In Review: Unmasqued: An Erotic Novel of The Phantom of The Opera by Colette Gale

Released 8/7/07
Publisher: NAL Trade
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780451221377

The phantom of the Opera has always been a great love story, but the ending never seemed to satisfy. The story of an Opera house singer, Christine Daae, who becomes mesmerized by her angel of music, until she sees his true face and is repulsed, what a minute, Beauty and the Beast this is not, but it could easily be.

Colette Gale creates a beautiful story where the phantom becomes more than the phantom, but a man, Erik, and there is more than just awe and mystery that surrounds him. The overall story was good, it seemed to work a little better, make more sense this way. The desire to obtain the beautiful Christine was more about a real connection than a frivolous madman's want. And as much as I love erotica, this was sex to fill up pages. Don't get me wrong some of the scenes were very well written, and very creative, but they rarely served a higher purpose than filler.

And the thing I think that bothered me the most was the point of view changes that did nothing too further the story. Sometimes the story would follow with a different narrator, but what was taking place did not matter in the story. The gimmick was merely used to add an additional gratuitous sex scene or slow the story down.

The story telling felt scattered, but it did tell Erik's story from a refreshing new perspective, that was very vibrant, so the read was worth it.


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