Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Gift from Author
After coming across a distraught Mr. Darcy in agonizing distress while walking in the glen near Netherfield Park, Elizabeth Bennet decides to approach the taciturn man and discover if she could be of any assistance. Even though she would rather leave him be. While offering Mr. Darcy compassion and comfort, Elizabeth and Darcy are discovered by a Netherfield servant. Alone. In the woods. Standing close together. Breaking all kinds of propriety…
Both Darcy and Elizabeth know what this means. The only way to save their own reputations would be to marry. Mr. Darcy, being all honorable and dutiful, makes quick work or proposing to Elizabeth, and Elizabeth accepts knowing it is her only recourse. But will their union be a happy one? Will they learn to love one another? Will they be strong enough to fight all who are opposed to their marriage?
In a hilarious comedy of errors, author J. Dawn King spins a delightful tale where couples are continuously being caught in compromising situations! Most of them are innocently happened upon, like Darcy and Elizabeth, but some are not quite what you’d expect. I found those to be quite entertaining! As expected, the news of Darcy’s engagement to Elizabeth ruins some carefully laid plans and makes several characters severely disappointed. Wait to you see what lengths Caroline Bingley, George Wickham, Lady Catherine, Lord Matlock, and Mr. Collins go to break them up!
I love compromise stories! And I really enjoyed the playful approach Ms. King chose with this theme. She doesn’t take the angsty/many misunderstandings route, instead she creates a mad-cap romp very much in the style of a Shakespearean comedy. There are schemes, sinister plots, and surprises! Some may find these series of events to be slightly implausible or silly – sometimes I found my own eyebrow quirking up in disbelief – but I think that was the Ms. King’s intent. I think she wanted to tell a humorous and diverting lark, one that would make her readers chuckle with delight.
Besides seeing the sweet and tender scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth (I love a protective and devoted Darcy!), one of my favorite aspects of the story was seeing some new developments for Mary and Charlotte. I enjoyed seeing Mary share a closer relationship with Elizabeth, and I really thought it was terrific how she and Charlotte came to save the day! And Charlotte’s storyline, while worrisome at first, took such a satisfactorily turn. Moreover, I really enjoyed the comeuppance some characters received, I won’t say who or how, but just desserts were indeed properly served! Well done, Ms. King!
One or two times, I did feel that some characters fell in love rather quickly. I’m usually not a fan of the whole love-at-first-sight/insta-love scenario, but I can see how it fit this author’s timeline to have characters fall in love swiftly. In addition, there were a few occasions where I thought some characters had exceptionally heightened perceptive abilities. But these didn’t much disturb my enjoyment of the story.
Compromised! is a light-hearted, romantic, and amusing Pride and Prejudice variation. I recommend this story to to readers who enjoy sweet romances and like Elizabeth Bennet “dearly love a laugh.”