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Reviewed by Jennifer J.

When marine biologist Cassie Boulton first meets Calder Westing III, she takes an instant disliking to him. Unlike Cassie, who had to work for everything she has, Calder Westing was born into money and is the son of a Republican political giant. The more time Cassie reluctantly spends with Calder, the more she is unable to deny her attraction to him. One magical moonlit night in thecrashing waves leaves Cassie vulnerable and in love as she has never been before.

Afraid of what Calder will think of her shameful secrets, Cassie begins to push Calder away. But Calder has secrets of his own, and Cassie will soon read a fictitious account of their romance in the form of a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Under the pseudonym of Stephen Westing, Calder is able to put into words the thoughts and expressions he could never say aloud to Cassie.

As Cassie and Calder finally come together as a couple, Calder’s influential father will stop at nothing to keep them apart. Delving into Cassie’s past, Joe Westing discovers Cassie’s greatest weakness. If Cassie doesn’t end her relationship with Calder, Joe threatens to destroy the little comfort Cassie’s younger brother has. Will Cassie make the ultimate sacrifice for her brother, or will she trust in Calder’s love to see them through it all?

The first thing a reader should know before sitting down with Abigail Reynolds’ The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice is that there is a sequel in the works. If I had not looked into that beforehand, I would have been very frustrated by the time I read the last page. What starts out as your average romance novel slowly evolves into a story of dirty politics and blackmail. Though I would have preferred Cassie’s and Caulder’s story to end in this book, I was thoroughly sucked in and am looking forward to this novel’s conclusion.

Cassie is an intriguing heroine with many layers. Some moments she is vulnerable, and others incredibly bitter and prejudiced. Reynolds kept me turning page after page to discover what in Cassie’s past molded her into the person she became. I liked Calder from the beginning, and wanted to know more about him. I felt his secret life as a writer was extremely obvious, and wondered why it took Cassie so long to figure it out. The cast of supporting characters each had interesting stories of their own, especially Calder’s parents, Joe and Caro.

I am not typically a fan of romance novels, but I am a sucker for anything even remotely related to Pride and Prejudice. While I eagerly await the sequel to this novel, I look forward to discovering similar works by Abigail Reynolds that promise twists on Austen’s beloved novels.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

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