Phantom of the Opera - Romance A-M

Ashe, Rebecca
Masque of the Swan

ISBN: 0-7860-0212-3 (1996)
Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp.
Out of print
Review: The book follows the story of the Phantom of the Opera pretty closely. A young naive girl , named Caralisa, who is poor, has lost her parents, living with her god parents who have put her up with their own daughter, Viola in a boarding school in the city of Larissa. She meets a mysteriously masked man, the Count of Samothrace who comes to her bedroom window one night because he's enchanted with her voice. Caralisa is attracted to him, but scared at the same time. He teaches her to write and read music, as well as helps her with her voice. But while the mysterious masked man has fallen in love with her, Caralisa has fallen in love with Michaeljohn a young Marquis. What has been interesting to note in this book, is the characters resemble the cast of the upcoming 2004 movie. Caralisa has red hair and is 17, same with Emmy Rossum, who plays Christine. Michaeljohn is described pretty much as Raoul (Patrick Wilson) looks in the movie--long hair and all. The Count of Samothrace resembles Gerard Butler in every way--even down to his eyes. I'm not sure who the author was basing her characters off of, but for obvious reasons, it was not the cast of the movie....the book was written in 1996! It's a good fun summer read. Quite well-written for a romance novel, as well.
From the back of the book:
When Caralisa dances into the arms of a masked stranger, her life changes forever. Rumored to be a devil, the seductive Count of Samothrace is the most dangerous man Caralisa has ever met. With a handsome nobleman also vying for her hand, Caralisa must make a decision that will affect not only her own life, but the future of her country. Will Caralisa become the light of a young man's heart, or the object of a driven man's obsession? Torn between love and fear, she risks everything to find her heart's reward.

Ashley, Amanda (a.k.a. Madeline Baker)

  • Embrace the Night
    ISBN: 0-50552-041-9 (1995)
    Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
    Out of print
    From the publisher:
    A creature doomed to wander the earth in eternal darkness, he searches for someone to share the endless night of his existence, for that one woman who would recognize the man within the monster. An angel of purity, she feared the mysterious stranger who whispered dark secrets she dared not believe. They were two people longing for fulfillment, braving the danger of a love like no other. Alone, they faced desolation and despair; together, they would share undying passion and defy eternity
  • Shades of Gray
    ISBN: 0-50552-243-8 (1998)
    Love Spell
    In print
    Review: Not bad. It reads more like Phan-fic from an inexperienced writer. The characters aren't well-developed and everything happens too fast. But for fun summer beach reading it's good. Real reason I bought it (Ashamed to say) a small painting of the Paris Opera House on it. You can see the image here. I had no idea that vampires could time travel by just thinking about what year they wanted to go to. The characters are from present times, but at one point time-travel back to 1875, the year the Paris Opera House opens, and a reference to the Phantom of the Opera is made during that scene in the book. The writer seems to like musicals, her main female character, Marisa, is wearing a Jekyll & Hyde shirt at one point and also listens to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Also the covers of all her books look the same. I have a feeling that all the stories are similar as well. Amusingly, I'm actually hooked. It's an easy read, goes quickly and is nice and mindless.
    From the back of the book:
    Bound by chains, the vampire had slept for 100 years, locked in pain and hunger, until the scent of one woman's blood recalled him to life. Lost in darkness, Grigori finds new sustenance in the light of Marisa's love, and new purpose in his life. Only he can protect her from the evil that stalks the night. Grigori vows to show Marisa that not all the undead are monsters, and that somewhere between the black and white of damnation and desire lay infinite shades of gray.

Byrd, Nicole
Beauty in Black
ISBN: 0425196836 (2004)
Berkley Publishing Group
In print
Review: The book started out good. I was sucked in right away. On the whole, it is a well-written book, but unfortunately, it completely falls apart towards the end, where it turns into a plain old cardboard romance. The year is 1817. Louisa Crookshank goes to London to find a husband. Marianne Huges is a young widow, and Louisa's chaperone while they're in London, and the Marquess of Gillingham (first name John) who is the object of both women's desires. The Marquess has been pockmarked by smallpox when he was younger. He dislikes going out due to the stares and jabs he gets from other people. There is also a bit of a mystery going while Louisa is in pursuite of a husband: Someone is trying to kill Louisa. The Marquess and Marianne are doing their best to protect Louisa from this mysterious killer. The killer ends up being some character that shows up for maybe a few pages or so--someone who is forgetable. In fact, when this person was revealed, I had to skim the beginning of the book again to remind myself who they were.
From the back of the book
Although many assumed that lovely widow Marianne Hughes would marry again, she has no desire to do so and is content with her independent single state. But her status as a respectable widow makes her an ideal chaperon, so she reluctantly agrees to guide the beautiful Louisa Crookshank in her first London season. She never imagines that soon she and Louisa would be rivals for the same enigmatic gentleman.
John, Marquess of Gillingham, had been a recluse since smallpox had left him scarred. Too proud to be the object of pitiful stares. But the need for an heir has forced him to London to seek a bride. One golden beauty catches his eye, but it is her elegant chaperon who keeps his attention. Soon he finds himself entangled in a web of desire and deception, but someone else is spinning a web of danger around them all, and threatens to destroy all John and Marianne hold dear--including each other...

