Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts

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A classic that goes all the way

In Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, Mr. Darcy has never been more devilish and the seemingly chaste Elizabeth never more turned on. The entire cast of characters from Austen's classic is here, caught with their breeches unbuttoned and their skirts raised high in this re-imagined red-hot Regency romance. And of course, there's plenty of good old-fashioned bodice ripping that shows no pride or prejudice and ...

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Overview

A classic that goes all the way

In Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, Mr. Darcy has never been more devilish and the seemingly chaste Elizabeth never more turned on. The entire cast of characters from Austen's classic is here, caught with their breeches unbuttoned and their skirts raised high in this re-imagined red-hot Regency romance. And of course, there's plenty of good old-fashioned bodice ripping that shows no pride or prejudice and reveals hot hidden lusts in every scandalous page-turning chapter.

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Editorial Reviews

Steve Hockensmith

"Thank God for Mitzi Szereto! Now the literary purists have someone new to go after with their pitchforks. Adding zombies to Pride and Prejudice was one thing, but SEX SEX SEX? It’s sacrilege! Raunchy, hilarious, subversive sacrilege . . . which is the best kind, of course."

Library Journal
Elizabeth Bennett simmers with burgeoning passions while Mr. Darcy is pursued most ardently by both Mr. and Miss Bingley in this latest Austen knockoff. Veteran erotic author Szereto (In Sleeping Beauty's Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales) has produced a clever retelling that is by turns lusty, literary, and just plain ludicrous. Lydia Bennett's frenzied nymphomania, Mr. Bennett's fondness for dirty pictures, and Lady Catherine's skill at using a horsewhip to discipline naughty parishioners are among the more comical elements of Szereto's spicy homage, while Bingley's nocturnal visits to Darcy's chamber and Charlotte's inordinate fondness for Elizabeth add a dash of slash. The endless graphic sex may grow tedious to some, but enough romantic tension à la Austen is present to give the novel the extra gas needed to propel readers to the final denouement. VERDICT Austen purists will be shocked right out of their chemises, but Szereto has done a credible enough job of approximating the great one's style to make this a rousing and rollicking read for Austenites blessed with both an open mind and a sense of humor, as well as fans of literotica in general.—Jeanne Bogino, New Lebanon P.L., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573446631
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 434,414
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitzi Szereto is an author and anthology editor of erotic and multi-genre fiction and non-fiction. She has her own blog “Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog” (mitziszereto.com/blog), and a Web TV channel “Mitzi TV” (mitziszereto.com/tv), which covers the “quirky” side of London. Her books include In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales, Getting Even: Revenge Stories, The New Black Lace Book of Women’s Sexual Fantasies, Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers, Silk Sheets: Collected Stories, and the Erotic Travel Tales anthologies. She has pioneered erotic writing workshops in the UK and Europe as well as lectured in creative writing at several British universities. A popular social media personality, Wikipedia lists her as the “Queen of Facebook.” Originally from the USA, she lives in Greater London.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    Impressive rewriting that parallels real story.

    Review by Stephanie:

    I'm amazed how parallel Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Szereto's sexy parody, Hidden Lusts, are. Though I do believe the original is a timeless classic, I can't say I really enjoyed it that much. I remember having to read it in tenth grade English; I made it about three-quarters through, before deciding just to SparkNotes the rest of it. This fiery rewrite however, I had no trouble reading. It may be I just really like sex (most likely), but the drama and mishaps of Hidden Lusts are absolutely entertaining, and best of all, kinky.

    You always see hilarious porn parodies, and this book reminds me of one of them, only it's in the form of erotica, rather than porn. Each of the characters' traits are highly exaggerated, which makes for an even funnier storyline, and there of course, is brash, shameless, sex -- lots and lots of it.

    My favorite thing about this book is how each of the characters have their own concealed desires, but only the reader knows about them. Szereto's content is sizzling hot, but I often found the sex scenes redundant. For instance, Mr. Wickham and Elizabeth's encounters always are described with "a moving in his breeches", meaning, an uncontrollable boner (LOL, right?), but that happens every time. It's funny at first, but becomes repetitive after a while.

    Speaking of Mr. Wickham, we all know from Pride and Prejudice, that he turns out to be the charming, but elusive and judgmental villain. In Hidden Lusts, boy, is he ever! His accusations are atrocious, but his actions, even worse. He screams Victorian naughtiness, and threatens to tear the Bennett family apart.

