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Posted August 21, 2005
I have read this book three times. The first time in my usual voracious binge. Besides the love story and the erotica, I was thankful for all the knowledge Ms. Schone gave us of the nineteenth century sexual mores. But I must admit at the end of the book I was still confused on a number of issues. The mystery as part of the story was great for me because I'm an old mystery buff, but I was stumped on some of the questions raised. Then I realized that Gabriel's Woman was the follow up to The Lover. I ordered The Lover from BN and raced through it, then re-read Gabriel's Woman. So much better. I flipped back and forth between the two. Questions answered. The third time I read Gabriel's Woman was for pure pleasure. And yes it was worth all the trouble. Reading both books in order is a treat I highly reccomend.
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Posted October 22, 2005
I selected this author, Robin Schone and her book 'Gabriel's Woman' as I was looking for more historical romances and a few readers had made a note of her stories. I read the reviews and found them to be insightful. I purchased her book through B & N and read on. I just finished today. I agree with many of the reviewers that clearly this author is gifted in the area of writing. She has an interesting way of leading you into the story and keeping you transfixed along the way. I agree that there were alot of questions I had that weren't clearly answered and I'm sure had I read 'The Lover' with Micheal first...I would understand Gabriel's story much better this time around. However, I still found the characters and plot line vastly interesting. I have never read a book that discussed such deep and dark topics as male (not female)brothels, what happens there and everything in between before. It was disturbing at times but, so fascinating it was hard to put the book down. I think when you read about all the self hatred, heartache, terrible memories of the past and sadness that was in Gabriel's life you couldn't help but, keep reading and rooting him on, hoping he could conquer his demons and move on to have a real life. There were a number of sub plots and historical issues going on and I'm sure I'll need to re-read this book again to truely catch everything. Having Victoria as the man heroine was intersting too. She was not perfect and polished and beautiful as most romances like to make women. Instead, she was fairly average but, as always, when you meet your match - you become beautiful to them no matter what and Victoria did for Gabriel as well. I think it was only fitting that two perfect men such as Micheal and Gabriel and who have seen everything the world had to offer - good, bad, wild and shocking...would end up falling for women who are average in looks but, glorious in spirit. Fitting indeed. I would recommend this book to those who are open to a romance with a serious twist. The love scences are strongly written, intense and sometimes a bit uncomfortable but, they match the story line. It fits in with the lives the men have led. The scences never lighten up but, that's part of the story. I say buy this, read it and think about it. This is not a story for the faint of heart but, is definately a thoughtful read. You don't get that often in light and airy romances.
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Posted June 10, 2010
At first I was totally confused with this book. I couldn't grab what was happening and what the story was. I had no clue what was really going on and I almost abandonned it after the third chapter. But gradually, I started understanding the plot and the characters.Gabriel could be terribly unsettling, but once we got acquainted it got better. I could finally see a pattern in the whole thing. I have even decided to get another book by the author to see if I have the same feeling.
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Posted August 27, 2001
This book follows the great stories of 'The Lover' and 'The Lady's Tutor.' In fact, this book takes up were The Lover' stopped. Only this is the story of Gabriel and Victoria Chambers. Victoria, a 34 year old former governess, is forced to sell her virginity at the re-constructed House of Gabriel, all through a series of events orchestrated by the person who wishes to destroy Gabriel. While the sex scenes are graphic, I find the story strangely compelling, as I did with 'The Lover'. If you enjoyed 'The Lover' and 'The Ladies Tutor,', you will enjoy this book.
