Out, Proud, and Prejudiced is a contemporary romance novel by Megan Reddaway. It’s also a gay adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and as soon as I saw the description, I knew that I had to read this book.
If you’re a fan of Jane Austen’s literary classic, the basic storyline should be familiar to you, with the notable exception of most of the characters being gay men. Bennet Rourke meets Darius Lanniker, and their mutual dislike is almost palpable. They are forced to endure each other because their friends are dating. Misunderstandings occur, mostly due to the machinations of the villainous Wyndham. Can Bennet and Darius see beyond their initial impressions of each other, or are their differences far too great?
I could spend several hundred words gushing about all the ways Reddaway took the original story and modernized it, but that would spoil so many of the lovely surprises. Needless to say, Wyndham does the most Wickham-ish thing ever, and the big Lady Catherine speech was utterly hilarious.
I would absolutely recommend Out, Proud, and Prejudiced to fans of m/m romance. This is definitely one of my favorite P&P adaptations. The beginning was a little slow, but the pacing increased, and I found myself reading quickly to find out what was going to happen next. This is such a sweet story, and I am definitely going to check out more of Reddaway’s books in the future!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book.