Phantasmagoria

Author: Madelynne Ellis

Publisher: Black Lace

Release Date: April 2008

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT





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Vaughan, the Marquis of Pennerley, is not satisfied with the way his life is going. He is in love with Lucerne, his lover of many years and fascinated by Bella Rushdale, the woman he and Lucerne have been involved with for three years. Not willing to continue their ménage any longer without being able to express his true feelings, Vaughan does what he thinks best. He leaves Bella and Lucerne to their own devices.

Bella Rushdale has been lover to both L ucerne and Vaughan for 36 months. In all that time, she has never been able to be completely alone sexually with Lucerne or Vaughan without the other watching. When she and Lucerne try to escape for a few moments alone, they are caught once again by Vaughan and the results are explosive, albeit extremely satisfying. But it is upon waking up that she realizes that their trio is minus one member. Waiting for Vaughan is hard for Bella to do because she loves him. Therefore, she goes to him with the hopes of making him love her back even though she knows that Lucerne is really the one he wants.

 

In a time in English history when being a homosexual could mean death, I have to hand it to Vaughan and Lucerne both for their temerity and fortitude to live their lives as they want. When Bella is added into the mix, you have a huge scandal waiting to happen and in reading PHANTASMAGORIA, I was often scandalized to the point of blushing. Each encounter between Lucerne, Vaughan and Bella left me biting my lips and anxiously reading to find out what was going to happen. Then, in an ending surprise that I didn’t anticipate, I smiled at the complete turnaround of the plot and smacked my forehead at my inability to foresee what was coming. Madelynne Ellis takes gothic romance to a new height with PHANTASMAGORIA and I was glad to be along for the ride.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Natasha Smith

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