I’m afraid my experience hasn’t improved since my last post. For me, the problem with this novel was that it normalizes nudity, punishment, and even rape. All of these things cease to be shocking and just become kind of a boring routine for the reader, even though there is some variation in terms of which slave gets punished, who gets to spank them, and so forth.
A good erotic tale must have some level of teasing, or suspense. Instead, Sleeping Beauty turns it on full blast and doesn’t let up, making the supposedly sexy scenes completely dull.
The plot doesn’t plod along so much as crawl along, similar to the way beauty must crawl around on all fours at all times like a giant baby. It’s not sexy, just tedious.
Anyway, I was hoping to say more about this book, but I found it impossible to read on. If there is anyone out there who has read some or all of the trilogy, please let me know in the comments. And if you believe I have misjudged this novel, please persuade me to read on. I value your opinion!