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Jane Eyre Laid Bare: The Classic Novel with an Erotic Twist

2.39  ·  Rating details ·  559 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
Everyone is familiar with Charlotte Brontë's passionate, but restrained novel in which the plain, yet spirited governess Jane Eyre falls for the arrogant Mr. Rochester. It's a novel that simmers with sexual tension but never quite reaches the boiling point. Which is to be expected. After all, the original was written in 1847. That was then. This is now. And in JANE EYRE LA ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published July 26th 2012)
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Oct 10, 2012 rated it did not like it

If you're after a tasteful, cerebral, classy re-imagining of Jane Eyre, this isn't it

Had this been as the blurb implies - author Eve Sinclair writes between the lines to chart the smoldering sexual chemistry between the long-suffering governess and her brooding employer - I may have very well enjoyed it or at the least been indifferent. But this does way more than extrapolate the relationship of Jane and Rochester as written in Brontë's classic.

Perhaps I was a little too hopeful thinking this ma
Johnny Hazelnut

Is a rewrite fanfic shameless cash grab by a person called Eve Sinclair who merged Charlotte Bronte's classic with some ropy erotica in order to get a piece of the current fad for erotic romances and make Bronte more accessible to a modern audience make scads of cash from people who don't know any better.

The prospect of this was so laden with derp and rage that I felt it was only my duty to take one for the team and read it. Whenever I passed one of the ubiquitous adverts for it on the Tube or b
R.K. Ryde
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fascinating. Even though I don't normally like historical romances, I loved the way erotica was blended into the Jane Eyre tale. And the language! I loved the use of the English language in this novel. It was a real treat and I enjoyed listening to it. The narrator did a fabulous job and really enhanced my experience. The only downer for me was the ending
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Okay, I was totally vibing on this and enjoying myself riiiiight up until the ending. The end was SUCH shit, I can't even deal. But other than that, the rest of the book was just your regular average new adult book, nothing more, nothing less. If you're just in it for the smut, carry on my wayward son. If you can't handle shitty, unsatisfying endings, DON'T read this.
Simay Yildiz
Jun 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Let’s just not talk about this.
Courtney Jimmie
Jan 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read2013
I had high hopes for this book. I LOVE Jane Eyre and you just know that Mr. Rochester was up to some kinky stuff. I was hoping that this would be a reworking that took the original and just expanded upon it in ways that made sense. This novel turned out to be Jane Eyre falling down the rabbit hole and ending up in some sort of porno Wonderland. It was batshit crazy.
Sep 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
I used to think that any free book a friend gave to me was worth reading. I no longer feel this way. This book is absolute trash.
Ashley Schuster
Nov 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Even knowing that I wasn't in for a tasteful spin on my favorite book, I tried. Sinclair took on a big job and did it very poorly; it's almost like a weekend novel or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (another cringer). It's incongruous, passages are poorly integrated, and the characters are defiled in so many ways!

Even the erotic sections (pasted between verbatim passages from the original) were disturbing and half-assed. Not to mention that they don't fit with how Jane Eyre in portrayed in other
Jun 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no
This story... I read a little bit of it and decided that the author, although she was a huge fan of this story, did not understand Charlotte's original intent on writing Jane Eyre. The focus of the book by Bronte, though it has romantic elements, is NOT romance. It is the story of women who are oppressed and repressed in a society of men who dictate their actions. If Sinclair really wanted to make this a modern story she should have set it in OUR time period. This book is a desecration of a lite ...more
~ Becs ~
Oct 04, 2012 marked it as to-read
Jane Eyre, sex kitten! Mwa ha ha - love it.
Monique Mulligan
Oct 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
With 50 Shades of Grey (E.L. James) raking it in moneywise, it’s fair enough that other publishing houses want to ride the fan fiction meets erotic bandwagon. Likewise, it’s fair that any move to spice up the classics would also arouse debate, even criticism from readers. I’m in the “leave them alone” camp, but I decided to give Jane Eyre Laid Bare a fair crack of the whip. It took three pages to put me in a state of frenzy. Of indignation, dear Reader, not panting breathlessness. No! I cried si ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jane Eyre is my favourite novel. In trips to the bookstores lately, I had noticed that a number of classic novels were being given the erotic treatment. Now I like a good literary romp as much as the next woman; this was a sad disappointment. Yes, Bronte's work is present; and yes, it provides ample opportunity for eroticism. Sinclair puts it in like a bad cut and paste job. Not only that, but the story ends abruptly without resolution. Kinda like this review...
(originally reviewed on )

(Note: My rating would actually be 1.5 as opposed to 1, but I'm not going to round up.)

The concept was so promising. Having just finished JANE EYRE, I was reminded of a book that my mother had seen advertised in England when she and my Dad were there a couple years ago. That book was JANE EYRE LAID BARE by Eve Sinclair, and it had advertisements all over the Tube. Knowing that it was basically just JANE EYRE with added scenes of smut and erotica, I
Marybeth (Manhattan Reader)
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, ebook
So, I just want to start out by saying that I am not a pervert, yet reviewing all this erotica is certainly making me look like one! And I also want to say that Jane Eyre is my favorite classic novel, and I don't read many of those!

