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(Seducing the Classics #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  874 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
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 Daaé 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 thr
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published August 1st 2007)
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Apr 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gag-worthy-book
Some books are like car accidents. You stop, look, and continue on your way, but deep down you really want to know what happens next. Colette Gale’s new interpretation of The Phantom of the Opera goes way beyond morbid fascination and straight into revulsion. I can only imagine that Gaston Leroux is spinning in his grave.

Most people know the classic story of the chorus girl who becomes a singing sensation due to the Angel of Music. Her Angel is actually a facially scarred man who hides in the d
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Phantom & Erotica Fans
Shelves: romance, erotica
Update: Read this a second time and still love it!


The GR reviews on this one are mixed but I'm on the higher end of them. I loved this book. Not only am I fan in general of erotica, I'm especially a fan of well-written erotica. However, it was my love of the actual Phantom story and my long held belief that Christine truly was in love with Erik, that she simply wasn't strong enough to deal with the intensity of her feelings.

My only irritation with the book (and it wasn't even enough to ta
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I mean, this was terrible. But did anyone honestly expect anything else?
Dec 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I bought it because it was Phantom of the Opera, and I stupidly buy anything Phantom of the Opera.

It was bad. It was so bad, it hurt me physically and emotionally. I was embarassed for it, I was embarassed for myself for buying it, I was embarassed for the paper it was printed on.

I once saw someone critique a piece of fan fiction (FAN FICTION), in which they accused the fiction of having "anyone" syndrome - the characters could have been replaced by ANYONE and the plot would still have worked -
Se me antojó leer este libro, es más, en el 2009 estuve a punto de comprarlo. Pero por suerte, me dejé llevar por mi intuición y miré un poquito este libro.

La autora escribía bien y me parecía muy interesante esa idea de hacer diferentes clásicos reinventados. Pero al mirar este libro me topé con un problema: Christine, la protagonista. Ví algunas escenas de ella donde me pareció horrible, la vi siendo infiel (si, con todo lujo de detalles) a su amado, el fantasma de la ópera. Christine no ten
I love love love PoTO!!!
But I always wished Christine had ended up with Erik instead of Raoul (who always seemed kind of weak compared to the passionate Phantom).. Which is why I really enjoyed this book.. The sex scenes were very hot, and well written.. I kind of liked the fact that you had sex scenes between secondary characters as well as between the MCs.. Ok... they were all a tad unbelievable, lol.. but this is erotica, right?!

The only thing I didn't enjoy is how she still gets turned on by
Shannon The Show Stopper
If you're a fan of erotica, you should probably read this book. If you're a fan of the stroy Phantom of The Opera, you should probably read this book. If you're a fan of both, well then, you MUST read this book. You'll probably never look at a harp quite the same way ;-D Colette Gale is one of my favorite authors of erotic fiction. Taking my love for classic stories and putting an erotic spin on them....What's not to love?
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
I read in reviews that the ending is different from the stage version, which is why I decided to give it a try. I never liked the way the show ended...I always wanted her to end up with the Phantom. =) However....this book is nothing but smut. I really was looking for more content dealing with Christine and Erik's relationship, but not like this. All this book consisted of was how many people can you do it with and how many ways can you do it. The fact that Christine DOES end up with the Phantom ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So much potential, so little execution.

The author attempts a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera without actually reading it. I'm thinking that she felt it wasn't necessary for the audience she was writing for. This should have been subtitled '...novel of the Phantom of the Opera MUSICAL'. There were several points that diverged in Webber's (excellent) retelling and the author chose his versus the original. There were other things that annoyed me and seemed to indicate sloppy writing. I got c
Aug 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While this book takes elements and characters from the original Phantom of the Opera, the Erik of this book is more Lloyd Webber's than Leroux. For a start, only half his face is deformed. Colette Gale then manages to take almost everything that was attractive to some women about the Phantom, that made him so seductive and intriguing, and make him into a cliched angst ridden hero. In honesty, I preferred the dangerous maniac Erik to this one, and was more attracted to Raoul (portrayed as almost ...more
May 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The phantom lover in you
Recommended to Rachel by: a fellow phantom lover
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Feb 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007-books-read
If this were a movie, it'd be titled "Phantom of the Porno". Lots of sex, little bit of plot and recognizable characters. Mostly well done, but a few moments that made me want to forget this was connected in anyway with the amazing tale of the Opera Ghost. All in all it was a hot read.
Mar 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Desde que era pequeña, la historia de El fantasma de la ópera me ha perseguido y fascinado. Recuerdo que mi primer encuentro fue en la forma de una miniserie, protagonizada por el majestuoso actor británico Charles Dance, el mejor Eric que he conocido nunca. El único que ha llegado a rivalizar con él es Gerard Butler en el magnífico musical que por fin se decidieron a filmar para el cine.

