‘The Club’ is an exclusive island where all your darkest dreams and fantasies can be lived out. Elliot Slater is new to the sadomasochism lifestyle, but when he hears of ‘The Club’ he knows it’s his every desire personified. Hired as a Slave on the island, he eagerly signs the 2-year contract, putting his successful photojournalism career on hold for a chance to fully immerse himself into the consuming sensuality of The Club. Lisa Kelly is the mastermind behind The Club. Nicknamed ‘The Perfectionist’ for her complete poise and control in training sex slaves, Lisa becomes feverishly enthralled with Elliot and begins to bend her own rules, much to the shock of her colleagues. The magnetism between them makes them reconsider everything they thought they wanted. Will the fever that drives them consume them? Or bring them to paradise?
“…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 eroticism 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 an 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!