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Just Released: Pride and Passion by Kendall Bartels

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Pride and Passion a stunning romantic novel and an incandescent modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by a devoted Jane Austen admirer. This sensual adaption focuses on Jenna Stone, a clever post-graduate student studying at Pemberley University with the hopes of writing a children’s book. Once she is moved into her new apartment she bumps into her handsome but rudely brooding neighbor, Frederick Knight, who (due to a sudden change of events) ends up being her advisor at school. As their relationship grows from that of advisor-and-student into an intense, passionate romantic affair the two most overcome their own miscommunications, a wicked young man after Jenna’s heart, and the forbidden nature of their relationship. Focusing on the overarching kindness and good humor of Austen’s original characters, this gripping novel is an homage to the beautiful craftsmanship of a relationship that truly withstands the test of time.

Reader Alert! Pride and Passion is a sexy romance that will keep you turning the pages, wondering if these stubborn protagonists will ever realize that they are meant to be. Jenna Stone thought she would be having an average post-graduate school experience until she found out that her handsome, brooding neighbor would be guiding her academic career. Things only grow more complicated as the sexual tension between Jenna and her academic advisor, Professor Knight, grows more and more heated…eventually, there

A Word from the Author:

I am so excited to finally share this book! Professor Knight was a labor of love that I started to write when I was going through a really hard time, and I’m so excited to think that a story that brought me so much light and happiness will now have the opportunity to bring the same to others! This book came to me on a whim while I was thinking about what a modernized version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and more specifically of Mister Darcy’s wealth, would look like—I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by so many strong, capable women that the idea of such a great power imbalance existing (like that of Elizabeth Bennet and Mister Darcy’s) posing an issue in a romantic relationship was something that I struggled to theorize. Having just graduated college when this idea was beginning, the idea of a student/teacher relationship was something just scandalous enough to pique my interest in a way that balanced titillation and attainability. I found comfort in writing protagonists inspired by Austen’s original characters, so keeping their feistiness and pigheadedness, while giving them the contemporary freedom to be more physical with their displays of affection in a quicker timeline. I hope

What makes this book different, better, and unique is that its characters are a revamp of average contemporary romance archetypes. The protagonist is not just a naive woman trying to cope with her life, she is a kind woman looking to MAKE something of her life by pursuing her passions. The fact that she is a student looking to better herself not only makes her an intriguing character but makes her relationship with Professor Knight forbidden and scandalous to her.

The romantic lead is an educated man aware of why his relationship with the protagonist is risqué and scandalous, but their desire for one another conquers even his most noble motives. Though the book contains clever use of common tropes (like enemies-to-lovers, mistaken identity, and forbidden romance), these tropes are set in a believable world with fun, sexy twists for the likeable characters.

About the Author: Kendall Bartels is a writer and actress from south Florida, where she currently resides after spending some time in Los Angeles. The author graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and literature, and she also acted in a handful of indie films in California before recently returning home to the east coast to pursue her passion of writing. In the past, her short stories and poems were published in book titled No Such Thing as Writer’s Block.

The author is obsessed with everything Pride & Prejudice related and would like to note that her success has only been made possible because of the love and support from her mom, dad, younger brothers, and naked cat, Dobby.

Twitter: @KendallHere @knight_novel

Facebook: Kendall Bartels

 

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