From best-selling author Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquleaure, in the traditional folktale of "Sleeping Beauty", the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. Now Anne Rice's retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the prince reawakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the 100 years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him…as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience.
©1983 A. N. Roquelaure (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
Do not go into this book thinking it is anything like 50 Shades of Grey. It's a book that focuses more on the sadistic side of BDSM then the pleasure or sexual nature of it. Example would be describing in detail whipping and flogging, followed up with "they had rough sex".
Also, be aware there is not a whole lot of character development. The book seems to have a very specific goal of conveying events, rather then making you feel for any specific character.
Once you let go of any predetermined pretenses, it is a good story and I would recommend it. Have an open mind though or you will be disappointed.
This book was absolutely amazing but I am so happy that I had previously completed the paperback of this. The narrator does not bring the book to life. If I had not previously read this book I would not want to listen to the other books in this series.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
I don't think it's badly written. In fact if you enjoy this sort of book I'd say it's the best I've heard. Unfortunately for me, I was anxious all through the book wanting Beauty to clobber everyone over the head and leave the castle. I enjoy BDSM books. I just don't enjoy one that is constant degradation. Beauty is awakened by her Prince, taken to his castle, and basically misused by everyone. I guess I'm too set in my ways but I would prefer a story of Beauty and her Prince with true love, some BDSM, with just the two of them. If you enjoy a book full of constant spankings, games, degradation, and lots of other princes and princesses that are slaves just like Beauty, then you'll like this one. I just didn't enjoy this one. I always listen to the entire book to give a fair review and this one gave me a headache. But it did provoke me, LOL, I wanted to clobber everyone!!
I loved the rawness of this book and the entire trilogy!
I have nothing to compare this to thus far, although I have heard it may be able to hold rank along side 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade ~
I was intrigued - albeit a bit wide eyed and saying gross here and there...
This trilogy has set the bar so high for me that I fear I may never find another book to listen to that holds the same girth. I sigh a lot at this seemingly large fact.
Anne Rice is intriguing in her genre of titillating lit -- this started out strong, but when Prince got home to Mommy he suddenly lost his mojo? The rest of the tale lacked juice.
Possibly -- I've tried others, they have some appeal, but are unnecessarily lengthy and bogged down.
No. Too long.
although my childhood has been altered, I really enjoyed this story. the plot was captivating. and beauty's story was giving a whole new erotic perspective that was both arousing and addictive.
I have always enjoyed learning. Opening a book is like opening a door to a new world nearly every time. So much to know and so little time.
Definitely a perspective book. I do recommend. I suggest reading it with your partner. It will make the book more fun.
Honestly, I struggled to finish this. As a huge fan of Anne Rice, I'm disappointed. This book was unbearably repetitive, and gross at times. While I do like a bit of rough erotica, the spanking was excessive. I felt like I was hearing of it every other sentence. That, and the idea of shoes or flies near anyone's genitals made me cringe. The idea was there, the concept could have gone a long way, but I'm not going to be finishing this trilogy.
It was, ok. It didn't manage to keep my attention for long periods of time because it became monotonous at points. Most likely will not continue with the series. Not sure as yet.
The narrative is incredibly important to the atmosphere of the story
It was totally uncompromising and at times uncomfortable
The depth of her voice expressing emotions
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