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Exit to Eden
Anne Rampling
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Exit to Eden

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  13,296 Ratings  ·  416 Reviews

We all dream of the forbidden but some of us make those dreams come true . . . .

With the same mystery, menace and intensity as her Vampire books, Exit to Eden explores the forbidden by taking us The Club, a vacation paradise where no aspect of sexual pleasure is taboo. Just as The Story of O shocked the Sixties by speaking about what had only been whispered, Exit to Eden g
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 1st 1985 by Arbor House Publishing (first published January 1st 1985)
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Apr 25, 2007 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women
Shelves: favorites
This is the romance your mother never had the guts to read. The sexual escapades you never thought to dream of and will probably never attempt.

She is the your alter-ego as you sweep floors and clean toilets wishing instead you were flicking leather whips onto the backside of firm tanned flesh. He is the man holding in a secret wish to be dominated in a world where his wealth and good looks make him lord of all he sees. Harlequin Romances are for children, Anne Rice wrote a love story for adults
Oct 25, 2012 Mara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this after my friend had me read Fifty Shades of Grey. I figured, Anne Rice wrote about this stuff a while ago, and I like Anne Rice. I'd disagree with those who said the writing was poor-- Anne Rice can really write. I like how she puts words together, in a very contrasting way. One phrase was 'pulchritudinously fuckable.' I can imagine that it will be mandatory reading on a class entitled Late Twentieth Century Sexuality or The Development of Sexuality from the 1920s to the Present in s ...more
Dec 13, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2005, erotica
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Hydra Star
Sep 05, 2013 Hydra Star rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’d heard a lot of good things about this book prior to purchasing it. I’ve never seen any parts of the movie that bares its title, but had read some place that Anne Rice had denounced it because it so greatly varied from the original story. I found that encouraging considering the movie is marketed as a buddy cop comedy and I don’t really enjoy comedy mixed in with my BDSM erotica, which is what the book is marketed as.

The book’s storyline centers around and is told from the first person point
Jun 03, 2012 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
Eden, a secret, mysterious and elegant island in the Caribbean is a play-ground for the rich. It is the place where those with enough money can come to fulfil their fantasies about dominance and submission. A paradise where willing slaves are available for those who would be masters, where pain and pleasure intermingle and nothing is forbidden or impossible.
Lisa is the perfectionist mastermind behind Eden. She has set the rules, invented the games and oversees the smooth running of the whole ope
Nov 01, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BDSM readers, 50 Shades, and such

Secluded island. Hundreds of consensual sex-slaves bound by a 2-year contract. Couldn't get better than this, right? Not until a little thing called 'love' makes things complicated.

Positive Critiques

If Exit to Eden is a tree then Fifty Shades of Grey is a flowery branch.
Scenes became a 'movie' in my head.
I felt for the character's emotions.

'Meh' Critiques
I don't even want to call this a negative critique--This specific genre is not my clique. I don't mind a book with sex. I
Rosemary Rey
Jul 13, 2015 Rosemary Rey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I returned to reading over three years ago, specifically reading Contemporary Romance and Erotica, I needed more stories that are more literary than raunchy. I love reading Erotica that is more like a poem, an ode to the passion between two individuals. It is hard to find books about BDSM that is encouraging of the lifestyle without the criticism that it is abusive, psychologically detrimental or even criminal.
Published over 30 years ago, Exit to Eden is a buried treasure of Erotic literat
Feb 03, 2014 julio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
barely remember it—but what i do remember bears exactly zero resemblance to the rosie o'donnel film of the same name.

no wonder anne rice hates hollywood.
La Petite Mort
Jan 15, 2014 La Petite Mort rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“…nobody has ever been able to convince me that anything sexual between consenting individuals is wrong.” This quote rung most true with this reader. Anne Rice has an amazing ability to portray exotic situations in an unassuming tone. She strips away all previously conceived labels that either we or society has placed upon sexuality. Instead she writes about the rawness, the need, the baser instincts - she reduces the characters to their primal natures. Written in Anne Rice’s eloquent yet direct ...more
Oct 03, 2015 Navessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
May 11, 2014 Dmitri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: literaty masochists.
Recommended to Dmitri by: No one. I found it in the woods, and in the woods it stays.
Pliny the Younger recounted that while living at his the house of his uncle, the famous Pliny the Elder, that the uncle would make, "extracts of everything he read, and always said that there was no book so bad that some good could not be got out of it." (Letters 3.5.8-12)