Cartier, Anniee
Redemption
ISBN: 0-78600-362-6 (1997
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Out of print
From Amazon.com book description:
Rehearsing until midnight one night, actress Gabriela Rozina is swept up by vampire Marcus Danewell, who longs for Gabriela's love and blood but fears condemning her to his own tormented existence. Original.

Criswell, Millie
Phantom Lover
ISBN: 0-06108-092-6 (1993)
Morrow, William & Co
Out of print
I don't have this one, yet, but I'm thinking it's really more like the Scarlet Pimpernel than Phantom of the Opera or even Beauty and the Beast
From Amazon.com book description:
About to marry a man she does not love, Danielle Sheridan secretly prays that "The Phantom" a handsome man hiding behind a black mask, will save her from her fate.

Gale, Colette
Unmasqued: An Erotic Novel of the Phantom of the Opera
ISBN: 0-45122-137-0 (2007)
NAL Trade 
In Print

Handeland, Lori
Shadow Lover
ISBN: 0-50552-010-9 (1995)
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Out of print

Herter, Lori

  • Obsession
    ISBN: 0-42512-817-2 (1991)
    Berkley
    Out of print
  • Possession
    ISBN: 0-42513-133-5 (1992)
    Berkley
    Out of print
  • Confession
    ISBN: 0-42513-358-3 (1992)
    Berkley
    Out of print
  • Eternity
    ISBN: 0-42513-978-6 (1993)
    Berkley
    Out of print

Kasey, Michelle
Moonlight Masquerade (Regency Romance Series)
ISBN: 0-45116-102-5 (1996)
Signet
Out of print

Joyce, Lydia
The Music of the Night
ISBN: 0-45121-706-3 (2005)
Signet
In print
From Amazon.com
Sarah Connolly leaves a past of desperation in London to help an old friend in Venice. There, she discovers dark secrets and a mysterious figure lurking in the shadows. He is Sebastian Grimsthorpe-once carefree, now bent on exacting pitiless revenge on the man who nearly destroyed him. But his plot is obscured when he discovers Sarah, whose tragic eyes seduce him into a world of secrecy and deception

Knoll, Anne
The House in Thornton Wood
ISBN: 0-505-52477-5(2002)
Love Spell Books
In print.

Kurland, Lynn
This is All I Ask
ISBN: 0-42518-033-6 (2002)
Berkley
In print
From Amazon.com book description:
Gillian of Warewick knows no other treatment than the terrible physical and mental abuse issued by her father. When he arranges a match for Gillian with Christopher of Blackmour, she is fearful: Blackmour is rumored to be an evil sorcerer. When Gillian meets him, he proves to be far more of a man than her father is, yet he is unwilling to be a lover to Gillian. She finds that Blackmour has as many psychological scars to heal as she has physical scars

Link, Gail

  • Never Call it Loving
    ISBN: 0-84393-519-7 (1993)
    Dorchester Publishing Company, Incorporated
    Out of print
  • Wolf's Embrace
    ISBN: 0-84392-813-1 (1989)
    Dorchester Publishing Company, Incorporated
    Out of print

Mackenzie, Myrna
Morning Beauty, Midnight Beast
ISBN: 0-37321-851-6 (2004)
Silhouette
Out of print
From the back of the book:
A beautiful woman in need of a protector. On a wintry night on the Chicago streets, Molly Delavan unexpectedly went into labor and was rescued by a mysterious Good Samaritan who vanished before she could thank him. On the run from her greedy ex-fiancé, Molly wanted to start living her own life, on her own terms. But she owed her rescuer, Seth McCabe, a debt of gratitude. One that she was determined to repay
A dark stranger in need of redemption. Seth walked the city alone at night, a reporter who jealously guarded his privacy. He'd seen enough of what love could do and wanted no part of it ever again. But Molly just might change all that. Vulnerable and in danger, the lovely young mother needed help, and Seth found himself drawn to her, despite his determination to avoid her. Molly brought sunlight into his darkness--but could a man who had lost everything hope to reclaim his heart?

Mahon, Annette
A Phantoms Death
ISBN: 0-80349-429-7 (2000)
Thomas Bouregy & Co
In print

Mansfield, Elizabeth
The Phantom Lover ISBN: 0-51508-742-4 (1979)
Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Out of print