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

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No Grey, Just Sex

While this book is occasionally boring or odd, the majority of this book is a sexy fairy tale. The only break you'll want from this book is when you find yourself needing both hands.
Better writing quality than most erotica, some really great scenes
Some really bad scenes (it's a book meant to be flipped through), a bit long-winded at times.
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extremely useful review

About author

This book was written by none other than the famous Anne Rice who first published the book under the pseudonym A.N. Rocquilere. This was her first step into outright erotica, though you'd never know it from the skill and mastery she presents on every page. For those who aren't fans of the recent rise in popularity of vampires, they need have no worry. Here, Rice abandons her usual vampire themes and instead offers an original take on a classical tale. While she may have left the vampires at home, Rice still manages to bring her unique and effective writing style to this erotic trope.
    • Engaging
    • Expert author
    • Well known author

Content / Style / Audience

In this novel, Rice takes the classic story of Sleeping Beauty and sets it in an erotic foreground. Rather than waking up from a kiss, she is awakened through penetration from a handsome prince. As a reward for his heroic saving of the kingdom, Beauty is taken as a "slave" by the Prince to his own kingdom.

The first way in which I believe this book is superior to something like 50 Shades of Grey is that it has a much more accurate view of sadomasochistic relationships. In this novel, there are clear boundaries and limitations. It is explained early in the novel that the "slaves" cannot experience any real harm; nothing that is done to them can be permanent or draw blood. They are also only kept for a certain amount of time before being released back to their homes. Because of that, I think the novel will appeal more to people who are into sadomasochism.

As Beauty is taken to this kingdom, she is introduced to all sorts of sexual activities and fetishes.
    • Bdsm
    • Erotica
    • Fiction


The cover of the novel that is pictured on the site is not the cover of the book that I received. I received a reprint of the novel that has been given an updated cover. I think it's actually an improvement. Rather than featuring a topless woman, the cover now simply features white sheets with a black background. The most illicit thing about the cover is the pink lettering of "50 Shades of Grey."

Personal comments

I absolutely love this novel and can't wait to devour the next 2 in the series. Where Rice excels is that she manages to balance really erotic scenes with just enough plot to keep you wanting to read on.
Follow-up commentary
This is still one of my favorite go-to erotic novels. While I don't read for the plot, there are some great scenes that I have marked. It's still a great example of bdsm and it never fails to get me going.
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  • curiousnwilling
    Thanks for the review! I might just skip this one and go straight to the second one.
  • yummyinmytummy
    Oooh lala. Maybe I should get you the third one!
  • yargle
    Tehe, thanks for the heads up yummy
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