I was a little nervous picking this up because Jane Eyre is my favorite novel, but I decided, "What the hell," and from the beginning the differences are more than obvious. The story does an awkward modern/classic type of writing style that instantly confused me. I fo
Maria Mitchell
Oct 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through GoodReads First Reads in the exchange for a review.

It's been many years since I read Bronte's original Jane Eyre. However I look back on the novel as a favorite. I was hoping that this re-telling would feature a more romantic updated version of the classic story. However I was very wrong.

Eve Sinclair seemed to keep some of the original text and stylized older writing but then added in some erotic scenes that many times I found distasteful rather than sexy.
Nov 04, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: first-reads
Dear reader, when a book cannot even decide how the author's name is spelled (Sinclair, and on the back cover, Sinclaire . . . I know it's an ARC, but still), this is not to me a good sign.
I may still push through and try to read more of this, as it is a first reads copy, but so far, it's just really not good. It is far more scandal for the sake of scandal than it is racy or interesting, somehow managing to be both gratuitous in its scenarios without being descriptive of actual action. It's uno
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I am a fan of classic literature. I am also a fan of good erotica. Combining them in this way was an interesting experiment that almost worked. I think Eve Sinclair did a good job of reflecting the writing style of Bronte when she incorporated erotic elements. And a few of the added scenes were hot. But overall the book lost the feel of the original. It didn't fit the character of Jane Eyre for her to be getting herself off on a carriage ride within the first few pages, for example. Obviously, t ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Jane Eyre goes to Thornfield Hall to begin a new life as a governess. She has no idea what is in store for her there. Thornfield Hall holds many secrets, some threaten to be Jane's undoing.

Anytime someone reworks a classic, for any reason, readers should not look at it with the original in mind. I've read many reviews where people tried to compare this to the original and were left wanting...this is not the original.

I struggled with how to rate this book. It took a bit to grab my interest, but
Jul 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Because someone out there feels that we need to mashup the classics either with monsters or sex to make them more exciting, this book happened. I admit to getting 3/4 the way through it (and am still debating if I will finish the last 100 pages) before deciding it is AWFUL. I am not sure what I expected, but this is basically the classic tale of Jane Eyre interspersed with random and uncharacteristic sex/erotic scenes. Maybe because I read so much historical romance that I did not like the class ...more
Oct 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Can't do it. Can't finish this. I love Jane Eyre. It's one of my favorite books and this is just terrible. If I'm skimming at page 15, you know it's not good. I don't understand why classic literature has to be revamped and made erotic. Who's requesting this form of entertainment? Who wants to read this? I couldn't finish it and I can't recommend this to anyone to read either. It's a disgrace and I want the few minutes I wasted on this back. I would implore any author thinking to do this in the ...more
Aug 24, 2013 rated it did not like it

Spoilers galore!!!

Maybe I am too much a romantic, but to me Jane and Rochester shared a love that even miles apart she could hear him call to her. That was a deep love. I thought this book would expand on the deep mystery that Charlotte Bronte only hinted at between Jane Eyre and Rochester.Boy was I wrong.

To have this author make out that Rochester was some submissive to his mad wife and have Jane leave him in the end makes me wonder 'where is the love?' I really cannot think Charlotte Bronte
Aug 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jane-eyre, dnf
I read the first pages of the sample and quickly removed it from my Kindle. What a load of tosh! I'm not opposed to a proper "enhancement" of my favourite book, but this is pure titillation for titillation's sake and way, way out of character. It defiles the original and makes Rochester: A Novel Inspired By Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" look classy by comparison.
Dec 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Didn't even read it, and I'm so annoyed. Thanks for ruining a perfect classic with this bullshit erotica; if you don't have a writing nerve cell in your stupid stupid brain, then go do something else instead of ruining potentially perfect books with a 50 Shades Of Gray trash theme. This is so annoying; ARE YOU SERIOUSLY FAN-FICTIONALIZING A CLASSIC JUST SO YOU'LL HAVE A PUBLISHED BOOK?! Are you high? Are you crazy? What is WRONG with you? Ugh. I'm just so done.
Hermione Laake
This book is worth reading for the ending. The focus is purely the worldly and sinister aspect of Rochester, and arguably, portrays Jane as incredibly maleable, which I am not so sure she really was. However, many of us, I am sure, wondered why Eyre married such a man as Rochester and would like her (our favourite strong-willed female protagonist)to have done something else, which she does in this book.
Michelle Touceda
Jun 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
I love Jane Eyre, apparently Eve Sinclair does not. She took the strength and resolute of Jane Eyre and made her tawdry. And what she does with Bertha, ugh. I was hoping for a combination of "Pride, Prejudice and Zombies" and "50 Shades", this was neither.
Betty Howls
Oct 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
I only red a two chapter preview of the book, I talked about it on the Betty Howls show from September 22 2012.
Yvonne Boag
Mar 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: erotica
I have reluctantly listed this as erotica though I really don't think it qualifies. This book was crap. The things you will pick up in your lunch hour at work...
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
There is about 100 times more erotic charge in the original novel than in the clichéd, silly explicit sex scenes of this pathetic reworking.
Sep 19, 2012 marked it as to-read
Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! Can't wait for it to get here!

Jan 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Disliked this so much that I returned it to Audible and got my credit back - no, I didn't know you could do that either, awesome! It really didn't work at all.
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