Gabriel's Inferno

Gabriel's Inferno

by Sylvain Reynard

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From New York Times bestselling author Sylvain Reynard comes the haunting, unforgettable tale of one man’s salvation and one woman’s sensual awakening—the first in the Gabriel's Inferno series....

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love, and redemption, Gabriel’s Inferno is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible—forgiveness and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101614785
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Series: Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 73,777
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sylvain Reynard is a Canadian writer with an interest in Renaissance art and culture and an inordinate attachment to the city of Florence. Reynard is the New York Times bestselling author of Gabriel's InfernoGabriel's Rapture, Gabriel's Redemption, Gabriel's Promise, The Raven, and The Shadow.

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Chapter 1

“...Miss Mitchell?”

Professor Gabriel Emerson’s voice carried across the seminar room to the attractive brown-eyed young woman who was seated at the back. Lost in thought, or lost in translation, her head was down as she scribbled furiously in her notebook.

Ten pairs of eyes swung to her, to her pale face and long lashes, her thin white fingers clutching a pen. Then ten pairs of eyes swung back to the professor, who stood perfectly still and began to scowl. His scathing demeanor contrasted sharply with the overall symmetry of his features, his large, expressive eyes, and full mouth. He was ruggedly handsome, but in that moment bitterly severe, which rather ruined the overall pleasing effect of his appearance.

“Ahem.” A modest cough to her right caught the woman’s attention. She glanced in surprise at the broad-shouldered man sitting next to her. He smiled and flicked his eyes to the front of the room, back to the professor.

She followed his gaze slowly, looking up into a pair of angry, peering blue eyes. She swallowed noisily.

“I expect an answer to my question, Miss Mitchell. If you’d care to join us.” His voice was glacial, like his eyes.

The other graduate students shifted in their seats and stole furtive glances at one another. Their expressions said what crawled up his ass? But they said nothing. (For it is commonly known that graduate students are loath to confront their professors with respect to anything, let alone rude behavior.)

The young woman opened her mouth minutely and closed it, staring into those unblinking blue eyes, her own eyes wide like a frightened rabbit.

“Is English your first language?” he mocked her.

A raven-haired woman seated at his right hand tried to stifle a laugh, smothering it into an unconvincing cough. All eyes shifted back to the frightened rabbit, whose skin exploded into crimson as she ducked her head, finally escaping the professor’s gaze.

“Since Miss Mitchell seems to be carrying on a parallel seminar in a different language, perhaps someone else would be kind enough to answer my question?”

The beauty to his right was only too eager. She turned to face him and beamed as she answered his question in great detail, making a show of herself by gesturing with her hands as she quoted Dante in his original Italian. When she had finished, she smiled acidly at the back of the room, then proceeded to gaze up at the professor and sigh. All that was lacking from her display was a quick leap to the floor and a rubbing of her back on his leg to show that she would be his pet forever. (Not that he would have appreciated the gesture.)

The professor frowned almost imperceptibly at no one in particular and turned his back to write on the board. The frightened rabbit blinked back tears as she continued scribbling, but mercifully she did not cry.

A few minutes later, as the professor droned on and on about the conflict between the Guelfs and the Ghibellines, a small square of folded paper appeared on top of the frightened rabbit’s Italian dictionary. At first she didn’t notice it, but once again, a soft ahem drew her attention to the good-looking man beside her. He smiled more widely this time, almost eagerly, and glanced down at the paper.

She saw it and blinked. Carefully watching the back of the professor as he drew endless circles around endless Italian words, she brought the paper to her lap where she quietly unfolded it.

Emerson is an ass.

No one would have noticed because no one was looking at her, except for the man at her side. As soon as she read those words, a different kind of flush appeared on her face, two pink clouds on the curve of her cheeks, and she smiled. Not enough to show teeth or what could be dimples or a laugh line or two, but a smile nonetheless.

She raised her large eyes to the man next to her and looked at him shyly. A wide, friendly grin spread across his face.

“Something funny, Miss Mitchell?”

Her brown eyes dilated in terror. Her new friend’s smile quickly disappeared as he turned to look at the professor.

