Dating Mr. Darcy

What’s a reality TV dating show and Mr. Darcy got in common? Me.

I may be a contestant on a reality show, but I’m not chasing love. I’ve got much grander plans than that. My activewear line needs some serious spotlight, and apparently, this show is the ticket. But let’s get real, is being paired with a Mr. Darcy knockoff really the price I have to pay?

That would be a deeply regretful yes.

Now, let’s talk about Sebastian Huntington-Ross, the wannabe Mr. Darcy. This guy is straight out of a Jane Austen novel, like they plucked him from the pages and plopped him right on set. Dark features, chiseled jawline, shoulders that could block out the sun, and an English accent that could melt glaciers. But beyond those looks, he’s got an ego the size of a hot air balloon, arrogance that could win awards, and a smugness that could power a small city.

I know, shocker.

You won’t believe what I’ve uncovered though. It turns out the aristocratic Sebastian has his own secret agenda for being on this train wreck of a dating show, and it’s got nothing to do with his cheesy one-liners about love. Of course this means sparks begin to fly between us as our attraction blossoms into a whole lot more.

But here’s the dilemma: do I maintain my fortress of skepticism and keep Lord Fancy-Pants at arm’s length? Or do I open my heart fully and embrace the crazy as both reality and “reality show” begin to blur?


Reality dating drama meets Pride and Prejudicein this modern take on the classic story!


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Medal Award winner in the 2021 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards

Praise for Dating Mr. Darcy

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… Short, sweet, and filled with humor, Dating Mr. Darcy is a quick pick-me-up for anyone who wants to get an instant boost of happiness. I will watch and re-watch it if the story is made into a movie, to be honest. Emma is feisty and she has a spark that makes her shine brightly. Sebastian is the typical haughty British β€œgentleman” who knows what he wants and how he will get it. The references to Pride and Prejudice, the hilarious first meeting between her and Sebastian, a.k.a. Mr. Darcy, and even their future interactions are part of the fun experience. The setting of the story is modern. Not every author can execute a romantic comedy, but author Kate O’Keeffe nailed it. This fast-paced romance is perfect for some light-hearted entertainment!” – Readers’ Favorite

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β€œI loved every word of this book! Such a wonderful, fast-paced, swoony read.” – USA Today bestselling author, Becky Monson

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “Fabulous fun! One of my favorite books of the year!” – Rich Amooi, Amazon bestselling author of It’s Not PMS, It’s YouΒ 

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “Hilarious, heart-warming, and deliciously romantic, Dating Mr. Darcy is the perfect rom com escape.” – USA Today bestselling author, Whitney Dineen

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “The Bachelor meets Pride and Prejudice in this laugh-out-loud chick lit romp!” – Melanie Summers, bestselling author of theΒ Crown Jewels Series

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “I loved everything about this book. I had to stop and think before posting this review because the only words in my head when I finished were “Holy $h1t amazeballs!” It truly is one of the best books I’ve read in ages. I devoured it.” – Laura Heffernan, award-winning author of the bestsellingΒ Push and Pole Series

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “If you love reality dating shows and Jane Austen, this is the perfect book for you. Kate O’Keeffe gives us a fun behind-the-scenes take at what goes on in reality TV, and mixes it up with a feisty heroine and suitably dashing Mr. Darcy. Highly recommended summer reading.” – Kirsty McManus, bestselling author of theΒ 90s Flashback Series

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “Dating Mr. Darcy is an enemies-to-lovers rom com that had me laughing out loud and swooning, all at the same time.” – Annaballe Costa, bestselling author of My Perfect Ex Boyfriend

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “Well written and fun, this book will have you up through the night to finish it!” – Tracy Krimmer, Author of the Rewind Romance series

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β€œA brilliant and addictive must read.” – Joslyn Westbrook, author of the My Fake FiancΓ© Rom-Com Series

Readers LOVE Dating Mr. Darcy

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “I laughed so hard my sides still hurt.” – Amazon reviewer

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “I literally could not put this book down. The story, characters, and dialogue will have you laughing out loud!” – The Bookish Virgo

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “This book had me sniggering, rolling my eyes, closing my eyes not sure if I wanted to read what happened next, sighing, smiling, going ‘oh no!’ and laughing out loud. I fell in love with the story and the characters.” – Amazon reviewer

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “Filled with laugh-out-loud humour this was a rollicking delight.” – Amazon reviewer

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “I have never laughed so much with a book.” – Bookbub reviewer

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “Wow, I loved this charming story. I was with Emma for the entire story: there were moments when I was laughing, stubborn, or jealous, and there were moments when I was blindsided by the twists.” – Goodreads reviewer

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “This book is the perfect feel good rom-com! Hilarious and witty, with a swoon-worthy Mr. Darcy!” – Goodreads reviewer

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “This is one of the most fun books I’ve read in a long time! I laughed out loud so many times reading it, and found myself swooning over Sebastian and cheering for Emma. The fantastic premise, fabulous characters and witty dialogue make this a must-read for anyone who loves chick lit.” – Amazon reviewer

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “One of the best books I’ve read in a long time…characters are endearing…couldn’t put it down…it’s a must read…looking forward to the rest of the series!” – Amazon reviewer

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “The genius combination of a reality dating TV show and Pride & Prejudice appealed to me on so many levels, and it more than lived up to the promise with great characters, loads of humor and an electrifying attraction between the main characters.” – Amazon reviewer

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “Filled with laugh-out-loud humour, this was a rollicking delight … If you love Jane Austen you’ll love this book filled with many a nod to the original book but with a modern-day twist and humour all Kate O’Keeffe’s own. ” – Amazon reviewer

β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… “Just what I needed in this time of stress upon stress… Never a dull moment, hard to put down and full of precious moments to remember. A few life lessons and the good guys are scheduled to win! What’s not to like?” – Bookbub reviewer


Titles in theΒ Love Manor Romantic Comedy series:

Unlike my other books, this series follows the adventures of the same couple. Consequently, the books in the Love Manor Romantic Comedy series are best read in order. So, if you want to get what’s happened before and know all the in-jokes, I suggest you start with Dating Mr. Darcy first.

Book 1: Dating Mr. Darcy

Book 2: Marrying Mr. Darcy

Book 3: Falling for Another DarcyΒ 

Spin-off Novella: Falling for Mr. Bingley




Want more? It’s Complicated is a Love Manor spin-off series starring Sebastian’s sister, Zara, Dating Mr. Darcy reality TV show contestant, Kennedy, and a host of fun new characters. Book 1 is Zara’s story. It’s called Never Fall for your Back-Up Guy and it’s out now. Check it out here.