Erik is dying. Not once in his life has anyone ever loved him, not even his mother. Every day his heart fails him more and he is desperate not to die alone. He hides his face and past sins behind a mask. Erik is dying and has fallen desperately, obsessively in love.
Christine Daaé, a rising start at the Paris Opera is kidnapped by Erik, her voice tutor. When her childhood sweetheart attempts to rescue her, he gets trapped in Erik’s torture chamber. Erik gives her a choice, marry him or watch her lover die an agonizing death. Defeated, she agrees to the marriage.
Erik finally has the companion he has always dreamed of, he cannot hope for more…but he does. His heart, though failing, dreams of romance and love. He finds his mask cannot protect his heart from the bitter anguish of unrequited love. His passion for Christine has brought him to the brink of insanity and threatens to destroy them both.
This love story, explores the resiliency of true love, the dignity of the human spirit and challenges our perception of sanity and beauty.
Martin has researched detail to precision… What’s refreshing about the way Martin writes is her layering of scenes to build the story in a way that only Gothic romance fiction ever can; here we are steeped in late-Victorian images with echoes of cobbled streets, gas lit nights and the scurrying of petticoats: a little dash of Victor Hugo’s rain soaked prose is to be felt seeping into Martin’s storytelling… Also, sexual desire and violence penetrate the story… Masque: Choices will be a winner with most romance fans, but also gothic horror fans will get a kick out of it too.” SP Review