Thursday, 31 July 2014


Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet

The course of true love doesn’t always run smooth… 

Everyone thought Beth Ann Bennet and Dr. Will Darcy had an unexpected romance in Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match (Perfect #1, January 2013). Now, Beth’s best friend, Jane Henderson, and Will’s first cousin, Bingley McNamara, begin their own unlikely love story in Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet (Perfect #2), which starts at the Darcy/Bennet wedding when they find themselves in the roles of maid of honor and best man for the newlyweds. 

Jane is an interning school psychologist and a woman who wears an angelic mask in public, but she’s not as sweet tempered as she’d like everyone to believe. Turns out, she may have just crossed paths with the one person who’ll unnerve her enough to get her to reveal her true self. 

As for Bingley, he’s a wealthy, flirtatious and compulsively social guru of finance, who likes to wager on stocks and, let’s face it, on just about anything that strikes his fancy. But this dedicated ladies’ man may have finally met the woman who’ll challenge his bachelor ways! 

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet…where life’s biggest gamble is the game of love. 

**Note to Readers: Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet is part of the "Perfect" series, but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.**

About the author

Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction, romantic comedy & mystery. She was named the Author of the Year (2013) by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She loves all things Jane Austen, has a passion for Sherlock Holmes, is a travel addict and a music junkie, and lives on chocolate and gelato. Visit her website: 

Read an Excerpt:

Bingley couldn’t help but sneak a few more looks at the fiery maid of honor, remembering the way they’d first met four months ago. Jane had seemed so…nice, for want of a better word. Too sweet for him to want to tamper with or tease too much, although Beth hinted there was more to Jane than her pleasant veneer might suggest. He hadn’t believed that at first but, oh, he believed it now, as she swiveled to face her friend, sending another death stare in his direction, then a much kinder, warmer look to his cousin. “You’re gonna be really happy, Cuz,” he whispered to Will, who was smiling at his bride Beth as if he’d just won the lottery and it was being hand delivered to him in a pretty package of white tulle. “Thanks, Bingley,” his cousin murmured. “I owe you, you know. None of this would’ve happened without you.”
 Bingley swallowed away a sappy emotion he didn’t want to succumb to in public and clenched his jaw to keep from saying anything either overly sentimental or just plain stupid. Much as the whole commitment thing gave him hives, Bingley couldn’t have been happier for Will. The guy deserved every ounce of wedded bliss. “Anything for you,” he finally managed, meaning it, but unable to stop the wave of irritation that hit him in the gut when he caught Jane rolling her eyes at him from the periphery. No, she wasn’t nearly as nice as she appeared, although he’d thought she was pretty awesome during the engagement party a couple of months back. Jane had downed, perhaps, a few too many glasses of celebratory champagne, and the two of them had ended up in the coat room, making out like teenagers. He quickly learned three other very interesting facts about her: She wore some really racy undergarments beneath her simple, classically cut clothes. She could do several wickedly imaginative things with her tongue.

Both excellent discoveries, in his opinion. But her emotions jumped up and down like an insanely volatile stock during a wild trading day. Bingley exhaled and tried to stop his mind from playing the X-Ray Vision game every time he caught a glimpse of Jane standing demurely by the altar. Although, how could he keep himself from wondering if she had that leopard-spotted bra on underneath her red dress, like the one she’d been wearing in July, hmm? Or, why she had all but sprinted away from him when he saw her again a few days later, and why she’d studiously avoided him at the few other events they’d both had to attend since then… They’d barely made it past second base at the engagement party. Was she embarrassed? Had he unknowingly done something wrong? C’mon, man, get a grip! He knew from years of experience that he was better off not caring about what women thought of him. Keeping his emotions out of any relationship was the key. Seeing Will with Beth together had lulled him—temporarily—into believing that whole “happily ever after” thing might happen for him, too. Their connection through that online dating site had encouraged him—briefly—that a “Love Match” wasn’t impossible. So he’d entertained the idea of dating more seriously when he met Jane. Big mistake. He knew what he was: a lifetime bachelor. And there wasn’t a woman in the world who could snag his heart long term. He’d be willing to bet on it. Still, he had a few assets. He was young, reasonably good looking, wealthy…and he sure as hell didn’t need a pseudo-sweet, temperamental, psychologist chick blowing him off, especially after he’d let his guard down long enough to get close to her one hot summer night. Wouldn’t happen again. Besides, this was a wedding. There were plenty of smart, beautiful babes to be found—it’d be like cherry picking blue chips in a bull market—and he was the guy to find them. The sooner the better.


Take your chances to win ebook 1 in the series: Pride and Prejudice and The Perfect Match! Open internationally, this giveaway contest ends on August 7th.

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Marilyn Brant said...

Many thanks for sharing my new Austen-inspired book, Maria Grazia!! :)

Maria Grazia said...

you're just welcome, Marilyn. Thanks to you for providing the ebook copy for the giveaway contest!

Anji said...

I've already bought this book, so please don't enter me for the giveaway. Just wanted to give it a big thumbs up! I loved it and Perfect Match as well. They're great modern takes on the classic story.

Deborah Ann said...

I already have the ebook so please don't enter me. I enjoyed this story immensely. It was a fun modern version. Actually both the variations were.

Marilyn Brant said...

Just wanted to add a huge thanks to Anji and Deborah Ann for your sweet comments!! Ladies, thank you both so much -- I'm thrilled you liked the stories! :) xox

junewilliams7 said...

No, she wasn’t nearly as nice as she appeared,

Heh-heh! I must admit to being entertained by a less-than-perfect Jane. I can relate to that. Thanks for the excerpt!

Marilyn Brant said...

LOL, June! So glad you like the sound of my modern and somewhat sassy Jane ;). Thank you!

NovElla said...

I’d love to try this series! Pride and Prejudice variations are always interesting and I’m also intrigued by this new take on Jane’s character.

Marilyn Brant said...

Thanks, NovElla!
I'm so glad the series has caught your interest!!

cyn209 said...

thank you for the giveaway!!

Mariam said...

I am more than surprised by this unexpected twist about Jane's true personality and Bingley's playboy life. The except looks very tempting and it has a very positive atmosphere and it was easy to jump in.
PS: I am only commenting not enetring the contest. best of luck to all

Lúthien84 said...

I just want to say that any book written by Marilyn Brant should be in your reading list if you are a fan of comedy romance. You will not be disappointed as her stories will sure to charm and entertain you. It has been a few years since I read According to Jane and I can still remember the joys of reading it. I can't wait to delve into the Perfect series.

Marilyn Brant said...

Cyn - thank you!! I truly hope you'll like the stories ;).

Mariam - I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt and found it easy to jump into ;). Thank you for your kind comments!

Luthien - HUGE thanks for always being so sweet and supportive! I've got my fingers crossed that you'll enjoy this new series, and you know how glad I am that you liked According to Jane so much ;). xox