Author: A.N. Roquelaure (pseudonym), Anne Rice
Series: Sleeping Beauty #1
Date Published: May 1, 1999 (first published 1983)
Publisher: New Amer Library Trade
Genre: Adult Fiction, Erotica
From bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquleaure. 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. Now Anne Rice's retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince reawakens 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.
While I'm personally a conservative type of girl, when it comes to the fictional world my virtues go amiss. Still, I prefer it when the heroine is a virgin until she loses it with the novel's male protagonist and will only have sex with him for the rest of the book (or series). I would never like it when the heroine is used up by somebody else. But only in this book did I greatly appreciate that the heroine never stayed physically loyal with her guy, by this I mean Beauty with the Crown Prince. In fact, I'd rather have her be brutally and viciously used by lots of guys, with the other princes.
There's no better way in reading a BDSM book than to read from the materials of the Queen herself, Anne Rice. Any writer can write about BDSM, but no one can topple off Anne Rice's writing of the topic.