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Dantes spent years imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now he's returned to Paris in the guise of the Count of Monte Cristo, seeking vengeance on those who sent him to jail. But his plan also includes a different kind of revenge-on the woman he has never forgotten, the lover he has made it his mission to possess. So unfolds an erotic battle of wills in the most electr Dantes spent years imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now he's returned to Paris in the guise of the Count of Monte Cristo, seeking vengeance on those who sent him to jail. But his plan also includes a different kind of revenge-on the woman he has never forgotten, the lover he has made it his mission to possess. So unfolds an erotic battle of wills in the most electrifying game of love ever played between man and woman, master and slave.


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Dantes spent years imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now he's returned to Paris in the guise of the Count of Monte Cristo, seeking vengeance on those who sent him to jail. But his plan also includes a different kind of revenge-on the woman he has never forgotten, the lover he has made it his mission to possess. So unfolds an erotic battle of wills in the most electr Dantes spent years imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now he's returned to Paris in the guise of the Count of Monte Cristo, seeking vengeance on those who sent him to jail. But his plan also includes a different kind of revenge-on the woman he has never forgotten, the lover he has made it his mission to possess. So unfolds an erotic battle of wills in the most electrifying game of love ever played between man and woman, master and slave.

30 review for Master: An Erotic Novel of the Count of Monte Cristo

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erin O'Riordan

    'The Count of Monte Cristo' by Alexandre Dumas pere is about 800 pages long in the abridged version, and when I finished reading it, I experienced mild dysphoria because it was not long enough. I wanted the story to continue. I was tremendously excited when I learned of The Sultan of Monte Cristo, but was severely disappointed with the execution of that book. Later, when I learned of 'Master,' my hopes were very high. It isn't a sequel to the Dumas classic, but a retelling from the point of view 'The Count of Monte Cristo' by Alexandre Dumas pere is about 800 pages long in the abridged version, and when I finished reading it, I experienced mild dysphoria because it was not long enough. I wanted the story to continue. I was tremendously excited when I learned of The Sultan of Monte Cristo, but was severely disappointed with the execution of that book. Later, when I learned of 'Master,' my hopes were very high. It isn't a sequel to the Dumas classic, but a retelling from the point of view of Mercedes Herrera. I'm very pleased to say that I was not disappointed with this retelling - even though I still wish it was longer. It's a given that I already know and love these characters (except the villains, of course - nobody loves Villefort, Danglars, Caderousse and especially Fernand de Morcerf). Now I also love two things about this novel - Colette Gale's storytelling and the erotica. After reading the Dumas novel, I thought it a bit strange (spoiler alert) that the Count and Haydee fall in love at the end. I wanted a happy ending for Haydee with someone other than the Count - and Gale gives her one, with the Nubian servant (actually a prince) Ali. (Now that I think about it, Haydee and Ali were perfect for each other all along!!) I love that. The ending is unabashedly joyous and an absolute delight. The villains are all punished and Mercedes, who has been through an enormous amount of suffering, is rewarded for her steadfast love of the salty-skinned sailor who was stolen from her when they were teens. There are some really beautiful sex scenes in this book. There's sort of a threesome between Fernand, the Count and Mercedes, but it's probably the least sexy sex in the whole book. In all the best scenes, we can feel the love: Mercedes' longing for Edmond (even though she believes he's lost forever), Max and Valentine's tender young romance (think Romeo and Juliet, but with a much happier ending), and the forbidden love between Haydee and Ali. I don't deny that these scenes contain an occasional awkward phrase, but overall, the writing is passionate and really gets to the heart of what the characters are feeling. Since I really care about these characters, the effect is exquisite. If Gale had written 800+ pages, I would have hung on every one of them. I simply found this retelling absolutely delightful.

