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Beauty's Punishment (Sleeping Beauty #2)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  23,219 Ratings  ·  777 Reviews
This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice's elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Now Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of the Castle. Sold at auction, sh
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Penguin Books (first published 1984)
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Dana Martin I felt the same way also! It was to much for me I prefer the women on man, women on women over man on man. So this wasn't really for me. I am half…moreI felt the same way also! It was to much for me I prefer the women on man, women on women over man on man. So this wasn't really for me. I am half thru it and just at a stand still. Definitely doesn't have me as captivated as the first novel!(less)

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Jul 30, 2010 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: My naughty curiosity, LOL.
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High Fantasy, Graphically Sexual, and Exquisitely Detailed… I feel that in this day and age, there are few taboo texts which still exist to embarrass the reader who unapologetically devoured the pages without regard to the outside world… But the Classic Erotic Trilogy of Sleeping Beauty comes as close as possible to that point…

Many readers detest these books... I enjoy them!
"It was over. The cracks still rang in her ears. She could still feel the paddle as if in a dream. And her sex was like a
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica
Stockholm syndrome on steroids and BDSM on crack. That sums up this book nicely.
It still fascinating to read why the princes/princesses accept and even come to like their daily punishment.
I have known BDSM for a few years but there is not one person who can put up with years of degradation and humiliation every second of your daily life. In some ways this is truly a fairy tale - for pervs but still a fairy tale ;p
The plot is better than the first, but if you're looking for a plot rich book tha
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing


Surprisingly, this becomes not the tale of just Beauty, but of Beauty AND Tristan. Albeit, I wouldn't participate in many of these activities, it is quite arousing in it's psychology of the need to be challenged in subjugation and the raw acceptance in the pain of arousal and "punishment".

What I find most confoundin

This book was freaking weird. And not weird in a good way. Anne Rice, though I have a sort of love/hate relationship with her, has a sick and twisted mind. It's a very uncomfortable place to be in. I didn't read this because it was porn. I get bored of porn easily. I read this because I heard about how freakingly strange this was, and this was Anne Rice as well. I didn't expect g
I can't even give this book a rating, it really does not deserve even 1 star.

Let's go over what this book has to offer:
Prostitution *Offering your slaves bodies for money is, in fact, prostitution, and pimping!*
Beastiality *They don't have sex with animals, but Anne has them dress up as such, which is just weird.*
Sword handles
More rape.

Alright, Anne, now you're really starting to piss me off. Is this magic little world free from STD'S AND pregnancy? And the idea of sex in these books is so mind
Alex Owens
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
It's probably best to start of the review of this, the second book in the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, with a section from my review of the first book:

"In order to read the Sleeping Beauty series, you mush set aside ALL of your preconceived notions about sex, sexuality, consensual sex-- all if it should have no bearing on this story. This is not "your" story, it is the fictitious account of Sleeping Beauty and the Prince who awakened her (at least in the beginning, after which it becomes a story of
Despite plodding through this series, I am intrigued by the story. It really is fetish!porn (I used to say "well-written" before realizing what I really meant was "literate"), don't fool yourself. But it's so exploratory and so uninhibited that it demands your attention.

I'm actually torn over my rating: I enjoyed reading this book a bit more than I did the first one but the direction of the story in the introductory novel was so much more interesting to me. I do like how Anne Rice has developed
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust

DNF @10%

Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this one much more than the first book, or maybe I should say I liked Beauty much more in this one. Here, we see her exhibit some spirit, occasionally rebelling in order to be given harsher punishments. I could relate more to this side of her. She decided not to always be obedient, perhaps knowing that by pushing back she would reach a greater level of submission than if she meekly obeyed every order. This fascinated me as much as it disturbed me, yet ultimately made me adore her more fo ...more
This sequel to "The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty", the first of Anne Rice's elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire.

Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of the castle. Once again Rice's fabulous tale of pleasure and pain dares to explore the most primal and well-hidden desires of the human heart.

"Beauty's Punishm
I think this is a great continuation from the first novel and although I love all three at times this would have to be my favourite. The fact that it offers a new experience for the slaves to be in makes it seem far more brutal and far more interesting. I think it helps to add more depth and then there is the introduction of a new character and the story being told from their perspective as well as Beauty’s. I quite like the new perspective and seeing as it is a different slave to what Beauty is ...more
Sep 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Weird. Smut. But I admit, I read all three.

It's been a few years since I read this so I was tempted to give it only two stars but after some consideration, decided to bump it to three.

The whole premise was seductively intriguing. After finding the first book at the tiny public library I secretely hoped this and the third were available as well. There they were. On the very bottom shelf probably more read than anyone would care to admit. My bet is none of the librarians ever bothered to pick it
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I thought this series was an imaginative take on the sleeping beauty fairy tale. It is so dark. The hard core sex element is not for the faint of heart.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to start by saying that I adore Rice's writing style. She uses words in a way that few authors have the capacity to understand, let alone mimic. I also find it impressive that she did such an outstanding job on this novel, given that she wrote it for an academic degree, and that the subject matter is by and large misunderstood in mainstream society.

With a nod to Rice's abilities, I will now move to my second point: This book depicts a Grimm-infused view of BDSM. For those who do not
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Beauty's Punishment is the second book in Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty trilogy; I'd be lying if I didn't mention that I'm relieved that I only have one more to go. As much as I have an open mind, these stories are even a little much for me. This is not the Sleeping Beauty most of us knew an loved as children. She lives now in a much darker world where sexual depravity, slavery, and even beastiality are key components. I had written in my review of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty that I was curiou ...more
Author: Anne Rice
Published By: Plume
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4


"Beauty's Punishment" by Anne Rice is a sequel from book one: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty" where we find it is another 'steamy erotica' read of how 'Beauty and Prince Tristan' survive in 'The Village' that is told to you in first and third person.

