Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Be not alarmed, dear readers, on reading this novel, by the apprehension of its containing anything gory, monstrous, or violent, which might be repugnant to many an Austenesque reader. It is just a tale about a wealthy and illustrious gentleman, who, because of an unfortunate encounter with a werewolf several years ago, spends two days and nights each lunar cycle as a werewolf roaming the forests and howling at the moon near his ancestral home. Oh…and the gentleman just happens to Fitzwilliam Darcy!
Elizabeth got over her prejudice and her pride, now she must find a way to get over the fact that the man she is in love with is a werewolf. Before proposing, Darcy invites Elizabeth to Pemberley, and discloses his secret just before the full moon, giving her a chance to see him as a werewolf and determine whether or not she wants to remain by his side. Helping Elizabeth understand Darcy’s transformation and assuage her concerns are Georgiana Darcy and Anne de Bourgh, who earnestly hope that Elizabeth will consent to being Fitzwilliam’s wife!
As one of Mary Simonsen’s many admirers, I follow her wherever she goes! This time, instead of combining World War II and Jane Austen or creating a light-hearted spoof with Persuasion, she is dipping into the paranormal genre with a pack of werewolves. Similar to the novels by Amanda Grange, Regina Jeffers, and Ola Wegner, this tale is much more of a love story than a terrifying adventure that induces nightmares. My favorite aspect about this novel was seeing Elizabeth deal with Ms. Simonsen’s creation, Lady Helen – a beautiful and wealthy heiress/she-wolf who just happens to have her eye on Mr. Darcy! She was definitely a Caroline Binlgey sort of character and the added drama and rivalry between her and Elizabeth was fun to witness!
If you have read one of Ms. Simonsen’s other novels (The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, A Wife for Mr. Darcy), you might have realized she loves to write about Georgiana, Anne, and Colonel Fitzwilliam’s older brother, Lord Fitzwilliam. In these novels, Georgiana and Anne are usually very instrumental to bringing Darcy and Elizabeth together, and Lord Fitzwilliam is usually causing trouble! I loved once again encountering these “regulars,” especially Lord Fitzwilliam, who is as eccentric as a Heyer character! In addition, I loved meeting a new Darcy family relative, Aunt Maguerite, a feisty old battleaxe, who isn’t afraid of speaking her mind. (Don’t worry, she is much more lovable than Lady Catherine!)
Mr. Darcy’s Bite is the perfect novel for those Austenesque readers who are wanting to branch out try a paranormal novel/Austen mash-up but not wanting something graphic or violent. An entertaining, light read – perfect for October!