Before E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day's Bared to You, there was Anne Rice’s New York Times best seller The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
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. In the first book of the trilogy, Anne Rice (author of Beauty's Kingdom), writing as A.N. Roquelaure, retells the Beauty story and probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him . . . as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience. Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey will indulge in Rice’s deft storytelling and imaginative eroticism, a sure-to-be classic for years to come.
Praise for The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty:
"Articulate, baroque, and fashionably pornographic." —Playboy
"Something very special . . . at once so light and yet so haunting." —The Advocate
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Clamping of sleeping beauty
This was WILD! I gotta say, its not for everyone but it is a VERY good book. I don't think I have read another book that has had me so enthralled. GREAT READ!!!!!!!
Claiming of beauty
The book is a relentlessly delicious read. 50 Shades of Grey cannot even hold a snuffed candle to this book.
This book has captured my attention from the very first page. It seems a harsh life for a beautiful princess but in a strange erotic way, there is a strong sense of pleasure to be derived from punishments. I am hooked on the series and will be reading frantically to find out the trials and tribulations of Princess Beauty! I am rooting for Beauty to overcome all of it and have all the wisdom learned as she goes back to claim her title of "Princess".
Thank you for the wonderful stories of this series, Ms Anne Rice!