It seems that Ms Rice has spent her professional career trying to prove the elder Pliny wrong. Of the three books of hers that I have read, this is probably the one that comes closest to succeeding. Her writing, always reminisc
Lisa Weber
This is a novel that explores aspects of S&D/B&D and some of the psychology behind these preferences. A handsome, successful young man sets off on the adventure of his lifetime, to become a submissive sexual slave on a private island which houses "The Club". There, he meets his ideal dominatrix.

While I can see the attraction this would have for some (this is a great fantasy idea), I myself vacillated between interest and repulsion for much of the book. I like hot sex scenes and consensua
Mar 08, 2011 Craven rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One good thing about traveling is that you often have to read whatever comes your way and are more likely to have to stick with it. Not to say that I wouldn't read smut back home, but there is no way I could justify finishing this turd of a book if I had access to my local library and my own bookshelf.

So anyway, WEALTH, there is nothing more boring (not to mention revolting) than a bunch of rich porknobs who are wallowing in the shit. The main character, Elliot, is a rich playboy who was spoile
Michelle Boyer
I absolutely adore this book. With so many new stories about BDSM, I find myself always going back to this novel as if it is some sort of "source material" that others used and created new tales with. The storyline is steamy. I keep trying to find stories that feel original, and just cannot find something like this. Truly one of my favorite Anne Rice novels.

Not to mention, there's a cute film adaptation if you're interested in adaptation theory.
Jul 17, 2014 Mairi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xxx
True story: I first read this book when I was 13, and rebound it with a "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" novel cover, so I could read it without attracting comment. The book felt shocking and scandalous then, but now it feels - to me - like a traditional romance novel surrounded by the trappings of BDSM.

I think this book is a paean to embracing and owning your sexuality, and that nothing consenting adults do to each other is wrong. I think it's generally a positive fantasy depiction of BDSM. However
Dec 07, 2011 Cindi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I was intrigued by the concept of this novel. Alternate sexuality and lifestyles were not a common subject to see in print at the time it was released. (Which is around the time I read it.)
The novel goes along well enough for the first half, but then the main characters 'go conventional'. The word that came to mind for me was 'back-pedaling'. This can work, if you truly feel there has been an inclination on the part of the character to do so. In this case I didn't feel it was justified. The nove
Kelly Wyre
Now, whereas I hated the Sleeping Beauty series, I really enjoyed Exit to Eden. I even liked the movie (*ducks fruit*). There were plenty of nods to consent in the kink scenarios, I liked the characters, and I even liked the balls-to-the-wall waaaay out there fantasy island idea. Who *wouldn't* want to give Eden a try?

I particularly enjoyed some of the scenes in the book that could never have graced the big screen, (the carnival scenes, for example), but I must say... I got a little irritated i
Eroti Cliterature
This was the first "adult" book I ever read... and what a great beginning it was. Anne's lush writing style and frank descriptions of sex drove my young brain and body into a fevered overdrive. I wanted to go to the island she described. I wanted to feel the sting of the crop on my legs. And when the two of them escaped to New Orleans, I wanted to experience the buttery nipples, dusted with cinnamon... It lit me on fire.

The book took me places in my imagination that eventually led to my first sa
Aug 29, 2011 Blue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugggh. I won't say that there aren't small parts of EoE that are intriguing or even hot, 'cause there are. But any semblance of interest this book could have for me is totally ruined by the dynamic between the female and male leads.

I'll say spoiler alert for the following, though honestly I'm just saving you time:

-Male "sub" lead is not a sub at all and is, in fact, annoying chauvinistic and toppish and an all-around jerk
-Female "domme" lead is somehow entranced by Mr. Neanderthal and in the end
Marie Meriwani
This has to be my favorite Anne Rice book, and one of my top 10 books of all time. It's a step beyond erotica and S&M; it's more of a journey of how love grows when one doesn't even know it.
Lisa's character is very raw, her sexual growth is very real, her experiences are something that a lot of people go through when they grow into sexuality at an early age, and then start discovering what their feelings are.
Elliot...oh dear, Elliot kills me, I just love him. Elliot is very real, he's the i
Aug 06, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
Anne Rice published this book under the name Anne Rampling in 1985. To add to the mystery or a marketing decision?!

