Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lustsby Mitzi Szereto
Imagine that Jane Austen had written the opening line of her satirical novel Pride and Prejudice this way: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a good romp and a good wife although not necessarily from the same person or from the opposite sex." In Pride and Prejudice:/i>
Imagine that Jane Austen had written the opening line of her satirical novel Pride and Prejudice this way: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a good romp and a good wife although not necessarily from the same person or from the opposite sex." 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 in this rewrite that goes all the way. This time Mr. Bingley and his sister both have designs on Mr. Darcy's manhood; Elizabeth's bff Charlotte marries their family's strange relation and stumbles upon a secret world of feminine relations more to her liking; and, in this telling, men are not necessarily the the only dominating sex. And of course there's some good old fashioned bodice ripping that shows no pride or prejudice and reveals hot hidden lusts in every page-turning chapter.
“The author did a brilliant job of keeping to the original story but just adding very saucy and outrageous acts to make it stand out!”
"A sexual soap opera set back in the day of horse and carriage!"
"Readers familiar with Austen’s story will laugh (and blush) with delight as their favorite characters shed their mild mannered exteriors (and clothes) and succumb to passion."
San Francisco Book Review
"...A glorious, breathless gallop through the word-smithing antics based on Jane Austen’s most popular classic novel... Written with Szereto’s deft humor, combined with Austen’s style, the result is a great deal of fun with literature, with scandal and laughter on every page. Laugh out loud funny and arousing by turns, the pace doesn’t flag from beginning to end, every point spot on."
Portland Book Review
"Instead of living happily ever after, Elizabeth and Darcy have faced murderers and zombies. Now Mitzi Szereto gives the classic novel an erotic work-over. It's not just bodice ripping, but Szereto has thrown in a sprinkling of gay desire and BDSM as well."
Hot Press (Ireland)
"Mitzi Szereto's erotic parody is a loving historical riff on the Jane Austen classic." - The Advocate
"This novel uses Szereto's spicy additions to explore and elaborate on the character's motivations, thus legitimately reinterpreting Jane Austen's story rather than simply jamming in the erotica... Szereto's imagination will surprise, her interpretations will intrigue..."
“A fan of the original and wondering what all the characters you enjoyed might really be thinking of doing behind all those pleasantries? Give Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts a read and see if you feel the same lusts they do!”- Bzzingbee
"The author, Mitzi Szereto takes all our favorite characters and puts them in the sexiest situations imaginable. Pride and Prejudice:Hidden Lusts is a mash-up similar to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in style, except there aren’t any walking dead. But there is definitely some head."
"A fun take on a classic."
The Reading Life
"What I really liked about Szereto's rendition is that it made sense and the insertions were much lovelier to read than the inclusion of dead, grizzled walking corpses... So as long as you don’t take your Austen too seriously, I think you will find this version an amusing and titillating treat!"
- Girls in the Stacks
"Ms. Szereto has, while honoring the original manuscript, done an excellent job in inserting those hidden lusts that could very well have been in in the minds of each and every character from the original novel."
Book Reader's Heaven
"Szereto has replaced modesty in all my favorite characters with porno-pumping desire."
"Dear Lord, this is Pride and Prejudice, is nothing sacred? Yet I couldn't stop reading."
Lynette's Two Cents
"I was delighted with this book, anyone who loved the original classic should read Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts by Mitzi Szereto!"
"This novel is quite respectful of the original. Szereto’s version is hilarious and accomplished. Who is to say that Jane Austen wouldn’t have written something like this if the zeitgeist of her era had been more like that of ours? In years to come, this book will probably be regarded as a classic in its own right."
- Jean Roberta/Lizardlez
"Read it if for no other reason the novelty or seeing peoples faces when they think your all smart and reading a classic, then they look closer and see it's smut."
Getting Naughty Between the Stacks
"(Szereto's) sophisticated and humorous touch to retelling a well-known story is both absorbing and clear. I still find it impressive how well her rewrite lines up with the original novel, and look forward to her future endeavors."
Romancing the Book
"I giggled, laughed and smiled all through Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts."
