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    Naughty, Naughty, Elizabeth Bennet & Darcy: Reading Pride & Prejudice Hidden Lusts

    Book:                  Pride & Prejudice: Hidden Lusts

    Author:               Mitzi Szereto

    Publisher:           Cleis Press

    ISBN/ASIN:         9781573446631

    RATING:       3.75 Stars

    RELEASE DATE:  July 1, 2011

    Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts is a refreshingly erotic taste of the classics that will raise eyebrows, hemlines and strain breeches.  Mitzi Szereto patterns her prose in a lively pas de deux that both amuses and titillates as she lays out an R-rated Pride of Prejudice…one we have not seen the like of before.

    Szereto’s honest effort to channel a sensual Jane Austen amid the pleasantries and frivolity of polite English society is anything but tepid-every character in this very familiar piece has a secret…a hidden lust that they engage in secretly and with whole-hearted abandon.

    Whether it be the predilections of a homoerotic nature between Bingley and Darcy (!), the birch wielding dominatrix bent of Caroline Bingley and Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the illicit drawings that Mr. Bennett squirrels away his money for, or the lusty brazenness of Lydia given full reign (and nigh an entire regiment) all of these succinctly tarty scenes will have the reader thoroughly amused. Szereto amuses with her depiction of bumbling Mr. Collins…that toady cousin to the Bennet’s…who I dare say…is very, very naughty. Ahem!

    Polite manners and civilized society are juxtaposed with the seething sexual undercurrents of Szereto’s devising. Some ardent Jane Austen fans might scream “Sacrilege!”, but indeed others might raise their eyebrows in interest at this innovative take on a classic as I do and say “Why not?”

    Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts should be taken in the same vein as Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer or the equally off-kilter ITV offering Lost in Austen which as Amanda Price said so succinctly: “That's Jane Austen spinning in her grave like a cat in a tumble-dryer.” Quite possibly. But just keep that in mind when reading Szereto’s piece that it is a literal parody, and quite a scandalous one to boot.

    You’ll never look at Darcy and Elizabeth quite the same again.

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