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


I had read this when I was a teenager, and remember it being really good - so when I saw it in a used bookstore, I figured I'd give it another read.Truthfully, I saw more flaws this time around than high points. It felt like the book didn't know what it was trying to be - was it erotica? romance? woman's existential crisis? I don't know which one it was trying to be, but even if you split the book into its component parts, none of them were good examples of that genre. The erotica wasn't sexy enough. The romance wasn't dreamy enough. And I didn't buy Lisa's crisis.Oh, and I saw the movie when it came out (decades ago), and it was REALLY shitty. I seem to remember that they made it into a comedy! How can someone who read this book say "I think that this could be hilarious!" Ridiculous, really.


I'm not great at writing book reviews, but here goes...I LOVED this book....right up to the last 1/4. It was sexy and provocative and everything you'd want in a book of this type. It had SO much promise. .....And then it turned into a moderately schmaltzy romance novel. Don't get me wrong, I understand (sort of) why the book went in the direction it did. People change. Your way of looking at life changes. And I LIKED the way it ended. I didn't LOVE the way it ended.I like how you get to know the characters. Even if you don't get into the S&M/B&D scene personally, you can begin to understand why it can be appealing to the people who do. All in all, I liked it. A lot. And I would recommend it. Its not to every taste. But I think if you can get your head around the premise, which will be easier for some than others, you'll enjoy this book.

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.


I read this after my friend had me read Fifty Shades of Grey. I figured, Anne Rice wrote about this stuff a while ago, and I like Anne Rice. I'd disagree with those who said the writing was poor-- Anne Rice can really write. I like how she puts words together, in a very contrasting way. One phrase was 'pulchritudinously fuckable.' I can imagine that it will be mandatory reading on a class entitled Late Twentieth Century Sexuality or The Development of Sexuality from the 1920s to the Present in some UC Berkeley or NYU English lit classroom in thirty years. I'd put it in the class of 'good' erotica because its not about sex: it uses sex as a vehicle to talk about sense of self and intimacy and human relationships after what is implied to be a mildly abusive or negligent childhood (not abusive or negligent in such a way as to be criminal, but in such a way that one recognizes that the effect is profound), and also about the particular universally human problem of falling in love with somebody. If all you got from the book was 'kinky sex,' I don't think you're getting it. That being said, there's fairly explicit and unusual sex, so if that's disturbing, I would recommend that you avoid this book.


I'm still feeling the aftershocks from this book. You know, the aftershocks- when you put a book down and you have goosebumps on your arms and legs, and there's that internal shudder of satisfaction and the final release of tension that had built up as the pages became fewer and fewer towards the end of the book. Aftershocks, the physical proof that a book just rocked my world!With that intro, I'm sure you've realized that I love this book. It's sexy with a story line, imagine that. If, when you close your eyes at night, visions of spanking, bondage and slave play dance in your head, then I recommend you read this book. Actually, what am I thinking? ...you probably already have this book. So, those of you thinking that you may like a little swat on the bottom, this is the book for you. It's graphic, but not raunchy. It's sexy, but not slutty. It's geniusly written and easily devoured. Pre-born-again-Christian Anne Rice is the BEST (and her post-Christianity self is pretty badass too and her views on Christianity are dead on).The main character, Lisa, is the founder and head mistress at The Club- a very (very very very) exclusive island resort for those wanting to live out their dom/sub fantasies. But when she falls in love with Elliott, her submissive, things get messy as she fights with her emotions, and struggles with the delicate balance between her work and personal life. This sounds kinda boring (cliche?) but believe me when I say that shit gets crazy. But what I really liked about this book was how fluid everyone's sexuality is. There's no drama: girls like girls and boys like boys and girls like boys and girls and every combination in between. Love is love and sex is sex. Whatever the motivation, all are excepted. If only real life could be that accepting. Here is an amazing quote from the book:"You know, Lisa, very few of us anymore get through life without a dramatic bid for freedom. That dramatic bid is the hallmark of our times. But most of us never really reach our goal. We get stuck halfway between the morass of myth and morality we left behind and the utopia on which we've set our sights. That's where you are, stuck between that dismal, repressive Catholic morality you came from and the vision of a world in which no form of love is a sin."*heart flutter*Can't we all just get along? lol, but seriously, I fucking love that quote and that is my vision of (for) the world too. So, I give Anne Rice's Exit to Eden two enthusiastic thumbs up! One thumb for its sexy, delicious pages and the other for letting me live in this beautifully accepting world, only if it lasted 377 pages.xx CaraPs. Are you familiar with The Sleeping Beauty Chronicles? Did you know Anne Rice has 2 pseudonyms and writes the most damn sexy books ever under them: Anne Rampling and A. N. Roquelaure? I really strongly urge you to find these books and rub them all over your body... oh, and read them ;) http://www.bibliobabes.ca/May_2011_Ca...

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.


I wanted to like this, I really did. I'm sure more people have picked this up after the huge success of the SHADES trilogy. However, I read Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty Trilogy over 10 years ago and loved it. So for those of you who are searching for another of her erotic novels because you loved everything about Sleeping Beauty...don't waste your time. More like a boring and drawn-out romance novel than anything.

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.

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.

Valerie Curtis

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


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)


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)

Karen Klink

Characters are a bit flat but, oh well, this is erotica. A beautiful lady who manages the perfect BDSM island club. A handsome, man-of-the world who signs a contract to be a "slave" at same. Each looking for something they have never found elsewhere. Hmm. What do you suppose happens? That part is predictable. Getting there is loads of fun, if you like this sort of thing. I do when it is as decently written as this.Rice is one of the queens at writing erotica, or was at the time of writing this one. I believe she is also one of the best at writing sumptuous settings that make a reader feel as though she is there.I was also intrigued by the message: Whatever two consenting adults do is their own business—anything goes as long as no one is permanently injured. Would there be less violence in the world if more individuals were allowed to work out their secret urges this way? I wonder.Halfway through, the novel turns into a road trip romance with no BDSM, so if you are looking for lots of BDSM, this one isn't for you.Recommended as a great bit of escapism that contains a little more than your typical erotica.

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!

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