She knew better now than to look up at the professor’s cold blue eyes. Instead, she put her head down and worried her plump lower lip between her teeth, back and forth and back and forth.

“It was my fault, Professor. I was just asking what page we were on,” the friendly man interceded on her behalf.

“Hardly an appropriate question from a doctoral student, Paul. But since you asked, we began with the first canto. I trust you can find it without Miss Mitchell’s help. Oh, and Miss Mitchell?”

The frightened rabbit’s pony tail trembled ever so slightly as she lifted her gaze.

“See me in my office after class.”

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skyla11377 More than 1 year ago
OMG, this book was beyond AMAZING. When I was told how fantastic this book was I was skeptical because you just never know. I read the blurb and I was interested. When I started reading it I so know what my friend meant. I had such a hard time putting it down. I was so desperate to keep reading it that when I was at my 3 year old niece's birthday party I pulled out my iPod so I could keep reading it. THAT is how HOOKED I was....LOL. Gabriel's Inferno is so hard to put into words because I am having a hard time trying to make you all understand just how much this book is A MUST READ. My friend described it as EPIC and I can't tell you how much I agree with her. Gabriel is such a complex character that, at first, you want to write him off as a BIG TIME jerk but upon further inspection you realize he is just an extremely self-tortured soul. I say self-tortured because Gabriel doesn't allow himself any room for forgiveness, therefore, he is always consumed by what he perceives to be a nonredeemable soul. Julianne, is just a young girl at heart, with a crush that never went away but she is also a woman with, what she believes, to be a shameful secret. Julia has loved Gabriel since the first time she ever saw him, but circumstances beyond either of their control has kept them apart for 6 years. When Julia comes face to face with her secret crush she is devastated to realize he doesn't even remember who she is, let alone what she means to his family. Gabriel, for his part, is almost blind to what is right in front of him. To him, miss Mitchell is, nothing more than a bothersome grad student who happens to be in his Dante Seminar class. BUT, the more time he spends around her the more he starts to feel things he never thought possible. When he learns that Julia is his long lost "Beatrice", Gabriel pulls out all the stops to make Julianne see how much they belong together. Even though both character's are struggling with their own inner turmoil they are determined to not let the other one see for fear that it will ruin their fragile serenity. Julia's innocence and Gabriel's jaded past is what makes these two such captivating characters. This book is PHENOMENAL, I can't stress that enough. To me, this series (yes, there is going to be a book 2) is right up there with The Twilight Saga and The Harry Potter Series (in my humble opinion). On a scale from 1-10 I give Gabriel's Inferno a 20. Yes, it is off the scale because this book is just that incredible. I can't think up enough creative words to say how amazing this book is. Everyone needs to pick up a copy of this book.
Elletee More than 1 year ago
Sylvain Reynard's writing is like no other I have ever experienced. A sense of hope, together with his wisdom and kindness shine through each chapter as this beautiful romantic love story unfolds. This is a journey where I have learned to appreciate poetry, art, music and literature. The characters have become loved friends who I care about deeply and want good things to happen to. Thank you SR. Just thank you.
Cecita More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a follow-up book, this one it is not. It started strong; seemed like there would be a lot of content. But then...fell flat. The hero changes his personality overnight. There were some good moments, definitely, but not enought to sit through the whole book. You will be particularly disappointed if you are looking for hot sex scenes. Let me tell you, you wait a VERY long time for it and it is so uncomfortable to read! May I also add, the whole virgin storyline got old quick. Yes, the heroine is a virgin. I don't want to hear about it for 200 pages! And how he will be her first...ugh! To sum up, it had potential, not awful but it didn't deliver.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a book you read once and walk away not caring anymore. These words will live inside of you. This is one to give a chance of the thousands of books out there. The author is a fine writer, who writes fluidly and keeps you intrigued every step of the way. MissRMD
doggis More than 1 year ago
