Beauty's Release - erotic fiction by Plume Books - review by Kitka

Too bad, I wanted to read more!

This series of books by Anne Rice was attention grasping and entertaining for me to read. I loved all three books and kind of wish there were more. Alas, all good things must come to an end.
Bdsm themed, erotica, well written
Less sexually stimulating than the first two books, my copy is a soft cover.
Rating by reviewer:
somewhat useful review

About author

Anne Rice is one of my favorite authors. After success with The Interview With the Vampire in 1976, Anne wrote two more books, The Feast Of All Saints in 1979 and Cry to Heaven in 1982. Neither of them did very well critically speaking.

In the 1980s many feminists denounced pornography as violations of women's rights, but Anne Rice firmly believed that women should have the freedom to read and write whatever they pleased, and considered the trilogy her political statement.

This book was published by E.P. Dutton/Plume June of 1985.
    • Engaging
    • Well known author

Content / Style / Audience

Beauty's Release begins with Beauty and four other slaves, who had been captured by bandits, arriving in a faraway land of a seductive Sultan. Here they are to be objectified, nothing but beautiful things to be used by their masters and to entertain guests. They are not to be considered human or even rational, only petted and tolerated as silent animals.

After arriving the slaves begin their service to these strange people, being spanked of course and humiliated in ways new to them. It all comes to an abrupt end when a rescue effort successfully captures the slaves back and returns them to the Queen's kingdom where they are reunited with their former lives. Here's an excerpt I liked from the book, Chapter 22, page 199:

"Beauty, properly gowned and bejeweled, walked back and forth across the room, eating an apple, only now and then tossing her long sleek mane of blond hair over her shoulder and glancing at the robust and splendidly dressed young Prince who had come to her father's dreary castle to court her.
Such an innocent face.
In a low, fervent voice he spoke the predictable words---that he adored Beauty, would be most happy to make her his Queen, that their families would be overjoyed at the union.
A half hour ago Beauty had interrupted the nauseating diatribe to ask if he had ever heard of the strange pleasure customs of Queen Eleanor's kingdom.
He had stared at her with wide eyes.
'No, My Lady,' he had said.
'Pity,' she had whispered with an acidic smile."

This book was written just as well as the other two in the trilogy, but was less sexually stimulating in my opinion. The abruptness of the rescue mission may have something to do with that, but I'm glad I read this last installment all the same.
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    • Couples
    • Everyone
    • Solo
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    • Anywhere
    • In bed
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    • Bdsm
    • Erotica
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The paperback cover of this book is quite lovely to look at with it's beautiful erotic art. It's tastefully depicted so as not to be confused with pornographic pictures. The pages within are a lightweight paper and printed on with nice black ink.

My copy of this book is a little beat up because I read it and then my husband also read it. He seems to be a bit rougher on books, but it's still in decent shape for being so battered.

After the dedication page comes the Contents list which very clearly lays out all the chapters of the book so you can refer back to them easily. There are 238 pages in all so this book won't take too long a time to read for most people, making it enjoyable instead of tiresome.
    • Small size
    • Soft cover

Personal comments

I enjoyed this last installment in the Sleeping Beauty trilogy almost as much as the other two and would recommend it to anyone who likes reading erotica or bdsm-themed kinds of stories.
Follow-up commentary
I still like this book even though I felt the ending is sort of abrupt. I've read it twice now and would read it again and again.
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  • leatherlover
    Thanks for the review. Maybe a few more details about the book would be great. Was it easy to read, how long was it, and just a few of the scenes or chapters that really caught your attention.
  • Kitka
    Thanks for the advice, I'll remember that for next time.
  • The Mother of a SiNner
    more detail deff would be better but great review
  • Ansley
    Having personally read the entire series, there is so much more to cover in the review; a simple paragraph doesn't really tell me much more than I could find out in the product description.

    If you're interested, there are a ton of really helpful mentors available. Or you could read some of the other book reviews that have been done by the Naked Reader book club.
  • Kitka
    Okay, thanks for the advice.
  • Angelica
    I second the recommendation to seek a mentor for writing books. It is difficult, which is why I haven't tackled it yet. Good luck.
  • Angelica
    Err reviews on books. Missed a word
  • Kitka
    Thanks, I'll be fixing this and my other reviews.
  • wetone123
    Ya, books and DVDs seem difficult for me to write reviews on as well. I have this trilogy and love it. It will one day be something I'll try to tackle. Look into that mentor program and don't give up hun!
  • leatherlover
    Excellent revision for this review. Good job.
  • Kitka
    Thank you @leatherlover
  • redhead1977
    these books were my introduction to anne rice when i was a teenager. ha! thanks for writing the review.
  • Mihoshi4301
    Thanks for the review.
  • mandaj
    great review!!
  • Kitka
    You're welcome redhead1977 and Mihoshi4301!

    Thanks for reading mandaj
  • faust
    nice review
  • Kitka
    Thank you!
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