Unmasqued: An Erotic Novel of The Phantom of the Opera

Unmasqued: An Erotic Novel of The Phantom of the Opera

by Colette Gale

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ISBN-13: 9781931419468
Publisher: Avid Press, LLC
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 977,827
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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Unmasqued: An Erotic Novel of The Phantom of The Opera 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Valtinen More than 1 year ago
The author and the publishing company need to issue formal apologies to their female readers (not that it wasn't an assault on my refined masculine sensibilities!) since they imagine this sort of demeaning filth is what satisfies them. To listen to the message they're giving out, every woman's fondest dream is to be helpless, psychologically manipulated and raped. There's something seriously wrong with that.

This book isn't about wild, wanton and kinky sex. In certain doses, some of that can be fun. It was a fabulous thought, both scandalous and exciting, that the proper Madame Giry had a lot more going on under those petticoats than she let on! But there's a difference between Madame Giry having a good tumble in Box Five and Carlotta being chained and tortured for Philippe's enjoyment. And that's exactly what it was: abuse.

Unmasqued only achieves in turning Phantom phans away in disgust.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so disappointed in this book, I was expecting a great love story between the two main characters and some great sex! That is not what this book is about, there was too much turmoil between them and they dont actually wind up together until literally the second to last page because she keeps choosing someone else, that part of the book never really made any sense by the way. And there were many disturbing scenes. For instance, the lenghty part explaining how several characters are trapped in a house and forced to perform sexually against their will, but somehow its implied that they like it. There were also several parts that bordered on rape and literally whipping someone in the groin, and the people having their privates whipped like it...ugh. I had to skip over the parts that implied rape, they were just too disturbing. I really wonder if I read the same book as the rest of the reviewers...
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an avid Phantom Phan, I have to say I am disgusted at how out of character the characters are, and just how much like a bad porno movie this book is. Anyone who is a true Phantom Phan will agree. This book is a disgrace, and needs to be taken off the shelves. Erik is and always will be a living corpse. Christine will always be an innocent 20 year old. NO AMOUNT OF HORRID PUBLISHED FANFICTION WILL CHANGE THIS. If I could give this book a negative number of stars, I would.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Phantom of the Opera fan especialy since the recent movie. When I saw this book was for women who wanted Christine to be with Erik- I thought this is the book for me. I was however very disappointed. I found myself skipping sections. I am all for romance but it seemed like it was all sex and very little of anything else. Every character in the book was having sex.Some of those were disgusting.The author had a great idea and dropped the ball on this one. TOO bad!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1887 Paris, Raoul de Chagney vows to make the star of the Opera House Christine Daae his lover. However, Christine is already in love with her secret muse Erik, who hides in the shadows of the Opera House and wears a masque so she will never see his face. In the dark, visages do not matter when they touch, but when they do not she imagines all sorts of horror. When she finally unmasques her beloved, she is shocked, but her love for him is deep and strong.-------------- When Raoul¿s brother Philippe takes an interest in Christine, he is not a love sick patron begging favors. Soon after his entry into Christine¿s life, someone kills a woman at the Opera House with the rumored Phantom being the culprit. An arsonist sets the Opera House ablaze forcing Erik and Christine to flee into the night. However, the de Chagney brothers catch them and take them prisoner. While Erik is tormented with his helplessness, Raoul and Philippe do what they want to Christine.---------- UNMASQUED is an erotic version of the Phantom of the Opera with a strong emphasis on the theme of the original tale as to who is the monster. Christine is a wonderful protagonist whose love for her mentor is so powerful she would give up stardom to live in the catacombs beneath the city to be with him. Erik is also a fabulous character as he tenderly makes love to his cherished Christine, but rejects her sacrificial proposals. The siblings are obviously the monsters of UNMASQUED as they take what they desire with no care about hurting others. Colette Gale provides an entertaining erotic version of the classic that the audience will enjoy if they can adjust to this rendition.------ Harriet Klausner
schatzi on LibraryThing 22 days ago
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.
vernefan on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Angels of Music UnboundThe 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally Ridiculous read, not hot just absurd, do not bother, not worth even 1 star!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend
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Kellibellaxoxo More than 1 year ago
First off this is not a book for children. And second it will forever change your view of the Phantom of the Opera. This book combines the beloved musical and older versions of the tale including Gaston Leroux’s novel into one. Be prepared for a lot of sex and a jumbled plot. Christine is often made a victim of numerous sexual acts, including attempted rape. Each character’s devious and kinky sexual side is revealed. The characters don’t follow the play characters and secrets about the “Opera Ghost” are revealed that differ from the play as well.  If you hold the play close to your heart – as I do- and wish it to stay the way it is then don’t read this!!!! The book could have been improved but if you are “Team Phantom” and looking for an alternate ending to the play then go ahead and read it, just don’t expect too much from it. I didn’t love this book but I didn’t hate it either. I did skip a page here and there because the sex scenes got redundant and boring. What I did like was that Christine does ultimately choose Erik and he get’s his happy ending. I also liked the use of French terms and that vulgar words were absent from it. 
