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Sensuality Statistics - What is the truth?
for Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys Beyond Pemberley
Sharon Lathan
November 13, 2014 - 2:21 AM
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Loving 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: 425
Total Word Count: 163,153
Time covered in the novel: mid-May to late-August, 1817


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”: 32

Highest number of sexual encounters noted within one 24 hour period: 3

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, and similar activity: 100 pages, out of 425 is <1/4th

Places specifically mentioned where a sexual encounter occurs, aside from the Darcys’ bedchamber & bed: bathtub (1), Lizzy’s dressing room (1), other location (1), outside (2), carriage (1)


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

The endless, unoriginal, banal love-making which is the majority of this unfinished attempt…. Unfinished?

If you removed every line from this book where Darcy and Lizzy declared their love for each other, you’d be left with about three paragraphs worth of useless, uninspired content…. out of 425 pages? 

one sex scene after another after another after another…

full of repetitious bedroom scenes…  100 pages, of ALL romantic moments, out of 425

What it lacks in intelligent dialogue, it makes up for in overly sentimental and repetitious moaning and wheezing of endearments during lustful encounters. Both Darcy and Lizzy frequently “wheeze” during their lovemaking… “wheeze” is not found in the book, “wheezing” is used twice (Darcy only), and since the definition of wheeze is: a husky, rasping sound of breathing, I’m not sure what the problem is. *see below for the “moaning”.

All they do is have sex and shop. Yes, loving Mr. Darcy….over and over and over and over and….

I don’t mind some sex scenes but I DO mind them every five pages when they are completely unnecessary….

On some days Darcy and Elizabeth have sex three and four times and it seems that is all they do….


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 163,153

beloved 103
I love you 77
love 300
dearest  56
my dear  15
my heart  35
my soul  15
my precious 6
precious 15
lover/lovers  36
my love  77
darling 10
my wife  33
my husband  12
kiss  157
kissed 147
kissing 75
breast/breasts/bosom  63
nipple/nipples 10
groin 16
arouse/aroused/arousal  48
buttocks/derriere  8
naked 6
desire 88
moan/moans/moaning/moaned 30
groan/groans/groaning/groaned  34
bed 79
tongue 11
passion 64
passionate 13
embrace  26
lovemaking 9
make love 18
sexual 8


Read the following at own risk. Language alert!

Words that DO NOT appear in this novel: erection, cock, butt, ass, f**k, orgasm, climax, intercourse, and any similar crude, graphic, or explicit word. “Penis” appears once, in reference to a medical book entry.



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