  2. 4 out of 5

    AerinLuvs

    Overall Rating: 4.5 stars Plot: 3 stars (somewhat familiar) Hero Rating: 5 stars Heroine Rating: 5 stars Erotic tension/buildup: 5 stars Erotic scenes descriptiveness: 5 stars (view spoiler)[ MFM, some bondage, some orgasm denial (hide spoiler)] SIZZLING! Erotic scenes frequency: 5 stars (lost count!) Writing flow/Style: 5 stars Denouement: 5 stars! This is a very satisfying read of a fictionalized eroticized account of the familiar tale of The Count of Monte Cristo. I confess to have never read the orig Overall Rating: 4.5 stars Plot: 3 stars (somewhat familiar) Hero Rating: 5 stars Heroine Rating: 5 stars Erotic tension/buildup: 5 stars Erotic scenes descriptiveness: 5 stars (view spoiler)[ MFM, some bondage, some orgasm denial (hide spoiler)] SIZZLING! Erotic scenes frequency: 5 stars (lost count!) Writing flow/Style: 5 stars Denouement: 5 stars! This is a very satisfying read of a fictionalized eroticized account of the familiar tale of The Count of Monte Cristo. I confess to have never read the original book, just saw the movie. Thus, the plot of the familiar story of Revenge and Redemption of Edmund Dantes is familiar, but this story had quite a few differences with surprises and twists and there were significant differences from the movie, so I had to finish the book to find out how it ended!! I felt very satisfied by the ending, which I refuse to spoil. The pacing and writing by the author was excellent; Colette Gale is a pseudonym of an established historical romance writer in the USA, and her writing experience shows. The author found the actual diaries of Mercedes Herrera (I never realized The Count of Monte Cristo was based on a true story!), and based her story on these diary entries--- but no worries, there are no actual diary excerpts, it reads like a regular novel told primarily from the POV of the heroine. It is not a first person POV, which I appreciated. The eroticism was quite high, and the erotic tension and explicitness was highly lush but not gratuitous, and I was fanning myself in quite a few places. With a title like "Master" I was wondering if it would be a BDSM novel, but I would not say it was. (view spoiler)[ There were episodes of some bondage, non-con, MFM, and orgasm denial (that was consistent with the revenge motivation of the Hero). (hide spoiler)] I briefly saw another reviewer mention that this was not a romance. I would agree to the extent that it doesn't have a recognizable romantic trope, the original story was a Revenge/Redemption story. I would say it is more than a romance. It actually tells the story of 3 couples, all of whom are characters in the original book. However, the primary story is the relationship between Edmund and Mercedes. It had a little bit of suspense. Edmund goes through the biggest emotional arc for obvious reasons. "I have learned that the only way to understand, to fully know, happiness---regardless of one's lot or place in life---is to experience fathomless sorrow. Complete loss of hope. Incomparable devastation and grief. Only then can one see what happiness is, and find it, no matter where or how one lives. For there is no real happiness or unhappiness---only comparison between the two." If you read and/or enjoyed the original tale/movie and want one with a lot of eroticism, this is for you! I would say this is more than a Romantic novel, in the best of ways!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Babel

