Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star

by Heather Rigaud

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Overview

Darcy's as hot as he is talented...

Fast music, powerful beats, and wild reputations-on and off stage-have made virtuoso guitarist Fitzwilliam Darcy's band into rock's newest bad boys. But they've lost their latest opening act, and their red-hot summer tour is on the fast track to disaster. Now Darcy and bandmates Charles Bingley and Richard Fitzwilliam are about to meet their match...

But she's about to rock his world...

Enter Elizabeth Bennet, fiercely independent star of girl-band Long Borne Suffering. Elizabeth, her sister Jane, and friend Charlotte Lucas have talent to spare and jump at the opening band slot. Elizabeth is sure she's seen the worst the music industry has to offer. But as the days and nights heat up, it becomes clear that everyone is in for a summer to remember.

What readers say:

"An amazing writer... a magical ride."

"An absolutely wonderful, funny, sexy, realistic, beautifully written story."

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"Amazing characters and absolutely fascinating plot! I'm still breathless after reading it."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402257834
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 137,767
File size: 937 KB

About the Author

Heather Lynn Rigaud spends much of her time thinking about how Regency-era characters would exist now, and how a wife and mother would have lived in the past. She is a professional writer with degrees in music therapy and teaching who lives with her husband and two sons in Kingston, New York.

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It was long after 9:00 p.m. when the black GMC Denali pulled into the club's crowded parking lot. The engine shut down, the doors opened, and three men and a woman exited the vehicle.

The parking lot was full of cars; the sign announced that this was the Meryton Public House. The building had once been a chain restaurant of some kind but had long ago been converted to a nightclub and had numerous additions built. It was currently attempting a southwestern style of decor, but the result was simply shabby.

"Such an exotic location, Darcy," the woman murmured softly over the shoulder of the tall man in front of her. "Are you quite sure we will be safe?"

Fitzwilliam Darcy turned his head, and his dark eyes fixed hers with a look.

Caroline allowed herself a brief smile before they were interrupted by the sharp staccato of high heels clicking across the asphalt.

"Christ! Are you people ever on time?" Anne de Bourgh swore through clenched teeth. She was a small, slender woman, with short dark hair and a stylish yet severe suit of black leather.

"Sorry, Anne." Charles Bingley was the only one who felt obliged to reply. Not because he was the driver, rather that he was the only one who cared at this point.

"Caro, who are we seeing tonight?" Darcy asked, his boredom evident.

Caroline Bingley smiled inwardly, while shaking her head slightly. It didn't matter that she had emailed all this information to the boys already. They hadn't read it, just as she knew they wouldn't. They were so predictable. "Tonight's band is called Long Borne Suffering," she said as brightly as possible.

"Some kind of Goth group?" Darcy asked dryly.

"No, actually, it's a girl band. Two sisters and a friend." Caroline consulted her notes. "Here we are: Jane and Elizabeth Bennet and Charlotte Lucas."

"Can we just go?" Anne snapped.

The group followed the shorter woman to the club's entrance. There was no need to comment on Anne's behavior; they were all feeling the pressure that was provoking her. It was a ridiculous situation they found themselves in. Slurry, the hottest ticket across the country this summer, had a problem, a serious one. Their opening act had left following the Asian leg of the tour, and no amount of begging or threats had been able to bring them back. This was the third act Slurry had lost, and the group had gained a reputation in the process. The word was out that Slurry was impossible to tour with. Rumor had it that they were arrogant, demanding, and out of control. Consequently every act on their "A" list was suddenly unavailable.

Hence they found themselves in the wilds of northern Westchester County, New York, looking at the best of the "B" list: groups that were good enough but hadn't broken through yet and were hungry enough to risk the trauma of touring with Slurry.

This was the third band in as many nights they had auditioned, and the situation was getting critical. The tour resumed in just two weeks, barely enough time to get a new act ready. Besides that, the press was starting to notice the problem. They all knew that the last thing Slurry needed was more bad press.

Anne's title was Artist and Repertoire Executive for De Bourgh Records, but in fact, her sole duty was Slurry. Slurry was the company's biggest band, with revenues that outpaced every other act. It was her job to see that nothing happened to the prize cash cow.

As the group followed Anne de Bourgh through the doors of the nightclub, they knew the real reason for her temper. It wasn't the wrath of the media that was keeping her awake at night. It was her mother, the Gorgon. Lady Catherine, owner of De Bourgh Records, had been made aware of the situation and if it was not resolved very soon, she would become involved, which was something they all wished to avoid.

