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Sensuality Statistics - What is the truth?
for The Trouble With Mr. Darcy
Sharon Lathan
November 14, 2014 - 1:42 PM
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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


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”: 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.

Total smut…

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

beloved 19
I love you 36
love 178
dearest 30
my dear 13
my heart 18
my soul 2
my precious 1
precious 12
lover/lovers 24
my love 25
darling 9
my wife 29
my husband 16
kiss 103
kissed 32
kissing 23
breast/breasts/bosom 56
nipple/nipples 11
groin 9
arouse/aroused/arousal 12
buttocks/derriere 3
naked 14
desire 49
moan/moans/moaning/moaned 28
groan/groans/groaning/groaned 20
bed 89
tongue 20
passion 31
passionate 11
embrace 27
lovemaking 12
make love 8
sexual 8
sex 2


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.

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