The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty - book by Audioworks - review by NarcissisticLust

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Anne Rice, the new Wilhelm Grimm.

As a submissive, I really enjoyed this book and highly suggest it to anyone that finds kink appealing. It includes many different BDSM situations from both a male and female submissive perspective and not all relationships in this book are heterosexual. In addition, this book is well written and, unlike other erotic fiction, maintains a plot without deviating from eroticism.
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Pros:
Wide variety of BDSM play, presents both a male and female submissive perspective
Cons:
Only provides the slave's perspective, Beauty's personality is stagnant and at times annoying.
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review
Anne Rice has transformed a traditional fairytale into an eerie and somewhat whimsical erotic novel. This story begins with a powerful prince awakening Sleeping Beauty and returning the sleeping kingdom to life. In return for waking his kingdom, The King gives The Prince his daughter, Beauty, as gratitude. Beauty's service as The Prince's new slave begins as she leaves her former home naked and is shared with each village on the walk back to her new Prince's home. This book is an outstanding choice for any reader who enjoys public disgrace, consensual non-consensual rape, some pony play, sharing humans as possessions, bondage, and a healthy spanking all delivered from the perspective of two sex slaves serving royalty.

The author does an excellent job of immediately developing each character and a hierarchy of roles in the castle. There are multiple relationships, both sexual and non-sexual, within this book each with a different dynamic and purpose. Not only do I appreciate how intertwined and intimate each person is within this book, but also not all relationships are heterosexual. A duke in the castle is in love with one of his male slaves, Lady Juliana and The Queen both frequently share Beauty, and many of the male slaves are serviced by male squires. Although I love the different roles and personalities in this book, more often than not I was annoyed by everything Beauty said or did.

While Beauty's treatment by the royalty in the castle planted the seeds for one of my strongest fantasies, her personality was overwhelmingly annoying and static throughout the book. When The Prince or The Queen spoke to her, regardless of what they said or did, she either whimpered, pined for The Prince, or cried. Yes, it is attractive when slaves cry. No, it is not sexy when all a person does is cry. Beauty spends nearly an entire chapter crying. She is being tenderly examined and spoken to by The Queen, and Beauty just cries. Thankfully, none of the other characters in this book have agitating fatal flaws and are, in contrast, interesting and have more depth than most characters in an erotic novels.

Overall this is an excellent book that will appeal to a wide variety of people interested in kink. Aside from Beauty's constant whimpering, I only disliked two other aspects of this book. The first problem I have with this book is a personal preference that may be highly arousing to others. In the beginning chapters, The Prince and other soldiers or townspeople rape Beauty and the scenes were too detailed and real for me to appreciate sexually. However, this is erotic fiction and my dislike of these scenes is just a personal issue. Second, I would have liked the perspective of a dominant in this book. Although I really love that Anne Rice narrates this story through the eyes of both a male and female slave, reading about the pleasure a dominant receives from their slaves.
Experience
While I appreciate a wide variety of kink, this book concentrated on public disgrace and spankings- two activities I am quite fond of. My favorite public disgrace scene in this book planted the seeds to one of my favorite fantasies. After The Prince returned to the castle with Beauty, she was prepared and brought out for a celebration feast in the great hall. She was tied naked on all fours to a table as decoration and all the guests were instructed to adore and touch her however they pleased. There are also different spanking scenes throughout the book. Some as punishment and others playful. Although this book concentrates on degradation and owning other humans, everything is done with a tenderness one expects in a BDSM relationship. I am very happy this is only book one in a trilogy, I will be reading the others and have high expectations.
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  • Beck
    Beck  
    Great review.
  • Rossie
    Rossie  
    Nice review, thank you for sharing! Seems to be quite an interesting read.
  • Curiouscat
    Curiouscat  
    Amazing review! I really want to read this now!! I love Anne Rices books- but I havent read an erotic one like this before. I would love this kind of story! I think we may be interested in alot of the same things, you and I. If you know of other amazing books like this one- even with a male lead send me a list! I can tell you a few good one's to!
    Love the review, can't wait to hear more from you!
  • SJ88
    SJ88  
    great review!
  • Missy May
    Missy May  
    I am so getting this for my kindle as soon as the husband gives the go ahead. I hope that's soon...
  • geliebt
    geliebt  
    Lovely review!
  • Marcianpro
    Marcianpro  
    Cool review
  • SexyStuff
    SexyStuff  
    Thanks!
  • Aydios
    Aydios  
    excellent review
  • Ganconagh
    Ganconagh  
    great review
  • Undecided
    Undecided  
    Thanks so much for the review
  • tami
    tami  
    thanks for the review
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