Title: Beauty’s Punishment
Author: Anne Rice (as A.N. Roquelaure)
Publication Year: 2012 (originally published in 1984)
Genre: Fiction, Fairy Tale, Erotica
Source: E-book purchased from the Apple store; I already own a paper copy back home in Canada
From the cover:
This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice’s (writing as A.N. Roquelaure) 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, she will soon experience the tantalizing punishments of “the village,” as her education in love, cruelty, dominance, submission, and tenderness is turned over to the brazenly handsome Captain of the Guard. And once again Rice’s fabulous tale of pleasure and pain dares to explore the most primal and well-hidden desires of the human heart. Preceding the visceral eroticism of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and even more haunting than her own novel Belinda, this second installment is not to be missed.
Yet again, there’s a lot more spanking in this book than you’re probably looking for. But, on the upside, there’s at least a change in scenery from the decadence of the Castle, and there’s a bit more of a look into the psychology of the characters, particularly the slaves, since they’re in the Village and are actually able to hold conversations with each other now.
There’s a bit more discussion of “other” forms of slavery in this book – slaves as horses pulling carriages, for example – but again, be forewarned that it’s not exactly realistic and is definitely not indicative of what real-life kink is about.
I’m going to leave it at that, since to go farther would be to spoil what little there is to the plot. But personally, I find Beauty’s Punishment more entertaining than the first volume, probably because of that slight depth of character that finally appears.