Deception & Debauchery

A Pride and Prejudice Variation
Narrated by: Megan Green
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Romance, Regency
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George Wickham, a widower with a penchant for gambling, women, and alcohol, has recently gained his freedom and fortune. In an effort to gain respectability, he intends to acquire a country estate in Hertfordshire. He soon finds himself enamored with Elizabeth Bennet and developing a friendship with Charles Bingley, two people who are very important to his childhood rival, Fitzwilliam Darcy. When Darcy discovers that Wickham is worming his way into the lives of those in Hertfordshire, he will go to shocking lengths to protect them.

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I did not win the free giveaway, but I bought it!

If you like books full of cynicism and humor about life, this may be the book for you Definitely an interesting listening.

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Loved it!

In this Pride and Prejudice variation George Wickham's marriage to a much older, wealthy, and sickly woman means that he now has the means to purchase an estate and live respectably. He visits Hertfordshire and befriends Bingley and the Bennet family. When Darcy, who has left Hertforshire to protect his heart from Lizzy, hears that Wickham is courting Lizzy, he returns to warn them away. But since Wickham no longer needs money Darcy needs to devise a new plan to get Wickham where he wants him.

I really loved this fun variation! I absolutely loved this version of the Bennet girls. They got into some truly funny situations, and the little deceptions were hilarious. Bingley offering Darcy a set down was another enjoyable moment. I've never read a version where Wickham is successful and has no money concerns, it was an interesting take. Wickham isn't as awful as in the original because he never attempted to elope with Georgiana, instead he married a sick woman but kept her happy for the rest of her life.

Lizzy's close friendship with Wickham had me so worried I did something I've never done before. I actually peeked ahead in the audiobook to see when Lizzy would realize what Wickham was up to. It had me on pins and needles! As for Lizzy and Darcy's relationship, the moments they spent together were all sweet, and I couldn't wait for their happily ever after.

The narration was well done, with separate voices for each character. Her performance made it easy to get drawn into the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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Deception and Debauchery by Cinnamon Worth

This is a good pride and prejudice variation though not really the best story. Cinnamon Worth has more greater stories than this one. Still a good and easy read/listen. Entertaining.

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A great variation

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A great variation of Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed following the antics of Mr. Darcy and the sisters. The narration was excellent on the Audiobook by Megan Green. It was so fun reading who was wishing after who and who was going to get their heart broken or get married. Definitely recommend.

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good read

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. I totally enjoyed reading this book. It’s well written and the characters were fantastic. I would suggest this book to my friends that like this sort of genera. this was a good book.

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Wonderful Twist!

I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was definitely one of the more enjoyable versions of the Pride and Prejudice genre that this author has written. It all seems to fit into place with the characters getting what they deserve at the end, be that bad or good. The hard-to-like Caroline Bingley is even more despicable in this tale and a well-suited match for the conniving George Wickham. Since all's well that ends well, the forgone ending will prove to be as sweet as we have come to expect. In this tale, once more, Mary comes out as a better figure, more intelligent and insightful than the original one. I have a feeling that the author tries very hard to give Mary her just due. The storyline has enough action to keep you wanting to see what will happen next and I loved how all of the sisters plotted to let justice prevail.
The narration was very well done and gave life to all of the characters. A must listen to audiobook for the P&P fans.

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A peculiar twist on a timeless tale

Pride and prejudice is so impactful, because the satire of human foibles is applicable to every society of people.
Ms. Worth has done an excellent job of understanding the author’s characters and deepening their story with a twist of fate. Mr. Wickham gets a fortune. With this change in the story, Wickham becomes free from the restraint of pursuing only women of lower rank or lower logic. Now even women of mean would consider him a possible match, thus allowing Wickham the freedom to manipulate them.
What could go wrong?
This is a peculiar twist on a timeless tale!
I received this ARC through Story Origin and am giving a voluntary review.

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Great adaptation!

This book was one of the best adaptations that I have read. Megan Green gives a wonderful performance. Thes was well worth the listen.


