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JANE EYRE LAID BARE
Genre: Erotic Romance, Erotic Fiction
Claiming co-writing credit with Jane Eyre’s author, Charlotte Brontë, implies a certain idea: This erotic retelling will be close to the sexual undertones of the original. Sinclair, however, seems determined to shoehorn in as much erotica as possible, often at the expense of both story and character, just for the sake of titillation. The “shocking” ending manages to encompass three lessons: Sex is bad, BDSM is bad and women who want sex and own their sexual power are bad. Unless you like your erotica with a heaping side of guilt — and this reviewer does not — pass this one up.
In a sexual coming-of-age story, Jane Eyre comes to Thornfield to serve as governess to Edward Rochester’s ward, Adele Varens. During her tenure, strange events occur, and she realizes there is a secret being kept from her — involving something or someone on the house’s third floor. She falls for her employer, Edward Rochester, who appears to be betrothed to another even as he continues his seduction of Jane. (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, Nov., 322 pp. $14.99)
Reviewed By: Cyndy Aleo
Publisher: ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN
Published: November 2012