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Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Bennet always hoped to marry for love. That is, until she surrenders to her mother’s demands and marries the handsome Duke of Leeds.

Thrust into a society disinclined to accept the "country nobody" who entrapped one of their most sought-after bachelors, her marriage of convenience is nothing like she expected. Her husband confuses her, as he hides a scandalous secret he’s reluctant to share. 

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a man torn. After meeting the Duchess of Leeds at a ball, he is fascinated by her intelligence and humor, but how does one maintain a respectable friendship with a lady - particularly when that lady is the wife of his cousin and godfather?

Yet, by spending time in her company, he loses more and more of his heart to a lady he is forbidden to possess. Tormented, his feelings must stay hidden from everyone, particularly Elizabeth.

How is he to keep himself under such strict regulation when he is constantly thrown into her company? How does one prevent their own undoing?

Note: contains scenes with adult content.

©2020 Leslie Broussard (P)2020 Leslie Broussard

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  • Mays Ramirez
  • 21-07-20

Loved This Completely New Story

Some people hate variations that differ so far from the original P&P story. I on the other hand love them. First off, I loved seeing a slightly younger Darcy interact with his father. Even though I knew George was going to die, it still hurt. Thankfully Elizabeth was there for Darcy. Elizabeth's first husband manipulates and deceives her so I was not sad at all when he died. Elizabeth and Darcy have an affair while she is married and conceive a child named Alexander. He is the sweetest baby. Elizabeth breastfeeding him was adorable and Darcy is a wonderful father. Jane and Bingley aren't a couple in this book but she does get a happy ending with Darcy's cousin. Not Colonel Fitzwilliam because he is a jerk in this variation. The narration by Stevie Zimmerman is amazing as always. Also the epilogue made me cry.

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  • Heidi N Guilford
  • 25-11-20

Heart wrenching

I was hesitant at first, because of the premise of an affair, but the character development and progression of the story is so well done, the characters still true to the original essence of Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. I have been on a kick of P&P variations and novellas. This is one of the best. All the characters are enjoyable. Warning there are some evocative love scenes incorporated and adult themes addressed.
Stevie Zimmerman is superb of course!

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  • KateB
  • 18-07-20

Painfully beautiful

Variations with Darcy or Elizabeth being married to someone else are not my favorite, but I love other books written by L.L Diamond and I the plot sounded intriguing. I really enjoyed this story, how Darcy and Elizabeth fell in love despise her being married to another man and against all their moral values.

Without giving a spoiler their circumstances were unusual. The character of the Duke of Leeds was very well written and he was not a villain I had expected him to be. It made me wonder how many similar situations existed in titled families when an heir was produced in an unorthodox way. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more of them than we realize.

Stevie Zimmerman’s narration was superb, she conveyed the yearning, the budding love and anguish perfectly. Every personality in the book was unique and alive thanks to her talent.
Highly recommended.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-07-20

Evocative

This is quite evocative. It is significantly slanted away from canon but it still very emotionally heavy. So much deceit, manipulation, jealousy, corruption but above all LOVE.

Mind you at first I was not keen with the whole adulterous nature of the storyline and this right after both becoming incensed with the Duke with his plans for his wife and his cousin. I still don't like the fact that they had an adulterous affair and their immediate relatives were okay with it even they had been "tricked". They really didn't have to have their arms twisted very hard. They themselves resolved to be okay with the situation almost immediately. Regardless of all that, the love story itself was moving.

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  • R. DeCato
  • 02-03-21

Undoing

A great book. I just wish you weren't so explicit about the sex. It was not needed. This was such a great listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-02-21

IN THIS HOUSE WE STAN STEVIE ZIMMERMAN

Wowza! Stevie kills it again in this angst filled P&P variation! 😍 if you are can’t get enough of Elizabeth and Darcy , this book is delicious 😋 long journey to HEA but worth it ❣️

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  • Claire
  • 23-02-21

Way Too Much Graphic Sex

This pride and prejudiced adaptation celebrates adultery.


This is relatively minor, but rolling one's eyes was not used until the 1950s in the sense that it is used here.

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  • MHTex
  • 20-01-21

Fantastic. Wanted to start over again right away!

L.L. Diamond's writing continues to excel at bringing us beautiful stories that are unique and wonderfully well-written. She hasn't slowed down, she just gets better and better especially in her full length novels. Although HOW she continues to surpass herself after Rain and Retribution or Unwavering Trust, I don't know. All of her historical variations are favorite rereads and re-listens. But you should seek out her contemporaries too!

Undoing is a hard book to review without spoilers. The love story is quite warm so be warned if that is a problem. The difficulties that face our hero and heroine are heartbreaking. They are forced to admire each other from afar with no hope of ever sharing their love, keeping it to themselves and from each other at first. You will love Fitzwilliam Darcy's father George, who is alive in this version. Darcy's cousins switch places making Richard Fitzwilliams one of the bad guys and his older brother the Heir, the good guy and Darcy's backup man. I adored Jane in this story. This is one of the few times her 'only seeing the good' came in really handy on Elizabeth's behalf. I had a lump in my throat at Lizzy's fear of Jane learning the 'secrets' going on in her life. Then again, Jane really showed a remarkable backbone here too. I wanted so badly to turn Lydia over my knee and disable her from sitting down for about a week! And Mrs. Bennet. She is really portrayed at her worst in this story.

Some people thought the ending was anticlimactic. I was glad that last 'action scene' was over in a hurry, because I am so tired of kidnappings (none here) tortuous threats to our heroine (inferred but not happening in reality) or one of our beloved characters getting gravely wounded. But, if I were to ask for anything else it would've been a longer HEA. The epilogue was a 3 hankie gem. Highly recommended.

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  • Fabulous Mrs B
  • 24-11-20

Loved it.

What a story. So full and well written. The narrator was doing a great job adding more to the story. A love story. A HEA for ODC.

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  • MIdwest Suburban Family
  • 25-10-20

YOU MUAT READ THIS BOOK!

I think my heart might explode. Yes, it’s an entirely different story than Pride and Prejudice. You could change the characters names and make it, it’s own incredible love story, that I truly believe would hold its own but the fact that she made it about these characters we all know and love! It’s almost too much for one heart to take. This is without a doubt the most romantic book I have ever read. Read it and then read it again!