    Mr. Bennett seems to have his perversions as well, but they don't involve his wife. It's difficult to call him a handsome man, but his ways are very, very kinky, and often comical too. Mrs. Bennett's character seems mostly untouched, though her neurotic personality is strongly caricatured. We also discover the reason behind her brazen frenzy. She however, is one of the only characters who isn't sexualized, so her story is a breath of fresh air.

    Then we've got the Bennett sisters, who are burlesque within themselves. Lydia -- oh, my precious Lydia. There isn't too much of her in Pride and Prejudice, except that she's the frivolous, foolish one. To call her a brazen whore would be uncouth, but spot-on. She elopes with Wickham in the original novel, as she does in this book, but the method of means isn't revealed until the very end; you'll be surprised! Mary is delightful as ever -- sarcasm, sarcasm. Poor Mary, the only unpleasant and ugly one in her family. Her greed to become physically beautiful eventually take a toll on her in Hidden Lusts, which teaches a lesson to our superficialities. Jane is nothing short of submissive, but her character is, for the most part, left alone. She isn't kinky or rowdy like her sister, Elizabeth (whom I will get back to later), but we do learn that her lusts are carefully hidden -- much so, that we wonder if they exist at all. Kitty plays a minor role in the novel. All she seems to do is chase after handsome militiamen along with Lydia, and her character isn't deeply examined either. But Elizabeth. How shocked I am with Elizabeth! She, soon after meeting Darcy, discovers the powers of self-pleasure, and realizes how much she loves it -- a little too much. She is definitely a likable character though, and the chemistry between her and Darcy is scalding hot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    This sexy twist on an old classic will have you turning the page

    This sexy twist on an old classic will have you turning the pages as fast as you (even if you think you know the ending!). Mitzi Szereto is a genius! Forget zombies - sex was what this story needed! Definitely recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Fun read!

    This book is the perfect antidote to having been required to read the original Pride and Prejudice for two overly analytical literature classes. It's a delightful blend of titillating and laugh-out-loud hilarity. All required reading should get this kind of treatment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2011

    Based on the films, not the books

    I read some fairly good reviews of the book, but found myself disappointed that the text isn't at all like the original novel, but comes almost directly from the films. Seems to be a bit of a cheat to take so much not from the original source, but from some one's interpretation of that material.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Recommended Read

    Do the "classics" entertain you with their period language and beautiful imagery but leave you wanting the characters to break out of those molds and just get real? No, I'm not suggesting a Real World Regency England. But if you would like to know what happens when the BBC gets crossed with Cinemax look no further than Mitzi Szereto's Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts. This is not your high school lit teacher's Jane Austen but she would have to have appreciated the unerring way Ms. Szereto keeps the story within the proper time period in both language and setting.

    I have to admit something that I'm not terribly proud of: I've never read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. How silly is it that a lover of literature has never cracked the binding on one of the most well known and acclaimed pieces of written word in history? But it didn't stop me from being completely intrigued at how well it might be rewritten. With a healthy dose of human sexuality that had me reaching for fan I couldn't put this book down before reading its exciting conclusion. Ms. Szereto leaves nothing on the taboo table unexplored.okay, almost nothing.the animals are safe and I'm pretty sure everything else is mostly legal or at the very least consensual.

    Even though I haven't read the original manuscript I had a working knowledge of the story and its characters. Who wouldn't with as many times as the story has been made and remade? I knew who Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy were and that there was a conflict that kept them from being together but admittedly I didn't understand how the title of the book played into that conflict. Ms. Szereto does a beautiful job of keeping the underlying story true to form even with the sexy little side adventures that had this reviewer thoroughly entertained. I actually finished the story and have considered more than once that I should finally read Ms. Austen's book so I can better compare the two versions.

    Ms. Szereto has taken some artistic liberties with a number of well known fairytales and successfully brought them into adult mainstream reading venues. I believe she was taking a real risk by "tampering" with a classic but she did it with obvious respect for the original premise and a true talent for creative story telling. This is a "must read" for anyone who loves spicy and entertaining literature. You'll be shocked, uncomfortably aroused and planning to re-read it over and over. Bravo Ms. Szereto for bringing us all a little more culture *VBG*.

    Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews

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