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2.55  ·  Rating details ·  233 ratings  ·  54 reviews
What sort of woman has a taste for middle-aged, married men? Ellie, twenty years old and living in Paris, leads a light and carefree life until she meets “Mister”—a married surgeon approaching middle age. Beginning with their frenzied affair in a hotel room in the fifteenth arrondissement, Monsieur details the clandestine Tuesday morning hotel meetings and fleeting phone c ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Arcade (first published January 13th 2011)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Adult review for explicit content. Proceed at your own risk.

So...Monsieur. I wanted to read this book from the moment I viewed the summary.

What I was expecting : Gorgeously written Erotic Literary Fiction with a reverse Lolita-esque twist.

What I was smacked down with : Tucker Max-style sex which made me want to throw up a little in my mouth.

I wish I were kidding. Talk about false advertising. It says in the summary : Often shocking but never gratuitous. I call LIE.
Now, I'm not a fan of Tucker
After managing to avoid the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon completely, an erotic novel wasn't at the top of my reading wishlist. I was intrigued by a couple of reviews I've read of this on book blogs I follow, though - one absolutely tore it to pieces, the other was very positive. Then it was reduced to 99p in the Kindle sale and I just thought, why not? It's always interesting to give a different type of story a try, and the first couple of pages grabbed my attention as I immediately liked the ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I seriously don't know how to even write this review right now. I'm still in shock over what I just read. This book was high on my list in terms of expectations and man, did it fail me in every way possible.

I actually had to read this book in sections because I just couldn't get past a lot of stuff. The first 150 pages shocked me, and not in a good way. I was expecting the writing to be more along the lines of Nikki Gemmell, but instead was shocked to find it more like E.L. James, but slightly
Ellie is a bored and restless 22 year old university student. It was suggested to Ellie that she should contact her uncles work colleague, Monsieur, as they both share a love of erotic literature. Ellie was thrilled to find someone to whom she could talk too, so she made the decision to connect with Monsieur through email. Initially their exchange was harmless, all about books and writing. But then their conversations became more personal, flirty and heated, until they couldn’t take it any longe ...more
Evolet Ilyin
Brutalmente honesto.
Sexualmente explicito, no tiene pelos en sus palabras. De hecho, a veces la lengua en este libro es cruda.
La autora no rehuye el uso de palabras vulgares, no trata de hacer sentir a los personajes a través de las miradas, ni ocultar nada y que suene educado. Los personajes se abandonan a sus pasiones, y a la atracción animal entre ellos;las palabras que utilizan reflejan sus necesidades más básicas.

Es un libro fascinante e inquietante, muy bien escrito y, a veces casi filo
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When twenty year old Ellie finds out that a colleague of her uncle has an interest in and a collection of erotic literature the thought excites her and awakens her curiosity. It isn’t long before she has found this man on Facebook. When, soon after, she sends him a message, indicating both her own interest in erotica and subtle hints at where those might lead she sets in to motion a chain of events that will take her on an emotional roller-coaster and will, eventually, leave her devastated. Init ...more
Review to come...

And no, that pun wasn't intended.

Things you will need to know about Monsieur before you pick it up:
1. This book is about sex
2. This book is about kinky sex (primarily anal sex)
3. This book is VERY descriptive and holds nothing back (and I do mean nothing!)
4. It also uses some very colourful language, so if you're not a fan of the C-bomb and various other words used to describe that part of the female anatomy, this book is NOT for you.

Things I'd like to say:
1. Emma Becker is a g
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non capisco il perché di così tante recensioni negative dal momento che questo è un libro erotico e io, quando decido di affrontare questo genere, so cosa aspettarmi.
Monsieur non è un romanzo d'amore, non è la classica storia di due persone che seppur con un trascorso burrascono alle spalle, sono disposte ad andare avanti e affrontare tutto insieme. La protagonista è Ellie, una ragazza ventenne e un uomo di quarantacinque anni, chirurgo, sposato e padre di cinque figli. Il finale viene svelato f
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Un'adolescente appassionata di letteratura erotica si avvicina tramite facebook ad un chirurgo dall'età matura, anch'egli lettore di Calaferte ed ex-collega di suo zio.
Scambi di email e messaggi incrementano la tensione erotica creatasi tra i due, tensione che dirompre quando si incontreranno e daranno vita ad una relazione da proibire.

