Belinda Author:Anne Rice, Anne Rampling An erotic and controversial tale of seduction and obsession from the best-selling author of Exit to Eden. Belinda is the ultimate fantasy. A golden-haired object of desire, fresh and uninhibited. But to Jeremy Walker, a handsome and famous 44-year old illustrator of children's books, Belinda is a forbidden passion, both beguiling and bewitching.
More than I thought it was going to be just based on the blurb. So much detail and captivating drama, it really draws you in and puts other steamy romance novels to shame. Yeah, the first part is about what you expect (Lolita-ish), but it grows way beyond that in a new direction I hadn't been expecting in the second half. A page-turner, just like her others.
A provocative book. Intensely erotic. The novel is about Belinda. She is 16, a child, with a woman's desires. This is a story about forbidden passion. Anne Rice turns up the heat as soon as you start to read. Belinda wants Jeremy Walker, a mature artist who illustrates children's books. Jeremy is accustomed to painting and photographing little girls but Belinda is no child. The author plays to your sense of justice. I felt as guilty as Jeremy as I turned the pages and just as tangled in the seduction. A shocking series of events remove all traces of innocence from them both. I read this book because I was an Anne Rice fan but this book stands on it's own merit, a compelling story.
I could not put this book down. The "disturbing" element in this book hooked me right away and as I kept reading I no longer found it disturbing. I was pushing for the guy I thought was utterly sick in the first chapter! Typical Anne Rice, the characters are deap and the detail is fantastic. It kept me reading even though I found it I read it through the night - and I don't sacrafice sleep EVER.
Definitely an adult book - and not for those who are uncomfortable with sex scenes. I enjoyed it, although the subject matter (a romance between a 40 something man and a teenager) is what a friend of mine calls "just a bowl full of wrong."
A very erotic story about a taboo subject - a much older man and an underadge girl. She is very much the seductress despite her young age, and he succumbs to her charms despite knowing he shouldn't. I read the book in a very short period of time. It was one of those few that I've ever read that I simply could not put it down unti the last page.
The storyline was really good but it was heavy on the details for me. Rice describes every little thing in great detail. That's great for giving you a mental picture and helping you to envision the environment of the characters, but it's bad for moving the storyline along at a nice clip. This book would have been fabulously written in 250-300 pages as opposed to 400+. But that's an Anne Rice book for you. I will be reading more from this author in the future.