The first 200 pages read like SF with well thought out details of how "The Club" works. The next 80 pages or so turn into a bad tourist guide for New Orleans when Elliott and Lisa visit many famous restaurants and bars and eat and drink excessively. That's when they realized they are madly in love with one another. The sudden change in the storyline was very disappointing.

Sep 07, 2012 Shelley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this, I really did. I'm sure more people have picked this up after the huge success of the SHADES trilogy.

However, I read Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty Trilogy over 10 years ago and loved it. So for those of you who are searching for another of her erotic novels because you loved everything about Sleeping Beauty...don't waste your time. More like a boring and drawn-out romance novel than anything.
Javier Estrada
Sep 06, 2016 Javier Estrada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al mejor estilo de la narrativa que se muestra en la saga de La Bella Durmiente, Anne vuelve a presentar una historia de amor fuera de lo común. Una trama que todo fan de Las 50 Sombras de Grey (ya que ha surgido la insultante comparación) debería leer para que luego quemen esos tres libros que son una ofensa a ese mundo tan fascinante que nos presenta Anne Rice en esta serie de literatura erótica. Esta entrega en especial describe el descubrimiento del amor en un universo lleno de pasión. Lisa ...more
May 04, 2013 Ceilidh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Erotica should never be boring. No excuses, Rice!
Oct 19, 2015 Albion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Rice by any name has written both fiction and fantasy novels. Exit to Eden is a work of fiction, not fantasy is are the “Sleeping Beauty” trilogy (which is more extreme BDSM). Her writing is to her usual standard, meaning much better than most erotica writers, who concentrate on sex only, rather than sex, and sensuality as Anne Rice does. The story line makes sense; the characters are well drawn and developed within the confines of this novel. In the realms of BDSM, it is more on the lines ...more
Kristine Marie
I read this a while ago and recently re-read it. After reading Fifty Shades of Gray and being sorely disappointed from the hype, I recalled this book as one of the first "erotica" I read and remembered how good Anne Rice was writing this genre. The sex/love scenes weren't just a novelty like it felt in 50, but a major part of the development of Lisa and Elliot's love. I first read this book when I was a teenager so of course the hype of the sex exposure was more influential and memorable to me a ...more
Apr 10, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not great at writing book reviews, but here goes...

I LOVED this book....right up to the last 1/4. It was sexy and provocative and everything you'd want in a book of this type. It had SO much promise. .....And then it turned into a moderately schmaltzy romance novel. Don't get me wrong, I understand (sort of) why the book went in the direction it did. People change. Your way of looking at life changes. And I LIKED the way it ended. I didn't LOVE the way it ended.

I like how you get to know the
Dec 15, 2012 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2012, erotica
I had read this when I was a teenager, and remember it being really good - so when I saw it in a used bookstore, I figured I'd give it another read.

Truthfully, I saw more flaws this time around than high points. It felt like the book didn't know what it was trying to be - was it erotica? romance? woman's existential crisis? I don't know which one it was trying to be, but even if you split the book into its component parts, none of them were good examples of that genre. The erotica wasn't sexy en
Mar 18, 2010 Melanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, erotica
If you have seen the movie, there is little that stayed the same. There are no cops, the slaves where no clothing and sign a contract and are required to stay the full length of that contract (no matter what). Way more risqué than the movie.

I knew this going in, but was still surprise at how different the book it (and I do not mean that it was more sexually graphic). In the movie, the cop story was a large part of the movie and it is not in the book. This is much more romance. I can also see a l
David Schwan
A number of people I know recommended this, telling how great a novel it was. It is a OK novel, not great, not bad, but it definitely did not live up to the recommendations. I think Anne Rice (the author) is at her best describing her characters world, their surroundings and this book is good at that. I suppose part of my disappointment was the predictable cardboard like characters of this book. Anne Rice goes on later in her career with some very memorable characters, this book did not have the ...more
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