This is book two in Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Series. I found this book significantly more enjoyable than the first. I believe that that is because in the first book “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty” Beauty is fighting what is happening to her. And who wouldn’t? Oh I should note that, if you are not familiar, these are erotica books. I know that even on the newly published Beauty Series books it says that these books are like 50 Shades. They are not. These books are no excuses literary porn. There is no crazy twisted love story. No one out to save the poor Damsel in Distress. This is more like what my kids say all the time “You get what you get and you don’t get upset.”. LoL It pisses me off when they say that but for this series it is so appropriate.
The reason I enjoyed this book more than the first one is because Beauty enjoyed it more. If that makes any sense. I didn’t feel like she needed to be sticking up for herself or fighting back. She accepted what was happening to her almost like she was in a drunken haze. Like she really was the prized possession of “The Captain”. It was total abandon. To just go with the flow like that, to just let yourself enjoy these unspeakable, yet pleasurable moments. That in itself is pure ecstasy.
The book starts with a cart ride to the dreaded Village. Everything in the last book as well as the beginning of this one made it sound like the village is a horrible place where the most horrific things will happen to you. In fact, the village seemed to make more sense than the castle. In the village to be treated like this was so common that it was easy to not find fault with it. It was just the way of life. To the point where you would actually feel bad for the people who weren’t slaves. How did they get their enjoyment? They had to pay for it and only received it on occasion. While the slaves were in a constant state of … (pleasure?). Also in the village it was not uncommon for the “Masters” to relieve their captures torment. Or allow someone, or something else to do it for them. At the castle there was no release only constant torment. I can imagine that most of the slaves preferred the village to the castle once there.
I was so enthralled with the Beauty story that I actually got upset when they switched it over to Tristan’s point of view. Who took a little bit longer to find comfort in his new life.
On Tristan; I would love it if he would grow a pair. The crying has to stop. And falling in love with his “captor”. Please. That seemed a little ridiculous to me. I love that Beauty comes out as the stronger character, but I was really expecting Tristan to what? Fight more? Understand that he was being used? Ah, I guess it is perfect the way that it is written. 🙂 There were other things in the Place of Public Punishment that I was sad to find that they were not forced to do. I can’t believe I have changed my mind about this book so much. But it seemed less like torture and more like they actually enjoyed everything. Making it much more enjoyable to read.
At the end of the book the story takes yet another turn. One for the better? I don’t know this one was quit enthralling. But we are now thrown into an even more mysterious land where it seems anything can happen. Where Anne seems to get even more daring with her veracious appetite.
I find myself drawn to the book store to buy book three. Unfortunately that will have to wait a little. My sister is on a mission to prove to me that there were books like 50 shades before 50 shades. So on to the next one that she has given me. I’ll share my findings of that book.