Review: Out, Proud, and Prejudiced by Megan Reddaway


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Signal Boost Promotions.

Penned by Megan Reddaway, Out, Proud, and Prejudiced is the retelling of Jane Austen's much loved classic, Pride and Prejudice. Given a modern twist and having both main characters be men, this M/M romance is the enemies-to-lovers story of Bennet Rourke and Darius Lanniker. Bennet can't stand Darius. The lawyer who thinks he's all that makes it a habit to look down on his nose at Bennet and his friends. The less he has to be around the guy, the better, but when Bennet's professor recommends him for an internship under Darius, he knows he'd be stupid to turn it down, no matter how much he wishes he could. Time and time again, it seems as if fate has chosen to throw them into each other's paths, and try as they might, they can't seem to keep their distance. It doesn't help that their best friends are falling in love, making it even more impossible for Bennet and Darius to be in each other's orbit. Maybe giving in to their attraction is a given, but when their fledgling relationship is threatened, can either man afford to set aside his pride and prejudices for the sake of true love?

Austen's novel is one of those pieces of classic literature that countless people have read, and in my humble opinion, I do think that it helps if you've already read the original piece. After all, what makes a retelling appealing is one's familiarity with the story that inspired it. However, if you've never read Pride and Prejudice,  I think you can still dive into this one and enjoy it on its own merits. The story of two people who don't particularly have a great deal of love lost for one another is an appealing one, and Bennet and Darius, along with their cast of supporting characters, do make this modern M/M version an interesting one. It did drag in certain places, tempting me to skim more than once, in hopes of moving forward the story at a much faster clip than was presented on my tablet. Reddaway's writing is good, and with this being my first from her, I certainly wouldn't hesitate to read more in the future. She did an admirable job whipping together a story that appeals to her readers and fans of the Austen original. All things considered, Out, Proud, and Prejudiced garners 3.5 stars. ♥

Date Read: 05 June 2018

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