He might not want to dance with her, but Darcy’s about to meet his match.
Some people adapt easily to new surroundings and find delight in meeting new people. Fitzwilliam Darcy is not one of them. Being put on display in a room full of strangers is enough to make him quite disagreeable. Therefore, when he attends the Meryton Assembly and his patience is pushed beyond what he can tolerate, Darcy replies harshly to his gregarious friend’s insistence that he asks Miss Elizabeth Bennet to dance.
Unfortunately for her, Elizabeth is within hearing distance of Darcy’s refusal. Insulted and more than a little vexed, she is determined to have as little to do with him as she can and to push him towards his amiable friend’s sister when being in one another’s presence cannot be avoided.
When Elizabeth calls Darcy out for his offensive words and intimates that he is ungentlemanly, he is more intrigued than provoked. He is also determined to prove the lady wrong and sets a course to do just that.
While Darcy seeks opportunities to prove to Elizabeth that he is indeed a gentleman, Elizabeth attempts to be rid of him until his company becomes more desirable than that of a long-time friend and hopeful, though very unwanted, suitor.
Jealousy is never pretty, and a spurned suitor is not always kind or wise. When secrets are revealed and explanations are wanting, it looks as if the burgeoning love between Elizabeth and Darcy is destined to be snuffed out almost before it has begun.
Unless, of course, a meddling matchmaker can pull off a well-timed miracle.