When Sadie sees her brother Irving nervously shifting about on her front lawn, she knows that something's wrong. Goldie, their eldest sister, has vanished without a trace, leaving everyone stunned. What begins as a family mystery becomes something deeper still: a dazzling portrait of the Cohen family and a moving story of American small-city life, spanning the years from 1929 to the late 1940s.
Melody is a workaholic. She's young and successful- and lonely. It seemed like every time she found a man, work called and got in the way. That is until one night. She decided to try online dating but found that even though the medium in which she met men had changed, the end result was the same: loneliness. Then she found Derek, a man that seemed to deliver the kind of sin she was looking for. His specialty was bondage, hot, sexy bondage.
Recent college graduate Olivia Miles just wanted a normal 9-5 job, something that could lead to a career. Little did she know that she was about to get a lot more than she bargained for. The 22-year-old's first day started with her stuck in traffic, going nowhere fast. By the time the day ended she was completely wrapped up in the secret, sexy world of Paul Hart: a handsome CEO with a net worth and a sexual craving higher than Olivia could have ever imagined.
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.