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Unmasqued: An Erotic Novel of The Phantom of the Opera

by Colette Gale

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Just finished this book last night. First off, I'm a huge POTO fan and am one of those who, while I didn't dislike Raoul, would have liked to see Christine end up with Erik. Which is one of the biggest reasons I picked up this book. For the record, I never read the original novel...only saw the 2004 film and one of the stage plays, both of which I absolutely loved.

As far as the book...I never read erotica, but I like this one, a lot! The sex scenes (which there are plenty of, of course) were sexy. Not much lovemaking, but down and dirty sex. In different ways, and with different people. The author's writing flowed, and I could really feel the emotions conveyed by the characters: Fear, lust, love, pity, uncertainty. Even the parts when people weren't "doing it" were well written and descriptive. There were some scenes toward the end which were very hard to read and I had to put the book down for a moment, but I could understand how they were necessary to flesh out (pardon the pun) certain characters some more.

My only complaints were the ending, which was way too abrupt, although the biographer's notes at the end somewhat made up for it. And there were one or two times in the book when I thought the author "head-hopped" and I couldn't figure out whose POV it was, so I had to go back a few pages and re-read them to clarify.

So, while I enjoyed it, I can see how others would find it too crude and/or not true to the "original" POTO story. Should I ever find myself in the mood for erotica, I'll be looking for Ms. Gale's other works =) ( )
  galian84 | Sep 16, 2017 |
Ms. Gale takes classic tales and twists them into erotic stories ... and she does it remarkably well. She adheres to the original story line and adds spice. A nice way of escaping for a little while if you like to read erotica. This one is definitely a must read for fans of Phantom of the Opera who always wished that Christine would have stayed with the Phantom. ( )
  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Angels of Music Unbound

The story of the Phantom of the Opera is a well known one. It has been recreated on paper, music, film and for the stage, over and over. Colette Gale has once again breathed life into the legend of the Opera Ghost, the Angel of Music, by telling his tale in a more romantic, erotic way.

The author pretty much retains the basics of the original tale, taking the character s of Christine Daae and Erik de Chagny to new heights. Christine Daae, a budding opera singer one day finally gets her chance to stand solo on stage, singing the lead aria for Romeo and Juliet. For months she had been coached in secret by none other than the mysterious Opera Ghost, whose only wish is to see her shine in the limelight. Winning the applause she craves, Christine takes the crowds by storm and becomes the most wanted new opera diva France has ever seen. We all know the story of how Erik falls in love with her and kidnaps her to his underground lair, warding off her courting boyfriend Raoul who has come to marry his childhood sweetheart. Erik becomes obsessed with Christine and claims her for his own, forbidding her to see any other man but himself.

Colette Gale has imagined a whole new world of the luxurious Opera House and has added depth and sensuality to both Christine and Erik like we have never seen before. The writing is polished and exquisite. Opulent descriptions of lavish opera house surroundings and of Erik’s underground palace, combined with scenes of tender sweet love and erotic interludes of lust and carnal sex, make this novel a multi-faceted shining gem. The story is suspenseful and nothing short of intense. Readers will be holding their breath as each page turns, caught up in the rapture these two lovers present. You will hear the keen notes of passionate music from the Angel’s violin, harp and piano, as Erik plays his instruments that add to the seduction of his captured Christine. You will feel the sensuality of the historic costumes; satins, lace, silks, and velvets as the players dance and preen in and out of these delightfully wicked scenes of decadence, deceit, debauchery, and through one dalliance after another. This is a very visual book, so incredibly detailed and evocative of 19th century France.

This is not your average romance novel. It is a remarkable, and memorable, serious tale of passion, murder, family betrayals and forbidden love. Where Gale’s true talent lies though is in her ability to create a blend of tender sensual intimacy, with soft erotica and carnal sex that goes above and beyond the norm. The sexual adventures throughout this story are far from vanilla. There is great creativity here within the erotica realm scenes and I found this factor alone to be such a breath of fresh air. This erotic novel is quite different and will evoke many opportunities for the reader to feel the depth of love, intimacy and ravenous need that Erik and Christine have for each other. This might not be a book for the light of heart due to the advanced and unusual erotica scenes graphically depicted, but if you are bored with the average cat and mouse tame love stories and want something in between the average genre paperback romances, and offensive hard core degrading porn, this book is for you. A Fantastic debut, highly recommended for adventurous readers. I can’t wait to read the next two installments of this series that will involve more erotic adventures with Maid Marion and the Count of Monte Cristo! ( )
  vernefan | Apr 23, 2010 |
Most of the negative reviews on Amazon and other such sites seem to focus on the fact that there's a lot of sex found in this book. I'm not sure why they're surprised by this fact; the subtitle does say it's an erotic novel, after all.

No, the sex scenes aren't my problem with this book. Well, maybe how the sex scenes are written is part of my problem. They're not very good, and the author has a tendency to use the same words over and over again. I don't think I'll ever be able to use the word "pip" again without thinking of this book.