Reseña de Torre de Babel

Siempre he albergado la convicción de que Christi
Jeannie Mancini
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 fin
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Unmasqued is an erotic novel re-telling the tale of the Phantom of the Opera with Erik, the opera house phantom, being the misunderstood and sometimes villainous hero. The story follows Erik lurking in the shadows as Raoul, the Vicomte, attempts to court the beautiful Christine. This worries and angers Erik, because Christine's talent not only attracts the Raoul, but his elder brother Philippe, the Comte, as well.

I have never read a novel with a serious BDSM motif before. The sexual control and
Feb 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My husband picked up this book from morbid curiosity and I can only blame myself for doing the same. I don't usually read erotic fiction of this kind, but the subject matter of the Phantom of the Opera, one of my all time favorite classics, was too much to pass up.

I can't comment on the genre, because I don't read it, but I recognize that the book was an attempt to put a twist on a classic story. It didn't work for me at all, but I am too close in my adoration of the original and have made too
Dec 28, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A week plus after I put this book away unfinished and traded it away, I'm still so disappointed with this book. I've never left a book unfinished and trading it has ensured I never will because I certainly won't seek this one out again.

I'm no prude. I have no problem with erotica, but the sex scenes in this book weren't very titillating and there was so much focus on characters other than the primary three of the traditional Phantom of the Opera story.

The characterizations were so far astray fro
Jul 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This came my way in a box of books from a friend. Being a bookaholic, I couldn't pass it along without giving it a whirl, even though The Phantom of the Opera never interested me much.

Not having read the book, I have a mental image of the old b&w movie, where, to my memory, the Phantom is a half-mad, creepy guy who kidnaps a woman (Christine) he has falled in love with.

In this book, Eric (the Phantom) is known to Christine, as he is her "Angel of Music", who has been acting as her voice coac
Mar 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: phantoms, erotica, fan-fic
I picked this book up awhile ago because it is about The Phantom of the Opera. Being the huge Phantom Phan that I am, I couldn't resist one that promised all the passion that I have always believed existed between Erik and Christine. And it did not disappoint! I was a little nervous about reading it, since it is my first Erotic novel, but I'm glad I took the chance! This had such a unique take on the story that I couldn't help but fall in love with it. Some versions have Raoul, while others have ...more
Sara Hemenway
I don't think anyone should be surprised when they read this book that there are sex scenes. It says right on the cover that it is an erotic novel!

I LOVE the Phantom of the Opera, and I enjoyed this simply for that reason. I always thought that The Phantom and Christine should have gotten more intimate. Apparently Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote the musical version, agreed because he followed it up with Love Never Dies. I'm still not sure how I feel about that production.

Obviously this book is no
This book has been sitting on my shelf since it was released. I decided to read it since my friend AmyC was gonna read it. It's an Erotic retelling of the Phantom of the Opera. Which is the only reason I picked it up, cause I loved the movie. But this retelling is very much different than the movie or the musical. It's thrilling, fast paced, steamy and quite frankly a better ending then the original.
Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yum!! I loved this version of Phantom!! It's got the hot sex and great story line with a twist! I recommend this book to any one who loves a great erotic book; phantom at that! However be warned there's bondage and madness! Haha!! I loved it but towards the end it was a bit distasteful. Still one of my favorite phantom novels! Go get it!
I love The Phantom Of The a Opera and I love erotica but this one was a little to violent for me. The story was very interesting and I feel satisfied knowing what happened with the characters. The story was great I just have trouble reading rape or abuse scenarios, granted I wouldn't call them explicit horrid rape scenes it's still a little to rough for me.
Benita Vehnom  Ruiz
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexy-man
Great read, soooo not like the original (classic) story but a great twist to it. I felt bad for Eric in the classic because he never got his HEA, so when I read this version and saw that Christine really did like him and want to be with him I couldn't help but feel happy for him. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a little twist to a classic read.
Oct 14, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another "erotic romance" Always hated how the play now I have a different ending along with some very hot sex scenes...all in all a fun romp.
I also forgot to mention that you will never see a harp in the same way once you read this book ...evil grin
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Possibly my favorite telling of The Phantom of the Opera. Not because of the sex content, but rather how it ended. I've never been satisfied with the ending to the original so it's no surprise I prefer to read this version over and over again.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Phantom of the Opera story and thought this was an interesting twist to the original story, lots of sex but not over done.
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like it hot
Shelves: e-romance
I've read several retellings of The Phantom, but none like this! I will have to read the other two Colette Gale has written along the same lines. A delightful surprise.
Anthony  Kirk
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
By far one of the hottest erotic novels I've ever read. The story is well written, plenty of detail, and a happy ending!
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