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.
Using books to teleport.
I saw other reviews that have said the same thing - that this book gets repetitive. I chose to ignore those reviews only to find that they were spot on. This book starts off exciting, but eventually loses momentum. This book is good for people who want to hear about other people being "spanked", humiliated and lightly tortured every five seconds with little to no progression in any area (basically it doesn't lead to anything).
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 love Anne Rice and I couldn't wait to read this but it is not what I expected at all. Rape, pedophelia, degradation - none of these things turn me on. On top of that the writing is really not that good and the female narrator was horrible, if Corbin Steele reads any of it, I wouldn't know, I couldn't get that far. It was angering, boring repetative and annoying all at the same time I couldnt finish it and returned it. Sorry Ann - so not my cup of tea.
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.
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 really can't say this book was erotica as much as it was just cruel. it was not two consenting adults in a mutual agreement but punish punish punish
I am just not a fan of this type of erotic book
The performance was not bad
Boring, repetitive and not erotic at all
It is a fantasy, this author's fantasy. I think she has every right to write a book as she wants to.
However, I could stand this doormat Beauty and full of himself Prince. No more Anna Rice for me.
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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