Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)

As a rule, I am NOT an Anne Rice fan. Chastise me if you wish, but I could never really get into her books. She’s not a BAD writer, I was just never a fan.

So, in being a non-fan of Anne Rice, I had never heard of The Erotic Adventures of Sleeping Beauty Series until a friend of mine mentioned itto me. I forget how the topic came about, but as soon as she gave me a brief low down of what these books are about, I HAD. TO. HAVE. THEM. I am a sucker for erotic stories. Romance novels, I hate. But, give me a dirty, sexy, erotic novel, and I’m golden.

Immediately, I started hunting down these books. I was able to buy a copy of the first in the series, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, off of eBay for a damn good price, as I was nearly broke at the time. As soon as my grubby little paws touched this book, I sucked it down. It took me 3 days to read it, which is above average for me.

In all honesty, it was a good, borderline great book. The eroticism inside was more than enough to satiate me, but there were concepts I didn’t quite agree with. I understood Rice’s point enough, I just didn’t think the point made sense.

Personally, I feel there is a very thin line between sexy and horrible when it comes to S&M, and there are times when this book has a foot on the wrong side of the line. I blame this on the fact that I am such a pansy girl sometimes. (It happens to the best of us, shush.)

There are times the story has you ping-ponging back and forth, rooting for different characters. Sometimes you want to weep for Beauty, and hate the Prince. Other times, you want to slap Beauty upside the head, and hope she comes to her senses. While this would frustrate some people, it’s part of what kept me reading. And, in giving credit where it was due, the ending was not what I expected. I love when an author can do this to me!

I would definitely recommend this book to Anne Rice fans, twisted fairy tale fans, and erotic story fans. No vampires though, which wasn’t as disappointing as I thought it would be. Overall, I will definitely pick up the other 2 books in the series (Beauty’s Punishment, and Beauty’s Release) and give them a read.

So, congratulations, Anne Rice. You finally got me to read one of your books all the way through.

Click here to pick up your copy of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)

I’ll shut up now.


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