    Siempre me han atraído las historias de aquéllos que lo han perdido todo a través de la traición, incluida su humanidad. Siendo una intensa curiosidad por saber en qué se han convertido, lo que tuvieron que sufrir para salir del pozo oscuro donde les ha hundido la tragedia y, si logran salir de él, qué es lo que queda de ellos. Reseñado por primera vez en Torre de Babel torretadebabel.blogspot.com Qué gran placer reside en revivir una historia amada desde la niñez en unos términos nuevos y moderno Siempre me han atraído las historias de aquéllos que lo han perdido todo a través de la traición, incluida su humanidad. Siendo una intensa curiosidad por saber en qué se han convertido, lo que tuvieron que sufrir para salir del pozo oscuro donde les ha hundido la tragedia y, si logran salir de él, qué es lo que queda de ellos. Reseñado por primera vez en Torre de Babel torretadebabel.blogspot.com Qué gran placer reside en revivir una historia amada desde la niñez en unos términos nuevos y modernos. Con una prosa elegante y fluida, Colette Gale ha resucitado la dramática aventura de venganza y amor despechado del conde de Montecristo. En la pestilente y negra celda de su cautiverio en la isla de Château d'If, se forja un complot de revancha que durará más de veinte años en contra de quienes traicionaron a Edmond Dantès. Plagada de penalidades, la vida de los dos amantes malditos se cuenta en episodios que saltan de época en época. Asistimos a las humillaciones que Mercedes, descendiente de catalanes, ha sufrido a manos de su bellaco primo y obligado esposo tras la desaparición y muerte de quien amaba en verdad. El misterioso Simbad doblega sus sentidos, sometiéndola al despertar sensual gracias a su exotismo y al lejano parecido que guarda con el hombre que le fue arrebatado. Otro de los muchos disfraces que el rico y maquiavélico conde de Montecristo usa para ejecutar un retorcido plan de venganza. Así, juega con sus víctimas como un gato con una panda de indefensos ratones. Para postre, se reserva a Mercedes, a la que considera aún más pecadora por no haberle guardado la fidelidad que su amor merecía. Ha sido intensamente entretenido sumergirme en los vaivenes pasionales entre Edmond y Mercedes. Todavía persiste el amor juvenil de sus recuerdos, pero están manchado por muchos años de mentiras, corrupción, maldades y rencores. Cada vez que se cruzan, se producen auténticos incendios de reproches velados y, sobre todo, de ardientes lances amorosos. Edmond no sabe si seducirla o torturarla, así que hace ambas cosas. Entre tanto, Mercedes se debate entre las dudas de cómo puede estar vivo y no reconocerla, y la inextinguible pasión que aún les une. Aunque él le humilla y manipula, ella acepta el desafío y lucha por no ser derrotada. Y lo hace con sus mismas armas, con majestuosidad, subiendo las apuestas. Debo advertiros que esta versión es altamente erótica. Las escenas, muy numerosas, de intimidad entre Edmund y Mercedes rebosan sensualidad explícita aunque muy bella. Plantean un juego de voluntades que los dos amantes ejercen con sus corazones dolidos y sus cuerpos necesitados. Impresionante. Otros personajes y parejas compiten por contar sus historias de pasión, pero el tormento es común entre todos. La voz de la autora logra arrancar todas las necesidades ocultas de sus creaciones. Aún así, habría preferido que dejara a un lado los capítulos más gráficos de los personajes secundarios en favor de desarrollar en primer plano los efectos de los planes de venganza del conde sobre sus enemigos. El señor Grey no le llega a la suela del zapato al conde. Este hombre injuriado se perfila como el epítome de la crueldad maquiavélica, sometiendo a sus enemigos a la más abyecta de las caídas en desgracia. Y, por supuesto para nuestro perverso deleite, reserva lo mejor para la inquebrantable Mercedes. Pasión, venganza, duelos, exotismo, ópera parisina y sensualidad desbordante. ¡Una delicia!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    As of person who adores the classic The Count of Monte Cristo, I thought this erotic version would be an interesting read. Unfortunately, the only interesting parts, for me, were the sex scenes, and even those were a bit bland. The language I have come to find in erotica was there, but the sex was less about connecting and more about hurting. And not the good kind. I found myself skimming the entire book, and I rarely skim. Also? Fernand disgusted me, and there were times the Count was just too m As of person who adores the classic The Count of Monte Cristo, I thought this erotic version would be an interesting read. Unfortunately, the only interesting parts, for me, were the sex scenes, and even those were a bit bland. The language I have come to find in erotica was there, but the sex was less about connecting and more about hurting. And not the good kind. I found myself skimming the entire book, and I rarely skim. Also? Fernand disgusted me, and there were times the Count was just too much. I was, however, happy to see Mercedes find a true backbone. I really, really wanted to love this book, but could not get in to it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is my first romance classified as "erotic" and it definitely didn't disappoint in that area. However, the storyline didn't cut it and the romance aspect was virtually non-existent. Good thing I already "knew" the story! The storyline was so lacking that the only thing that kept me turning the pages was the next coupling. If this is "erotic romance", I can do without it. I like a little story with my romance! Needless to say, I was VERY disappointed in this book. Story = D Sensuality = A Romanc This is my first romance classified as "erotic" and it definitely didn't disappoint in that area. However, the storyline didn't cut it and the romance aspect was virtually non-existent. Good thing I already "knew" the story! The storyline was so lacking that the only thing that kept me turning the pages was the next coupling. If this is "erotic romance", I can do without it. I like a little story with my romance! Needless to say, I was VERY disappointed in this book. Story = D Sensuality = A Romance = C- BOOK = C+

  6. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This was a good, well written story. The only reason I did not give this book 4 stars is because I never read The Count of Monte Cristo so I did not have any previous emotional ties to the characters in the story. If you haven't read the original classic, I do at least recommend that you read a summary of that first before reading this book, as there are many characters and can get a little confusing at the beginning of this book. However, if you are a fan of the classic I have no doubt that you This was a good, well written story. The only reason I did not give this book 4 stars is because I never read The Count of Monte Cristo so I did not have any previous emotional ties to the characters in the story. If you haven't read the original classic, I do at least recommend that you read a summary of that first before reading this book, as there are many characters and can get a little confusing at the beginning of this book. However, if you are a fan of the classic I have no doubt that you will love this book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mashara

