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Taming the Beast

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,674 ratings  ·  289 reviews
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Sarah Clark's life is irrevocably changed at the age of 14 when her English teacher, Mr Carr, seduces her after class. Their affair is illegal, erotic, passionate and dangerous – a vicious meeting of minds and bodies. But when Mr Carr's wife discovers the affair, he has to choose between them and moves
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Picador Australia (first published 2004)
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Kat Kennedy
First of all, I would like to thank Iyah for recommending this book to me based on the fact that she believed me to be extremely perverted, I think.

You know sometimes how you guys have to remind me to give a book a star rating because I accidentally forget? No. Not this time. I won't rate this book. I CAN'T rate this book.

This book is so many conflicted things. Filthy, dirty, shocking, perverted, angry, degraded, frustrated. It's raw, honest, painful, sorrowful, empty, begging, pitiable.

I hated

★★★★ 3.5 disturbingly fascinating stars!

Taming the Beast was a deeply disturbing, fascinating, haunting, sad, unforgettable and beautifully written story. From the moment I started reading it, I could not put it down. The author managed to both impress me and disgust me with certain scenes and descriptions and to say that I "enjoyed" reading this book does not sound quite right. What I would say though is that it made me think and it made me FEEL all the different emotions the main characters wh
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
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“When two people were completely bound in the expression of love, they ceased to be separate individuals and become one creature. The act of passion, when properly performed, created an organism larger than the sum of its parts; it created a beast with two backs, but one soul.”

If I had the chance to rewind time, I would’ve chosen to not read this book – it’s too poisonous and in general, too much. I’m all for dark reads – the darker the better – but this is the kind of book that leave
Wendy Darling
You know what I don't like in fiction with erotic content?

A sexual relationship that seems rather pathetic and silly.

A sexual relationship that is violent. Not pseudo violence/BDSM games, mind you, extreme physical pain inflicted by both parties.

A sexual relationship where someone is repeatedly used. And often raped.

A sexual relationship that's literally filthy--sex in a crap hole of an apartment, up against a dumpster with rotting food and rats, etc.

A sexual relationship with seriously unse
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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What did just happen? Again I am in position where I have no clue how to write a review. It took me some time before I could make myself sit down and say something coherent and not sound like a little kid that's just learning how to talk. Taming the Beast is not a book for everyone. It deals with so many twisted, messed up things - I can't decide with what to begin with. Taming the Beast could open up some old wounds if you were victim of abuse, so think carefully be
Claire Contreras
i'm not going to rate this book. I am, however, going to talk about it.

If you're looking for a teacher-student romance , I personally don't think this fits the bill. I wouldn't call the disturbing relationship that this 38 year old married man with children started with his 14 year old clueless English student romantic. In fact, romantic would be the last word I would use to describe this book. When I got to the second page and the story went right into their first sexual encounter I thought, "
Kwesi 章英狮
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kwesi 章英狮 by: Rollie
Shelves: owned, 2011, emily-maguire
Before reading my passionate and lusty review of this book, I want to warn everyone that I'm not an erotic genre lover or sex addict or both. It was an accident that I liked this book because of its deeper meaning besides having sex with a teacher and with a restless book. I rated it higher than what I expected when I started reading it, every letters of every words of this book delivers a very strong emotion of a girl who needed someone to comfort her.

Sometimes, I ask myself, why do prostitutes
“Real love should draw no blood from the loved and buckets from the lover.”

I have not, in a while, read a book that left me so emotionally engaged! I do not think I have the words to sum up what this book will make you feel: at times sad, enraged, disappointed, disgusted, repulsed …and so on, and so forth.

I was mostly okay, up until that fourth part, it is mainly the reason why I gave it 4 stars, even though this is an excellent 5-stars book: with outstanding writing (something that is proba
OhSarahohSarahohoh...I wish someone would've stolen her away from Mr. Carr, made her hot chocolate and hid her somewhere far away from parents and predators.

"But also", Mr. Carr said. "You could look at it the way I do. If your mother hadn't been so distant and unloving, maybe you wouldn't have been such an easy fuck."

