Monday, April 25, 2016

Denial of Conscience by Cat Gardiner ~ My Review

Denial of Conscience: A Modern Darcy & Elizabeth Adventure by Cat Gardiner 

Publication Date: June 26th, 2015 
Publisher: Vanity & Pride Press 
Pages: 347 
Received: Paperback from the author. 
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Don't be afraid. Get on... let's ride." Fitzwilliam Darcy, the "Iceman"

Wow! What a ride! I loved reading Denial of Conscience! I was so caught up in the action of this exciting story, that I had a hard time putting it down! 

Darcy is an assassin; a hired killer working unofficially for the CIA. He works alongside his cousin, Richard Fitzwilliam, and good friend, Charles Bingley. Their main headquarters and front is a dance studio run by Charles and his sister Caroline Bingley. Together, this crew is a badass team! 

In this story, there are only two Bennet sisters, and their roles have been switch around a bit. Jane, is still the oldest, but is more daring and enjoys life to the fullest. Lizzy is more self-sacrificing and is still living at home taking care of her dad. Mrs. Bennet abandoned the family years earlier. Their ancestral family home, Longbourn, a 200-year-old plantation in Virginia, is in desperate need of restoration. Mr. Bennet’s neglect of the place has become very evident, and too much for the Bennet’s to afford. But Mr. Bennet is unwilling to give it up or sell any portion of its many acres. The question is, at what lengths is he willing to go to to keep Longbourn?

One solution is for Lizzy to marry Mr. Colin, and it’s one she considers doing. **cringe!** But soon that changes when Liz and Darcy meet, and she is swept up into an adventure she will never forget! 

I thought Cat Gardiner did a fantastic job bringing Darcy and Elizabeth into the present day. This is not canon Pride and Prejudice, but it still has some elements of the original story. Pemberley, Georgiana, and Wickham are here. Along with the tragic story of the death of Darcy’s parents and what drove Darcy to become a Navy Seal.

I also love how you can find names of characters from other Austen books used in this story. For example, George Knightley is an old military buddy of Darcy’s. He owes Darcy a favor and is call upon to help out during a mission.

Denial of Conscience is a fantastic read! It’s full of adventure, espionage, and danger! 

**For mature audiences.

FTC Disclaimer: I received a paperback of the book from the author. The review is of my own doing and is my honest opinion. 

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  1. Thank you, Candy, for this incredible review! I am so happy that you enjoyed the ride. Next month, I resume writing DoC's sequel, Without a Conscience because I, too, just loved the thrill. Thank you, again!

    1. Hi, Cat! Thank you! I so enjoyed reading your book! Wow! I'm sure a lot of people will be happy to read a sequel to Denial of Conscience! Fantastic! Thanks for stopping by. :)

    2. Yay, I'm so excited to hear that you'll be working on the sequel! I can't wait, I was so disappointed when I finished this novel and the sequel was not out yet... I know you mentioned that you'll be resuming writing but any anticipation of when it will be done/released? Can't wait to read it!

      Great review Candy! I loved all the spy action, adventure, and drama of this story! Hope your daughter had a good wedding. I know it was raining that day. My schedule is jammed pack for the rest of this month into the end of May. What's your June look like?

    3. Thanks, Dung! Yes, the wedding was so beautiful, and it only rained briefly where we were, so it wasn't a problem at all! Did it rain at the Festival? June looks pretty good for me, I'll send you a text early in the month! Talk soon! :)

  2. I must read this book! Your review makes me excited to get to it and with Cat writing a sequel, that's good enough for me to get started!

    1. Thanks, Claudine! Yes, you should definitely read it! :)

  3. I most definitely agree with you, Candy. This was a very fun spy story and I loved the sly references to characters outside P&P, too. :)

    1. Hi, Sophia Rose! I'm glad you loved it too! It was so fun and clever!

  4. *sigh* I loooooooove this story!!!!! It is thrilling and oh-so-sexy! But what I love even more is the emotional development of the characters and the little touches Cat adds to each tale. I'm so glad to see you give this book a high rating and well-deserved praise! Great review, Candy! And oh my goodness? A sequel!?! Yes, please!!!!! ;)

    1. Thanks, Meredith! You're so right about it being thrilling! I loved it, too! :)


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