    Surprisingly better than I expected. It's still silly as fuck and its choice of replace words for vagina and clitoris are hilarious, but I found Mercedes refreshingly not a doormat. The two other start those things would have merit it, were knocked down by the treatment of Ali's rape in the hands of Haydee, no is no, bitch. Take a second to consider how we would react to Haydee being tied up and forced just because Ali loves her and was really really horny... just because it's the other way around Surprisingly better than I expected. It's still silly as fuck and its choice of replace words for vagina and clitoris are hilarious, but I found Mercedes refreshingly not a doormat. The two other start those things would have merit it, were knocked down by the treatment of Ali's rape in the hands of Haydee, no is no, bitch. Take a second to consider how we would react to Haydee being tied up and forced just because Ali loves her and was really really horny... just because it's the other way around, it doesn't mean it's not rape. Period.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    After one or two sex scenes, I got board with this book. I'm not sure what I was expecting but I'm not getting entertainment from it, so I've stopped reading after about 100 pages - and this is very rare for me. One huge disappointment about this book - Ms. Gale turned some of the characters into liars and adulterers, and while, yes, The Count is a liar in the original version, since he hides his true identity, he was not an adulterer, nor was his love interest. Adulterers make me physically ill After one or two sex scenes, I got board with this book. I'm not sure what I was expecting but I'm not getting entertainment from it, so I've stopped reading after about 100 pages - and this is very rare for me. One huge disappointment about this book - Ms. Gale turned some of the characters into liars and adulterers, and while, yes, The Count is a liar in the original version, since he hides his true identity, he was not an adulterer, nor was his love interest. Adulterers make me physically ill and so I'm not going to waste my time w/ this book any longer.

  9. 5 out of 5

    catechism

    Two stars for the lulz, mostly. Man, this was bad. Every chapter had a long-drawn-out sex scene, often between minor characters, and there was a lot of jiggling. Said sex scenes were pretty much all the same. Points for using the word "cunt" in a book I bought at Barnes & Noble, though, and I'm a sucker for a good grudgefuck, but this could have been so much better. It's just bad fanfic, and I would know from bad fanfic. Two stars for the lulz, mostly. Man, this was bad. Every chapter had a long-drawn-out sex scene, often between minor characters, and there was a lot of jiggling. Said sex scenes were pretty much all the same. Points for using the word "cunt" in a book I bought at Barnes & Noble, though, and I'm a sucker for a good grudgefuck, but this could have been so much better. It's just bad fanfic, and I would know from bad fanfic.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Escape

    I hadn't read or seen the movie Count of Monte Cristo, but I don't believe I want to after reading Colette Gale's version. She does such a wonderful job of telling a story. I was pulled in and enjoyed the ride. I know I suck at writing reviews, just wanted to let you know, you won't be wasting your time with reading anything from this author. She also writes under Colleen Gleason and Joss Ware. I hadn't read or seen the movie Count of Monte Cristo, but I don't believe I want to after reading Colette Gale's version. She does such a wonderful job of telling a story. I was pulled in and enjoyed the ride. I know I suck at writing reviews, just wanted to let you know, you won't be wasting your time with reading anything from this author. She also writes under Colleen Gleason and Joss Ware.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Min

    Retelling muy subido de tono. La historia pierde fuerza entre tanto polvo y la parte más romántica se olvida de satisfacer a los lectores del género. Un todos con todos. Si no es lo que buscas, llega a ser desagradable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    After reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy I couldn't even get into this one at all. It read like a wanna be writer wrote it. I know it's an erotica novel so it really shouldn't matter. right? But it does! I got through the first few chapters and gave up. After reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy I couldn't even get into this one at all. It read like a wanna be writer wrote it. I know it's an erotica novel so it really shouldn't matter. right? But it does! I got through the first few chapters and gave up.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    Colette Gale read The Count of Monte Cristo and decided what the book really needed was less subplots and more sex. A steamy (and simplified) version of the thick novel that actually remains fairly true to the original.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shannon The Show Stopper

    Another fantastic classic by Colette Gale! I love this one as much as her first book :) I enjoyed this so much more than the original Count of Monte Cristo!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andi M.