Muffled music throbbed through the walls of the small lobby. A short man pushed himself off the wall he had been leaning on and approached Anne. He was balding, overweight, and wearing a tan turtleneck sweater that emphasized the olive in his complexion.

"Ms. de Bourgh," he enthused, taking Anne's hand and pumping it. "What a delight it is to see you again!"

"Yes, of course, Mr. Collins," Anne replied without returning his excitement. She stood silently, waiting until the lack of conversation had gotten distinctly uncomfortable. Then with a look at her companions, she sighed and addressed him again. "Mr. Collins, this is Caroline Bingley, Slurry's tour manager," she indicated the tall woman who was wearing her professional smile. "Mr. Collins is the A&R for Long Borne Suffering."

Collins laughed at Anne's words. "Yes, I'm her counterpart, as it were. She is the executive for Slurry, and I, well, have my own little flock to tend."

Caroline fought off the discomfort she felt as his clammy hand clasped hers and he waited expectantly. Caroline looked at Anne, who glanced at the men and spoke up. "You do understand, I really can't introduce you in this setting, Mr. Collins. Security and all that."

Collins's eyes flared. "Oh, of course!" he assured her anxiously. "Certainly. I completely understand. Please let me escort your friends inside." He winked broadly, but he was moving and that was all she wanted.

Caroline shared a quick smile with Anne as she passed by. Security was not really a problem. The lobby was empty and the boys were "incognito," as Charles liked to say. That meant that Charles's long blond hair was in a ponytail and tucked into the collar of his shirt. Richard was dressed in a button-down shirt and gray slacks, which covered all of his tattoos. Darcy was actually wearing a shirt and did not have his sunglasses on, sufficiently altering his appearance from his onstage persona. The three tall and attractive men would stand out anywhere, but it was unlikely anyone would recognize them for the rock stars they were.

The music became clear as they entered the nightclub. It was large, and the group was careful to skirt the sides of the room, getting close enough to watch the band and yet remain in the shadows.

"Of course, I'm sure you have listened to the girls' CD. We're very proud," Collins fluttered at Anne.

She shook her head once. "We don't care about the CD, Mr. Collins. We just want to know if they can play."

Darcy turned his attention away, glad that for once Anne was doing her job and keeping that buffoon from him. He turned to his right to comment on the full house to his closest companion and stopped.

His expression immediately darkened as he beheld Charles Bingley's face. He knew that look. Charles's attention was locked on the stage, although Darcy doubted he was listening to the music. "Charles!" he said loudly into his ear.

Bingley broke away from his stare to focus on his friend.

"What do you think?" Darcy demanded.

Charles's face broke into a huge grin. "She's an angel."

Darcy looked up to the stage to see who the object of worship was this time. For once he was not disappointed. The subject of Charles's rapt attention was the singer. Of course, Darcy generally didn't think of angels as wearing white leather corsets, but she was quite beautiful. Tall and slender, she moved with an easy grace as she sang. Under the corset, she wore a pink filmy skirt that exposed her shapely long legs. Her hair was elegantly arranged into an almost '40s-style arrangement and in a most intriguing shade of pink. Her features were stunning, with large blue eyes and high cheekbones. Her expression was pleasant, and Darcy was impressed by her ability to interact with the crowd watching her.

Her voice sailed easily over the energetic crowd as she played the keyboards to accompany herself.

The guitarist moved closer to stand beside her and sing along with the chorus. Darcy saw them share a matching smile and knew that these were the two sisters.

