Exit to Eden vs. Fifty Shades of Grey
Exit to Eden has a serious tone, even a dark one - but it's an incredible, mind-blowing exploration of not only the erotica but of the psychology of B&D.
I mostly agree with njbookworm's review of Exit to Eden from 2001, with only a couple of exceptions. Note that Exit to Eden and the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy are not about Sadomasochism (S&M) - they're about Bondage & Domination (B&D). BIG difference. Look up "Bondage & Domination" in Wikipedia. An oversimplification of the difference is in the degree of pain inflicted/received, and the underlying mindsets of the Sadist/Masochist vs. the Dominator/Submissive.
I especially agree with njbookworm that if you have not read any of Anne Rice/Rampling's books, don't start with this one. I personally prefer her Mayfair Witches books to the Vampire LeStat ones.
I also disagree with njbookworm's comment that Anne's descriptions of the day-to-day workings of the Island and Lisa's responsibilities thereto...
Exit to Eden
The bold erotic masterpiece by #1 New York Times bestselling author Anne Rice writing as Anne RamplingThey call her the Perfectionist. A stunning, mysterious, and fearless sexual adventurer, Lisa is founder and supreme mistress of The Club—an exclusive island resort where
Exit to Eden is one of best selling in Erotica category.