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

Kelly Wyre

Now, whereas I hated the Sleeping Beauty series, I really enjoyed Exit to Eden. I even liked the movie (*ducks fruit*). There were plenty of nods to consent in the kink scenarios, I liked the characters, and I even liked the balls-to-the-wall waaaay out there fantasy island idea. Who *wouldn't* want to give Eden a try? I particularly enjoyed some of the scenes in the book that could never have graced the big screen, (the carnival scenes, for example), but I must say... I got a little irritated in the second half of the book that focused far too much on the, "Woe 'tis me, I guess I must have a relationship, hm?" I'm all for a happy ending, but it got a tad long-winded here and there in the messy diatribe of "Should I or shouldn't I be with him?"Cue the flailing heroine and me fetching my gin and tonic in an effort to read on with renewed determination.Overall, however, it was a hot, fun, silly read, which can be some of the best.

Eroti Cliterature

This was the first "adult" book I ever read... and what a great beginning it was. Anne's lush writing style and frank descriptions of sex drove my young brain and body into a fevered overdrive. I wanted to go to the island she described. I wanted to feel the sting of the crop on my legs. And when the two of them escaped to New Orleans, I wanted to experience the buttery nipples, dusted with cinnamon... It lit me on fire.The book took me places in my imagination that eventually led to my first satisfaction. I wanted to review it first because it was my first, and it opened my eyes to the possibilities of love that insipid cartoons and romance novels had held closed. I am so grateful this book existed, along with Belinda which I read immediately afterwards, because sometimes even fiction can still speak Truth.

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.

Katandra Jackson

One word. DeliciouslyWicked ;-)

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.

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.

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.


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”.


I tried to read this book years ago, and stopped halfway through, but I remained interested enough to pick it up again. I'm glad I did. Perhaps my life situation has changed, and that's why I loved it so much this time around -- I'm much more comfortable with erotica now (looking at it as literature, and not just a 'cheap thrill'), and I'm filled with a lot of those falling-in-love passions that consume the main characters of Exit to Eden. The book is full of the sensuality that Rice is known for, mostly through the Vampire Chronicles, and I don't just mean in relation to sex -- smells of flowers, tastes of food, the way things look and feel and sound -- her novels are saturated with sensory description, and it makes reading a lucious experience. Labelling the story as "erotica" seems way too one-dimensional. The combination of the sensory hedonism and the real depth to the philosophies of religion and life that her characters show make this a really layered and meaty love story. I'm not sure I buy these philosophies, and I have some issues with how conventionally the love story is concluded, but I still think Exit to Eden is a very worthwhile read.Notable quotes:"'People say S&M is all about childhood experiences, the battles with dominance and submission we fought when we were little that we are doomed to reenact. I don't think it's that simple. I never have. One of the things that has always fascinated me about sado-masochistic fantasies, long before I ever dreamed of acting them out, was that they are full of paraphernalia that none of us ever saw in childhood [...] racks and whips, and harnesses and chains. Gloves, corsets. Were you ever threatened with a rack when you were a kid? Did anybody ever make you wear a pair of handcuffs? I was never even slapped. These things don't come from childhood; they come from our historic past. They come from our racial past. The whole bloody lineage that embraces violence since time immemorial. They are the seductive and terrifying symbols of cruelties that were routine right up through the eighteenth century [...] all the paraphrenalia is the flotsam of the past. And where is it routine today? In our dreams. In our erotic novels. In our brothels. No, in S&M we're always working with something a hell of a lot more volatile than childhood struggles; we're working with our most primitive desires to achieve intimacy through violence, our deepest attractions to suffering and inflicting pain, to possessing others [...] And if we can keep the racks and the whips and the harnesses forever relegated to the S&M scenario -- if we could relgate in all its forms to the S&M scenario -- then maybe we could save the world'" (223-4).[N.B. - I find the ideas that we are innately violent, particularly sexually, and that there is some kind of collective unconscious memory of past violence very problematic. The idea that relegating violence symbolically to the bedroom as a solution to the world's problems is also extremely reductionist. However, I still find this passage thought-provoking.]-----"But I was thinking the strangest thing: what if, what if it really was something that could happen? What if Martin was right and Elliott and I could have each other like that? What if it was half that good for only a year, a fourth that good for a decade? Christ, that was worth the death of everything I'd ever been before, wasn't it?" (287)

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.

Tom Angelo

This is the first B & D type Fiction book I ever read. I have to say it was pretty good and held my attention nicely. Whatever you do....do NOT see the Movie that was made with the same title ! Garry Marshall absolutely butchered the Movie by trying to turn it into a Comedy. To make things worse....he cast Rosie O'Donnell in it. However, Dana Delaney did a good job as the lead character Lisa. If you ever wondered what the Coroner in "Body of Proof" looks like decked out as a Dominatrix....Dana looks fabulous ! Seeing the Movie made me appreciate the Book very much.

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


my long comment was really a review, so I cut and pasted it here. This is really the book people shouldread instead of the incredibly bad and unrealistic (my kinky friends HATE it) Fifty Shades of Grey.I suspect not many people know about this book, as for years the author was listed as Anne Rampling, a pseudonym that Anne Rice used, for quite a few years, for her strictly erotic fiction. This has a bdsm setting, and is not for the prudish, but I did find it quite erotic, without being gross (the correct term is, I think, "squicked"). It's set mostly on an island run by a dominatrix, where visitors, (domme, sub or switch) can come, at a high fee, for a "fantasy island" type vacation. The head domme is a compelling, very sexy, and smart character, while the male protagonist (a visitor) wasn't as interesting or as three dimensional to me. There's real pain and submission involved, but no one gets maimed or permanently injured (there is one homosexual rape scene though (of the consensual, non-consent type, I suppose; somewhat like what Ayn Rand wrote for her female (straight, of course) characters, but more brutal), that some may find quite disturbing).If you've seen the movie, the novel has very little in common with it as the movie is a grossly watered down comedy for a mainstream ("vanilla") audience. (Parenthetically, I did enjoy the movie though (quite rare for someone who also read the novel, I think) as did a quite prudish former girl friend. Dana Delaney plays the head dominatrix in the movie and is very good in the role). The novel is not at all a comedy; I'd say it's an erotic, "relationship" story. I could never finish any of Rice's more famous vampire novels and was happy to have stumbled across this years ago. For a former Catholic school girl, she has quite an imagination (maybe BECAUSE she's a former Catholic school girl?) Anne Rice wrote other erotic novels (The Sleeping Beauty trilogy) using the name A. N. Roquelaure and these were even more unknown until quite recently.I've recently discovered that there's quite a recent cottage industry of women writers doing very similar things. A lot of them self-publish online and have astonishing high sale figures and earnings. Who knew (haven't read any of them yet)


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.

Valerie Curtis

This was a terrible book. The writting, the plot, everything!

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