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Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: Okay, I probably should preface this review by saying that I am not a HUGE P&P fan. I like the story okay, have read the book a couple of times, own a couple of movies, but never really understood the horribly stand-offish attitude of Darcy. This book was a really, really good twist on the story though. And amazingly, it managed to tell a really fascinating story while staying VERY TRUE to the original. I am really impressed. Like the original book, it takes a while for the characters and story lines to get established, before you get caught up in the story. I would guess that I was about 25% into the story when this happened for me. In this version of the story, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Charles Bingley, and Richard Fitzwiliam make up the mega star rock-band, Slurry. They are two weeks away from heading out on a 7-month tour and have lost their third opening band (there are rumors that they are impossible to work with and that's why no one stays.) They are trying out a new girl band, Long Borne Suffering, which is made up of Elizabeth & Jane Bennet, and Charlotte Lucas. The girls are thrilled to join the tour, but before they even begin, Elizabeth overhears Darcy warning the guys not to sleep with any of them, because the girls will just use them as a step on their way to fame...and the normal P&P story continues from there. I really, really enjoyed the way that the story has been re-interpretted into the modern rock world. So creative!! The characters are the same. The overall set-up is the same. It has just been re-invented into the modern rock world. I don't know how Heather Lynn Rigaud did it so seamlessly! *Lady Catherine de Bourgh is the record label exec in charge of the backing for both bands. *George Wickham is a former bandmate of Slurry who was kicked out of the band and now makes music videos. *Mr. Collins is the lackey from the label whose come to oversee things with the bands so that they don't screw up. *Both Lizzy & Will are swimmers and often unwind after concerts by swimming in the hotel pools. A wet Darcy...yes, he's wet a LOT in this book. The best thing is that this is Pride & Prejudice with HOT SEX!! OMG, they are rockers and they don't hold anything back. It's really fun to see them going at it! Overall, I really enjoyed this one! Like I said, I am not a huge P&P fan, but it kept my attention and was definitely entertaining!! A tattoo'ed Fitzwilliam Darcy who's 6'5"....that's an idea that I can get behind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its like reading an updated version of pride and prejudice. i loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I am reading it again. P&P is one of my faves and this fresh, mondern take on it is fabulous. I was completely enthralled in the story and each of the characters. Like i said...I must read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved the way the characters were developed in this story. The story line was great...the end a bit unbelievable but fantasy is what love stories are made of. I look forward to reading anything else this author writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great modern day take on an old classic. Wonderful read.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
When I first came across this Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Lynn Rigaud I wasn't sure I wanted to read this novel. As some of you know I'm a huge fan of anything Jane Austen but trying to picture Mr. Darcy as a rock star was a little hard. In the end my curiosity won out. Not only did I end up really liking this novel, I would also classify it as a hard to put down novel. If you're not familiar with Jane Austen's characters from Pride and Prejudice it really doesn't matter for this novel. Heather Lynn Rigaud has put a contemporary spin on this classic book. The story line is about two bands who are on a tour together. Slurry is the name of Darcy's band. His band mates are Charles Bingley and Richard Fitzwilliam. They've been around for awhile and are hugely popular. They embark on a lengthy tour with the newbie band Long Borne Suffering which includes, Lizzy, Charlotte Lucas and Jane. I absolutely love the name of their band. I don't think Rigaud could have come up with a better name. It's absolutely brilliant. Both bands start the tour with little complications however as certain members of the band grow closer it starts to get complicated. I really liked the story line. Riguad took little details from Pride and Prejudice and incorporated them into this modern day retelling. I was a little shocked the first time Lizzy dropped the F bomb. I said out loud "Lizzy, no! You're not suppose to say that!" I had to let go of my preconceived notions of regency Lizzy and embrace the rock star Lizzy. I know that sounds really prudish but I'm so used to proper Lizzy. Once I did that it was all good. The characters in this novel also have quite a few steamy sexy time scenes. I also love that the author gave Charlotte Lucas a little more pizzazz and a very brazen attitude. Riguad managed to give the characters a sort of personality makeover without losing the initial core selves . Overall this book was really good. I picked up this book to read every chance I had. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary romance or Jane Austen. I'm so glad that I gave this book a chance. This is one of the best contemporary retellings I've read. It's definitely a 'To Read".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun story to read. The modernization of Jane Austen's characters works well. I would have been okay without the graphic sex sections, but they weren't creepy or anything, just unneccesary in my opinion. The story uses the characters, but changes several plot points to make the story its own and not just a rehash of Pride and Prejudice. It was a cute and enjoyable read.
mystikfaerie More than 1 year ago
This story practically plays out just like the original "Pride and Prejudice" except it's set in the here and now. It's a little more graphic and explicit which adds a little more excitement for those who wanted a little more romance and grit out of the original story. If you liked the original, then this is a must read for you!