Now, let me stop here and say if you haven't read the first book and not open to erotica, bdsm, fantasy, fairy tales, sexuality ...
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book begins where the first book left off. Beauty has deliberately disobeyed her prince and been cast out to the village. One has to assume the amount of times Beauty is curious with knowledge of the village in book one, that she would end up here eventually! Beauty and Tristan are auctioned off in the village and thus the story begins.

After the dreaded auction, Tristan is sold to the Queen's chronicler and Beauty is sold to Mistress Lockley. While Beauty becomes the Captain's personal ser
Feb 01, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm honestly not sure what I'm reading anymore. The writing is very eloquent, elegant even, and I suppose that's one of the reasons why Anne Rice is one of the most beloved writers of our time. However, I can't say I've enjoyed this book. The BDSM scenes are just getting way too brutal and they were definitely out of my comfort zone.

Another aspect of this book I had some trouble with was Tristan's POV. Some of the chapters are written from his POV and I didn't understand the logic behind it. Th
Apr 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was my favorite of the three, I found the finale very unsatisfying.

The first time I read it was was SHOCKED, I tell you, shocked! But as the years go by it gets less shocking. I was also shocked when a friend came over one day and saw it on my shelf and she exclaimed, "Oh! I love those books!" At least it took away some of my youth's embarrassment at her focusing at it on my bookshelf. Years later, it was hilarious to me when a co-worker at Macy's was reading it in the break room and someo
Diane Gunst
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This trilogy was my introduction into the BDSM World of reading. I absolutely loved it. Being raised a good catholic girl, I was naive to anything sexual, but this book opened my eyes to many possibilities and to the different aspects of sexuality. I read the entire series in two days.
The books can be a bit extreme at times, but whats the purpose of fantasy if you can't push the envelope.

Payal Banik
Oct 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: disappointing, erotic
Did I write this is the most erotic novel I have ever read. I meant for this series. And even this is one of the most weird twisted sexy novel I think I will ever read. I am looking forward to read the next novel. So that I can know what happens with Beauty !
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This was a hot fantasy to be honest.

Not all of the kink is my kink, but it was strangely arousing to read.

This is porn, but decent porn, not pretending to be anything else.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Liked (3.0), but wasn't won over after the 1st book but kept going anyway (didn't hurt that the trilogy was a gift). Started it sometime in 2016 and between then and when I picked it up again I was part of a conversation that gave be a real understanding of the BDSM world. Pretty sure that conversation was what allowed me to enjoy (3.5) the second installment of this trilogy. Being a true slave to sex in a fantasy world makes quite an interesting read if you're open to it (no? pun intended). ;-) ...more
Cyndy Aleo
May 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
As you can probably already glean from my review of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, also by Anne Rice writing as A.M. Roquelaure, I wasn't impressed with this trilogy at the outset. A big fan of Anne Rice and no stranger to erotica, I found the book to be stuck on a theme that was trite and boring. However, never one to not read anything bound between two covers if stuck in front of me, I gamely plodded on to Beauty's Punishment, the second in this erotic triad.

:: The Plot ::

In the first book,
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica
Copy received from the Penguin Group through NetGalley

After Beauty has caused her own expulsion from the Castle at the end of “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty” she finds herself with the irresistible prince Tristan and other naked slaves on a cart heading towards the dreaded Village. Once on the market square, Beauty, Tristan and the others are auctioned of to the highest bidder, with Tristan being purchased by Master Nicolas, the Queen’s chronicler and Beauty by Mistress Lockley, the owner of a

Sleeping Beauty has been a very naughty dog... I mean girl. She is sent to the village for the summer as punishment, auctioned off and becomes a villager's slave who may do with her as he or she pleases as long as remaining within the same rules as the court. After her punishment, Beauty will return to court.

This is the second in the A.N. Roquelaure's Sleeping Beauty erotic
Karl Marx S.T.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As we are all familiar on how Sleeping Beauty awakes from her hundred years of sleep and as it being the end of a classic fairy-tale towards its happy-ever-after conclusion. Anne Rice’s erotic spin to a fairy tale classic starts-off when the charming Prince awakens our heroine by initiating sexual activity.

In this erotic and uninhibited second novel from Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, we follow Beauty as she is forcefully transferred from her luxurious life in the castle with high authorit
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
Now this is what I'm talking about! Yes indeed! Now I see what all the fuss is about!

First of all this should've been titled Beauty & Tristan's "Punishment" *eyebrow wiggle*. And second of all, let me just say (rather crudely) fuck that castle nonsense! The village is where it's at! As much as I cringed & at times gutted it out through the first one, I was really, really hoping this one wouldn't be like the first. Well, this one was scorching hot! Now, don't let me lie to you there's a c
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
"The second novel in the erotic trilogy of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice is the continuation of the story and how Beauty and Prince Tristan, who is introduced in the end of the first novel, fair in The Village. The prospect of the novel is that the princesses and princes aren't just royal playthings but true slaves as they are given chores and manual labor in the most exotic form to complete.

What I like the most about this novel is the dual story as in the story is told two ways. The first is a t
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erotica, specifically S/M.
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