Exciting and well written. finished it in half a day because I cared about the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The dialog was sappy and boring, and the whole plot fell flat on it's face. I wasn't sure who I disliked more, Julianne for being a meek, spineless, clumsy girl who (like Anastasia) is prone to fainting, swooning, and lip biting. Or Gabriel, the un-original male protagonist who (like Christian) becomes obsessed with the virginal Julianne and showers her with designer clothes that she repeatedly refuses but then eventually accepts. Shocker! We get it, she's a virgin and Gabriel is "her first." She's nervous about Gabriel being "her first", and Gabriel is honored that he will be "her first." Ugh! Do we really need 200 pages of dialog on that? I got so irritated with the characters that by the end I couldn't care less what became of them.
hnwhitlock2000 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. The Professor is a man I would love to meet. His uncanny ability to love so strong will leave you wanting. The Author's writing style is great and the knowledge base of the book is like no other. I can't wait for more books by him!
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feeling about this book. Like some others, I hate to give it a bad review since it seems to be a favorite among other reader. In fact it wasn’t a bad read, it was just a bit sugary and to sweet for my taste. I was impressed with the writing style and I really liked the story. Gabriel was a conflicted male lead who’s petulant attitude and commanding personality shined in the authors telling of him. I really liked the Dante and Beatrice theme and I was pleasantly educated with the diversity of literary references, wines, foods and music throughout the book. However, here’s my main quibble and where my review slants. The main female character, Julia was way too cowed and too much of a wilting flower. She broke easily and at one point I just set the book down and rolled my eyes because I was tired of all her tears. The first half of the book was really good, taking the reader in with Gabriel and Julia’s first meeting inside his classroom. I was absorbed in the conflict between these two characters, trying to decipher the mystery behind their pasts both individually and together. But then after the initial conflict, the dialogue became unbelievably trite with all the “I love you..” “you’re to precious for this world..” talk. Uggg! And in the last few chapters, I kept expecting something to happen, some sort of fallout. But what we got instead was an incredibly slow seduction that seemed to have sizzled out half way through the book, at least for me. I did like the background story though. I thought Rachel was a great best friend and I loved the conflict with Julia and the ex-boyfriend. I also liked Gabriel’s past story. It really pulled at my heartstrings and explained why he was so out of sorts. I also liked Paul’s friendship as well as the Clark family. All in all, the story was interesting and most of the characters were likable as well as relatable. I just hated all the sappy crying, shrinking violet, dizzying love fest I had to endure to get to the good parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know what to make of this book. It is NOTHING like the shades series by a little disappointed and im half way through the book and im feeling forced to read it because i paid 6.99 and i feel somewhat cheated by the reviews and blurb. Its all too proper and im annoyed by the innocence so far. Its boring.i have only gotten one real glimpse of passion so far. Ive already found myself shopping for a new book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I read it after the Fifty Shades trilogy and while they are very different, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a much deeper story and the writing is beautiful. I hope there will be a sequel soon.
Juls58 More than 1 year ago
Excellent story. Excellent writer.
NeensC More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down! I bought it based on the cover alone and the title, both of which drew me right in. I can't praise this story enough and I'm eagerly anticipating the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read the 50shades of grey series which was awesome so maybe expecting too much . I ,iked the book but agree with previous review. It gets pretty sappy and many parts of story seem to go nowhere
DaniDyer More than 1 year ago
This book was GREAT!! I only struggled to keep attention when the main couples relationship started making patterns and the same events kept occurring in different ways (from ABOUT page 100-250). Keeping my attention is important for a 5 star review. After that, I couldn't put the book down! It was a great read and definitely a ROMANCE instead of an erotica. Although, I feel more sex could have been added, I am pleased with how Sylvain Reynard finished this novel. Wonderful!! I love how SR was inspired by Dante, and kept this theme strong throughout the whole book.
Laurab68 More than 1 year ago
