Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Imagine a world where William Darcy is a rebellious and promiscuous paparazzi-magnet, and is required to marry by his thirtieth birthday in order to inherit the sizable Darcy family fortune.
Imagine an Elizabeth Bennet, fiercely independent and resolutely dedicated to her personal and professional goals, and only interested in holding men and relationships at arm’s length.
Darcy needs to escape Manhattan, he is being followed and harassed constantly since his thirtieth birthday is less than two months away. While searching for a place to hideout for a couple of weeks, Darcy runs into “Miss Nice Ass” Elizabeth Bennet, who not only offers him a place to hide for the day, but also an opportunity to spend six weeks evading the press and paparazzi. She is looking for a partner to help her trek 300+ miles of the Appalachian Trail, since her traveling companion/”boyfriend” just bailed. While Darcy wants to get out of town, he isn’t so sure about going somewhere without electricity, hot water, and modern luxuries…Will they be able make through the arduous and challenging journey with the trail ahead as rough as their relationship???
Wow! What a consuming and exhilarating read! This adaptation combines so many elements I love – Darcy and Elizabeth trapped in close quarters, an inventive and unexplored setting, high passions, and an emotionally turbulent journey! Yes, it has it all! I loved observing these two characters and their hang-ups about relationships and emotional scars challenge each other, learn from each other, and grow. It may surprise some readers to see a Darcy that has a proclivity for one-night stands and is not shy about his sexual urges and prowess. But I understood and felt sympathy for this less-than-gentlemanly and rebellious Darcy. He is not happy with his life, his parents’ tragic death, the unusual clause in their will, and the press’s intense focus on his life; and this is his way of coping with that unhappiness.
And then we have Lizzy, who is afraid of unhappy relationships and men wanting her to change her goals or priorities. She refuses to lose control and protects her heart by only having casual “friends-with-benefits” types of relationships, but she soon discovers that does not alwayas working out so well. I admired how strong and determined Lizzy is in this story, she truly is a “fearsome thing to behold.” But sometimes she came across a little hard and cold (especially in the beginning), but this might be because the readers aren’t inside her head. I loved that the story was from Darcy’s point-of-view, but I think I would have understood and empathized with Lizzy a little more if we saw what she was thinking sometimes.
The setting and premise of this story are brilliant! I’ve never done any type of overnight hiking and backpacking (don’t know if I have the mettle for that kind of thing!), but I loved reading about it! I enjoyed learning more about the sites along the Appalachian Trail, the challenges of backpacking, and various survival methods practiced while hiking. Another aspect I loved in this story was the inclusion of various Jane Austen characters from other novels. The relationship between Marianne Dashwood and Elizabeth is perfectly portrayed, loved it!
Boots and Backpacks is a poignant and powerful tale about two individuals who overcome their obstacles, accomplish their goals, and forge a path together for the future. A deeply satisfying journey full of trials, hardships, and big rewards! Fans of sexy modern-day Pride and Prejudice adaptations, like Lucky 13: Matchmakings and Misunderstandings and Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star, will adore this passionate and riveting debut novel by K. C. Kahler!
Warning: Recommended for Mature Audiences Only due to the intimate scenes and dialogue and the use of strong language.