Blog Tour ~ Bennet, Pride Before the Fall by Anyta Sunday (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

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Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway:
Bennet, Pride Before The Fall
By Anyta Sunday


Love, Austen (Book 3)

“I want someone to want me for who I am. No changing my appearance or philosophies or principles. I need a partner to be proud of me—in public and beyond—and proud of themselves.”
“Think you’ll find it?”

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Bennet had always dreamed of love. Of finding his Mr. Right.
Hell, he’d even settle for Mr. Righteous.
Who he won’t fall for, not ever? Mr. Downright Pride-less.

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It’s Pride and Prejudice, complete with scumbaggery, anguished declaration of desire, meddling villagers, Karaoke, Scrabble, and Pride.

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Their horses licked each other playfully.

Darcy’s voice rumbled. “We should get back before it pours.”

Bennet wholeheartedly agreed.

They didn’t make it.

The sky opened and they rode, laughing, through the downpour.

Shoeless and dripping on Darcy’s welcome mat, they peeled off layer after soaked layer and threw them into one big, horse-scented puddle on the floor. They were down to boxer briefs now. The thin material did nothing to conceal the swelling under it.

Laughter dissolved as awareness thickened around them. They’d seen one another half-naked before but this was different. This time, Bennet was aware how much they both liked what they saw. This time, Bennet knew Darcy wanted to touch him. Explore him. This time, Bennet was tempted.

Darcy swallowed. “You’re covered in goosebumps. You should, ah, warm yourself in the shower.”

A spell under cold water might have been more helpful; Bennet set the shower to lukewarm and made quick work of soaping himself, drying off with equal efficiency.

His hair dripped onto his shoulders as he stepped—once more wearing only his underwear—out of the bathroom.

Darcy approached, carrying a pile of clothes. He had slung on a dry T-shirt and dark shorts. It was so remarkably casual that Bennet stared at him as though he continued to wear nothing.

“Here. Something dry.”

Bennet blinked. The same jeans and blouse he’d borrowed last time. He fingered the material.

“You like bright colors,” Darcy said uncertainly. “Did I get it wrong?” He gestured to Bennet’s eyes. “I thought this one would look good. That you’d like it.”

It wasn’t exactly his style, but . . . He pictured Darcy rummaging through his children’s things, searching for something Bennet would like and feel comfortable in.

Right from the beginning, Darcy had tried.

He shook his head. “You got it right.” I’m sorry I didn’t appreciate your choice enough last time. “Thank you.”

Darcy nodded. “I, ah. Shower.”

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4 Stars 

Anyta Sunday has become a welcome staple in my reading library. I have been thoroughly enjoying her Love, Austen stories. I must confess book one is still my favorite, but the whole series so far has been delightful. Ms. Sunday shows us the human side of her MCs and their friends, both good and not so great. People make mistakes, and the story explores perceived notions that quick judgments unfairly influence. Such is the case of Bennet, a man that is now the sole caretaker of his fifteen-year-old and at times, really annoying younger brother. The young man’s sexual comments were too much for me at times, and really inappropriate. He is constantly lusting after older men and Bennet can’t seem to stand up to him, at least at first. Bennet, despite his simple flaws, is really a decent man. He yearns for love, but is very quick to listen to wagging tongues and make snap judgments on others.
I have to admit I was stunned to see Darcy in this book. He is featured in the prior novel, and not in a very good light. I would advise reading the other stories in the series, or at least book number two, to really get a full understanding of this very sad, and complicated man. I have to admire how perfectly Ms. Sunday delved into Darcy’s back history. This gave the reader a solid understanding and a deeper connection than I would have thought possible. Over the course of the book, I felt my feelings toward Darcy shift drastically, and I grew to genuinely care for him. Darcy is an accomplished lawyer with three grown children. Bennet seems very immature at times, but they bring out the best in each other. The romance was extremely slow-moving, but that really fit Darcy’s personality.
All in all, it was a tender story, a tad drawn out at times, but the end result was very satisfying. If you love slow-burn romances, age gaps, and all things Austen, please give this book a try. Happy reading!
* * * Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement * *


~ * ~ Annies Review ~ * ~

4 Stars

Bennet, Pride Before the Fall is one of those books that grew on me. At first glance, I wasn’t sure I’d like either hero all that much and I really didn’t expect to become as invested in Bennet and Darcy’s relationship as I was. However, the slow-burn romance between this unlikely couple won me over so much I’d wager this was my favorite title in the Love, Austen series.

Darcy and Bennet are not only an unlikely pairing, but also unlikely heroes. Much like Bennet, I started this story a little cynical of Darcy given his actions in Cameron and Henry’s book. For that reason, though I didn’t strongly connect with Bennet’s character immediately, I didn’t find his judgments or assumptions about Darcy all that distasteful. My lack of connection to either man meant it took me time to really get into the story and care about the characters; however, it was clear from the outset that both men had genuinely good intentions for their families, friends, and community, making it easier to give them a chance.

Ultimately, Anyta Sunday’s ability to create depth in her characters, weave an interesting story complete with well-flushed out secondary characters, and develop a delicious slow-burn romance wove its magic. I loved the undeniable connection and chemistry between Bennet and Darcy. That frisson of a lasting bond comes through in the stolen glances, subtle comments, or odd interactions subtly building upon one another, even when Darcy and Bennet are seemingly at odds with one another. If you enjoy a good slow burn or opposites attract romance and are willing to give characters a chance to prove themselves, I’d definitely recommend Bennet, Pride Before the Fall. 

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***


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About the Author:
I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of emotion, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.

My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.

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