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Sleeping Beauty Box Set (Sleeping Beauty #1-3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,344 Ratings  ·  296 Reviews
Celebrate the daring gifts of Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure, with this beautifully repackaged boxed set of the three erotic novels in her acclaimed Sleeping Beauty trilogy.
Paperback, Book Club edition, 724 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Plume (first published 1983)
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Vanessa G.
Nov 02, 2007 Vanessa G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ah, anne rice's beauty series.

i was fourteen when i asked for this series for christmas. my family knew i loved to read and the only description i gave of the books was that they were just another anne rice goth trilogy. luckily, the box set i unwrapped christmas morning was still sealed in shrinkwrap. I think they would have had a heart attack if they knew they had bought their little catholic school girl bookworm a complete box set of graphic S&M erotica. oh! it was the best christmas eve
Susan (the other Susan)
Pardon me, but even in porn I want to like, or identify with, at least one character. I went into this expecting a sexy version of a fairytale that, let's face it, has always begged to be presented in an X-rated version. (Awakened with a kiss, or...? ) How disappointing. The opening showed promise - he scales the castle wall and finds the cursed princess in her bower, powerless to stop him from doing Whatever - but it quickly became clear that neither the prince or his newly claimed princess-sla ...more
Tousled Elegance
Feb 21, 2013 Tousled Elegance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of erotica/erotic fiction, anyone interested in fetishes or bdsm
Recommended to Tousled Elegance by: StephTheGeek
I love dirty books! ;) I thought the Happy Hooker books were pretty naughty, but these 3 are some of the dirtiest I've ever read. I'd say it is a 'must read' for anyone interested in bdsm. (Note: 50 Shades Of Grey is tame in comparison!) Kink aside, it is actually kind of a romantic tale. I definitely got turned on, which is great, but I also felt like I just had to know what happened to Beauty and her, erm, associates next, which is even better! I usually don't read a book more than once, but I ...more
Agent 99
Jul 16, 2010 Agent 99 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica, bdsm, m-m, own-pb
This is pure erotica. Not a romance. There is a lot of BDSM, servitude, Punishment, f/m, m/m, f/f, and multiple partners in various forms. Not for the faint of heart.
Delicious Strawberry
Oct 27, 2012 Delicious Strawberry rated it did not like it
Shelves: anne-rice, erotica
There are so many things wrong with this book, right from page one. I have read and enjoyed Ms. Rice's other works (including Exit to Eden and Belinda) and was very excited to read this trilogy. I understood that it would be more risque than her other books, including Exit to Eden but I was cool with that. However, I was dismayed to find that this was a book about contrived and unneccessary punishment with a ridiculous premise.

Beauty's parents let her go with a prince when they knew she was goin
May 23, 2010 Bookwatcher rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Over 18
Shelves: erotica, bdsm
I read it so long ago .
Well… If you are over 18 and want to know how a erotic novel must be you MUST start with this one. I was so incredible (my personal experience) read about so many (stupid) taboos that I couldn’t stop. She is marvelous… great book. Enjoy (really, I mean, enjoy in all senses ) the reading.
Mar 09, 2013 Mickey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Anne Rice, but half way into book one, I was tired of all the spanking. I read the whole series because I cannot start reading books and put them down. I have to finish. And it was a chore. Not hot. Unless your fetish is spanking. Mine's not. Don't get me wrong. I was not offended or disgusted. I was bored.
Ashley Williams
Jun 09, 2012 Ashley Williams rated it liked it
These books were recommended to me, as research for the book I am writing. I was told that it would help me understand what total submission meant. And that it delivered. Anne Rice put such a twist on this fairy tale, that it is hard to look at my nieces Sleeping Beauty dolls.

The story is perverse “Hunger Games” of sorts. Princes and Princesses are sent as tributes to serve as sex slaves to the Crowned Queen, in order to maintain an alliance.

The first book Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, followed
Jun 05, 2013 Caramel rated it did not like it
First, I took this book by mistake.. Its not what i normally read, And I wish I could undo that mistake,, I was barely 16 when I read it.. And it was too much for me,, sex, sex,sex and more sex.. And twisted sex.. I was horrified, with all respect I think this book is mentally, psychologically, twisted,, there's no romance, there is almost no feelings to it whatsoever. I would no why it was banned, it is waaaay bad. It was almost as if I lost my virginity reading it ! To me no sane person would ...more
Bella Swann
Feb 26, 2014 Bella Swann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
Sizzling hot series!

The first time I read this collection by Anne Rice was many, many years ago and it absolutely blew me away. I loved how creative and imaginative the stories were as well as unbelievably rough, raunchy, and sizzling hot. They definitely inspired me years later when I started to write my own erotica. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty is still one of my favourite erotic novels even years later.
Carolyn Bunkley
This set was a gift from someone who just didn't know any better. I read most of the first one; it was awful. I find it very difficult to just throw a book in the trash, preferring to give them to someone who'd appreciate them. I don't know anyone I could have inflicted this drek on. These books are among the very few I as all too happy to just trash. Ick.
Amber Adamchuk
Mar 29, 2011 Amber Adamchuk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this set years ago and yet even today it sends chills and awakens my private area's. Not meant for the young. Not meant for the prude. Well written. I love this set and could read it over and over.
Janis Delos
Jun 10, 2013 Janis Delos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Anne Rice. But I ABSOLUTELY HATE this series! It is degrading and disturbing but I read it all because I thought it'll be better, but, oh boy. I wasted a very long time over this books.
Jul 29, 2010 DC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-audiobook
This book is a good read (note: erotica) for those who are into BDSM. This rather peculiar twist of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale is quite interesting-- I can still quite remember the singular scenes of the oriental palace. What's most curious is that just like any fairytale, this one ends in a happy ending-- one wherein a pretty princess gets a sexually-fulfilled happily ever after.
Mar 25, 2014 Shari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! The same things were repeated page after page. It was so boring and predictable. After the second book I had enough. I started the third but it was just absolutely some of the craziest writing I've ever read. I couldn't take anymore. Will not waste my time on anymore books like this.
Read 28%, DNF.