SharonR53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book-modern version of P&P. In this version. Darcy is a rock star along with Bingley and his cousin Richard Fitzwilliam. Jane, Lizzy and Charlotte sing in their own band Long Bourne Suffering and become the opening act for the men's much more sucessful band. Ms. Rigaud cleverly twists and turns the story so Austen fans can follow along but this story has it's own life as well. Love how she handled Mr. Collins! This book is a page turner- you won't be able to stop reading it once you start!
MaryinHB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fitzwilliam Darcy and the rest of the cast from Pride and Prejudice are reimaged as rock stars in the perfectly told tale of love, betrayal, music and just the right amount of lust. One one side you have the guys from Slurry, a dark, heavy rock band based on Puddle of Mud which is headed up by Darcy with a bad boy reputation. And the girls, the Bennett sisters which have their own sound like Cheryl Crow and Michelle Branch through a band named Long Bourne Suffering. When the two bands are thrown together for a tour that will change a lot in their lives. The story weaves through the interactions of the band members, their romances and exactly what goes on backstage.The story of Pride and Prejudice has been retold in countless ways and this latest edition doesn't disappoint. I am so glad to say that. Rigaud keeps the flavor of Austen, but truly modernizes the dialogue and Austen's snappy dialogue is some of the best out there, so when I started to read this, the words just flowed. I think my favorite part of the book is where the Bennet Girls google Slurry and then themselves right before the tours starts and their dismay at the things they find online. There is drama built in and the romances that take place between the parties are natural and not forced. Rigaud starts the book out with a "Inside the Music" documentary that completely sets the scene for the whole book-a brilliant move. I really enjoyed this one and would love to see the author do another rock star take on a classic!
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although Fitzwilliam Darcy Rock Star is an obvious take on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, this book really needs to be considered a book that stands on its own. Purists would probably never get through the fast-paced, crazy lifestyle of rock stars on the road, which is just where we find our P&P characters. The pride is definitely there, as would be expected with a big rock star like Darcy is in the novel, who has taken on a young girl group starring Jane, Elizabeth, and Charlotte. The twist is not lost on this reader! On the flip side, Elizabeth is not feeling Darcy's snobbery about these young girls that he seems to think are there to "love them and leave them" to take their money and fame. Elizabeth is there because she's passionate about her music. Enough said. However, she can't help but notice that Darcy is pretty hot!Much of the tension and social misunderstandings are still very present in this remake of the original. I did really like the character development that still retained a lot of the characters I knew and loved. Some characters are dropped from the story or hardly exist, such as the Bennet girls' other sisters and even their parents. Mr. Collins is also a very small part, whereas Richard steps up to play a major character in this modernization.I really enjoyed this new take. Although the cover gives it this YA feel, I wouldn't say that this is in any way a young adult novel, with its strong "rock star" lifestyle represented through the drugs, alcohol, sex, and even abuse that played out. I'm not a prude, but I'll admit to raising an eyebrow at some of the sex scenes in the book, which are decidedly not the norm for Austen's originals. There is a lot of pheromones flying around in this book!Although not the norm for Austen novels, this modernization is true to the character stories and pressures of the original. I love the misunderstandings in the original, and there were just as many if not more tense moments built into Rigaud's story. My background doesn't touch on the rock and roll world, but it was kind of fun to escape into that type of story. If you can handle the rock lifestyle, prepare yourself for a spicy, hot read!
whitreidtan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I imagine that Jane Austen would be astounded at not only the continued popularity of her own Pride and Prejudice but also at the plethora of modern retellings of her perennially popular novel. Rigaud enters that fray here with her updated version positing Darcy as the lead guitarist of a wildly successful rock band called Slurry, with band mates Charles Bingley and Richard Fitzwilliam, and Elizabeth Bennet as the lead guitarist of the up and coming rock band Long Bourne Suffering chosen to tour with Slurry. Of course, sweet Jane Bennet and Charlotte Lucas are Elizabeth's bandmates.The tale opens with a television interview giving the history of Slurry and their current troubles finding and keeping an opening act. After the interview, the story itself starts as Darcy, Charles, and Richard meet with manager Caroline Bingley to preview a new band to whom they plan to offer the opening act on the North American portion of their tour. That band is Long Bourne Suffering and it seems poised on the verge of making it big. Darcy does worry that the women of the band, Lizzy, Jane, and Charlotte, will do anything and everything in their power to get and keep the fame they'll be exposed to on Slurry's tour but he is realistic enough to know that they need an opening band and they need it now. So while he warns Charles away from the women, which Lizzy overhears, he swallows his misgivings and the two bands connect. As they practice and tour together, Jane and Charles fall for each other, Charlotte and Richard can't keep their hands off of each other, and Darcy and Lizzy irritate each other even as the sparks fly between them.Despite the similarities though, this is no Pride and Prejudice. This is definitely an updating with sex, drugs, and rock and roll running rampant through the novel. I'm not really a Pride and Pejudice purist so this edgier take wouldn't have fazed me in the slightest if I hadn't found so many other problems with