Exit to Eden

ISBN: 5550758733
ISBN 13: 9785550758731
By: Anne Rampling

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The same imagination that brought you the spellbinding sensuality of The Vampire Chronicles brings you the wickedly erotic and tantalizing tale of Lisa and Elliot's journey to the limits of pleasure and darkness at The Club, an exclusive island resort where forbidden fantasy meets willing flesh. A literary romp.

Reader's Thoughts

Marie Meriwani

This has to be my favorite Anne Rice book, and one of my top 10 books of all time. It's a step beyond erotica and S&M; it's more of a journey of how love grows when one doesn't even know it. Lisa's character is very raw, her sexual growth is very real, her experiences are something that a lot of people go through when they grow into sexuality at an early age, and then start discovering what their feelings are.Elliot...oh dear, Elliot kills me, I just love him. Elliot is very real, he's the imperfect man that's so perfect because of his reality, because he's unafraid to be in touch with his sexuality, to live those dark fantasies most of us have but never dwell upon.I also have to express my deep love for Martin Halifax; he's the pillar of the cloud.

Ceilidh

Erotica should never be boring. No excuses, Rice!

Miwako Sakurada

This is my first Anne Rice book, I have been looking for an author that has a wide variety of books and I am also very interested in reading erotic fiction because I want to be able to incorporate it into my novels some day. From the beginning I was hooked the way she described every little detail of the setting was beautiful, I could literally watch as all the events took place.In the middle of the book it got a little bit boring and old and I started to read it just to get it over with. Thank God I didn't give up because the story soon went from a story of rules and S&M (which I loved) became a romantic story of passion. I have to say that I usually always prefer female characters over males so I was very surprised to find out that I favored Elliott ALL THE WAY. He wasn't afraid to express all his thoughts and he was just so damn romantic, I wish I could find someone like him (to bad he is just a character). I got the feeling that Anne Rice doesn't really make either characters have much flaws other than Lisa who struggles with her title as the "Perfectionist" and the lover of Elliott. Many things seemed very far fetch and unbelievable but that is what I loved about it.The romance in this book is enough to make someone cry of happiness, the characters and their physical appearances are described to the tea as well as the various fashion choices they make. I just have nothing bad to say about this beautiful work of art. Anne Rice is truly deep and has a way with description, I am going to begin reading Belinda which I hope isn't a let down because of how good Exit to Eden is.I completely recommend it to someone who wants to get lost in paradise while reading. In this book you will enter a world unlike any other, a world where art is a lifestyles and beauty lurks around every single corners (and page). Very graphic and descriptive about sexual acts and you almost feel like you are the characters when reading... In one word...... DIVINE

Diane

Giving this book one star made me realize most of my ratings of books have little to do with literary merit, but rather express my visceral reaction to the book.I found the entire idea distasteful (and I'm not a prude)

