The first in a recently re-released trilogy, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty puts a (very!) adult twist on a well-known fairytale. Both e-book and print copies are available, with beautifully understated covers. There are plenty of bloggers currently reviewing the book, and revealing exerpts on the website – keep up with them here!
Source: Review copy
Summary (from Goodreads.com)
In the traditional folktale of ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind’s unconscious. Now Anne Rice’s retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire.
Here the Prince reawakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty’s complete and total enslavement to him as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience.