Aug 022013

The Ruling PassionBold, Bawdy, and a Little Bland

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars 

Source: Review Copy from Author

The Ruling Passion is the third installment in Linda Berdoll’s controversial and dichotomous series of Pride and Prejudice sequels. Filled with melodrama, sex, violence, and an assortment of coarse characters, this saga is not everyone’s cup of tea. Each novel can be read as a stand alone novel or out-of-order, although, it is definitely best to read all three books in their correct order

In The Ruling Passion readers re-encounter the devoted and amorous Mr. and Mrs. Darcy as they approach nearly a decade of being married. The main story-line of this novel revolves around Darcy, Elizabeth, Lady Howgrave (Darcy’s former paramour, Juliette Clisson), and George Wickham (who apparently has nine lives!) While we do see a little of the Bingleys, Mrs. Bennet, Georgiana, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and the other Bennet sisters, they aren’t major characters in this novel. Continue reading »

Aug 232012

Not for the Faint of Heart!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Paperbackswap


In this sequel to a sequel (Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife), readers witness the Darcys’ first weeks, months, and year as parents to their adorable twin babies. Similar to Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, this novel introduces many minor characters, intertwines several subplots, and flashbacks to scenes from the past. In addition, as with her previous novel, Ms. Berdoll delivers a passionate, scandalous, and tension-infused saga!


In Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, I loved witnessing the strong bond and intense passion Darcy and Elizabeth had for each other. Their marriage isn’t perfect, they have their trials and misunderstanding, and I just love how Ms. Berdoll portrays them. Since I greatly enjoying the first of Ms. Berdoll’s novels, I decided I should see what happens in book two! Continue reading »

Jul 032012

Readers’ Discretion is Advised 😉

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel

TIME FRAME: immediately after the close of Pride and Prejudice


In this sequel, readers witness the Darcys’ first moments of marriage, their wedding night, and the commencing six years of their lives. Interspersed through the novel are flashbacks to their youth and courtship. Filled with scenes of passion, war, angst, and violence this saga is all-encompassing and intense!


That’s right, I’m reviewing the infamous and controversial Pride and Prejudice sequel series by Linda Berdoll! The dichotomous series that readers either love or loathe. Having first read this sequel back in 2002 (when it was self-published as The Bar Sinister), I feel a certain fondness for it because it was my third Austenesque novel and my very first Pride and Prejudice sequel. Back when I was sixteen, I loved witnessing Darcy and Elizabeth’s immeasurably strong bond and intense passion for each other. At such an age, my romantic sensibilities were deeply gratified by Ms. Berdoll’s portrayal of the Darcys’ marital bliss! Now happily married almost four years to my own Mr. Darcy, will I feel the same way??? Continue reading »