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Sensuality Statistics - What is the truth?
for In The Arms of Mr. Darcy
Sharon Lathan
November 14, 2014 - 12:55 PM
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 In the Arms of Mr. Darcy


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: 355
Total Word Count: 138,500
Time covered in the novel: mid-December 1817 to January 1819; slightly over 1 year


Statistics — 

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”: 15

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 similar activity: 50-60 pages, out of 355 pages total.

Places specifically mentioned where a sexual encounter occurs, aside from the Darcys’ bedchamber & bed: none


Snippets from negative – 1 to 2 star – reviews on Amazon specific for this novel–

the lovemaking is the meatloaf, the events outside the bedroom are a spot of gravy and the story is a half-done potato…

every time the Darcy’s “co-habit” Ms Latham takes at least three pages to describe it. Can’t she think of anything else to put into the story-line?…

This book and all of the others, writen about the Darcy’s are not worth wasting your money on…

Garbage, complete garbage….

Outside of reading about the Darcys’ getting it on for the umpteenth time and gurgling non-stop about Darcy Jr., there is very little else in this book….

But do we have to have a blow by blow (excuse the pun), four page description of each encounter?…

You can only read so many descriptions of their intimate life. I skipped them after awhile and found very little else in the book….


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 138,500

beloved 22
I love you 38
love 180
dearest 35
my dear 27
my heart 16
my soul 5
my precious  1
precious 8
lover/lovers 21
my love 26
darling 12
my wife 14
my husband  11
kiss 85
kissed 39
kissing 29
breast/breasts/bosom 54
nipple/nipples 6
groin 2
arouse/aroused/arousal 10
buttocks/derriere 11
naked 13
desire 44
moan/moans/moaning/moaned 15
groan/groans/groaning/groaned 20
bed 73
tongue 12
passion 34
passionate 11
embrace 21
lovemaking 15
make love 3
climax  1
sexual 8


Read the following at own risk. Language alert!

Words that DO NOT appear in this novel: erection, cock, penis, butt, ass, f**k, orgasm, intercourse, and any similar crude, graphic, or explicit word.

Miss Darcy Falls in Love - 2014 World Book Night US selection! 
Historical romance novelist, author of The Darcy Saga
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