The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty: a BDSM Erotica Review

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty BDSM Erotica

Before E.L. James brought bondage into the public eye in a major way with Fifty Shades, other authors released stories more quietly but with no less of a big stick. Anne Rice was one of those, though at the time she released under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure.

There’s more of a difference between this book and Fifty Shades than how they were published. Though both are about couples engaging in bondage and domination, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty is not a work of erotic romance. In a later post, I’ll review a steamy romance along these lines just so you can see the difference the genre makes. For now, read my review of a BDSM Erotica classic.

The Good

This book is truly a twisted fairy tale for adults only. Within its pages, a chaste little kiss isn’t enough to wake Beauty. The word “Claiming” in the title is more than a hint. But it’s after the princess is awake that the real story begins. The enchantment isn’t just about sleep in this naughty retelling.

This is the Prince of what’s basically the¬†Kingdom of Kinky Sex. His mother’s been dominating children from royal families for decades as an exercise in humility.¬†The Prince demands Beauty as his own. It’s surprising at first when her father the King just lets him take his daughter but it turns out he’s got intimate knowledge of what goes on there and this is an offer he can’t refuse.

While this book is nothing like any of Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, her talent as an author shows here. The prose flows like warm honey and is crafted to showcase all of the explicit scenes in the sexiest manner possible.

The Bad

Everyone is charmed by Beauty’s booty. Boy howdy, if you aren’t into spankings and backdoor play then maybe you want to skip this one. It doesn’t bother me, not much does. However, It’s worth mentioning that if you like other stuff, it’s sparse in comparison.

This isn’t to say that there’s something inherently wrong with The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, just to inform you that much of the erotic focus has a rear view. The accuracy of BDSM portrayal more than makes up for this, in my opinion.

The Naughty

We get right to the action at the start of the first chapter. Roquelaure doesn’t waste time. The prince who spirits her away is the first of many sexual partners Beauty encounters and her adventures at the castle are only the beginning of a trilogy which has recently expanded into a quartet.

This book and the supsequent installments truly explores the power dynamic in BDSM. It doesn’t gloss over anything and Beauty, who is new to this, gets punished frequently. She’s not alone, however. Through her eyes we see a number of other characters engage in a variety of explicit acts and encounters.

Heat: 5

Characters: 3

Plot: 4

You can find The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty here or by clicking the image at the top of the post.

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Sadie

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Author: Sadie Saxon

Sadie reads and reviews steamy and erotic romance and erotica. She's posting her reviews here and categorizing the books with tags so they're easy to find.

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