Craven

One good thing about traveling is that you often have to read whatever comes your way and are more likely to have to stick with it. Not to say that I wouldn't read smut back home, but there is no way I could justify finishing this turd of a book if I had access to my local library and my own bookshelf. So anyway, WEALTH, there is nothing more boring (not to mention revolting) than a bunch of rich porknobs who are wallowing in the shit. The main character, Elliot, is a rich playboy who was spoiled rotten by his father, who bought him expensive whores and young boys and whatever to play with. He lived a life full of adventure tossing his daddy's money around, one that we all could only dream of. Through his father's connections, he also became a photojournalist who covered the war in Beirut, where he saw all kinds of the horrors of war and photographed them, only to big-heartedly become famous. After witnessing all this horror but not being able to participate in it, he became a masochist fetishizing the pain he never experienced or was able to inflict when covering war. So he spends more of his father's money to be a slave on an island of wealthy perverts to fulfill this fetish. In the meantime, in spite of his hard, worldly, rugged heart, he falls for his master or spankstress or whatever on this fantasy island. Not stranger to old money herself, she also founded and runs this island of spankers, where she's the iron-willed dom in charge. But they both go soft for each other and fall in love so deeply over a couple of days that they take off from this island paradise and run around the states throwing money at limousines and five star restaurants and elaborate hotels and dumb rich people bullshit while reverting to a tender vanilla sex relationship. Elliot reads his love passages from his favorite book "On The Road" while a limo waits in the lobby with no apparent awareness of the irony. OK, so this book is really dumb. I need say no more. But what really stands out and moves me to write about it all is the fact that these characters suck. They've seen no real struggle and wallowed in money their whole lives and are as boring and one-dimensional as hell, in spite of being lucky enough to live rich lives full of experience. But this is fantasy, so apparently, a lot of people are so obsessed with wealth and power that they get off on reading about such dirtbags and feeling the twist of the knife when they can't pay their bills. Maybe they fantasize about such a life for themselves. It was odd to me that in a genre fiction escape novel such as this, the reader would prefer characters who have had no obstacles to overcome whatsoever and fetishize the wealth and ease of some trust fund babies. Weird. I just found the whole thing to be completely confounding and insulting. The real masochism in this book is what your average reader experiences when they read this crap while struggling to get by.To think I came away with all of this; if I had been at home I would've just skipped to the dirty parts.Here's a couple of quotes, just for the hell of it: "The cabin was OK. Rich, brown leather armchairs, mirrors all over the place, large bunk with too many cushions, built-in video monitor with a library of films on laserdisc under it. Sherlock Holmes of all things and the erotic classics "Story of O", "Justine", "Claiming of Sleeping Beauty" Beauty's Punishment", "Romance of the Rod"." An author has license to plug two of her own books as classics in her own book, right?"'Can I get get you a drink, sir?' The flight attendant bent down close to my ear.The two Latin Americans-I was sure that is what they were-had turned to each other a little more sharply, the conversation rising to shut everything out.'Yeah,' I said disgustedly, glaring at the lumpy men and Lisa sitting next to them."Hmmm...

Gennifer Holland

I don't know why I thought this shitty book was going to be any better than Rice's Beauty trilogy. Anne Rice can't write steamy erotica if her life depended on it. I hate how her ideas of "hot" always revolve around some aspect of non-consent. Maybe I would find it arousing if there was actual sex in this book and not just page after page of boring exchanges and embarrassing descriptions of what goes on at this "sex club". BDSM this is not, and it sure as hell isn't arousing in the least.

Michael

SummarySecluded island. Hundreds of consensual sex-slaves bound by a 2-year contract. Couldn't get better than this, right? Not until a little thing called 'love' makes things complicated.Positive Critiques If Exit to Eden is a tree then Fifty Shades of Grey is a flowery branch.Well-written.Scenes became a 'movie' in my head.I felt for the character's emotions.'Meh' Critiques I don't even want to call this a negative critique--This specific genre is not my clique. I don't mind a book with sex. It just gets 'outside my box' when it is male-male, female penetrating male, and "consensual rape". Wow, I never thought I could define "consensual rape". If you are curious, look mid-way in the book for the 'games'. You'll understand.This is where the book gets a low rating from me. It is written well, it was just not really in my genre of books to read.Negative Critiques I am pushing to find a negative critique: The ending of the story wrapped up quickly. I would have enjoyed the ending of the book more-so if the main characters had more personal obstacles/roadblocks/what not to overcome. [edited two weeks later] - Now I know what was bugging me about this story. The two main characters are described as athletic, fit, muscular, gorgeously-nude people. However, all throughout the book, they continuously drink a lot of alcohol. I mean a lot of alcohol. They should have beer bellies, not six pack abs.

