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Exit to Eden

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  11,264 ratings  ·  356 reviews
"The same kind of skillful writing that brought respectability to the erotic works of Henry Miller, Anaís Nin, and D. H. Lawrence."
--UPI
There is Lisa: They call her the Perfectionist. A stunning, mysterious, and fearless sexual adventurer, she is founder and supreme mistress of The Club--an expensive, exclusive island resort where forbidden fantasy meets willing flesh.
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Paperback, 377 pages
Published February 13th 1996 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1985)
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Ali
Apr 25, 2007 Ali rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women
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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
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Sarah
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Mara
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
Hydra Star
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
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Michael
Nov 01, 2014 Michael rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BDSM readers, 50 Shades, and such
Summary

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.
Well-written.
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
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Marleen
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
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Dmitri
May 11, 2014 Dmitri rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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
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Craven
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
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julio
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.
Cindi
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
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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
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Dr. Ben
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
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Donna
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.

Shelley
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.
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
La Petite Mort
“…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
Heather
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
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Sue
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
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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
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Melanie
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
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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
Gennifer Holland
I don't know why I thought this shitty book was going to be any better than Rice's Beauty trilogy. Anne Rice can't write steamy erotica if her life depended on it. I hate how her ideas of "hot" always revolve around some aspect of non-consent. Maybe I would find it arousing if there was actual sex in this book and not just page after page of boring exchanges and embarrassing descriptions of what goes on at this "sex club". BDSM this is not, and it sure as hell isn't arousing in the least.

Darth
Kind of dry and light on actual sex this was not what I expected going in. The S&M seemed kind of for it's own sake and not for fun but because the characters were flawed. Like they needed to be punished for their own shortcomings as people, and not just because they dig it.

Also this highlighted something I think a LOT of folks try to cover up or ignore these days - the casual sexual crossover - where someone shows the ability to be homo and hetero and not make a huge deal out of it - whinin
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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
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Katandra Jackson Nunnally
One word. DeliciouslyWicked ;-)
Mairi
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
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Delicious Strawberry
I can say that I definitely liked this book much, much, much better than the Sleeping Beauty novels by the same author. Seriously, Anne Rice should have made a trilogy out of this story instead. Here, we have slavery, but the slaves are willing adults who do so because they WANT to be dominated and so on.

In this book, while not entirely realistic, does show the world of BDSM better, and in a much more balanced way than the Sleeping Beauty novels. There are a few silly scenes, like the cinnamon a
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Carrie
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Charles
I don't know if this fits with "literary" or not but I'm not sure where else to put it. I enjoyed it quite a bit and thought it was fairly erotic in parts. Certainly it was well written and I liked it much better than trying to read her vampire novels.
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