    A fun erotic retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo. I feel a tad lucky that I haven't read the "real" novel as I might be slightly embarrassed by the sexed up version. Fun reading! A fun erotic retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo. I feel a tad lucky that I haven't read the "real" novel as I might be slightly embarrassed by the sexed up version. Fun reading!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lyanna Faierie

    After reading this author's horrible erotic version of Phantom of the Opera, I decided to read the next in the series, this book. However, I found this much better then Unmasqued, mainly in part because my experience with the story comes from watching the 2002 version, where Edmond and Mercedes get their happy ending, and in short I greatly enjoyed this version. Loved the side romances as well. Maximilian and Valentine's was particularly sweet, I thought. And now I am off to read the last book in After reading this author's horrible erotic version of Phantom of the Opera, I decided to read the next in the series, this book. However, I found this much better then Unmasqued, mainly in part because my experience with the story comes from watching the 2002 version, where Edmond and Mercedes get their happy ending, and in short I greatly enjoyed this version. Loved the side romances as well. Maximilian and Valentine's was particularly sweet, I thought. And now I am off to read the last book in the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Neus Gutiérrez

    Me he leído hace poco la obra original.. y voy a resumir brevemente lo que opino del libro: absolutamente innecesario en todos los sentidos. Una parte de mí se ha sentido ofendida con esta interpretación, y mira que yo seré muchas cosas pero puritana ya te digo yo que no. Es que sinceramente todo el rato de la lectura estaba pensando: ¡¿pero qué necesidad había de esto?! Porque si me apuras y haces como una reinterpretación erótica con mucha carga sexual y tal, ok. O si lo pones hoy en día y mete Me he leído hace poco la obra original.. y voy a resumir brevemente lo que opino del libro: absolutamente innecesario en todos los sentidos. Una parte de mí se ha sentido ofendida con esta interpretación, y mira que yo seré muchas cosas pero puritana ya te digo yo que no. Es que sinceramente todo el rato de la lectura estaba pensando: ¡¿pero qué necesidad había de esto?! Porque si me apuras y haces como una reinterpretación erótica con mucha carga sexual y tal, ok. O si lo pones hoy en día y metes a Edmundo en una cárcel donde lo violan, o a Mercedes con trata, o con drogas... yo que sé, le metes chicha contemporánea dramática y le pones sexo. Pues mira, podría comprarlo. Pero así, que es solo hablar de lo mismo pero metiendo un poco de sexo por medio porque sí... No me ha gustado nada. El original es una obra muy interesante de la literatura y no opino que esto sea una falta de respeto, sino que es algo que no viene a cuento y no aporta NADA.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Om Prakash

    I finished this book in one day itself. I have never met with such an erotica as it was decorated with classic yet engaged the reader with tantalizing experience with the erotic description in every detail that forced us imagine the scene more clearly.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Cross

    having watched 3 of the adaptions of the count of monte cristo I knew I would really enjoy this book , the only downfall is the 2 page description of Edmonds being in prison I only hope when I get to read the original count of monte cristo book I get to read a lot more about that

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diana Itzel

    Hubo momentos en los que me confundí tal vez por qué no he leído el conde de montecristo. Fue una lectura rápida la recomiendo solo si desean un toque erotico en un clásico.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    A good entertaining take on the classic The Count of Monte Cristo. Everybody gets their happy ending except for the villians of course!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gilliatt Carvalho

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a horrible porn version of the book. Alexandre Dumas was a conqueror, his conquests were more sophisticated and romantic than this rude version of the story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mr. W.

    There is not much to say really. I think everyone should read this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lilly Sanz