Personalmente non amo le storie che vedono come protagonista la ragazzina giovane e peccaminosa, nè libri scritti da autrici donne.
Gran parte del libro è occupata
Roberta Mazzei
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-books
It looks like just 5 people liked this book, and I'm one of them.
It is not a conventional romance at all, it doesn't have a happy ending, the narration is actually tricky but in a good way; it's not that tricky that doesn't make you understand pretty much anything, it just want to let you out of the story. I felt like I was a spectator, not like I was living the story, I know that usually it's a bad thing, but with this book, it just got me hooked. When Emma Becker will be publishing another boo
Dec 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Un roman prétentieux, une histoire banale et scandaleusement conformiste.
(l'étudiante avec le riche docteur)
Malgré les références à la grande littérature érotique, le roman se limite à des questionnements post-ados pour un homme égoïste tout à fait banal.
Un livre surement surévalué, une opération commerciale voyeuriste.
Jul 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really had to force myself to finish this one. I now have a new word I can put under "words I can't stand" and that is "arse". I know Monsieur loved Ellie's arse, but it was used so much that I don't even want to look at that word anymore... :)
Ann Vanhaeren
Jan 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wat een saai boek!! Uit dit thema bestaan er duizend beter versies dan deze.. Toch uitgelezen omdat ik nieuwsgierig werd hoe dit ging aflopen. Einde was verspelbaar...
Andrew Schirmer
Nov 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
French erotic fan fiction is better than Twilight fan fiction. But not by much.
Ellie is 22, her University professors are on strike and she is bored at home. She enjoys reading erotic literature, and becomes acquainted with a 46 year old man (Monsieur) who shares her passion. She comes to this knowledge through her mother and her uncle, Monsieur is a surgeon, an ex-colleague of her uncle's.

She first looks for him on Facebook, they start chatting in what seems a very harmless manner, about literature. Soon, their conversations turn erotic in nature and they decide to meet.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At one point, the narrator says that she is "sick to the bone of writing about all these hypothetical situations" and I, for one, am sick of reading about them. Monsieur is pornography trying to pass off as great literature, it's simply boring and pretentious. Now, I'm not a prude at all and I'm sure some people will find the sex scenes exciting but I thought that most of them were disgusting. The dialogues are ludicrous (it may be the translation but I didn't know whether to laugh or cry). I se ...more
J. zéro
Mar 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Soporífera. Las conversaciones, más que eróticas, eran demasiado crudas. Tanto, que a veces roza lo desagradable e inmoral. A ratos, consigue disgustarme, y eso teniendo en cuenta que ya sospechaba lo que iba a encontrarme. Cualquier situación entre ellos sólo es una excusa para que dos amantes puedan mencionar y tocar las partes del cuerpo más obscenas. Es brusca, no se anda con remilgos y llama a las cosas por su nombre, incluso cuando no es necesario. Sin embargo, no me provoca ninguna emoció ...more
Libre Paley
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interestingly, the central character Ellie and her older lover the 'mister' of the title come together through a shared interest in erotic literature. This novel starts out with much promise in the passionate carnal madness of a new affair. Ellie's sanity and sense of her developing self are challenged as she submits to her lover's dominant will. The erotic description is frank, raw and dark at times. The relationship between the lovers is well drawn in its complexity and the storytelling effect ...more
Mar Sanchez
Ha sido una historia que ha dejado mucho que desear. Ok, es de una tématica erotica pero en lo personal los personajes me exasperaban, Ellie es una chica que siente que su vida gira en torno del hombre que conoció, eso está bien, es algo que gira en torno a lo típico en las historias, pero de ahí que está en una constante búsqueda, que literal, no pueda vivir sin él, hace que la historia pierda su sentido o al menos eso me pareció. El final no parece malo, pero realmente no es amena y por moment ...more
Oscar Aaron
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018

Una de las novelas eróticas más reales que he leído. Me encanta la crudeza de la narrativa y la pasión (no sólo sexual) de los protagonistas.
No tiene el gran final novelesco porque, creo yo, esa fue la intención de la autora. Porque la vida misma es así. Grandes historias, finales flojos.

Con sólo 22 años años y una prosa muy real, Becker, ha sabido transportarnos a la mente de una jovencita escritora enamorada de la literatura erótica y de los hombres maduros.
A poignant, thought provoking erotic book which is saved from pornography through its literary merit. In its sexual excessiveness, it down plays the needs for underlying love and for genuine relationships, and as a result shows the darkness of total sexual obsession.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Slow and boring. Couldn’t even finish it.
May 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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Zara Garcia-Alvarez of The Bibliotaphe Closet Blog
Monsieur by Emma Becker will strangle you into its story of erotic passion that started as a young woman’s naive and rebellious curiosity that slowly and thickly becomes a lethal, emotional, and lustful obsession.

It’s a story of 20-something-year-old Ellie, a “nymphet,” of who she describes in the fictional work, “Lolita” by Nabakov—the title, too, is the opening sentence of the first chapter of the book, which should elicit or at least allude to the passion and erotica to come in the novel (no
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este fue un regalo de Navidad que YO misma escogí y casi me arrepiento cuando vi el bajo rating que tiene y las reseñas donde lo ponen como lo peor.

Pero a mi si me gustó.