Another Look Book Reviews
"Put simply, "Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts" is delicious smut
Szereto has written us some healthy, Victorian erotic
everyone enjoys a good romp or three and lives happily ever after."
"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."
Whipped Cream Reviews
"Despite the sexy times, Mitzi has kept the story faithful to how Austen would have written it, so the style of it is perfect, and flows well."
Love Romance Passion
"A refreshing change while keeping the classic storyline intact... This was my first novel by Mitzi Szereto, but definitely not my last!"
JoJo's Book Corner
"Szereto has captured Austen’s voice and tone and the essence of her characters so well that you might’ve believed that it was written by Austen herself but for all the lustful thoughts and naughty shenanigans that appear in just about every chapter!"
Pace J. Miller
"It is my personal opinion that Austen would not be rolling over in her grave over Szereto's novel. In fact, she might laugh a little."
The Dying Book Affair
"Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts is historical parody, Regency romance, erotica, and satire. It's a mashup of all mashups. And most of all, it's a whole lot of fun!"
Mitzi Szereto, in an interview with Joey Pinkney
"I was extremely conscious at all times to write in the voice of Jane Austen. I wanted Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts to be seamless, with nothing marring the Austen feel and story-telling style or, I should add, her use of language."
Mitzi Szereto, in an interview with The Book Rat
"I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and let me tell you something: this is no Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. There's way more seminal fluid."
"Ms. Szereto brings new life to this classic. The original book seems dry by today’s standards, but this new version will keep the reader entertained from first page to last."
"Everything from the tone to the dialogue is executed superbly... This adaptation of Jane Austen is essential for collectors of literary erotica and, dare I say, is just as fine if not more riveting and sexy read than the original."
"Mitzi Szereto follows the original story line but endows each of the characters with their own quirks of fancy and sexuality with no shortage of imagination."
Jane Austen Prequels and Sequels Review
"If Jane Austen had drunk a great deal of absinthe and slipped out of her petticoat . . . Mitzi Szereto's erotic parody of Pride and Prejudice might well be the result!"
"This is the book Jane Austen would have written, if only she’d had the nerve!"
"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?'"
"[S]exy and often quite humorous . . . Enthusiastically recommended."
"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."
Steve Hockensmith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
"If Jane Austen can survive the onslaught of zombies, she can surely swoon all over at the thought of Mitzi Szereto’s witty and explicit new exploration of her classic novel. A sexy hoot!"
"Mitzi Szereto’s deliciously erotic retelling of Pride and Prejudice boldly turns Austen’s classic on its pretty little head, knickers-side up. With keen wit (I laughed out loud many times), elegant prose, and a wicked imagination, Szereto exposes hidden lusts and truths, paying irreverent homage to Austen’s romantic entanglements of yore while at the same time revealing a great deal about contemporary matters sexual and otherwise."
Janice Eidus, author of The Last Jewish Virgin and The War of the Rosens
"Mitzi Szereto’s Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts is a luscious tribute to Jane Austen. This erotic version of the classic honors the wit, romance and sociological observation of the original. At the same time, it’s as though Szereto knows the wicked thoughts that went through many of our minds went we first read Pride and Prejudice. Austen lovers will savor this hot Regency romance perhaps even your aunt who worships the PBS versions. And those who don’t love Austen can enjoy this entertaining, smart and sensual novel."
Polly Frost, author of Deep Inside: Extreme Erotic Fantasies and Sex Scenes
"Mitzi Szereto’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is a mysterious and delightful uncovering of random sexual encounters among the landed gentry. You will have a ball!"
Nick Belardes, author of Random Obsessions and illustrator of West of Here
“Wicked, tongue in cheek (and elsewhere) take on Pride and Prejudicea wild, funny, sexual romp. Austen is shaken up, sexed up, and stirred up in Szereto’s naughty, laugh out loud, exuberant homage to P&P.”
Janet Mullany, author of Jane and the Damned
"How fun it is to wander in the minds of seemingly proper tea-and-crumpets men and women, set to the tune of Jane Austen's romantic tale. Szereto creates a parody that's full of sex of all kinds (including taboo topics like homosexuality, adultery, and BDSM), but it is classy at the same time."
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What People are Saying About This
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. (Steve Hockensmith)
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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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