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Posted December 7, 2014
One would think the first rule in writing erotica would be that the reader fully understands what is going on between the main characters! In this book and its predecessor, The Lover, this is not even remotely true, IMHO! Very difficult to decipher the story line, who, what, when , where and why - should be understood - in this story, the 5 W's are not spelled out. Stick to erotica as written in the 50 Shades books (even if you hate "pain") - or books like that - this book is too cloudy, IMHO!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 31, 2013
I have read this series more than once over the years. A complex and dark tale. the author has a heavy hand with repetition, but this one hooked me on historical rom with an edge.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted October 28, 2012
I'm sorry but i must be missing something. Why does this book get such high ratings? It's beyond me! I've read up to three hundred "nook"pages.... giving it a chance to stop being confusing. Still not there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 28, 2009
I was in the mood for...how shall I say it...a "dirty" novel I suppose. This one caught me by surprise. Deep down I have a rather girly side and was actually intrigued by the plot in this book. There are great erotic scenes between the two, with the last being perhaps one of the best romantic/touching/erotic moments I have ever read. If you don't enjoy sentimental poetic moments, this book is probably not for you. Also, although a love story this is an EROTIC novel and I say that as a warning for those who do not wish to read this. There are very graphic scenes, not just teasing or an idea of it. I loved the characters and the story. So, if you're in the mood for an erotic novel with actual romance and substance I suggest it. (Also, if you get it from the library, the covers not quite as OBVIOUS as other erotic novels if I may say so.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2009
When this novel was first published, erotic romance was not the huge genre that it is today. Robin Schone broke quite a few of the established "rules" of romance and frankly, readers are the better for it.
Her use of moody and dark narrative harkens back to the great gothic novels of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Nearly everything that occurs in this novel happens at night, or in the dark. Strangers from the past, mysterious motives, and the dark deeds that belie the gentility of Victorian England are woven skillfully.
However, neither Gabriel or Victoria are the stereotypical romance couple. Both are wounded souls who find love together in spite of all the forces which conspire to keep them apart.
Gabriel was a former prostitute who now owns an exclusive brothel that bears his name. He is tormented by an act so tragic, that it has shaped him into the untouchable being he now is. Wealthy women will pay any price for his services, but he knows they would never pay the price for loving the man he truly is, nor would they wish to see that part of him.
Victoria is a dimissed governess whose only crime was that of not responding to a former employer's advances--a situation that was quite the norm in Victorian England. She boldly offers her virginity up for auction inside The House of Gabriel, and commands a staggering sum in the process.
Gabriel could teach Jane Eyre's Mr. Rochester a thing about brooding heroes; and like Rochester, he too finds deliverance from the steadfast love of a woman who is as strong as himself. Victoria is a wonderful character, and no shrinking violet--she may not know what will come about in the end, but she dares what other women will not--to love a man with too many scars upon his soul.
His best friend Michael des Anges (from Ms. Schone's previous novel, 'The Lover') is scarred on his face; Gabriel is scarred both body and spirit.
An interesting note: There is an undercurrent of deep and fierce love between Gabriel and Michael, one that would suggest an almost homosexual bond. Like the frank eroticism, some readers may be put off by this, but I think Ms. Schone handles this matter wonderfully. In fact, I think their relationship goes beyond our notions of love between men, to see a deep and lasting committment that was forged in the most frightful of circumstances.
The eroticism in 'Gabriel's Woman' is sexuality the way it should be written--passionate and intense. Ms. Schone's scenes drew me in and kept me there. Her atmosphere drips with the sounds, scents and sometimes overwhelming emotions of sex. In the shower scene (which I think was wonderfully written), I actually felt as if I were a voyeur, sharing this frightningly intense moment between two souls, and not merely two bodies.
That, I believe, is what makes Robin Schone far superior to what has come before in the genre of erotic romance. Ms. Schone doesn't write textbook manuals on the act of sex, nor does she pepper her descriptions with silly metaphors ascribed to the various male and female genitalia (you readers who read steamy romances know exactly what I mean). Robin Schone writes about the emotions of two people who are making love; we see inside of them, and in some ways, become them, in their lust and in their longing.
Once again, Robin Schone has delivered a romantic tour-de-force, a novel that will spark lively and much needed debate.