I know that this type of book is outside of my comfort zone in regards to reviewing, but I've been expanding my reading lists and wanted to include some books that I think are great crossovers for the YA market. With the expanding of New Adult and Mature Young Adult, I can't see ignoring these stories. Especially where all these authors are getting huge publishing deals. Sylvain Reynard is one of them. I've been hemming and hawing about changing my rating from a 4 to a 5, because I just loved this book so much. It's almost like I've become addicted to Julianne and Gabriel. There is so much about this book that I love and a few things that I don't love. First off what I love is that it is literate. Julianne Mitchell is studying Dante at the University of Toronto under a Dante specialist, Professor Gabriel Emerson. He is unlike any professor I've ever had. He's sexy, he's angry and he's pretty much sex on a stick. However, Julia has a secret. A secret that has kept her in love with her professor for six years. However, for Julia, Gabriel doesn't remember her and she is crushed. She's had an extremely horrible relationship with a former boyfriend that has left her submissive and broken. Gabriel's and Julia's first meeting goes horribly awry. Thankfully she has a savior in a Ph.D candidate in Paul Norris who instantly takes a liking to Julia and tries to protect the frightened rabbit. However, when Julia is called to Professor Emerson's office, she is shocked to hear him crying and talking roughly on the phone. Julia leaves a note that explains nothing. After a brief Emerson absence (his adoptive mother has passed away), things between the two are strained and volatile at best. Gabriel has no clue who Julia is and Julia is not willing to part with her knowledge because this cannot be the person she met and fell in love with when she was 17 years old. It's not until Gabriel's sister, Julia's best friend, arrives and he starts to put some things together. He's already feeling the pull of Julia, but he doesn't understand. She seems familiar to him, but he can't quite recall why. So here we find out how Julia and Gabriel met all those years ago. Gabriel, still not remembering and for a good reason, is still oblivious to his first meeting with Julia. Six years ago, Julia arrived at the Clark's home invited for dinner. What she walked into was a mess. Rachel was crying into her boyfriend's shoulder, there was blood on the floor and the glass coffee table was smashed. Julia asks what happens, and Rachel informs Julia that Gabriel happened. He got into an argument with his parents and punched and broke his brother's nose. Who was now on the way to hospital. Julia sought out Grace (Gabriel's mother), but instead she found Gabriel on the back porch sucking on a beer. Waxing philosophically, he mentions to Julia that she is an angel sent to save his soul. Beatrice to his Dante. Julia is transfixed by his beauty, his honesty and his degradation. He invites her to go on a walk to an orchard on the property. He is the first person who treats her like a woman and not a teenager. He kisses her, his fondles her, but he never, ever goes that extra step. They spend the night in the orchard wrapped in each other's arms. Gabriel six years later is hardened, tougher, softer and seeks out pleasures of the flesh. He has a hunting ground that he goes to often to find what will soothe him carnally. A place that Julia despises. She is his angel, yet he still has no clue. It's not until Julia is summoned by the bouncer at the club where Gabriel hunts, that she is once again brought in to save Gabriel. He has been pounding back doubles of scotch and has one of his graduate students precariously close to consummating their relationship. With the University's non-fraternization policy, this would prove deathly to Gabriel's career. So with the help of a bartender, she is able to extract Gabriel from the floozy and get him home. Unfortunately a drunk Gabriel means a flirty Gabriel and he kisses Julia. Then proceeds to throw up on her. She cleans him up, cleans herself up and tends to him. It's when he opens his eyes, looks at Julia and calls her Beatrice that he remembers who she is. Again, Julia spends the night, chastely, in his arms. However, the next morning, with a savage hangover and a fairly naked Julia dancing around his apartment (she's wearing his old clothing), he is furious because he feels that he violated her (Julia is a virgin), yet, he still manages to insult and destroy Julia's sense of well-being. It's not until he reads the note that she left on his breakfast tray, as he finally let's her go that he remembers spending the night with Julia all those years ago. To him it was a dream. Gabriel is damaged goods, yet so is Julia. They are simply made for each other in a way that it could be perfect or destructive. There is one scene in the book that totally blew me away. I love rereading that passage so much. After Gabriel realizes who Julia is, she cuts all contact with him. But she has to attend his seminar if she wants to graduate. When she arrives in his class, he tells her that he needs to speak with her after class, she dismisses him and he takes matters into his own hands. Instead of his original seminar, he will be giving a lecture. A lecture on the second meeting between Beatrice and Dante years after they originally met. Basically, Gabriel is trying to tell Julia what happened and why he didn't remember her. Unfortunately for