Marleen

Eden, a secret, mysterious and elegant island in the Caribbean is a play-ground for the rich. It is the place where those with enough money can come to fulfil their fantasies about dominance and submission. A paradise where willing slaves are available for those who would be masters, where pain and pleasure intermingle and nothing is forbidden or impossible.Lisa is the perfectionist mastermind behind Eden. She has set the rules, invented the games and oversees the smooth running of the whole operation. Eden is what Lisa has been yearning for all her life, the answer to all her sexual and spiritual needs and yet, when she returns to Eden after a vacation away, Lisa finds herself restless and, for the first time ever, unsure of what she really wants.Elliot is a client. Suffering from severe burnout he has been trained to be a slave in Eden and has recently signed a contract to stay there for two years while he flees the life that no longer satisfies him.When Elliot and Lisa meet sparks fly. Neither of them expected to find real attraction in Eden and neither of them, but least of all Lisa, is prepared for the conflict and confusion these new feelings bring with them.When Lisa flees Eden, taking Elliot with her, she’s not only breaking all the rules she so carefully set herself, she is also opening herself up to the sort of turmoil she’s ill equipped to deal with.This is very much a book in two parts. While the first half of the story is very much about sex, submission and dominance, the second half is more of a psychological study, with sex very much in the background.In the first half the reader learns, in rather graphic detail, about the training slaves go through before they get to Eden and about the pain, pleasure, humiliation and power they experience from that training and life in Eden.During the second half though, all of that fades away. The story now takes into the minds of Elliot and Lisa. And while Elliot has a pretty good idea what he feels, what he wants and how to deal with his emotions, Lisa is lost. When Lisa finds herself in a neverland between no longer feeling at home in Eden and deep fear of what a future away from the world she created might mean, she is in real danger of ending up with nothing.I found this to be a fascinating book because it goes beyond what could so easily have been a purely erotic story. It is obvious that Rice is a talented and experienced author. Her sentences and the story flow with ease and she captures the reader as much with her erotic descriptions as she does with the non-sexual scenes.Both Lisa and Elliot are wonderful characters to read about; flawed and struggling to find their way they are made for each other yet unprepared for that discovery.I would have loved to have the opportunity to read more about the two of them, would have enjoyed seeing them return to Eden together and what they might get up to as a team. Since that particular book hasn’t actually been written I will have to be satisfied with what I found in this story and that which my own fantasy can come up with.Yes, it would appear that I have developed a taste for Erotica in my “old age”.

Michelle

honestly? i don't think i need to say anything more than this booked sucked so very bad.

David Schwan

A number of people I know recommended this, telling how great a novel it was. It is a OK novel, not great, not bad, but it definitely did not live up to the recommendations. I think Anne Rice (the author) is at her best describing her characters world, their surroundings and this book is good at that. I suppose part of my disappointment was the predictable cardboard like characters of this book. Anne Rice goes on later in her career with some very memorable characters, this book did not have them. I would guess that part of the "cult" status of this book had to do with "The Club" and the world surrounding it.

La Petite Mort

“…nobody has ever been able to convince me that anything sexual between consenting individuals is wrong.” This quote rung most true with this reader. Anne Rice has an amazing ability to portray exotic situations in an unassuming tone. She strips away all previously conceived labels that either we or society has placed upon sexuality. Instead she writes about the rawness, the need, the baser instincts - she reduces the characters to their primal natures. Written in Anne Rice’s eloquent yet direct style, ‘Exit to Eden’ is one of the best erotic novels this reader has enjoyed. Not only is it well written with a strong plot, the characters are so vibrant that every nuance feels real. Having said all this, the book does drag in the middle and even gets a little boring. This book is a good introduction to Anne Rice’s writing style. More character driven than her Sleeping Beauty trilogy, ‘Exit to Eden’ portrays the same erotiscism without being as shocking. At its core, Exit to Eden is a love story. I suppose this could be said about most erotic novels, however what set this one apart for this reader was that it was about two individuals stripping away themselves through raw sexuality and in the end finding love - instead of two individuals finding love and then trying to cope with their sexual issues. As usual, Anne Rice's frank portrayal of exotic sex took this reader to previously unexplored realms. In the broadest sense, this novel explores the dominant/submissive lifestyle. However, in the process of training submissives, Rice never fails to create unique forms of humiliation that this reader can only marvel at. The true eroticism in this book lies with the scenes she creates, the ultimate fantasy island where ‘nothing is taboo’. It is a integrally erotic book that doesn’t rely on frequent, repetitive sex to make it so.This reader, for one, doesn’t understand why this book is not talked about more and wishes there would be more discussions on it! So read it and let this reader know your thoughts!