Posted April 23, 2004
I have to say that while lovers of Robin Schone will not find this to be as much of an issue, you really have to hang in there and give the story a chance to come together. I consider myself a careful reader, and I was amazed at the number of twists in the story and also the complications in the characters' motivations. I have to say that remembering WHO and WHAT these characters are reputed to be, the beleivability of the story fell short: professionals of Gabriel's sort, in any period, having suffered through what he suffered.... Well, let me just say that I find it hard to believe that he would be as polished, easy-to-love, or noble--not to mention--alive! In short, given his backstory, I couldn't see how Gabriel came to be the man he was at all. I kept trying to diagram his person and finding all these pieces that did not add up. The most confusing issues for me were: the supposed reason he 'chose' his profession; the supposed reason for his 'hostility' for his friend; the REAL reasons for his own self-hatred; and why I am supposed to think that he or his profession is noble. Gabriel's character was not only difficult for me to connect with and believe in; he was strangely silent on the issue of what he wanted, what he preferred, with whom he was in love. Additionally, while the sex was interesting, the darkness of it--lacking any romantic or intimate substance--was disturbing. On the other hand, Ms. Schone captured the essence of self-hatred. Now, if this story is one about denial--great! All the characters are conspicuously nonsensical. I loved her short story about the Arab man who had been castrated in his youth who met an older woman widow passing herself off as a prostitute. Now THAT was an excellent balance between dark and light--threaded through with vulnerability, need, fear of rejection and enough intimacy and romance to make everything worth it. I just wasn't buying what she was selling this time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2004
This was the first Erotic novel I have read, and was vastly disappointed. I found it to be a bit 'dark' but would not call it erotic. I'll have to read another to have something to compare it to.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 12, 2002
All of Robin Schone's books, especially 'Gabriel's Woman', are some of the hottest and sexiest books I have ever read. I could not put them down. Her books are not just about great sex scenes but are really great stories and interesting, unpredictable plots. Even if it did not contain the great erotica I would still devour her books as she is one of the greatest storytellers I have ever come across. She has a style of writing that completely captures you and draws you into the story. It takes a great talent to write in such a way that the story stays with you long after you finished reading the book. She has made me a more open-minded reader of romance novels. Her books have been very liberating and empowering to me and women in general. Her female characters are not your usual heroines, but rather everyday middle aged flawed (much like ourselves) women. I can not recommend her enough. I love and own several copies of each of her books and am waiting anxiously for her next release. In short, her books are money well spent. They are great especially if you want to escape from the modern world for a few hours.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 26, 2002
Posted August 2, 2002
First let me say that I loved Robin Schone's previous erotic romance novels. I would recommend them to any adult who likes that genre of literature. However, I must say--and this is my opinion, of course--that Gabriel's Woman was not up to the standards of Robin's previous books. Sadly, I found the protagonists (and some of the language in general) too stilted, as well as the hero too tortured, the heroine too Earth Mother-ish, and both so absorbed in their own angst or feelings that I was finally rolling my eyes in exasperation. (And really, as I think about it, a woman has to be pretty disfunctional herself to want to be with a guy who's as tortured as Gabriel.) Also, I felt almost bludgeoned by the number of repeated angel metaphors and similes. I know a lot of folks loved this book. And I certainly like most of Robin Schone's plots, her 'off-the-beaten-path' characters, and yes, the erotic sex. Whenever she has a new novel out, I eagerly await the pleasure of reading it. But Gabriel's Woman made me feel like I was being told to feel for the characters. I would have preferred to just have characters who were compelling enough that I automatically felt for them,without having to be asked.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2002
I would give this book 10 stars it that was a option. Exelent book. Sexy, exiting, erotic. You just do not want the book to end. I can't wait for the next creation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 5, 2001
ROBIN SCHONE HAS DONE IT AGAIN! After reading The Lover...and meeting Gabriel, I couldn't wait to read HIS story. Robin takes the reader through the twists and turns of a complicated man and exposes the desires (unspoken) and 'human fraility within'- in us all. That Victoria (the love interest) finally 'TOUCHES' Gabriel is masterful....she starts off auctioning herself off to the highest bidder in a house of 'ill repute'...where Gabriel purchases her. Great suspense....and surprise bad guy.... explains why Gabriel loves/hates(?) Micheal. The fairy tale at the end will break your heart! Buy this book you won't be sorry! Has very erotic (sexual) exchanges-not a 'lite' romance novel...but gritty and absorbing. Robin Schone can really write! I can't wait to see where she goes next...perhaps JOHN's story? I'll be waiting impatiently for the next book by Robin.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2001
Posted November 20, 2009
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