Beauty's Kingdom (Signed Book) (Sleeping Beauty Series #4)

Beauty's Kingdom (Signed Book) (Sleeping Beauty Series #4)

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ISBN-13: 9781101896044
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Series: Sleeping Beauty Series , #4
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Anne Rice is the author of many bestselling novels, including the hugely successful Vampire Chronicles. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was made into a film in 1994 starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Her other books include the Mayfair Witches series, the novels The Mummy or Ramses the Damned, Violin Angel Time, the Sleeping Beauty trilogy, and, most recently, Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, she now lives in Southern California.

Hometown:

Rancho Mirage, California

Date of Birth:

October 4, 1941

Place of Birth:

Rancho Mirage, California

Education:

B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971

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Beauty's Kingdom 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think there was anywhere to go after the perfect ending of the third book. But let me say i am not dissapointed! What a great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid fan of Anne Rice's writing, and devoured the first three of the Beauty series. This one did not live up to the other three. While it was not bad, it feels more like a setup for upcoming tales, and lacked a lot of the "action" that the previous three books contained.
robbielea More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time in the kingdom of Bellavalten, the inhabitants of this home of the naked pleasure slaves find themselves without a queen.  Even though Queen Eleanor was only recently lost at sea, her kingdom and her subjects have been neglected for years by a ruler who understands reform is needed but who has grown too tired to manage anything. With that basic premise, Anne Rice writing as A. N. Roquelaure, sets the stage for the return of Queen Beauty and her King Laurent to rule the kingdom where they once served as slaves. Beauty vows to Laurent "I will be the only queen of your heart, and you the king of mine, but the pleasures of the kingdom will be enjoyed by both of us." Beauty and Laurent have recently retired as successful rulers of their own kingdom, so in addition to their devotion to each other, they bring their leadership experience and sweeping reforms to a way of life that has become stale.  The decree is that no longer will slaves, frequently serving involuntarily, be strictly from the upper classes. They will instead be chosen from applicants who may come from any class as long as they are of an age to serve of their own free will. Beauty's Kingdom may be a fairy tale, but please don't read it to your children!  The prose is lushly descriptive and detailed as one would expect from Anne Rice, but it is also graphically erotic. Because the pleasure slaves are Bellavalten's most precious commodity, they are loved and treated very well, but they are also trained and disciplined in what may seem to be a harsh manner.  It is a resounding tribute to the author when I say the language she uses to describe the activities of the naked pleasure slaves and their masters succeeds in lending an air of childlike innocence to some very explicit and eye popping acts. There is a bit of intrigue and angst, some very entertaining plot twists and, of course, the continuing love story between Beauty and Laurent! I think readers will love the grown-ups that Beauty and Laurent have become as they struggle with the same issues other leaders face when they try to implement sweeping social reform. Remarkably many of the issues are the ones that plague us in our very real world. So . . . here are some take away points: first, just because a kingdom exists solely for pleasure doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement; second, lead by example; third, old dogs can learn new tricks; fourth, always do your job well . . . you never know when you may be called upon to be a Queen; fifth, even a Queen needs an occasional break. And finally — you can have it both ways. I recommend Beauty's Kingdom to lovers of erotica, lovers of Anne Rice and just lovers in general.  It will probably give you some ideas! If you've read the first three books, by all means read this one.  If you haven't, you can certainly read it as a standalone. There is enough past detail  included to make the story meaningful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The previous books were a lot better than this one. Where the previous books had a storyline and had quite a bit of sex built into that story. This book is more of a story, but a boring story. A story of the new kingdom and the changes therein. Meh. I don't really care that they put carpets down in the gardens and have updated all the guest rooms. Not enough happened on those carpets or in those guest rooms for my liking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexual tension and curiosity ran the length of the tale. Each chapter offered its own little garden of secrets . I was enchanted from start to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
but missing some closure for some of the plots
MarnieM More than 1 year ago
I made the mistake of expecting this book to stand up to the first three. You can tell that Anne Rice has taken a long journey in her writing. Perhaps too long of a journey to return to this series. It's not a bad book, but it's far below expectations. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring and repetitive. Nowhere near the other books in content and imagination. Glad I only paid $1.99.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth the two dollars I spent on it. The last time I buy anything without reading the sample first
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of flashbacks, but the story was entertaining enough.
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As sultry and passionate as the first three books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hello?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was nothing like the previous three. Was very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't mince words. This book flat out sucks. Calling it garbage would be an insult- to garbage.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review So, I've heard A LOT about the original Beauty trilogy and how it was the original formula for BDSM and Erotica. I've read all of Anne Rice's vampire and witch books, but never these. Since I've never read them but read a lot of the current authors in the same categories, I was very curious and excited when I saw this one coming out. That being said, I really couldn't get into this book. I didn't really like the concept of pleasure slaves (forced or otherwise) and I don't like books where the main characters openly sleep with others. Very disappointed.