"Those labels—African, Black, whatever—don't define you." ~ 14%
A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by a debut author featuring characters of color and vibrant book cover?! Count me all the way in!
Liza "the only DJ who gives a jam" wants to reclaim the neighborhood from a soulless property developer. There are unaffordable condos on every street corner in DC. She plans a protest but it takes a turn for the worse when she mistakes the CEO for a waiter. Dorsey Fitzgerald realizes this revolutionary woman is probably the realest he's ever met. The protest results in a viral meme and sparks fly between the two headstrong main characters.
Perhaps the book fell short when the author decided to make Dorsey a billionaire who cares. I get making him likable but it seemed forced (and necessary) for Liza to fall for him. Or maybe it was the inner monologues that became annoying. I soon found myself skipping whole paragraphs. The foundation is there but it just needs fine tuning. Nothing a good edit cannot fix.
Happy Belated Pub Day, Nikki Payne! Pride and Protest is now available.
Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.
Title: Pride and Protest
Author: Nikki Payne
Published: November 2022
Genre: Romance Retelling
Rating: 🖤 🖤