Beauty’s Release (Review)

Beauty’s Release starts out with a change in location yet again. This time, however, it’s to an entirely different area of the world, and this part of the world is inherited by … Arabs!

Oh boy, the things I could say about this. Eroticization of the Other, for starters? Depiction of the “harems” of the Middle East in highly sexualized ways? Oh, and a rather disturbing section of the book where it basically implies that all women in the Middle East have been mutilated so that they can only act as sex toys, never as willing participants capable of pleasure?

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Beauty’s Punishment (Review)

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.

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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Review)

After reading the monstrosity that was the Fifty Shades trilogy, I decided that I should clean my brain out with some “good” BDSM-based erotica. I remembered reading the Beauty series when I was younger – much younger, probably near the end of high school – and thought that I’d give them a re-read, both for my own personal reading and to review in comparison with E.L. James’ books.

I have to say … apparently I liked them better in hindsight.

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Belinda (Review)

I have to say, the whole 16-year-old falling in love with a 40-something-year-old story line really threw me at first. The story at that point is told from Jeremy’s point of view, so the reader could see his reasoning behind things, but … still. Since I stuck it out and kept going until the end, I understood the reality of the situation, and also saw the various relationships presented in the book with large age gaps (not only between Belinda and Jeremy), but some readers might be thrown too far by it early on and give up before getting to the real meat of the story.

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