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August 19, 2020

The Wrong Mr. Darcy by Evelyn Lozada and Holly Lorincz ~ a Review

by MK French

Hara Isari is determined to make it as a sports reporter for a big newspaper, leaving behind her felon father, mother insisting that she should marry, and the small town that won’t let her forget either. When she is selected to interview a big football star, she jumps at the chance. There she also meets Derek Darcy, a rookie who is determined to show he can play the game and isn’t relying on his monied background. As much as the two don’t hit it off right away, they keep crashing together thanks to fate.
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The Wrong Mr. Darcy
August 2020; St. Martin's Griffin; 978-1250622143
audio, ebook, print (288 pages); romance
Hara’s favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, and it initially struck me as odd that she says that in chapter one yet doesn’t seem to remark on the characters in the novel that fit the roles from the Austen novel. It’s not a big issue, but you’d think she’d comment at some point that the guy she thinks is a jerk has the last name Darcy, just like the novel. Her focus is more on making her mark with a story in the sports world, and she doesn’t care about dating any basketball stars as her mother urges her to do. This becomes something of a selling point with the Wives And Girlfriends club, which is how Hara keeps getting pulled back into Derek’s orbit. It feels natural and not as contrived as that sounds in this review.

I hadn’t read novels from these two before and know absolutely nothing about basketball. You don’t have to in order to read The Wrong Mr. Darcy and enjoy the story they’ve told. 

The “baddies” that serve as obstacles to love feel a bit more like caricatures than characters. I understand that you’re not supposed to like them, but there are probably other ways to make it clear that they value profits over people. I felt like Hara’s father had more of an individual personality than some of the Bostonians. 

That being said, the last third of the book actually grabbed my interest not just for the romance aspect but for the suspense as well. Hara was in legitimate danger, and so was Derek. I also feel sorry for Naomi, who got short shrift by so many people in positions of power. Because she’s not our main character, there really isn’t a happily ever after in store for her.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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