Gabriel, Julia is angry and the class becomes a hot-headed episode of pure lust and complete jealousy. The class is understandably confused by what is transpiring between Gabriel and his student. He is begging and she is fighting back. She is throwing back all of Dante's sins as he is laying down the gauntlet that Beatrice perhaps never cared enough for Dante. Why should she when Dante would seek any whore he could to bed? And what about a particular one named Paulina? This scene knocked my socks off because the metaphors were flying and nobody knew what the hell was going on. Gabriel and Julia are very much like Dante and Beatrice. Beatrice trying to gather Dante out of hell. But cannot because she is already in paradise and she's not admitted. After that showing in the seminar, Gabriel and Julia take their relationship further. They are falling in love. However, he is still her professor and she is still a virgin. He will court her and they will not take the relationship any further until after the semester ends. As much as they want each other, they both have secrets that would destroy most relationships and Gabriel refuses to make love to her until she knows everything about him. Of course he is also mortified that he seduced a 17 year old back when he was 27, but he didn't remember Julia because he so strung out on coke that he really did think that what he shared with her was a dream. However, Julia is still angry because he left her alone in the woods the next morning not knowing how to get out of them. What they find was a misunderstanding of sorts, he didn't leave, he went for a piss and a smoke. She thought he'd left. He's only called her Beatrice and never learned her name. Of course his family thought he was crazy when he mentioned meeting Beatrice. From there he went into rehab and then back to Harvard to finish his Ph.D dissertation. I found some similarities to AS Byatt's Possession and this one. I'm not sure if the author read that book, but there was that same literate quality that I crave from time to time. The writing is superb, the language flows, yes Gabriel can be an ass and yet you want to just hug him and soothe him. Julia can get a bit annoying at times, but she has her reasons. Once she agrees to a relationship with Gabriel she totally blooms. But all is not well with the people around her. Her fellow student Christa Peterson has been trying to bed Gabriel for a while and he refuses to acknowledge her. Paul is falling in love with Julia and she's trying to finish her MA thesis for graduation. I can't say that this book is overly erotic, but the theme about lust and love and courtly love are full frontal. This is a breathtaking story that will have you humming throughout and searching out various Dante and Beatrice pieces of art. You don't really need a knowledge of The Divine Comedy or Dante's Inferno. It is well explained in the book. I highly recommend this one. It's gorgeous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring unlikeable characters. SLOOOOOOW moving. Just plain boring.
atzbech More than 1 year ago
How anyone can compare this book to 50 Shades is beyond me. There is absolutely no comparison. I'd have to say this is one of the most boring books I've ever read! It's unbelievable how some reviewers can call this book amazing. It took over 450 pages for this couple to finally have the dullest sex on record. Save your money and read a GOOD fairy tale; this book leaves a lot to be desired. A sequel? Don't think so!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't get it. Everyone goes on and on about how divine this book is... and yet it left me cold. The storyline is ridiculously contrived, far too long and poorly executed. Terrible. The "heroine" is a giant snooze fest & the Professor is an idiot. I'm sorry I bought it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, but would not read again or continue with the series. The plot line is interesting and has a lot to work with. The idea of life in grad school (from both a student and a professor's perspectives), the attraction between two characters that do not remember each other, the history of abuse or "imperfections" that make moving up/forward in life a constant battle ... also, the idea of two characters that should probably not associate ... there is a lot of room for a great story here. Unfortunately, it does not deliver. I did not like how the leading male character changing so abruptly from independent, aloof, and self-aware guy to a stalker-like, no-personality, immature, and even whinning character. I just don't see an Associate Professor -- someone who have had to work REALLY hard to get to a position of prestige and success, and whose line of work is about service (i.e. education)-- can turn into a self-serving, teenager-on-a-temper-tantrum kind of character. Also, I am not too crazy about the role of super-ridiculous rich dude vs. poor (virgin) lady -- love a good romance, but this cinderella stuff is just too cliche.