What would Jane Austen think? Her classic love story Pride and Prejudice has a new version, this time a literary mashup that uses the writing of the original extensively but incorporates a significantly saucy new plot all about the kinky goings-on at Netherfield Hall. The book is Spank me, Mr. Darcy and it includes a gamut of BDSM activities and a wide variety of characters get in on the fun, not just our romantic leads of Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. It isn’t all whips and chains though, the romance of the story and Austen’s wry sense of humor still shine through.
The author, romance maven Lissa Trevor, expresses how she approached the idea, “I wanted to write a fun mash-up that was hot and sexy, while remaining true to the passionate love Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy had for each other. Pride and Prejudice is over 200 years old, and the fact that its characters have endured this long and live in the hearts of readers is a tribute to Jane Austen’s talent. I wanted to play in her world for a bit and expand on Elizabeth Bennet’s sensuality and the dark wickedness I’ve always thought lurked inside Mr. Darcy.” Sensuality and wickedness indeed! This book manages to balance being tremendously hot, intensely romantic, and quietly funny at the same time: no small feat.
Literary mashups have been enjoying a few years of popularity, most likely started by another version of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the runaway hit Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. At first paranormal and horror themes breathed new life into some beloved titles. Now several new erotic mashups are making waves. It seems fans of these classics have wondered for years about what happens just out of sight in the originals or more accurately what frisky things happen. Readers who yearn to see the masterful side of the arrogant Mr. Darcy will be titillated, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
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For those who prefer it, Spank me, Mr. Darcy is also available at Amazon here