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Not for me

This may be a great book, but not to my liking. Not to say the book is bad or not written well. I am just not enthralled by the comings and goings of European Aristocrats.
That said, I would just like to say the rating says "Not For Me" not bad book, or bad writing.

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Wickham is a Rich Widower!

Deception & Debauchery by Cinnamon Worth is an interesting alternative telling of Pride and Prejudice and how George Wickham is introduced to the Bennett family. Wickham is not an impoverished lieutenant in the local militia, but rather a mourning widower with a hefty inheritance.

The story begins when Wickham is introduced to Charles Bingley in London. Bingley finds Wickham so agreeable that he invites him to stay at Netherfield. When Wickham is introduced in Hertfordshire and the entire Bennett family, he is a much sought after marital prospect. However, despite his fortune, Wickham still lacks morals. He believes Darcy intends to marry Caroline Bingley even though it is obvious to everyone that he’s attracted to Elizabeth Bennet. Wickham devises a scheme to wound Darcy by wooing and marrying Elizabeth while at the same time bedding Caroline before Darcy marries her. Thankfully, Caroline keeps her knees firmly together and her virtue intact, and Darcy saves Elizabeth from the clutches of Wickham.

Megan Green did an admirable job narrating, differentiating between male and female characters. Simply put, her narration really enhanced my enjoyment of this audiobook. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fun lighthearted Jane Austen Fan Fiction.

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  • Helen
  • 09-08-19

great twist

George Wickham, a widower with a penchant for gambling, women, and alcohol, has recently gained his freedom and fortune.
great twist to the Jane Austin book

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  • Anji Dale
  • 12-26-19

Wickham is Darcy's rival - how does that work out?

DECEPTION AND DEBAUCHERY (audiobook) by Cinnamon Worth, performed by Megan Green

This is a regency-set variation of Pride and Prejudice that's a lot more Wickham-centric than many books in this genre. Instead of becoming a self-inflicted impoverished militia officer, he's been able to marry a wealthy woman AND be widowed all before the start of the story. This means there's been no Ramsgate incident with Darcy's sister. He still has an eye for the ladies and both Caroline Bingley and Elizabeth Bennet catch that eye. His grudge against Darcy still exists and the gentleman from Derbyshire has been to Hertfordshire as per canon and left again, fighting his attraction for Miss Bennet. She however, has experienced a strong attraction to the handsome widower and is almost convinced she's in love with him.

How Darcy and Elizabeth reach their HEA is told in quite an inventive storyline which, to me, occasionally develops into more of a farce as some scenarios tend to be somewhat unlikely for the propriety of the times. Apart from that, my only other criticism would be for the language use, as I felt there were too many non-period expressions sprinkled throughout the book. Wickham's eventual fate, leading to who he ends up marrying, is an unusual one that I don't think I've come across before.

The audiobook performance by Megan Green is quite good and though I came across a couple of mispronuncations, I've heard many a worse performance during the course of many years listening to books from this genre and others.

I definitely enjoyed this story and the direction in which the author took the characters, especially the 'slow burn' version of Elizabeth and Darcy's romance. I'll definitely be listening to others by her. My main caveat would be some of the language use, as already mentioned.

I'd rate this as a solid three and a half to four stars for both story and performance.

Please note: I voluntarily requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from Story Origin and this is my unbiased review.

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  • Tasha Barefield
  • 09-06-19

Interesting twist to Pride & Prejudice original

I am a huge lover of all P&P variations and have enjoyed many stories from Cinnamon before. I really enjoyed the twist of the usual Wickham and Caroline Bingley characters, I think this might be one of my favourite versions of these two and how they were 'made for each other'. However, I felt the story suffered a bit regarding not enough of Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship and romance, Lizzy was her usual self in this version but I felt Darcy was a bit weak and personally I prefer a stronger, savvier more passionate version of him. The story was however, very original and I shall remember it against all the other versions I've read. Megan's narration was flawless and I really enjoyed her bringing the characters to life!