REVIEW: Beauty’s Release (Sleeping Beauty #3) by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)

Rating: N/A, Genre: Erotica, Pages: 256, Level: Intermediate

Book Description from Barnes & Noble:

“The final book in Anne Rice’s erotic Sleeping Beauty series

Before E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, there was Anne Rice’s provocative take on the timeless fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty. “ In the final volume of Anne Rice’s deliciously tantalizing erotic trilogy, Beauty’s adventures on the dark side of sexuality make her the bound captive of an Eastern Sultan and a prisoner in the exotic confines of the harem. As this voluptuous adult fairy tale moves toward conclusion, all Beauty’s encounters with the myriad variations of sexual fantasy are presented in a sensuous, rich prose that intensifies this exquisite rendition of Love’s secret world, and makes the Beauty series and incomparable study of erotica. In it, Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, makes the forbidden side of passion a doorway into the hidden regions of the psyche and the heart.”

WARNING: THIS IS NOT A BOOK FOR CHILDREN OR EVEN YOUNG ADULTS. IF YOU ARE 18 OR YOUNGER, STOP READING THIS REVIEW RIGHT NOW!

Sleeping Beauty, Tristan, Laurent and three other slaves have been kidnapped and taken to a Sultan in the east. There they find a different form of slavery and discover a whole new world of exotic people and indulgences. But Beauty’s release is imminent and she must eventually return to her castle and marry. How will she adjust? Who would satisfy her?

This is the third and final installment of A.N. Roquelaure’s Sleeping Beauty erotica series. Again I want to mention right off that while many compare this series to the Fifty Shades series, and that is even printed on some of the newly released print books, it absolutely is not comparable. The submissives in the Fifty Shades series are there voluntarily and sign a contract. Beauty and the other slaves are not necessarily there voluntarily but come to believe it is what they truly wanted and the dominants helped them arrive at that realization through rape and sexual torture. And when I say rape, I am talking about the kind of rape that many would not have even considered. The Sleeping Beauty series is a more soft core version of the Marquis de Sade’s works, if such a thing exists. If you don’t know what that means, you should probably pass this series by.

After reading the first two books in this series, you may have convinced yourself that surely, Anne Rice (Roquelaure’s real name) could not possibly come up with any more bizarre sexual situations. You would be absolutely wrong. I am not going to get into the details here, but I assure you, Rice’s imagination seems endless. In spite of that, Rice’s spanking/ whipping fetish does continue, so you have that going for you.

And while in the first two books, it seems that the slaves fall in love with whomever spanks them the hardest, a final love story does emerge in Beauty’s Release. Yay. That’s sacrasm by the way because obviously it is a warped love story. But hey, whatever floats your boat, right?

As I mentioned in reviews of the previous books, there is a good storyline in this series. In addition, the books provide a great many topics for discussion. But I am not kidding- this is some weirdo stuff and if you don’t enjoy reading about weirdo, sexual situations, do not pick up this series. As with the others, I will neither rate nor recommend this book. And finally, I want to leave you with this reminder:

THIS IS NOTHING LIKE FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY!

Reviewed by Christina

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