I cannot say that I'm shocked that her teacher seized the opportunity. That's the reality of the world we live in. The fact that he wounded and ravaged her when they resumed their
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put into words all my reaction for this book. And my head is all confused so right now my face probably looks like this.


I was actually thorn between rating this book 2 stars or 4 stars.

I wanted to rate it 4 stars because for an erotic literature, this book is quite interesting. The sex scenes, the emotions and the actions are in full detail. So much detail that probably if you have a very wild imagination it would be like watching a BDSM pornographic video.

And probably a lot of e
Angie **loves angst**
“Real love should draw no blood from the loved and buckets from the lover.”

It feels wrong to "like" this book. This is not the type of book that you typically enjoy or take pleasure in reading. It invokes too many emotions. There are too many feelings stirred up inside of me to adequately describe this tormenting piece of fiction. This gut wrenching portrait of a young woman's journey was unlike anything I've read before. This book is not a romance novel, it is not a happy tale, nor a heart w
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very harrowing read. Tough content. Excellent psychological insight into characters.
Mia Asher
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As disturbing as this book was and as dislikable every single character was, I still loved the story. It showed how easy love can turn into obsession, how easy is to cross that line. Jamie loved Sarah but his love bordered on obsession, in my opinion. As far as Sarah goes, I don't think she ever loved Daniel, I truly don't. She was infatuated as a young girl with her teacher, and later on, she was obsessed with him and everything he represented. Daniel, sick and perverted old man, was always obs ...more
Feb 14, 2018 marked it as never-gonna-read  ·  review of another edition
A sexual relationship that starts when the heroine is 14??!! WTF! 😳😱🤬🤭
May 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
In every way I look at it, I don't have any idea on how to rate this book. Moreover, I don't know what to say in this review. But before I say anything else, I'd like to say that I read this out of pure curiosity of what the book's really about than just lust.

Well, I'd say it is first disgusting. VERY disgusting. I mean like, EEEWWWHATTHEHECKUGHWTF! With all the things Sarah's doing and thinking at the age of 14, I didn't know how to react. And I want to be honest, I didn't fully read the book.
Dora Sky
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is not an easy read.

If you aren't a fan of Lolita than you probably should stay far away from this book.

This story it's bitter.

There is nothing blithe about this book.

It's crude and the author doesn't hold anything back while describing a few scenes that made my heart bleed for the heroine.

I must admit Miss Maguire it's the queen of dark novels!

Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
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When your sexually abused at the age of fourteen by a half genius -half psycho pedophilic, what the bloody hell will you do? Will you run the hell out and call a police, keep it to yourself and have a psychological trauma about it or accept things and be addicted with it?

We all have a choice what path will we take, there’s no destiny or fate but choice and free will. You’re now in that place because that’s the one you have chosen. And hypothetically the course of action is to always
14 year old Sarah is seduced by her 38 year old teacher and they embark on an affair that is passionate and violent, until his wife discovers he has been cheating and he chooses to move away to save his marriage. Sarah self destructs with meaningless sex with everyone she meets until years later her ex-lover comes back to continue their destructive affair.

There is no plot to this book just sex sex sex and it got boring after 40 pages of it especially with all the sexual violence and humiliation
Adriane Leigh
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book shattered me completely. So twisted, so heartbreaking, so desperate, and beautiful, and tragic, and real. I cried, my heart bled.
I wish I could read this again for the first time. Commence epic fucking book hangover.
I need to binge on all things Emily Maguire.
"Sarah Clark felt like a freak for two and a half years. It started when she received a leather-bound copy of Othello for her twelfth birthday and ended when her English teacher showed her exactly what was meant by the beast with two backs."

I don't have any idea on how to rate this book. I dont even know what to think about it! Thats how confused I am right now.
This book is too toxic, too dark, too twisted, too shocking, too depresing...simply too fucked-up. Its definitely too much for me.

I ha
A small autobiographical opening:

Once upon a time, a very lovely and Dangerously Younger girl sat back on my couch and kissed me. "I'm a train wreck," she said, "and you're a predator. We're pretty much the perfect couple."

