Friday, January 22, 2010

Pride/Prejudice-Ann Herendeen

Ann Herendeen
Harper, Jan 26 2010, $14.99
ISBN: 9780061863134

Following their lust at first sight meeting at a family gala, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy remain attracted to one another though he is expected to marry Caroline Bingley. The pair particularly enjoys their heated debates on a variety of subjects sexual and otherwise.

Elizabeth finds she looks forward to making love with older Charlotte Lucas. Fitzwilliam relishes his trysts with his future brother-in-law doubled compliant landless Charles, Caroline’s brother. He especially enjoys pinning Charles under him when he takes him. Although Charles also enjoys his romps with Fitzwilliam, he fears exposure as he wants Elziabeth’s older sister Jane though he assumes he will marry his male lover’s sister Georgiana.

This is an enjoyable erotic over the top of Big Ben retelling of Pride/Prejudice that probably has Jane Austen turning over in her grave. Although the extended relationships are out of control and needing a baseball scorecard to keep track of who’s doing who and when, fans who want something radically different in their Austen diet will want to read the other loves of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

Harriet Klausner

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