All the Fervor of a First Love

All the Fervor of a First Love

Imagine Fitzwilliam Darcy as a young man who has yet to inherit Pemberley. Both of his parents are alive. He meets Miss Elizabeth Bennet in London—her circumstances in life severely reduced owing to her father’s passing.

While spending time with Elizabeth, Darcy’s initial objections to the inferiority of her connections fade and she becomes his greatest challenge—indeed, his greatest temptation. The more he sees her, the more he wants her.

Four and twenty, he may be, but Mr. Darcy is still very much unsure of the ways of women, and he is unfamiliar with the protocols and customs of courtship. His interest in Elizabeth thrusts him out of his comfort zone and into a dangerous—and romantic—territory.

When Darcy can no longer deny his growing desire for Elizabeth, he is forced to alter his behavior. But will it be enough to persuade her to change her unfavorable opinion of him and take a chance on love?

The odds are heavily against him. For one, Elizabeth’s mind is more agreeably engaged with thoughts of Mr. Darcy’s best friend, whom she deems a prince among men. Second, there is Lady Anne Darcy’s ardent disdain for Elizabeth. Her ladyship will do whatever it takes to keep her son and Elizabeth apart.

Mr. Darcy, the Heir of Pemberley, is an impassioned story that will make you experience all the fervor of a first love once again. I hope you will enjoy this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

 

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Here’s another excerpt to whet your appetite:

Chapter 3

That someone so far beneath him in consequence dared speak so callously of him for all the world to hear robbed Darcy of his composure.

Who does she think she is?

“It looks as though, where sensible young ladies are concerned, your reputation proceeds you, my friend,” said Jonathan Hughes with a hint of amusement in his tone.

Still reeling from the impertinent young woman’s offense against him, Darcy glared at his friend for making light of the situation. Usually, he would not mind Jonathan’s humor. However, he was flustered by the young lady’s apparent disdain toward him.

“I am glad you are amused.”

“Who that knows you as I do would not be amused?”

“What does that mean? Surely I deserve better than to be laughed at by someone of such little consequence.”Mr Darcy the Heir Coming Soon

Most women he had met were so enamored with his looks and his family’s wealth and position in society that they practically threw themselves at him.

Darcy’s friend, who was handsome in his own right, shook his head.

“I take it you are acquainted with her,” Darcy said.

The other young man nodded. “Indeed.”

“Who is she?” Darcy asked, his patience waning.

“She is Miss Elizabeth Bennet and she hails from a small town in Hertfordshire.”

Darcy scoffed. “Just as I suspected—no one special from no place special.”

Rubbing his brow, Jonathan shook his head again. “Come, Darcy,” he said. “You may as well become acquainted with Miss Bennet, for if my cousin Isabella has her way, all of us shall soon be spending immense time in one another’s company.”

 

Were it not for the fact that the man who had considered her not handsome enough to tempt her was headed her way with Mr. Hughes, Elizabeth was sure she would have fled Isabella’s side. Instead, the closer the two gentlemen came the more her eyes were drawn away from her first object, Mr. Hughes, and towards the other man.

Mr. Darcy stood a couple inches taller than his friend. His beauty exceeded that of every other man in the room, which was really something because theretofore Elizabeth had never seen a man as handsome as Mr. Hughes. Mr. Darcy’s dark, brooding eyes were hypnotic. And his hair, though boasting of loose curls, was perfectly formed. She had not seen such perfection in all her time in London.

Elizabeth, however, did not mean to be swayed. He was a handsome man, but his appearance did not blind her to the unpleasant things he had said about her.

In fact, I should not have been surprised that someone who spoke so maliciously could be so handsome. Those who think higher of themselves than they do of others do so for a reason—do they not?

Isabella gently nudged Elizabeth’s arm. “Jonathan and Mr. Darcy are coming this way. Now remember, you promised you would be kind to Mr. Darcy.”

Isabella took it upon herself to introduce Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Then she promptly coaxed her cousin to the side for a private tête-à-tête, thus leaving the other couple to their own devices.

Mr. Darcy’s ensuing silence took Elizabeth by surprise. He had plenty to say—nay complain about—to his friend Mr. Bingley outside on the balcony. Is he still fuming over my outburst?

She had been mortified by her ill-spoken words and flushed with embarrassment and had thought she was going to die right then and there. She had not meant to say anything unkind or uncivil aloud. Her words had been uttered in a moment of impetuosity, unlike his insult, which had been leveled with purpose and precision.

Perhaps Mr. Darcy means to intimidate me, and if that is the case, he has chosen the wrong person. My courage always arises amid such attempts.

“I do hope you are enjoying the festivities, Mr. Darcy,” said Elizabeth.

“It would be more accurate to say that I am looking forward to enjoying myself as much as I can, now that I have had the good fortune of making your acquaintance,” he said, casting a look full of meaning at her.

Her eyes searching his, Elizabeth tried not to gape. Is this the same man who spoke so recklessly to Mr. Bingley?

 

Darcy found himself entranced by Elizabeth’s eyes as she met his gaze. The initial shock he saw in them was promptly replaced with a hint of amusement as if she found something amusing. At that very moment, he knew he wanted to know her better.

What a fool I was for speaking so unkindly of her earlier. Her dark beguiling eyes, her light and pleasing figure—she is more than capable of tempting me.

“You will forgive me for not reciprocating the sentiment, I pray.”

Rather than take offense, Darcy half-smiled. “Is my standing here not a testament to my forgiving nature?”

