The beautiful courtesan Coco Wilde is famous for her ability to keep the wealthiest men in 19th-century London hanging on her every smile. But she maintains a careful emotional detachment from all admirers. When she meets Sir James Stoker, however, the raven-haired Coco is attracted by his radiant smile and dangerous eyes. Determined to capture her, James must find out how to break the spell of indifference Coco has cast around herself. As the passion between Coco and James awakens, Sleeping Beauty heats up with the intensity of their love-making. Vivid images, tumultuous emotions, and exotic settings add to the drama of their sizzling romance. When Sleeping Beauty was first published, it was chosen by the Romance Writers of America and Romantic Times as one of the top 10 books of the year. A steamy retelling of the well-known fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty uses the classic children's story as a springboard to a very adult quest.
©1998 Judith Ivory (P)2001 Recorded Books
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Critic reviews

"A beautifully romantic fairy tale, exquisitely told and infinitely satisfying." ( Booklist)
"Ivory...enchants her readers with intense sexual tension, understated but powerful symbolism, great plotting and sympathetic characters who buck tired types." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Wendy Loveridge on 14-07-15

A clever take on a fairy story

A beautiful, in depth love story with the background of a fairy story. Beautifully crafted as usual by Judith Ivory and perfected by the talented narrator Violet Primm/Davina Porter.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Avid Reader on 13-07-08

Very entertaining and different

This novel was better than most romantic novels in that the heroine was an experienced woman rather than a brainless first timer. I enjoyed a more mature, less predictable read. Their first love encounter reminded me of "Body Heat", sizzling.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Julia Aryeh on 06-08-07

move to the next

the writing was longwinded - dry and hard to get into. It fell short accross the board. even the reader could not get this one up and running.
I did not retain one thing in the book - it was as if each chapter was a book on its own since it felt totally disconnected from the rest. I could not tell you one thing about any one character! no impact on me whatsoever - except for the annoyance factor as to have listened to it!

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