I greatly enjoyed Colette Gale's retelling of this classic novel, more than I enjoyed her prior treatment of "The Phantom of the Opera". I thought she did a good job of painting Mercedes in a sympathetic light and did a good job of filling in the details of what could have occurred during all those years between the arrest of Edmond Dantes and his re-emergence as the Count from Mercedes' point of view.
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+
Excellent writing. The storyline was beautifully and colorfully told, descriptive and compelling. Character development was very well done. I enjoyed this book tremendously; can't wait to read others by this author. It wasn't as erotic as I expected; I thought it would be darker, or even kinky; but the sex scenes were well-written and an integral part of the plot. I'm tempted to keep the book, but it's too good not to share.