The author's characterization is jerky and uneven. For a while, I was thinking that she's really getting the character of Raoul, and I liked how she was portraying him. Then, all of the sudden, Raoul does a complete personality shift and becomes a total jerk, mainly to further the plot along, which was floundering by that time.

And what she did with Philippe de Chagny...sigh. He's always been one of my favorite characters in the Leroux novel, and he's just butchered here. Ugh.

The ending is just laughably bad. I mean, really. I don't want to give anything away, but I finished the book just shaking my head in disbelief.

But all of these things combined would warrant only a couple of stars being dinged. But what really stuck in my craw and made me grind my teeth for most of the book was the "biographer's note" in the beginning of the book. The author wasn't satisfied with this being a novel - oh no, she had to say that she alone had the "real" story to present here, based on real diaries and letters.

Anyone who has been a Phantom fan for long knows that Ms. Gale, in effect, pulled a Frederick Forsyth. She talks about how the original novel is "wrong" and she is setting things to right, just as Forsyth said he was doing in Phantom of Manhattan. And THAT is why I am giving this book half a star, and I feel that that is far too generous. Anyone who writes a derivative work on a piece of fiction and criticizes that original piece of work, while presenting their own piece of work as "The Truth," gets on my very last nerve. At least Ms. Gale didn't call Leroux "poor Gaston" like Forsyth did. ( )
2 vote schatzi | Feb 6, 2010 |
I'm a huge Phantom fan. I've seen it on stage several times, read the original book by Gaston Leroux, have the movie version on DVD in my collection, and have the original Broadway production soundtrack on CD. So I guess you can say I know my Phantom. ;) For the other Phantom fantatics out there, know that this book is based on the Broadway play and movie version, not the original Gaston Leroux book. However, this is probably the version most people are familiar with anyway.

I read through the reviews over at Amazon and was surprised at the number of negative reviews complaining about the sex. Sheesh, it's an Erotic novel people! That's why the word is part of the subtitle even! Though from that same vantage point, I actually found the sex scenes a little lukewarm and only mediocre for my taste. This wasn't the spicy hot erotica I usually find like in Ellora's Cave or Black Lace books. Granted they were explicit, but in my opinion, more along the lines of what you find in an erotic romance as opposed to full-out erotica. But I suppose that's how she got published with a major publisher instead of an Erotica-specific one such as Ellora's Cave or Black Lace. I'm not faulting her in any way for this, simply stating the facts.

I really did enjoy this take on Phantom though, taking it at face value. Sure, I think it could've been a little hotter on the sex as I already stated. ;) But I enjoyed the fleshing out of the various characters: Christine Daaé, Madame Giry, and especially Erik. I loved how the author really made you feel for Erik! She also managed to make the Comte de Chagny, Raoul's brother Philippe, look like a real asshole, while leaving you with a sort of indifferent attitude towards the Raoul himself. So her words and story did a good job of evoking plenty of emotion. :)

The pacing of the story was quite good as well. There was a good mix of action with the sex scenes placed appropriately throughout. Going in, I was afraid the sex would seem contrived, randomly inserted and disjointed from the rest of the story, but that wasn't the case at all. All the sex was woven in with the rest of the action, which in turn was woven into the standard Phantom story we all know and love.

Most excellent work, Ms. Gale! Bravo! ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451221370, Paperback)

One of the world's most beloved stories as it has never been told before, Unmasqued is a novel of breathtaking historical erotica.

His exquisite obsession...
Christine Daa? heard rumors of the hideous Phantom said to haunt the great Opera House in 19th-century Paris. But its youngest and brightest star knows something no one else does-the truth. For in the darkness she thrills to the deep velvet timbre of his arousing voice, and quivers to the soft strokes of his leather-gloved fingers. He is real. Her inspiration. Her Musique d'Ange. Her liberator.

Her erotic awakening...
Condemned to the catacombs below, Erik has desired his obsession from the shadows, careful to keep his identity, and his secret, in the dark. Only he understands Christine's extraordinary talents and her beauty. Only he can pleasure her like no man has before. But his sensual power comes with a price-and a risk to everyone who stands between them. For Christine too is succumbing to her most forbidden and dangerous desires-and to the Phantom who's making them all come true.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:49 -0400)

His exquisite obsession... Christine Daa heard rumors of the hideous Phantom said to haunt the great Opera House in 19th-century Paris. But its youngest and brightest star knows something no one else does-the truth. For in the darkness she thrills to the deep velvet timbre of his arousing voice, and quivers to the soft strokes of his leather-gloved fingers. He is real. Her inspiration. Her Musique d'Ange. Her liberator. Her erotic awakening... Condemned to the catacombs below, Erik has desired his obsession from the shadows, careful to keep his identity, and his secret, in the dark. Only he understands Christine's extraordinary talents and her beauty. Only he can pleasure her like no man has before. But his sensual power comes with a price-and a risk to everyone who stands between them. For Christine too is succumbing to her most forbidden and dangerous desires-and to the Phantom who's making them all come true.… (more)

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