Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ARC Review: Not Quite Darcy by Terri Meeker

Not Quite DarcyFrom the blurb:

Romance novel junkie Eliza Pepper always thought she was born too late, but now she really is stuck in the wrong time. Tasked with mending a tear in the timeline, she’s trying desperately to fit into 1873 London. But dang it, mucking out a fireplace while looking like the lunch lady from hell is hard.
If she can just keep from setting the floor on fire and somehow resist her growing attraction to the master of the house, she’ll be fine. All she has to do is repeat her mantra: “He’s nothing like Darcy. He’s nothing like Darcy.” 
William Brown has always taken pride in his mastery of English decorum, but his new maid is a complete disaster, has thrown his household into chaos…and he finds her utterly captivating. 
Though he’s willing to endure extreme physical discomfort to keep their relationship in proper perspective, her arrival has brought out a side of him he never knew existed. And Eliza has an innocently erotic knack for coaxing that decidedly ungentlemanly facet of himself out to play… 
Warning: A modern girl who knows bupkis about nursing and maiding in the 19th century, a gentleman poet with a repressed wild side, and inappropriate use of a pair of pantaloons.

Heather's rating:

Not even close to Darcy.

I'm a huge fan of time-travel books. Give me a sappy, cheesy time-travel romance and I'm a happy camper. But I have to believe the story at least a little in order to get into it. This book was all sorts of wrong.

Most of my problems stem from Eliza. She was modern to the point of ridiculousness, while "trying" to fit into the Victorian era. She couldn't have tried less if she, well, tried. She called her employer by his first name (which even NOW a maid probably wouldn't do), sang 21st century songs, cursed up a storm, and basically acted like a ridiculous parody of a 2000s-era American. I found her to be just... bizarre.

In addition, I'm not a historical expert, but a lot of the historical facts seemed a bit dicey. The mixing of classes, and bringing your maid and servants to see a play just seemed wrong. I kept thinking, "Well, that would never have happened!" It just all felt so silly.

What really surprised me was the sex. Some scenes were sort of prudish but others... woah! Where did some of that stuff come from? I sort of liked the raunchy bits but they didn't quite fit with the chick-lit vibe of the story.

And the mission? A total anti-climactic waste. All that buildup for basically nothing.

I'm not sure if it was the writing style or the overall plot, but this story never crept out of the "okay" zone. Parts of it were cute but it certainly won't make my list of time-travel romances to revisit.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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