Elizabeth arched her brow. “I suppose I ought to apologize for my unkind remark.”

“One would suppose, but as impertinent as you are, one likely ought not to expect.”

She drew a quick breath. “Impertinence, Mr. Darcy, is in the eye of the beholder. And even if I were impertinent, I have good reason to be, and you know it.”

Darcy held up his hand in mock surrender. “Impertinence is not necessarily a fault.” Then, letting down his hands and leaning in closer, he said, “On the contrary, I find yours refreshing. I dare say it sets you miles apart from all of the other young ladies of my acquaintance, which bodes well for you, I assure you.”

“Am I to take that as a compliment?”

Darcy resumed his former attitude. “Coming from me, you should take it as a compliment, indeed—one that comes straight from my heart.”

“Sir—” Elizabeth said.

“Pray, may I have the next dance, Miss Bennet?” Darcy asked, taking Elizabeth by surprise as her countenance attested and affectively silencing her protest.

Returning to his friend’s side, Jonathan said, “I believe you promised the next set to me, did you not, Miss Bennet?”

“And so I did,” Elizabeth replied, her smile brighter. She looked at Darcy. “Knowing how much you abhor the act unless you are particularly acquainted with your partner, perhaps we may be afforded such opportunities in the future,” she said. “Now, if you will pardon me, I believe I shall avail myself of a refreshment before the dance resumes.”

“Allow me to accompany you,” said Jonathan, extending his arm to Elizabeth.

Whatever Jonathan said in a voice meant for her ears only caused Elizabeth to laugh, and it was the most beautiful thing Darcy had heard in his life. When she laughed, her eyes sparkled and her cheeks glowed.

His hands tucked behind his back, Darcy simply stared as his friend escorted Elizabeth to the other part of the room. Her last remark could only mean one thing—she had been privy to his conversation with Bingley. At least the reason for her own incivility now made sense to him.

Darcy’s task was clear—that of making amends for his insult. What choice did he have? One thing was certain; he had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by Miss Elizabeth Bennet.


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Stavis Adelle
Stavis Adelle
July 27, 2022 3:43 PM

Thank you for the excerpt! Looking forward to the interesting additions of living parents and a wider friendship group for Darcy.
If having so much responsibility thrust upon him at a young age is NOT the source of his dour demeanor, then what is? And what does it mean re: his familial relationships for him to go against his mother’s ‘disdain’ when the norm is obedience? Is she more like her sister, Lady Catherine? Or is she a polar opposite, as Gardiner is to Mrs. Bennet? Is her disdain a matter of haughtiness? Or is it a matter of love and a more mature outlook? Are these mutually exclusive? Looking forward to finding out.

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Buturot
Buturot
July 24, 2022 9:17 PM

Wow, thank you for sharing. So looking forward to your new book. This will be enticing… how can Mr Darcy defy his mother and what will it take to capture Elizabeth’s heart.

Ginna
Ginna
July 24, 2022 6:54 PM

Yay! A new book by you! I will now be running off to check it out. I look forward to enjoying it.

Debby Sangiovanni
Debby Sangiovanni
July 24, 2022 2:46 PM

A prickly start to be sure! Duel insults and forced time together at a country house party should make for a very interesting start to an already strained beginning. I’m hooked already! I wonder how ODC will each weasel their way out of this one?
Much congratulations and best wishes for this new release!!

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Robin G.
Robin G.
July 24, 2022 1:34 PM

They have heard each other’s insults, how delightful! Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway. Congrats and best wishes on the new release.

Rebecca L McBrayer
Rebecca L McBrayer
July 24, 2022 8:10 AM

What intriguing excerpts! I look forward to reading it! Congratulations on another release!

Anne
Anne
July 23, 2022 10:51 AM

Congratulations on the release! A most enjoyable excerpt. I am entranced with the characters and want more.

DarcyBennett
DarcyBennett
July 21, 2022 6:24 PM

Glad he knows she overheard and will seek to make amends. Congrats on the release and thanks for the giveaway.

Linda A.
Linda A.
July 21, 2022 5:44 PM

He not only has to make amends, he has competition. Thank you for sharing!

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
July 21, 2022 10:23 AM

Love the excerpt! So funny! Gotta put this on my reading list for sure! Love the cover too!

J. W. Garrett.
J. W. Garrett.
July 21, 2022 9:40 AM

Coming July 1st or August 1st? This excerpt was hilarious. I’m so glad Darcy has friends other than Charles and Richard or Colonel Fitzwilliam [depending on the first name you choose for our dear Colonel]. This friendship will give more credence to comments made to Darcy than what Bingley and/or even Richard [cause he’s family] might say. I am concerned with Lady Anne’s ardent disdain for Elizabeth. I look forward to reading this.

Patricia
Patricia
July 21, 2022 8:50 AM

I’ll have to wait until the book is released for more.
NUTS! Wanted to preorder but must wait another week! Putting it on my calendar now!

Glynis
Glynis
July 21, 2022 5:46 AM

At least Darcy now knows she heard his insult and can apologise? It seems Lady Anne may be the greatest impediment to a romance between Darcy and Elizabeth (although I suppose Lady Catherine will be on her side as well?) Is this a very angsty story?

SamH.
SamH.
July 21, 2022 3:19 AM

Ooh Darcy is bewitched! But now they have both insulted each other. While I am sure they can get past it, it does not bode well with what Lady Anne will say. How bad is she?
I like the cover, it does give a strong impression that this is a Darcy heavy story.

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