A Higher Education: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice
Rosalie Stanton, author
It is a truth universally acknowledged that first impressions are a bitch. In a sea of college freshmen, Elizabeth Bennet feels more like a den mother than a returning student. She’d rather be playing Exploding Kittens than dodge-the-gropers at a frat party, but no way was she letting her innocent, doe-eyed roommate go alone. Everything about Meryton College screams old money—something she and Jane definitely are not—but Elizabeth resolves to have some fun. That resolve is tested—and so is her temper—when she meets Will Darcy, a pompous blowhole with no sense of fun, and his relentlessly charming wingman, Charlie. Back at school after prolonged break, Will Darcy is far too old and weary for coeds. Yet even he can see why Charlie spontaneously decides the captivating Jane is “the one.” What throws Will is his own reaction to Jane’s roommate. Elizabeth’s moonlight skin and shining laugh hit him like a sucker punch. And he doesn’t like it. Elizabeth Bennet is dangerous, not only because she has a gift for making him make an ass of himself, but because she and her razor-sharp wit could too easily throw his life off course, and he can’t afford for that to happen again. Yet he also can’t seem to stay away. ----- Warning: Contains explicit language, very adult scenarios, and references to past sexual assault and drug abuse. A buttoned-down hero with a mile-wide guardian streak, a brash heroine with a nine-mile-wide streak of feminism, a little prejudice, a little more heat, a lot of pride, and a whole lot more love.
This charming contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice alternates perspectives between avid feminist Elizabeth Bennet and old-money Fitzwilliam “Will” Darcy, both 20-something college freshmen who had put their educations on hold to deal with family crises before returning to school. Lizzie’s faith in love was shattered by her parents’ divorce, and Will assumes any woman expressing interest in him is a gold digger. When they meet at a frat party that neither particularly wants to be at, they butt heads with all the wit and chemistry that fans of the original would expect. Will is pleased to finally meet a woman willing to give him a piece of her mind, but Lizzie is poisoned against him by the lies of fellow student George Wickham. Still, she cannot resist her attraction and enters into a sexual relationship with Will that she believes is casual, while he falls deeper into love. This is a steamy take on Austen, with a brash, fiery Elizabeth and a protective, romantic Darcy who will have romance readers falling in love with their classic story all over again. (BookLife)