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Exit to Eden

(Anne Rampling's Novels)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  14,719 ratings  ·  453 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 May 1st 1985)
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Ali
Apr 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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Sarah
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2005, sex, erotica
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Hydra M. Star
Apr 05, 2010 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
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Marleen
Jun 03, 2012 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
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Michael
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  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.
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Craven
Mar 07, 2011 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
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Julio Genao
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.
Rosemary Rey
Jul 13, 2015 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
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Dmitri
May 20, 2008 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
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Blue
Aug 29, 2011 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
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Donna
Jun 17, 2012 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.

La Petite Mort
Jan 06, 2014 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
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
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Ceilidh
Apr 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Erotica should never be boring. No excuses, Rice!
Cindi
Dec 06, 2011 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
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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
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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
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Michelle Boyer-Kelly
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.
Beverly
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
It starts off hot and sexy, but develops into a typical romance. I liked the book enough to finish it, but I was a bit disappointed.
Sarah Brousseau
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 49/55: Exit to Eden by Anne Rice. Ah yes, I can never go wrong with an erotica by Anne Rice. Full of desire, mystery and smut that not everyone enjoys, it's a specific mood for me and it's an off button for the brain after reading so many dark dystopian or horror novels. What can I say about this one, it was different than the Beauty series she has, but all in all in the same category with a smithering of love to add some intrigue to the story. The ending was cute, didn't expect to use the ...more
Diane Callaway
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The movie was done as a comedy but the book is way better. I liked the movie it was not horrible but did not represent the book in my opinion.
Jasmine
this is a significant improvement over rice's sleeping beauty series, where the characters were little more than bdsm puppets to slap around.

the plot of the book doesn't really matter. it's about the characters, who are written to be truly human. they're flawed, but it all makes sense.

however, this book was definitely written by a white woman in eighties, as she goes on about how beautiful these background mul*tto children are. ugh. despite that, i recommend.
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 ...more
Richard Albion
Oct 19, 2015 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
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
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Sue
Dec 15, 2012 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
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Heather
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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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Melanie
Mar 13, 2010 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
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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 ...more
Lisa
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teresa
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade Brelsford
Shelves: 2010, smut, romance
A surprisingly sweet little tale that at first glance seemed to be a titillating account of life as part of an S&M club (told through Lisa, The Perfectionist and the brains behind the club, and Elliott, a new slave), but turned out to be a story of the intimacy and vulnerability that is awoken through completely giving up control and surrendering yourself to another.

Containing an interesting take on sex and relationships, and extremely graphic, this isn't one for the faint-hearted or easily
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