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Beauty's Release

(Sleeping Beauty #3)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  25,056 ratings  ·  689 reviews
From Anne Rice, author of Beauty's Kingdom, the third book in the erotic Sleeping Beauty series

Before E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day's Bared to You,, there was Anne Rice’s provocative take on the timeless fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty. “ In the final volume of Anne Rice's deliciously tantalizing erotic trilogy, Beauty's adventures on the dark side of sexuali
Paperback, 238 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Penguin Books (first published June 7th 1985)
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Jul 30, 2010 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: If I survive the 1st 2 books, I deserve to read the HEA.
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Sharon Malcolm
Apr 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, twisted
I guess, in their own way, these three books really are like a fairy tale. Completely unreal. Amidst all the every day fetishistic debauchery, torture, gang rape, buggerization and constant whippings - it's the lifestyle - there is something missing. Blood. Snot. Fecal matter. A break for menstrual cycles. It is all so very clean. I mean, even going back to the very first book, where Beauty is rudely awakened by the priapic Prince - lets face it, she's been asleep for 100 years, surely she shoul ...more
A fitting end to this High-Fantasy erotic series complete with HEA for all the characters we’ve come to love.

"Yes," I thought, “Do it harder. Whip me soundly for what I have done. Let the blaze of pain grow brighter, hotter.” But it was not coherent, what I thought. It was like a song in my head, made up of rhythms – The strap, my cries, the creak of the wood…
I actually enjoyed this much more than the other two books which preceded it. I was particularly pleased with the way that the Sultan’
I am finally done with this series!!

This was by far one of the most painful reading experiences I've ever had. As if getting taking from the castle and sold at a slave auction in the "village" wasn't enough, why not add kidnapping by a Sultan? Sure...sounds legit. Oh, and every two seconds someone was in love with someone else.


It was just the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. There was no character growth, hell, there was hardly a plot. I felt nothing for any of these characters. I litera
Jan 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
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I read the first book in this trilogy about four years ago, which appropriately demonstrates how well the triptych held my interest.

Truth be told, I only bothered to pick this up because my mother-in-law (who is an otherwise fabulous person of mostly sound judgement) is eating up those goddamn "50 Shades" books and asked if I had "anything like that" she could borrow. I assumed "like that" meant "erotica in three parts" rather than "steaming pile of badly written horse apples," so I figured I o
Willy Liangco
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: porn connoiseurs
This sleeping beauty trilogy is the porniest book I have ever read, it is so porny it transcends its form as a book and breaks through into being a porn movie. All your categories of porn are here: straight, bi, lez, gay, threesome, foursome, orgy, s and m. This book involves so much leather and phallic shaped fruits its funny, accounting for the two stars. And don't anyone tell me I just didn't get it--this book has no literary merit no matter what anyone says.
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's nice to have finally completed this trilogy. As imaginative as they are, you really do have to brace yourself when reading these books. Since erotica is much more important than the plot in this trilogy, I'll divulge a little on this final book.

The Queen sends a rescue squad to recapture Beauty and her fellow slaves Tristan and Laurent, but not before Laurent secretly teaches the Sultan's steward Lexius what it feels like to be a slave... which, of course, Lexius very much enjoys and finall
Michelle K
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, 2010-read
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Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Audrey by: Love
The first book was shocking. The second installment was more than shocking. Then the final book… I think I got used to these naked people walking around and having sex ALL THE TIME (they need to find a new hobby… like paint) that it got pretty boring. I had to skip pages and pages of BDSM just to find the direction of this story. It was twisted, weird and gay. I just don’t understand why Ann Rice had to shift point of views. And for my first erotic trilogy, I think I handled it well. LOL!
Sotiris Karaiskos
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sensual
The last book of this trilogy begins with a strong dose of Oriental sensuality as we move into a fantastic version of the Middle East. Something very nice, as this sensuality of the East is arousing the imagination of the West for centuries, leading, of course, to many misconceptions and countless bad romantic novels, but setting the scene of erotic fantasies that the writer brings to the extreme with some very sensual scenes. The problem, however, is that while there is this interesting setting ...more
May 26, 2008 rated it really liked it

So, if you got this far into the series, you know that nothing is sacred. Men with men, women with men, women with women and sometimes several at a time. This is the final book in a trilogy penned by Anne Rice (A. N. Roquelaure).

All of them are very well written for what they are - Erotica. Some are getting hung up on the literary worth, but if you are in the market for this type of book... you can't really go wrong with this series.

After Beauty is awakened by the Prince,
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Każda kolejna część serii jest lepsza od poprzedniej :) choć wszystkie trzy są bardzo dobre (no może po przeczytaniu całości poprzednie nie wydają się aż tak, ale w miarę czytania jak najbardziej się podobają).

Takie śliczne zdanie: "Obrócił moją twarz ku sobie i pocałował mnie mocno w usta. W ten sam sposób pocałował Tristana, a ja popatrzyłem na te dwie złączone nie ogolone twarze, splątane blond włosy i półprzymknięte powieki. Mężczyźni podczas pocałunku. Jakiż to piękny widok."
zgadzam się ;)

Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was probably my least favorite of the 3 books, though probably the hottest. I found my mind wandering at the "sameness": punishment, confusion, fear, acceptance. I didn't feel liked I gained anything new here, but still enjoyed this final book. Again we see differing pov and not really as much of Beauty as we did in the past. The slaves go on a whole new adventure here, and discover many interesting aspects of their characters they never knew before.

