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
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!!
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.
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 am just not a fan of this type of erotic book
The performance was not bad
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).
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.
Let me start by saying, I LOVE SEX!!!!!!! but this was just so repetitive and constant that I had no time to look forward to the next encounter, It was just about every few lines, someone doing something to someone or something else. Got old quick! No anticipation at all going on.
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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