If you are a fan of vampires, witches, werewolves, or even Angels then you are most likely a fan of Anne Rice. However, very few of the adventurous readers I know have gotten around to “The Sleeping Beauty” series that was originally published under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure back in the 1980’s before she was a seasoned writer. I came across Rice’s stories while in high school and slowly made my way through her catalog of books during the late 1990’s. To my surprise no one I knew had heard of these books. I soon realized this was not a story meant for a younger audience, but like the main character aptly named Beauty, a literary sexual awakening was sitting in my lap! I didn’t really know what the meaning of phallus was, but I was soon introduced to a plethora of sexual terminology that has had me intrigued for years to come. Fans of erotica know “50 Shades of Grey” is nothing compared to this erotica series. Why read about a billionaire sociopath when you can read about a whole kingdom dedicated to sexual foreplay and eroticism? A WHOLE KINGDOM PEEPS! There is even a village outside the kingdom that tributes, such as Beauty, are sent to when people are punished for not being subservient. It sounds crazy! Crazy awesome.
Beauty’s story starts out seemingly innocent until she is claimed and brought to the kingdom of Bellavalten where royals from around the world are required to pay fealty and send their heirs to complete a period of servitude. The visceral and elegant writing style keeps you on your toes without being too graphic. I could go on and on telling you all the little fun bits, but what good would that be? The best part of reading an erotica is experiencing it for yourself. Even if this is not her standard audience Rice’s ability to immerse you in the story has always drawn me to her books over the years and this one is no different. The continuation of Beauty’s sexual education and eventual release (he he sex pun) from her servitude is a story all Anne Rice fans should have on their book shelves.
Which is why I have been waiting patiently the last few months for the new addition to the series “Beauty’s Kingdom” coming out April 21st. After a hiatus from writing fiction Anne Rice has come back to her old stomping grounds and picked up where she left off with a gusto. As a fangirl and patient reader I have been yearning for this kind of return for a long time. I grew up reading almost everything thing Anne Rice has published over the years and every time I read one of my favorite stories it’s like I’m wrapping myself in a soft blanket bringing me comfort no matter where I am. Even if its 80 degrees outside in SoCal right now. Obviously, these books are intended for a mature audience, so I would recommend them to the 18 and over crowd, even if I did jump the gun and read them all when I was 16 years old. I hope fangirls everywhere seek out Beauty and her Prince so you can join in all the fun and games they are about to embark on in their new kingdom together.