Coincido en que no es un libro del todo erótico. Tiene escenas sexuales bastante gráficas y la protagonista piensa constantemente en sexo, pero no está escrito de manera sutil o provocadora así que no creo que se le pueda catalogar como erótico.

También está catalogado como ficción, aunque la solapa del libro menciona que es una
I enjoyed the opening of this book, with the introduction of the self-aware, sexually voracious narrator who has a taste for older men. The early sections are full of a sense of intense if non-specific longing, and lines that induced a wry smile, such as "there are men, and then there are men in their forties." The structuring of the book, however, was very odd. Rather than following the typical path of an affair, the story becomes mired, much like the affair itself, and large sections revolving ...more
Sep 23, 2012 marked it as on-hold
Shelves: dnf, translated
DNF - 228 pages read

It’s not that I didn’t like this one; it’s not bad as far as erotic fiction goes…but because of its nature I didn’t really want to read it in public and therefore it got left behind a lot. I just sort of got half way and lost interest. There’s only so much sex I can read about before it becomes boring and at the beginning Ellie (the character, not me) makes it clear that they broke up so there was nothing to read on for. Except maybe the why, but that didn’t seem all that mys
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monsieur is a story about Ellie, a twenty year old and living in Paris, and her pursue of Monsieur, a married surgeon approaching middle age. Follow this reverse Lolita story as it starts out as a shared love of erotica novels that evolves into an affair. Spanning over several months their intense sexual adventures consists of random phone calls several, Facebook and meetings in a hotel on Tuesday mornings. As their brief affair comes to its conclusion, how will Ellie survive its devastating aft ...more
Suzanne Stroh
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
Disappointing début, but we have been waiting a long time for the spawn of Marguerite Duras and Anaïs Nin, and so I will stay open-minded in anticipation of the next book by this erotic novelist writing in French, formerly living in France, and now apparently in Berlin.

I kept wondering, as I read: were my twenties really so shallow?

Makes you long for the days of Henry and June, My Blue Notebooks and Marguerite Duras's The Lover, eh? Or I'll even take Damage by Josephine Hart, as far as tales of
Apr 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped
I got 71 pages into this book and just couldn't bring myself to finish it. I like finishing books, even books I don't necessarily enjoy. No matter how disinterested I am in the topic, I can't go out without know what happens in the end.

Thankfully, Emma Becker saved me the time and effort by telling me what happens in the end, though that is exactly what killed it for me. What's the point of writing about an illicit romance if you tell people up front how it's going to end? The fun of this book c
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“Nabokov n’a jamais évoqué ce qui pouvait bien se passer dans la tête de Lo lorsqu’elle s’est assise sur Humbert Humbert ce pâle petit matin d’été. Ni pourquoi, quelques pages plus tôt, elle sautait sur ses genoux en maltraitant sa pomme, culotte aux quatre vents, gazouillant à l’envi pendant que son coupable adorateur tentait de contenir discrètement une effusion quasi adolescente. C’est cette lecture parallèle qui m’a manqué, l’impossibilité de savoir ce qu’il serait advenu de l’histoire si on y avait laissé parler Lolita.” 2 likes
“Parce qu'il faut bien le dire, le sexe dans ses bras est un immense et luxuriant espace de jeu où rien, mais absolument rien, n'est interdit. J'ai l'impression de gambader toute nue au milieu d'herbes hautes infiniment plus douces que le plus doux des gazons, sous un ciel parfait, et Monsieur me pousse pour que j'atteigne des sommets inédits sur une balançoire née des pinceaux de Fragonard – et bien sûr je ne vais pas dire que je suis tout à fait tranquille en voyant le sol s'éloigner de plus en plus, mais l'ivresse est si grisante, mon Dieu, l'abandon si poignant que je ferme les yeux avec une envie insoutenable de pleurer de plaisir, mise au supplice par ce besoin que j'ai d'exprimer à quel point ce que je ressens est merveilleux, incapable de trouver ne serait-ce que des lettres pour illustrer ce sentiment; puis lorsque je suis à moitié folle d'excitation Monsieur m'entraîne à me plonger dans des marais sombres exhalant de suaves et scandaleuses vapeurs de soufre, dont l'eau est d'une chaleur obscène, et dans lesquels je me perds, orteil après orteil. Autour de nous le paysage est devenu plus inquiétant, je sais que je suis sur un territoire que Monsieur connaît par cœur, et qu'il va lui falloir me porter dans ces petits chemins de traverse que je ne soupçonnais qu'à peine. Lentement, inéluctablement je glisse dans les ornières les moins débroussaillées, et certes ma petite balançoire fleurie est loin, mais qu'il fait chaud et moite sous les ramures de ces arbres morts, plus près de l'enfer que je l'ai jamais été !...” 1 likes
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