it. The framing technique (the story both opens and closes with televised interviews functioning as both prologue and epilogue) did nothing to draw the reader into the story. In fact, it made me want to put the book down again immediately. And while it provides the reader with enough history to jump into the story, there was a real deus ex machina feel to it. Rigaud re-imagines several of the characters who gave real depth to the original. There is an almost complete absence of Lady Catherine, Caroline Bingley is nice, Anne de Bourgh is snotty, Charlotte Lucas isn't the practical girl who settles, and so on. Given her willingness to change the characters to suit her updated vision, Rigaud hews very closely to the plot points of the original, which turns out to be an awkward stretch. These misunderstandings and situations should not have been considered sacrosanct to the detriment of the current book and unfortunately this is the case.The characters, including those whose basic characters she didn't change, came off as bland rather than dimensional. Their stilted dialogue (they only use contractions on rare occasions, which frankly draws even more attention to the general lack of them as one would expect in normal dialogue) is hard to read and there is a fair amount of dialogue in this tale. Most of the latter half of the book seems to be one sex scene after another (and it's never good when graphic sex scenes get repetitive and boring) rather than anything that pushes the plot forward, causing the narrative tension to flatline entirely. I was quite disappointed with the novel, even moreso since it came highly recommended and it had such potential. It's a bad sign when I am happy enough to return a copy to the friend to whom it belongs and I reminded her more than once last night to take it home. Not one of the better re-imaginings I've read.
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first came across this Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Lynn Rigaud I wasn't sure I wanted to read this novel. As some of you know I'm a huge fan of anything Jane Austen but trying to picture Mr. Darcy as a rock star was a little hard. In the end my curiosity won out. Not only did I end up really liking this novel, I would also classify it as a hard to put down novel.If you're not familiar with Jane Austen's characters from Pride and Prejudice it really doesn't matter for this novel. Heather Lynn Rigaud has put a contemporary spin on this classic book. The story line is about two bands who are on a tour together. Slurry is the name of Darcy's band. His band mates are Charles Bingley and Richard Fitzwilliam. They've been around for awhile and are hugely popular. They embark on a lengthy tour with the newbie band Long Borne Suffering which includes, Lizzy, Charlotte Lucas and Jane. I absolutely love the name of their band. I don't think Rigaud could have come up with a better name. It's absolutely brilliant. Both bands start the tour with little complications however as certain members of the band grow closer it starts to get complicated.I really liked the story line. Riguad took little details from Pride and Prejudice and incorporated them into this modern day retelling. I was a little shocked the first time Lizzy dropped the F bomb. I said out loud "Lizzy, no! You're not suppose to say that!" I had to let go of my preconceived notions of regency Lizzy and embrace the rock star Lizzy. I know that sounds really prudish but I'm so used to proper Lizzy. Once I did that it was all good. The characters in this novel also have quite a few steamy sexy time scenes. I also love that the author gave Charlotte Lucas a little more pizzazz and a very brazen attitude. Riguad managed to give the characters a sort of personality makeover without losing the initial core selves . Overall this book was really good. I picked up this book to read every chance I had. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary romance or Jane Austen. I'm so glad that I gave this book a chance. This is one of the best contemporary retellings I've read. It's definitely a 'To Read".
Bodagirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice, easy read. I liked the fact that the sole focus was not on Elizabeth and Darcy; Jane and Bingley and Charlotte and Fitzwilliam received a good portion of the author's attention. Some of the characterizations differed significantly from the usual, mainly Caroline who wasn't bitchy and Anne who was bitchy. The characterizations of Elizabeth and Charlotte were a little all over the place, but overall the characters were engaging and I genuinely liked them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued and pleased with the way the characters were recast. Both Elizabeth and Darcy are well drawn with the charm and flaws of their Regency counterparts. The outcome of three Rock stars falling in love with members of another band is "hokey" as Bingley says, but I was happy for the characters. The book drags in the center, but the pace and events in the second half makes up for that.
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Love how she took Jane Austen's characters and rewrote them
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Aprilnow More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy the take offs of the P&P theme and this book fills the requirements - love, betrayal, family, and most of all the pairing of the two major couples - Jane, Bingley, Elizabeth, and Darcy. The side stories involving the rest of characters from P&P make this a very modern re-telling of a familiar story with just enough sex to ful-fill the interest of the modern reader.
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I think if the author had kept it clean the book would have been better. I for one don't think sex makes a book better. You can have it without going into the details and the book is better from my point of view. I did like how some of the story was reworked I liked the overall idea of this book. The author took the themes of the original and made them her own in this book, some were weaker than others but it was a new telling. Not just the exact same thing as the original. So good attempt but it could have been better. If you don't mind reading about sex the the book would be 4 stars.
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