    Apasionante, sensual, enigmática, así es la versión de "El conde de Montecristo" de Dumas, que en esta oportunidad viene de la pluma de Colette Gale titulada "El Señor de Montecristo", quien supo atraparme desde la primer página, con esta historia cargada de amor, pero que ante un acontecimiento inesperado, los protagonistas deben sufrir en carne propia la envidia, la venganza, el dolor y la traición. ¿Qué harían ustedes si su ser amado fuese encerrado por algo que no cometió? ¿Cuánto tiempo espe Apasionante, sensual, enigmática, así es la versión de "El conde de Montecristo" de Dumas, que en esta oportunidad viene de la pluma de Colette Gale titulada "El Señor de Montecristo", quien supo atraparme desde la primer página, con esta historia cargada de amor, pero que ante un acontecimiento inesperado, los protagonistas deben sufrir en carne propia la envidia, la venganza, el dolor y la traición. ¿Qué harían ustedes si su ser amado fuese encerrado por algo que no cometió? ¿Cuánto tiempo esperarían para su encuentro? Edmond, fue engañado y culpado por algo que no cometió, encerrado durante 14 años, pudo diagramar su venganza contra sus enemigos y envidiosos conocidos. Mercedes, la dulce prometida de Edmond, no pudo esperarlo y cometió la peor de las traiciones. Años después, El señor de Montecristo aparece en ese París del siglo XIX, colmado de lujuriosas fiestas, mujeres saciando su sed de deseo, para vengarse en nombre de Edmond, dejando para el final a Mercedes, a quien intentará seducir, dejándola loca de deseo para que caiga en su red y así poder vengar la peor de las traiciones. En este juego de seducción, la autora nos deja sin aliento con las escenas eróticas que relata entre Mercedes y el Conde, llevándonos a la misma habitación donde ellos se encuentran, disfrutando cada momento "vivido". Un libro que se lee sin escalas y que nos transporta a una época en la que los vestidos voluptuosos y los miriñaques junto con sus corcet ajustados, hacían lucir a las damas del siglo XIX, a sus fiestas de sociedad de elite y a paisajes de aquella París que recién estaba despertando.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    A unique and intriguing re-telling of a famous classic. I was a little frustrated over the long time span for this story to culminate, and I think, too, that my blood-thirsty tendencies were a little thwarted because the villains didn't suffer as much as I'd like. I couldn't help but love Edmond for even though he was driven by anger and revenge, he was still endearing to me. I was surprised by the extent of Mercedes' suffering and the sacrifices she had to face not only while she waited fruitle A unique and intriguing re-telling of a famous classic. I was a little frustrated over the long time span for this story to culminate, and I think, too, that my blood-thirsty tendencies were a little thwarted because the villains didn't suffer as much as I'd like. I couldn't help but love Edmond for even though he was driven by anger and revenge, he was still endearing to me. I was surprised by the extent of Mercedes' suffering and the sacrifices she had to face not only while she waited fruitlessly for Edmond's return, but through her entire marriage. Their final reunion was too short at the end, but their love was still true. 3.5 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carol Evans

    To be honest, I probably shouldn't have read this. I loved The Count of Monte Cristo and this retelling was nowhere near it. Monte Cristo is still out for revenge, but he's crueler somehow, and I don't know what's up with Mercedes. Maximilien and Valentine are still a great couple, but other than that, I didn't really feel sympathetic to any of the characters, with the possible exception of Ali. I enjoyed the couple of sex scenes toward the begining better than later ones. Sex as punishment got To be honest, I probably shouldn't have read this. I loved The Count of Monte Cristo and this retelling was nowhere near it. Monte Cristo is still out for revenge, but he's crueler somehow, and I don't know what's up with Mercedes. Maximilien and Valentine are still a great couple, but other than that, I didn't really feel sympathetic to any of the characters, with the possible exception of Ali. I enjoyed the couple of sex scenes toward the begining better than later ones. Sex as punishment got old quick, at least for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Olga H. Rivas

    I first read this book, out of curiosity...I was my father's favorite book. I have kept his old hard cover for many years. When my husband gave me a paper back, I began to read it...could not put it down. The movie/sss do not come near to doing it any justice. I hear there's a sequel, I am curious. Any thoughts on that? I first read this book, out of curiosity...I was my father's favorite book. I have kept his old hard cover for many years. When my husband gave me a paper back, I began to read it...could not put it down. The movie/sss do not come near to doing it any justice. I hear there's a sequel, I am curious. Any thoughts on that?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This is a retelling of "The Count of Monte Cristo" with the same erotic edge that Ms. Gale put on her version of the "Phantom of the Opera" in the book "UNMASQUED". If you like to take a step into the erotic literature genre every once in a while it is a good read. This is a retelling of "The Count of Monte Cristo" with the same erotic edge that Ms. Gale put on her version of the "Phantom of the Opera" in the book "UNMASQUED". If you like to take a step into the erotic literature genre every once in a while it is a good read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kiru Taye

    An erotic take on The Count of Monte Cristo. I enjoyed it but the sex scenes got repetitive so skimmed them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christy Nevarez

    The eroticism was stimulating but the romance wasn't really there like it was in "Unmasqued." I still enjoyed the book and didn't want to put it down. The eroticism was stimulating but the romance wasn't really there like it was in "Unmasqued." I still enjoyed the book and didn't want to put it down.

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