Night after night she awoke in a feverish sweat, her hips writhing on their own accord, the bed sheet balled in a coil and clenched between her legs. It was so . . . real. Like he’d really been there.
First published to sensational scandal amidst accusations that the novel was hedonist, unclean and depicted distorted views of morality, The Picture of Dorian Gray was a hit back in the day. In 1890, the Daily Chronicle wrote that Wilde’s novel ‘will taint every young mind that comes in contact with it’. Well, Victorian critics, gird your loins and prepare to meet Audrey Ember’s Fifty Shades of Dorian Gray: hotter, lewder, sexier, steamier and more morally corrupt than Oscar Wilde’s original story!
Rediscover this celebrated novel as it traces the moral degeneration of a beautiful young Londoner seduced by art and beauty into a cruel and reckless pursuer of pleasure. Meet artist Rosemary Hall and follow her inevitable downfall brought by her lust for the famous Dorian Gray – a tale both familiar and new in this brilliant erotic mash-up of one of the world’s most beloved novels. With a mix of old fashioned Victorian debauchery and erotic 21st-century lust, this cleverly sexed-up classic will leave you wanting more!
It’s a tale both familiar and new in this brilliant erotic mash-up of one of Oscar Wilde’s most talked-about and cautionary tales: Fifty Shades of Grey meets The Picture of Dorian Gray.
What we say – Review by Elizabeth Wright:
I grew up with Oscar Wilde’s works, so when I was given a review copy of this book I couldn’t help but laugh and look forward to reading it. The concept is a good one; two books with sexual controversy and a name in common – who could resist making an ‘erotic mash-up’? The result, however, is one of the most frustrating books I have ever read and I definitely cannot bring myself to read any of the other books in the Entice series.
I suppose readers should approach the book as light-hearted erotica, but to me it is a poor attempt at erotic fiction and an insult to the original. A Picture of Dorian Gray was written as a satirical discussion of culture and life’s meaning, focusing on homosexuality at a time when it was still illegal and punishable by death. Fifty Shades of Grey might not offer the depth that Dorian Gray does, but it did encourage a sexual awakening for many women around the world. However, I fail to see what this combination of the two books offers. It takes Dorian Gray at face value, overlooking the complex satire at its core and the depiction of BDSM is simply rape and abuse. Even the portrayal of the roles of women and class is unrealistic at best.
It is rare that I have to write such a negative review, but it is at least an honest one. If any readers disagree, I’d be very interested to know what you enjoyed about the book?