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a good read. Good, not great. A lot of her descriptions seemed to be almost copy-and-pasted, but it was still entertaining. It will be especially rewarding to anyone who saw the movie and was disappointed at the lack of time with Christine and The Phantom one on one. It plays heavily on the movie interpretation, opposed to classical views of the story. Also it should be noted that the author takes liberties with the plot. While we have our recognizable characters, Christine, Erik, Raoul, and Madame Giry some of the plot has been changed and the character's personalities have been altered. For instance Madame Giry loves sex...a lot. Raoul isn't so sweet and innocent and his brother likes kinky sex. Yes, I was disappointed. I thought Ms Gale was onto something special with the Phantom story. There was no love or romance in this novel. Just sex and too much of it that it became distasteful and dishonoring to a much loved story. Instead, Ms Gale turned a story of love, romance, obsession, hope and redemption and turned it into a slut house of horrors. The ending was wrapped up a little too neatly, but it wouldn't have been as satisfying with a dark ending, so I can forgive it. I would say overall it was worth the time it took to read it, and it delivers on its promises, despite the need for a thesaurus here and there.
Rachel-Maree More than 1 year ago
I've read the book, seen the movies, the musical, the fan fiction, I'm educated in the story and characters thoroughly. I read this book cover to cover. I am not against erotica if used in an expert fashion. The best parts of this book were rudely pushed aside for disgusting displays of unsettling, out-of-character decisions. The worst part is, Gale was so close in certain scenes, so close to making something unforgettable. A look, a word, it was all there but she didn't continue with plot that had a real quality to it. When sex is added to the classics, it adds on to the parts that could be left to interpretation. Gale, although she occasionally stumbles on a real story, unknowlingly uses sex to undervalue the characters that have come to mean so much to their fans. The most success she has at making a character with passion is Phillipe, who the reader will hate, if they read this book. His is more a condition than an original character though. If you are one of those people who reads reviews before buying a book, there's probably a better find out there...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel had so much promise! If it would have been written in a classier manner it could have been wonderful. However, the plot was nothing more than all the character having sex. Every page has some kind of referance to sex or someone is thinking about the sex they just had...it was tiring and disgusting. Christine is shown as a (for lack of a better word) slut who is turned on by every man who touches her...even one who is about to rape her. I did't think that the book was horrible, only disgusting. I would have like more of a story line and vocabulary. I thought Erik was great. He was romantic and sexy. However, his only way of showing Christine he loved her was by tying her up and not letting her touch him. She repeatedly shows and tells him that she loves him but he sulks about his scarred face. The author also drags out the story and let him see Christine with multiple other men. In my opinion this was really nothing more than porn. There is a way to put sex in a novel and this was not it. I am embarrased that I own a book so vulgar. I don't mean to sound like a prude, I'm 21 years old and thought the book too sexual. It just could have had more of a plot and more dialouge.
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kerilynn More than 1 year ago
never really read an erotic book other than some of anne rice's work, and enjoyed it very much. it kept you wanting to know what could happen next. i like erik to be stronger than he was in this book but all in all well done. my only real problem with this book was the very end when she tried to make it out to be that the story was real and that they were friends with lon chaney. other than that it was a good read if you want to get hot under the collar.
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If you like erotica, this is hot!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book isn't one that follows the old story of Phantom but it's one that leaves anyone who is wanting to see a new side of the story. Why couldn't the Phantom be misunderstood and yearning to find his way out of darkness and pain. Christine being raised in a place where sex was around her and remain virginal is not realistic. There are stories about how men of certain social standings could have committed heinous acts and get away with them is still something seen present-day. With that said, there is no reason to look at this book as a new and very different take on a classic piece of literature. It has been re-told on so many levels why not one more style. My only dislike was how abrupt the ending came and like most, I would of enjoyed having a little more story about the love story that finally came to be. I know that I am not alone when I say that the Phantom is one of the more erotic characters in literature next to Dracula. I can't speak for others but it's the mysterious darkness of being with the forbidden side of self that intrigues and captures my imagination. It's one story to go with so many versions so why not give it a look, it's a story that some, like myself, have always wondered about with the characters involved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. How many times have you seen the movie, play, or read the book and gone yeah she was so in love with the phantom?...I love that Cristine was more mature than was portrayed or less naive...The whole plot followed so closely with the play but I definitely liked how this one ended. I loved the sexy scenes, because I'm sorry but the Phantom of the Opera is the hottest musical I've ever seen. I just love that Gale was able to infuse the wonderful play/movie/book with such wondrous sensual detail and ended it much better than the movie/play/book would have you believe.