WARNING: this review contains mild spoilers. Read at your own risk!
A Certain Appeal by Vanessa King was the Steam and Scream Book Club’s November pick for Team Steam. I blindly purchased this book without reading what it is actually about. Probably for the best, honestly. See why below!
“After a betrayal derailed her interior design career, Liz Bennet found a fresh start in New York. Now an executive assistant by day and stage kitten by night, she’s discovered a second home with the performers at Meryton, Manhattan’s top-tier burlesque venue. Love’s the last thing on her mind when she locks eyes with Will Darcy across the crowded club. The spark between them is undeniable–that is, until she overhears the uptight wealth manager call her merely “tolerable.”
Bennet is determined to write Darcy off, but once their besties fall head-over-heels, they’re thrown into each other’s orbit again and again. Each encounter begins to feel more heated than the last, but is their chemistry enough to topple that terrible first impression? What’s more, when a charming newcomer arrives on the scene with accusations against Darcy, his claims leave Bennet torn. And when a sudden development leaves Meryton’s fate in jeopardy, she will have to decide who to trust in time to salvage her design dreams, her heart, and the stage she shares with her found family…”
Read This If You Love…
- Pride and Prejudice
Don’t hate me for this.
I strongly dislike Pride and Prejudice… so much so that I actually DNF’d it and I considered doing the same to A Certain Appeal.
I realized almost right away that this book was inspired by Pride and Prejudice. Apparently, it’s a modern retelling (I wouldn’t know, because.. I DNF’d it LOL) with a burlesque twist.
Thank God for that burlesque twist because that’s really what kept me around. I found it original and interesting. I also loved Bennet’s character as a whole because she was so powerful and very much her own person, which I admire.
Still, I thought the first half of this book was really slow and boring. To the point where I dreaded picking up the book and was distracted easily while reading it. Thankfully the second half is more interesting!
It took me EIGHT days to finish this book, which is weird for me since I’m a fast reader.
I know lots of people love Pride and Prejudice, though, so if you’re one of those people then definitely read A Certain Appeal and see how you like it!