I love erotica. I love stories that contain BDSM. I can even handle -and like- stories with ambiguous consent, but utter degradation for the sole purpose breaking of someone I have a tough time with.
Aug 13, 2009 Audrey rated it it was amazing
Sexy and erotic and all about S & M. Gay men sex, heterosexual sex, lesbian sex. This series is all about sex.
Angelina Cavarretta
I started reading these after 50 Shades of Grey. All I can say is that these books would make Christian Grey cry.
May 04, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
twisted version of sleeping beauty. very errotic
May 18, 2009 1marcus rated it it was amazing
Banned books! What is the cause for banning books? The top reason for banning books are sex, violence, drugs, and religion. Banning books doesn’t help student, it takes away from their learning or take away what they enjoy doing on their free time which is to read. Age plays a major roll that can stoop the banning of books. Violence is more then what people think it is. Sex plays a major roll in life too. I don’t think books should be banned

First age. Instead of banning books they can put in a
Kayla Lords
Jun 06, 2013 Kayla Lords rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have wanted to read this series for years, but since I could never find it in the library (the joys of living in an ultra conservative area), I never had the chance until recently.

The style was a bit simplistic, until I realized that it was an adaptation of a fairy tale - essentially a children's story - and then I found the style quite appropriate. There were no judgments or opinions given on the topic of slaves or submission, and each character found their own way in the world of full submis
Mar 26, 2015 Shannon rated it did not like it
Started reading & stopped reading the same day. I'm all about reading erotica & I'm not really bothered by bdsm but this is crap. The "Prince" has Beauty crawling on all fours, naked in front of the town, & makes her eat from the floor. Hell no.
Aug 11, 2013 Panagiota rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extravagant, tantalizing read full of over-the-top sexual scenes of the most hardcore persuasion, but also full of a very honest and remarkably insightful study in mentality for the protagonists involved, that I found utterly interesting and well-shaped. The whole trilogy leans by far on the hyperbole, but I took this from the beginning as intentional and didn't mind a bit. The setting also seemed deliberately dreamy and fairy-tale like in all three books and that just added to the dramatic c ...more
Oct 31, 2007 Adam rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults Only
Shelves: annerice
I have finished book one, "The Claiming of Beauty", in 2 days. I just couldn't put it down. I have never read anything like this trillogy, and probably never will again. It's labled as "literary erocita", but is bassically all the most horrible sexual situations you can think of.

I'm about half way through book 2, and at first I thought that Beauty was being used aginst her will, but now I am not so sure. She's more than willing to please, while trying to tell herself she is rebellious. If you wa
Apr 11, 2011 Debra rated it liked it
WARNING FOLKS: This is ADULT BDSM SEXUAL fantasy and could be shocking to those not familiar with the genre or lifestyle. It's not the best writing in the world, either. Only pick this series up if you are looking for some unique BDSM smut! Anne Rice fans beware... this is not her usual fare!

It'd be a interesting project for someone (not me) to note exactly how many times Beauty gets spanked in this and the rest of the series! And she's not the only one! Naughty, naughty, naughty... whack, whac
Oct 26, 2009 Leah rated it liked it
these naughty little books are an interesting read. They are erotica, so know that if you choose to read them- Anne Rice certainly had a dirty little mind at one point- for which I think she's trying to atone, now that she's re-embraced her Catholic faith and started writing about Jesus... These books are the kind that I don't mind that my sister's read them (which she has) but I would die if I knew my mother read them (which I'm praying she hasn't!!!)
** I read these as separate editions, probab
Elisha Brazeale
Aug 06, 2014 Elisha Brazeale rated it it was amazing
A rapturous bondage by a mysterious writer, decades before 'Fifty Shades'. Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure could only have been overlooked because she was WAY ahead of her time. That's okay, these tomes are as timeless as, well, Sleeping Beauty.
Think fifty shades... but for adults. If you think 'Anna' actually felt some semblance of sexual awakening; meet her predecessor, the original sleeping 'Beauty'. Written decades before 'Fifty', you might wonder about certain origins, and why they w
Erin Clemence
“Beauty’s Punishment” is the second novel in the A.N Roquelare (Anne Rice) Sleeping Beauty trilogy (recently a fourth book has been added).
In this novel, we follow Beauty who has run away from her captivity at the castle and is now living as a slave in the village. She is kept as the personal slave to a female innkeeper, who uses her as she chooses and occasionally lends Beauty out to the various Captains and soldiers that frequent her establishment. There are also more “common”, and more bruta
Don Juan Quixote
Dec 02, 2012 Don Juan Quixote rated it it was amazing
My daughter and step daughter were passing these books back and forth, so I finally snagged the first one in the series to see what all the excitement was.

After the first chapter my head was buzzing and I was so fascinated that I could not put it down. It made me realize how exciting public humiliation of a woman was to me. It was frightening to realize, and yet I felt like it was a breakthrough to know...Amazing work...This woman is a genius!!
Kim Filiatrault-bateau
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A pseudonym of Anne Rice.

erotica, specifically S/M.
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Other Books in the Series

Sleeping Beauty (4 books)
  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty, #1)
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  • Beauty's Release (Sleeping Beauty, #3)
  • Beauty's Kingdom (Sleeping Beauty #4)

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