern vain, unless you want to count Bride and Prejudice, of which I am aware. I would love to see one of the "What-if" stories put into film. (Now grammar issue: possessive tense for plural nouns- Should read Mary's and Sue's book...not Mary and Sue's book. I am seeing this error in so many stories and I am not an English teacher.) Does this bother anyone else?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad P & P story, relabel and release without the P & P and it will work 12 January 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love and own most of the "Pride and Prejudice" based books I come across. I like to see where they are going with it and how they chose to make it work. If the story works off the original characters and takes them in a different direction, I am happy to go along for the ride. It becomes more difficult when they go modern, but it can still work. I saw a great blog style modern version that blew me away. Elizabeth was Lizzy and Jane was Jane. In "Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match", this is not the case. If you are going off the rails with the story, don't try to make it Pride and Prejudice and let your story stand on its own merits or failures. Using P & P in your blurb and character names is just cheating and lowers the story to bad fan fiction.

In this story Beth Ann married and divorced George Wickham who is an absentee parent to their son Charlie. She is about to graduate college, but requires a sociology credit to graduate and get a job as a social worker for geriatric patients. Dr. William Darcy needs a girlfriend to get his cousin Bingley to pay for his clinic for underserved women and children. He joins Lady Catherine's computer dating service to come up with a five date girlfriend. Jane, not related, is a psychology major who is helping Beth Ann. She picks Darcy to get info for a project that requires social media to finish and Beth Ann pretends to be younger and have no children to lure in Darcy for a month long period of time.

Lizzy has always been an impetuous character, but she always caught herself before she went too far and she always manned up to own her mistakes and make them right. Beth Ann was not Lizzy and Bingley was not Bingley. This would have been a cute little story if she had not brought in Pride and Prejudice. There would have been no comparisons and the reader would be free to go along for the ride. Lizzy would never have been a single mom. She is the kind of woman who, no matter what age she lives in, would rather live alone that settle for less. She would not have had a child without finding the man worthy of her. The computer dating/social media aspect of the story was a good enough hook without dragging P & P into it. It made me give 2 stars to a story I would have given 3.5 to 4 stars to without the P & P attachment.

So lose the false advertising and leave out the P & P references. The story will find readers under its own merit.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to Marilyn Brant 23 December 2016
By Elizabeth Hossenlopp - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this modern story of Elizabeth Bennett and Will Darcy. Same delightful characters set in Chicago with a few wrenches thrown in (I.e., a crazy Bingley, interesting Jane, and other fun sides). I do not wish to spoil the whole story, but this book is worth the time. A fun escape! I would recommend it.