The Trouble With Mr. Darcy
By the fifth volume in the Darcy Saga one would think the tired claims of over-the-top sex and no plot would end. Alas, no.
Over the course of time I have grown impervious to the negative reviews and comments about my novels. Readers come in all varieties. Opinions are myriad. This is to be expected. Readers share their less-than-favorable opinion on places like Amazon or Goodreads, just as those who loved my novel do. I will admit, however, that the gross exaggeration and false claims are a tad annoying. Semantics are a tricky thing, and one person’s “porn” is a sweet love scene to someone else! Nothing can be done to change that. All I can do is present the facts. Frankly, I believe the data below speaks for itself as to the veracity of some claims.
Answers to most of the questions/criticisms regarding the plot, Austen style, my inspiration, why the sensuality level, and more are answered here: Frequently Asked Questions
Total pages: 339
Total Word Count: 132,100
Time covered in the novel: Spring 1819 to Summer 1820; just over one year
Total number of times it is mentioned that Darcy and Lizzy are having sex, or had sex, including vague allusions to the act that occur “off stage”: 16
Highest number of sexual encounters noted within one 24 hour period: 2
Number of times more than one sexual encounter is referenced as occurring within a 24 hour period: 2
Total number of pages (any portion of a page counted as one complete page) devoted to marital relations – i.e. “sex scenes” – including ALL foreplay, interludes of kissing/caressing/etc. that do not include actual sex, conversations while in bed whether romantic or not, intimate cuddling with Alexander and Michael, and similar activity: approximately 70 pages, out of 339 total pages
Places specifically mentioned where a sexual encounter occurs, aside from the Darcys’ bedchamber & bed: Darcy’s office 2
Total number of times it is mentioned that Randall Artois and Kitty Bennet are having sex, or had sex, including vague allusions to the act that occur “off stage”: 3, covered in 15 pages total.
Snippets from negative – 1 to 2 star – reviews on Amazon specific for this novel–
The author did have a good story to tell, but chose to limit it to a couple dozen pages somewhere in the middle… too ridiculous to comment on.
This novel is total trash and the characters are nothing like the beloved ones that Jane Austen created. It is page after page of unimaginative sex scenes….
I like to be surprised by imaginative plots – the only thing I’ve been surprised by in this book is the amount of sex scenes…
Number of times the following words and phrases appear in the novel, in all the various usages/definitions possible, out of a total word count of 132,100—
I love you 36
my dear 13
my heart 18
my soul 2
my precious 1
my love 25
my wife 29
my husband 16
make love 8
Read the following at own risk. Language alert!
Words that DO NOT appear in this novel: erection, cock, penis, butt, ass, f**k, climax, orgasm, intercourse, and any similar crude, graphic, or explicit word.
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