Hydra Star

I’d heard a lot of good things about this book prior to purchasing it. I’ve never seen any parts of the movie that bares its title, but had read some place that Anne Rice had denounced it because it so greatly varied from the original story. I found that encouraging considering the movie is marketed as a buddy cop comedy and I don’t really enjoy comedy mixed in with my BDSM erotica, which is what the book is marketed as.The book’s storyline centers around and is told from the first person point of view of two individuals involved in the BDSM lifestyle. One is, Lisa, the female co-founder and operator of a sex club simply called The Club that is stationed on some unidentified island. From the very start you get a sense that she’s a woman divided, mostly due to her families deep Catholic faith and her own ‘sex is beautiful and never sinful’ mentality. The other half of the story is told by, Elliott, a man soon to be employed by The Club as one of its many sex slaves. The impression is given that he has a strong leaning towards being a homosexual and only a mild interest in women.Soon our two characters find themselves at The Club; Lisa at the end of a trip to visit her family and Elliott at the start of his two year contract as a slave. Elliott is ill-suited for the position of slave and quickly gets himself in trouble. What follows is what one would expect from BDSM erotica and Lisa becomes Elliott’s owner/lover, but she’s just not as “into it” as she should be. After some good play between the two of them, Lisa ups and bust Elliott out of The Club and they travel to New Orleans. That’s where things start to go down hill.Once out of The Club all BDSM elements of the book practically disappear and its basically all vanilla sex and traditional love story from there on out. That doesn’t make it a bad read and it is quite thoughtful and insightful into human nature, but just isn’t up to snuff with the book’s opening or marketing. Call me old fashioned, but when I read BDSM erotica I want there to actually be some bite to the sex sense.I’m also not so big on a main character who after falling in love with her “slave” becomes so overcome with guilt and shame at her sexual history that she practically can’t function and starts to drink herself silly. A little conflict; a little surprise at having feeling so deeply for someone who’d otherwise have been just a fling or a good time, but hitting rock bottom and crying her eyes out and going around asking her friends is she “bad” because of the way she has lived is way over the top and frankly a bit insulting to anyone with even a little kink and love in their lives. I’m not going to give away the ending for anyone who might be considering reading this work, but I will warn you that it’s about as predictable as they come and my impression of the message of this book is that love will save you and cure you of your kinky desires. I think, if this is Mrs. Rice’s feelings about BDSM and sex in general, it’s a good thing she stuck so long to writing books about vampires and didn’t devote more energy to creating erotica. The world really doesn’t need more shame over sex and sexuality spread around.

Lisa Weber

This is a novel that explores aspects of S&D/B&D and some of the psychology behind these preferences. A handsome, successful young man sets off on the adventure of his lifetime, to become a submissive sexual slave on a private island which houses "The Club". There, he meets his ideal dominatrix.While I can see the attraction this would have for some (this is a great fantasy idea), I myself vacillated between interest and repulsion for much of the book. I like hot sex scenes and consensual B&D, but I find deliberate belittlement and depracation repugnant, and not at all exciting. It's a fine line and a matter of personal taste. Ann Rice, in the guise of her alter egos, likes to explore the world of submission and dominance in directions that are fascinating in some ways, but not really to my personal taste. I'm mystified by those reviews that claim this book isn't graphic. Nuh-uh, it's graphic. It isn't wall-to-wall hardcore porn, but there are definitely graphic sex scenes. Nothing wrong with that, just be aware of it if you don't want a sexual book. Finally, the book's ending really bothered me. without including spoilers, the shift from fantasy porn to harlequin romance really bothered me. It was as if she glued 2 completely separate books together. Bad choice.

Dr. Ben

Ugggh. I won't say that there aren't small parts of EoE that are intriguing or even hot, 'cause there are. But any semblance of interest this book could have for me is totally ruined by the dynamic between the female and male leads.I'll say spoiler alert for the following, though honestly I'm just saving you time:-Male "sub" lead is not a sub at all and is, in fact, annoying chauvinistic and toppish and an all-around jerk-Female "domme" lead is somehow entranced by Mr. Neanderthal and in the end falls totally in wuv with his unbreakable spirit or some other line of horseshit-They end up together in a sort of him topping sort of relationship though it's not definedSo basically, powerful woman meets chauvinist man and realizes that that is what she needed all this time and wuv commences.Please kill me.

Ali

This is the romance your mother never had the guts to read. The sexual escapades you never thought to dream of and will probably never attempt. She is the your alter-ego as you sweep floors and clean toilets wishing instead you were flicking leather whips onto the backside of firm tanned flesh. He is the man holding in a secret wish to be dominated in a world where his wealth and good looks make him lord of all he sees. Harlequin Romances are for children, Anne Rice wrote a love story for adults.

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