Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Building Mr. Darcy by [Craven, Ashlinn]
It is a truth universally acknowledged . . . that Jane Austen set the bar for romantic male leads way back in 1813. What mortal man could live up to the gruff yet golden-hearted Mr. Darcy?
Now programmer Zoe Bunsen thinks she has the cure to two centuries' worth of female disillusionment: a new artificial intelligence program that looks, talks, and thinks like Darcy. No way will she let the chauvinistic atmosphere at her company nor her stuffy colleague, Max, get in the way of her wildest dream - creating the perfect man. Even if he isn't quite human . . .
Max Taggart, project manager extraordinaire, has crossed a continent to secure this high-profile position. His frustrating teammate Zoe may not know it, but everyone's jobs depend on not only the duo meeting the nearly impossible deadline but the new AI being a huge success. Mr. Darcy needs to sell, even if that means selling out a few literary details.
When the AI starts using its scary degree of emotional intelligence to reveal their individual secrets, Zoe and Max must rethink everything, and a surprising connection begins to develop. Will these two unlikely cohorts cling to their prejudices or toss pride aside and admit love is stronger than a fantasy?  

 I liked it but I can't honestly say that it was on the top of my liked best pile.  I guess it's my own fault because a big Jane Austen fan, I am not.  But the unusual plot grabbed my attention and drew me in, I just had to go for it.   So take my review with a grain of salt, depending on where you stand in the Jane Austen, Mr. Darcy line.  The people drama was good, I do have to give credit there.  Secondary people too, were good.  Zoe's best friend, Laura really understood Zoe and gave her funny grief. She was there for Zoe but also liked to mess with her too.  All for her own good, of course.
The snipping between Max and Zoe was classic in its misunderstandings.  Max was a stiff guy, rigid in his approach to things and Zoe was the typical free-spirit, emotional but smart woman.
But as time goes on and he spends more time  with Zoe and Darcy, he begins to soften some.
I liked the interactive prototype Darcy and his almost human interactions with both of them. I actually became quite fond of him. Yes, I know he wasn't real.   There's a twist that happens later that I wasn't so happy about but hey, its part of the story.  The pressures that Zoe and Max faced in making their deadline was hindered by one person higher up.  He was busy trying to slow them down any way he can because he had his own agenda.
There is a HEA ending for Zoe and Max, but you might be surprised how that comes about.  
You know what, after remembering all of these things while writing this review, I think I liked this book more than I thought at first. 

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  

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