Which is one way of saying that Emily Maguire's "Taming the Beast" is stunningly powerful. And of course a clear way of saying there was never a chance that I wouldn't fall in love with her heroine. But anyone who knows me knows that Maguire's Sarah Clark is probably the epito
This book disgusted me, disturbed me and intrigued me. Yet, I am not sure exactly how I feel about it. Both Sarah and Mr. Carr are seriously disturbed people- almost to where someone might say they deserve each other. Scenes where go into all the things they do to one another during sex: burning each other with cigs, biting until they bleed, bruises on their face and Sarah even breaks his fingers without knowing it. The seem to fall into a pit of hedonistic pleasure, but it isn't sexy at all. Th ...more
In many ways Emily Maguire's Taming the Beast feels like a companion novel to Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. But instead of getting inside the head of a charming liar like Humbert, Maguire examines how an illicit romance between a teacher and student can impact the lives of just about every one involved.

At the age of fourteen, Sarah Chalke is seduced by her English teacher. At first it's their love of words and literature that brings them together, but one afternoon things become heated and the two
Ian Kirkpatrick
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Maguire has a breathless talent and a fascination with the cloying nausea of intoxication. This is a book which forces you to throw back a full tequila shot then immediately demand another two.

I had equal parts of fascination and revulsion for Sarah Clark. Maguire claims that Sarah is profoundly unsure of herself, yet I was profoundly unsure of Sarah as I was forced to witness her spiral into self-degradation. Maguire’s writing is so powerful, so disturbing that I found myself alternating
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist

So, my friend Beatrix tried to "make" me read this book long time ago, but I was all:

But now she is reading one of my fav mm books I thought for sure it will never ever find itself on her tbr list, so to show my appreciation I'm reading this next ;).


What The Fuck Did I Just Read??? O.O

Brilliantly written, but profoundly fucked-up.
**4,5 stars**


This book is mesmerizing, cut deep and disgusting, but also so true, emotional and intimate that I'm feeling a little dizzy and shocked at the same time about what I did read.

I can't talk about this book without babbling, so I'll stay with the statement that Sarah is a flashpoint between Madame Bovary and Geni, a lyrical character in a music by Chico Buarque.

De tudo que é nego torto / Every crooked nameless
Do mangue e do cais do porto / The mangrove and the docks
Ela já foi nam
Maree Kimberley
This book is not for everybody. It's raw, unflinching and at times difficult to read. But it's also gripping, heart-rending and a brutally honest piece of writing. It took guts to write this book, to keep going until its raw, bitter and yet hopeful end.

There is a lot of sex in this book. But it's not erotica, or porn. It's a book about trauma and vulnerability and the ability of a predator to justify his behaviour and manipulate his prey. There is a searing honesty to this book, which given its
Noël Cades
This is a very well-written and intense book, that will disturb and likely disappoint readers looking for a happy romance. Those looking for a challenging and engrossing read, with interesting and complex characters, will find much to absorb them.

Sarah is only 14 when she embarks on a sado-masochistic sexual relationship with her 38-year-old English teacher Daniel Carr. (Bear in mind that the book is set in Australia, where the age of consent is 16 and perspectives on underage sex are considerab
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 star rating

Wow. Honestly I don't even know what to say or what to feel. Right now I am odd and hurt because of the ending in this book-or this book period. Don't worry I will not spoil anything for you guys!

This is a dark dark and very twisted story but what I like about this was that the author did not give a predictable ending/A predictable story either.

For myself I think that the book is OK writing wise. It uses a lot of literature and that's what I like most about it is the literature us
David Wilson
Jun 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This might be the worst book I have ever read. Not only did it deal with a terrible subject matter, an authority figure having sex with a student, but it was degrading to disgusting in the way it handled the subject, and the main character's dealing with her experience. I am no prude and enjoy a good erotic book, but this is just nasty.

Not only is the subjecty matter distasteful, the book is poorly written. I wish there was a negative star for this one. I seldome do this, but I tossed this one i
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