After everything I had to endure during the previous books, I deserved to know Beauty's ultimate fate. Once again, I'm not rating this read for the same reasons I stated in my reviews on the previous books. Considering that my poor brain cells are still pretty damaged, I'm taking the easy path (again) and copying/pasting/editing the plot summary I found on Wikipedia: Beauty's Release begins with the captured royal slaves' journey on the ship to the Sultan's realm, where they are to become mute sex toys or living sculptures to decorate the Sultan's gardens, bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways, doors, etc. In public, Lexius is the powerful and unbending Master while Laurent is nothing but one of the Sultan's slaves. However, in private, Laurent and Tristan begin to train Lexius as their secret slave. When Beauty, Tristan and Laurent start to feel comfortable and happy with their new lives, a rescue team led by the Captain of the Guard and Nicolas, Tristan's former Master and lover, arrives to take them back to the Queen's Court. Laurent convinces the Captain to take Lexius too, much to the Sultan's steward's delight. Back at the castle, the Queen agrees to take Lexius as her slave and sentences Laurent and Tristan to the Village stable, where they are made to live and work as ponies. That's the whole plot, so you don't have to read the book anymore - unless you want to know in detail all the sexual antics that happens in this book, LOL. Princess Elena, Princess Rosalynd and Prince Dmitri, who were kidnapped along with Beauty, Tristan and Laurent, were sent to be and do only the gods know what as soon as they reached the Sultan's land and were quickly forgotten. Laurent and Beauty had sex only once during the whole series!
I guess, in their own way, these three books really are like a fairy tale. Amidst all the every day fetishistic debauchery, torture, gang rape, buggerization and constant whippings - it's the lifestyle - there is something missing. I mean, even going back to the very first book, where Beauty is rudely awakened by the priapic Prince - lets face it, she's been asleep for 100 years, surely she should be lying in a pool of dried and drying menstrual blood, amongst other bodily waste matter!? It's obviously a constant balmy temperature with no precipitation of any kind, which is lucky for the slaves who are naked. Of course the slaves enjoy and even crave it so it doesn't matter much to them how it is defined.
A fitting end to this High-Fantasy erotic series complete with HEA for all the characters weve come to love. Im not even going to try and pretend that I dont wield these books as a weapon against those who are ignorant enough about the D/s Lifestyle to call Fifty Shades of Grey and its fuzzy handcuff contemporaries BDSM Not that those books arent entertaining for what they are (Modern Romance with a slightly erotic, slightly kinky kick) But lets endeavor to call a spade a spade, people Before someone gets their feelings hurt These books are completely over-the-top graphically sexual & and descriptive to the point of making the reader squirm However, I find the psychology of the submissive much more accurate in Anne Rices fantasy land than it is often portrayed in the soft-core BDSM-light Erotic Romances which come across my path more frequently.
Not to mention taking what was one person's journey and turning into a multiple character story. And for the love of a higher power, don't switch from 1st person to 3rd person. I get that a lot of people like this series, and more power to them.
Review of the first book. Review of the second book. It's at this point where I started to wonder if Beauty series were supposed to be erotica in modern narrow sense of the word - titillating - or just an exploration of extreme? I daresay that when put like that, it seems like horrors of book second might have been staged to show princes and princesses were better off as slaves to the nobility than roaming around. We had another in book two - and he is ignored here. (He is not content with his situation either, but that's because he prefers to be the aggressor.) Then Beauty gets released back to her kingdom.
I read the first book in this trilogy about four years ago, which appropriately demonstrates how well the triptych held my interest. I assumed "like that" meant "erotica in three parts" rather than "steaming pile of badly written horse apples," so I figured I ought to see how this series ends because Lord knows the woman will want to talk about nipple clamps and tidal waves of man juices and human ponies with dildo tails and fully exposed pleasure-statue-people.
Since erotica is much more important than the plot in this trilogy, I'll divulge a little on this final book. The Queen sends a rescue squad to recapture Beauty and her fellow slaves Tristan and Laurent, but not before Laurent secretly teaches the Sultan's steward Lexius what it feels like to be a slave...
These are Adult FairyTale FANTASY books. Please do not read these books and base them on real life. I am sure that these books are not everyone's cup of tea but I was very much taken in with this fantasy world.
The first book was shocking.