Whenever I pick up a new book I always want to like it; unfortunately that doesn't always happen.
This story started with an interesting premise, namely that Darcy's Hunsford proposal was actually, well, most civil, rather than the insulting proposal we all know from canon (and most of JAFF). This is essentially why I stuck with the story, wanting to see how it played out, which kept me from tossing it at various low points. The proposal, however, is followed by a lot of navel-gazing on the part of just about every character and action, not just Darcy and Elizabeth. For example, every time somebody enters another's home, the act of giving their outerwear to a servant is described in minute detail. And that's just one example; every character mulls everything over and yaks yaks yaks about it twelve ways to Sunday. I almost gave up on it several times -- except that this story helped me to fall asleep. (With most books I want to stay up late reading.)
Aside from the s-l-o-w-n-e-s-s of the story, there were three things I greatly disliked. First, the rift between Mr Bennet and Lizzy. It was difficult to believe and difficult to read. Second, Georgiana ends up marrying Colonel Fitzwilliam -- her adult guardian, if you recall -- a scenario that shows up every now and again in JAFF and which makes my skin crawl. It's just too Woody Allen-ish for my taste. Thirdly is not only all the explicit sex scenes that the story seems to be built around but which do not advance the story, but also the initial marital encounter between Darcy and Lizzy is what can only be called male fantasy: a virginal twenty-year old country girl makes all the first moves on her worldly husband. Yeah, sure. (Later in the story Georgiana essentially proposes to Colonel Fitzwilliam -- clearly more of the same male fantasy.)
Finally, the text could have been better edited. Too many duplicate words, and missing words, and an apparent lack of understanding of how possessives are formed, made this less than pleasurable to read.
I would like to be clear that I am not predisposed to dislike male JAFF authors; one of my all-time favourite JAFF stories is Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell. Which I heartily recommend over this mess.