Sleeping Beauty Box Set by A.N. Roquelaure
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
These books were recommended to me, as research for the book I am writing. I was told that it would help me understand what total submission meant. And that it delivered. Anne Rice put such a twist on this fairy tale, that it is hard to look at my nieces Sleeping Beauty dolls.
Favorite Quote, "He used love as a means to suffering, as if it were a weapon.
The story is perverse “Hunger Games” of sorts. Princes and Princesses are sent as tributes to serve as sex slaves to the Crowned Queen, in order to maintain an alliance.
The first book Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, followed Beauty after she had been awakened from her long sleep. Immediately, she is thoroughly sexed by the Crowned Prince and marched naked to his castle to be his BDSM slave. Beauty is treated to a variety of punishments but still can’t seem to comprehend the meaning of submission. One night, handsome Prince Alexi, seeks her out to tell her his story of submission. It was one of gang raping, and having foreign objects shoved into him. Shortly after that night, Beauty sees that Prince Tristan was being sent to the village for punishment. For reasons unknown to Beauty, she ran in order to be punished as well.
The second book, Beauty’s Punishment, was told in two POV’s, Tristan and Beauty. I found it weird that one was told in the 3rd person and the other in 1st. The punished princes and princesses were put on the auction block and sold to the highest bidder. Beauty to an Inn owner and Tristan to a man that works for the queen. Both end up gaining some sort of affection for their masters and their firm discipline. Just when they were becoming content, they were captured along with Prince Laurent, and taken to a foreign land.
The final book, Beauty’s Release, was again told in two POV’s, Laurent and Beauty. They arrive in the foreign land, and were decorated with gold paint and jewels. The Sultan's steward Lexius, was their master, instructing them to please the sultan to please him. Laurent’s love for punishment turned into a love to punish and he decided to show Lexius what it was like to be a love slave. After a short while there, the three of them along with Lexius were rescued. All returned to the castle, but Beauty. She was sent home to choose a suitor.
After all that happens, Beauty decides that she loves the life of a submissive and refuses to choose a suitor. Laurent continues to dominate, when he is placed in the pony stalls for a year. Laurent gets discharged from service due to his father’s death and decides to claim beauty as his. Everyone lived happily ever after... the end.
After reading the first book, especially Prince Alexi’s story, I didn’t think I could stomach the other two books. It seemed to me that gang rape was, one harmful to a human being; and two, I am just not into man on man erotica. However, I gave the second book a chance and liked it enough to read the third. I liked the overall story, I did thoroughly learn about the extreme D/s relationships. One critique would be the overuse of “my sex” as an anatomical description. The other thought that came to my head, is there is no off time for menstruation; and if they are having that much sex, how do they not get pregnant? Other than that, less man on man would’ve gained another star.
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