- Crimson Romance
- Release Date
- August 2016
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?
Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
Sep 03, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
127 people found the following review helpful
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen has been filling women with unrealistic expectation of men since 1813. Zoe Bunsen was one such woman. Twenty-eight and single, she'd never encountered a man as compelling as Mr. Darcy…" BUILDING MR. DARCY by Ashlinn Craven had me smiling from the onset.
As a Jane Austen fan, I loved the idea of creating an AI (think Siri) who is the 2-D equivalent of a modern Mr. Darcy (well, mostly 2-D). The entire quality testing process was so much fun, I couldn't help chuckling throughout the story.
Zoe Bunsen is as smart as she is idealistic in her quest to build the perfect man. An uncompromising Mr. Darcy with an unbelievable amount of emotional intelligence that is truly fictional in the world of current AIs.
Max Taggart seems to be bogged down in deadlines and rules; so much so, he bumps heads with free-spirited Zoe many many times.
Ms. Craven does a fantastic job of slowly depicting the attraction between the couple. So slow, in fact, that I think the readers were far more aware of it than Zoe and Max, which made it that much more interesting. In fact, I'd dare say it was as subtle as a regency era romance in a world where virtual reality is a very real possibility.
If you love the idea of a 2-D Mr. Darcy living in a very modern world coupled with a cheek numbing (from the smiles) romance, you will love BUILDING MR. DARCY. It is a modern homage to Jane Austen that doesn't forget that real love is better than fiction.
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