At first I was frustrated with the indeci
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
Copy received from Plume through NetGalley

Warning: this is a review of a work of erotica that should not be read by anyone under the age of 18 or easily offended. It also contains possible spoilers.

This, the third and final part of Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy kicks off exactly where the second book, Beauty’s Punishment, ended. Beauty, Laurant, Tristan and three other slaves find themselves captive on a ship, bound for foreign lands and the court of an Eastern Sultan. While some things ar
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mmmm
Recommended to Bucletina by: Su autora
Una trilogía difícil de puntuar, no necesariamente agradable para cualquier lector. Es por eso, y teniendo en cuenta las opuestas reviews que encontré sobre ella, que decidí esperar a leer sus tres partes para analizarla con un poco más de "completitud". En conjunto se llevan sus tres estrellas, aunque el segundo me resultó mejor que los demás, quizás por la introducción de otros personajes, que modifican, en cada capítulo, los puntos de vista. Pasamos armoniosamente de la tercera persona de Bel ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found the first book to be exciting. Kinky. And yes, kinda arousing. I probably said so before.
Then came the second book, which was quite catastrophic, not as arousing and very disturbing.
And now this... which I have no words for.
It was disgusting in many occasions. The amount of rapings was ridiculous. The fairly common over-the-knee spankings from book one completely disappeared and gave way to people being bounded and gagged and then whipped. It stopped being kinky and went to disturbing.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Beauty's Release is the final book in the Erotic Triology of Sleeping Beauty and I thought it was such a pleasant change of pace and direction for the entire series and when I write that, I mean more of a change of pace and direction than that from book one to two. The new setting gave more opportunity for newer endeavors for the story and I was hoping for a specific kind of delivery since this is the last book in the trilogy. What I got was something a little different from my hopes but it sti ...more
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica
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Casey Nicholson
Mar 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Well Well...I finally finished this series after waiting forever for it in the mail. Loved the first book, really loved the second book and now I'm back to just loving. This book wasn't as good as the second. I truly enjoyed the singling out of Tristan in the second book and I admit I became attached to him and his gentle and frail personality. I was broken hearted when he had to leave Nicholas. Now in this third book, we are taken away from Tristans thoughts and brought into Laurent's thoughts. ...more
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
When I was child, I was sort of disappointed with the endings of fairytales. But I got my answer and yes I liked it. Sleeping Beauty ends with kiss, right? Prince reached the tower and kissed the sleeping virgin to wake her up. This is considered as highly non practical. See you got nearly killed during the journey, you were thirsty and hungry not mention horny. The first logical choice was to satisfy at least one of those craving and the third seems as the most logical thing to do. The prince f ...more
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So once I read the first and second book in this set I was commited to finish the third. It was like a pull that called to me, you read the others now see how it ends.... Call it odd that I liked the books but I did over all if you can get past all the smut, and weird the WTF moments it's good. And to this day my best friend and I who told me to read this set still have moments in conversations where I turn to her and say, "You told me to read it, and I should kick you for it!" Or other words no ...more
Sharon Lucas
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the trilogy, and I suggest saving it for last so that you know the history. If you've read the other two, then obviously you're not bothered by literature containing fantasy sexual violence, various BDSM and the like. Again, as with all three of the books, the spankings get monotonous, but there are less scenes of those in this book than in the prior two. This book has yet another change in locale as Beauty and a few others are kidnapped from the village and taken to an ...more
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
The best in the series by far, simply because of the wonderful pov changes throughout. I started to lose interest in the first installment due to Beauty's insufferable tears that fell on every page. Thank you, Anne Rice, for letting the other characters narrate for awhile. In my opinion, this series turned out to be rather good for porn on paper. I hate to admit it, but oddly enough, my own tears hit the pages when Beauty was released. Predictable ending, but fairy tales are supposed to be predi ...more
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was better than the first two. The first one had an intriguing premise, the second one was hard for me to finish but this one went by fast.
It is the first time you see a reversal in the characters. Some of them are no longer trying to find a way to rebel against being slaves or developping coping mechanisms and that's refreshing. It stops the monotony of the endless palace/village/palace punishments.
Sep 17, 2008 rated it liked it
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Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
The female lead is a stupid twit, but the male characters are the ones that keep this book series going. I only wished that Laurent had been introduced sooner, for he truly is the most interesting out of this series that does lose steam quite quickly. Overall, I liked it for an easy read. I read it in about five hours while sick, methinks.
Tiago Vinagre
Foi uma trilogia diferente, que captou o interesse ao ponto de levar a ler os três livros. No entanto, a partir de meio do segundo começou a ser demasiado repetitivo... Enfim, é uma leitura erótica interessante!
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So. Much. Kinky. Sex. I mean seriously, some parts were OK, but some were just not so good.
In the final volume of Anne Rice's deliciously tantalizing erotic trilogy, Beauty's adventures on the dark side of sexuality make her the bound captive of an Eastern Sultan and a prisoner in the exotic confines of the harem. In "Beauty's Release", Anne Rice makes the forbidden side of passion a doorway into the hidden regions of the psyche and the heart.

Part of the allure of this version for me was a release from the utter crudity of the European castle and village. Religious and philosophical t
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A pseudonym of Anne Rice.

erotica, specifically S/M.

Other books in the series

Sleeping Beauty (4 books)
  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty, #1)
  • Beauty's Punishment (Sleeping Beauty, #2)
  • Beauty's Kingdom (Sleeping Beauty #4)
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