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS NOT A SEX FILLED BOOK DO NOT LISTEN TO THE HYPE IT IS NOT EROTICA IT IS NOT FIFTY SHADES OR BARED TO YOU BUT THIS IS A ROMANCE!!!!! I know a lot of people hated this book and a lot of people loved itand i have to be honest the first 250 pages i quit reading it i even archived it but i took it out and began to read i have to say that julia is one of the most annoying characters i have ever read about and gabriel is one of the most realistic characters i have read about i thought that julia was her age at times but a lot of the book she acted like a naive 12 year old she had seen so much in her life that its hard to believe she could be that way i dont know if another slightly different story line would have worked for her but she was irritating and kind of prude-ish but she had her moments were im like i am really liking her character but in the end i gave her story line a 2 out of 5 Gabriel gabriel gabriel wow he is the most unpredictable unexpecting characters i have ever read about his story wasnt in the least predictable because i dont know if it was just me but DRUG ADDICT! PROFESSOR? Whaaaat.... ok but after the shock i really fell in love with his tortured hopeless character he just felt so undeserving and it made you want to shake him and say YOU'RE HUMAN! But really i loved story line amazing and real so i gave it a 5 out of 5 I dont feel like this is a love story firstly the sex scene was dull and horribly described but really this is a story about two people forgiving,learning to trust and learning to move on and most importantly be happy they are a beautiful couple but their love story is off and kind of forced and there is a lot of fumbling it seemed like when they were together they were learning and rather than being labled erotrica it should be labeled romance because thats what it is they arent having hot dirty sex or anything but they are wonderful when you read and see the characters growing and changing and being happy and in love they are amazing for each other but the sexy-ness factor fell through for me when you realize the sexual tension scenes are hotter than the actual sex thats why i gave the story line a 3 out of 5 Great story overall it was better than most people gave it credit for and it really shouldnt be compared to fifty shades of bared to you it isnt that kind of story it is a story that maps out progressive beautiful heartbreaking love it gets a 4 of of 5 for me great job and now i might read the next book maybe the sex will be hotter?
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
Prior to reading and finishing this book a few days ago Gabriel's Inferno had been sitting on my TBR shelf since January 2011. Ever since I heard from a pretty reliable source that this book might just turn out to be a new favourite of mine I'd been dying to read it. Now after finishing it I can honestly say that the book did not live up to my expectations whatsoever. I went into the book expecting a contemporary romance that was a little less fluffy than the ones I usually read and while I got the less fluffy part the book was lacking in a major aspect for me...the romance! I honestly didn't see any chemistry between Gabriel and Julia. When I first started the book I was immediately bogged down by the writing style. While I liked the whole Dante aspect of the book I don't think that the book needed to have so much to do with Dante. I think that aspect could easily have been lessened because it too way too much time to get through it and really for me it added very, very little to impact to the overall novel. The only other thing that I found remotely interesting about the book was that it is set in Toronto where I live. I recognized a few places that were mentioned in the city but I feel as though the author could have made Toronto and Canada seem a lot less cold, formidable and unfriendly. When it came to the main characters I hated them. Gabriel was a pompous ass and I'm pretty sure if he were a real person I'd have shot him he was so irritating! Almost all his dialogue was pretentious and seriously grated on my nerves. He was so cold and condescending towards Julia I hated it. As for the leading lady Julia well I didn't like her so much either. Her inner dialogue really irked me as well as the fact that she was so childlike. There is a difference between being a naive character and one that a push over. Unfortunately I thought Julia was way to much of a pushover and come on she fell for a guy after only spending one day with him 10 years prior to their second meeting and she was all woe to me and it ended up getting way too much for me to handle by the first 100 pages. Still, despite the fact that the characters were annoying from the beginning I had hoped that I would like them more. However, I didn't. Plus I hated the fact that book was 545 pages of drivel that lead up to the most anti-climatic ending I think I have ever read and let me tell you this is no small feat believe me. Basically I detested the novel completely. It isn't as though I didn't give it a fair shake because I had hoped it would get better yet it never did. At a hefty 545 pages I though the story lines was pretty darn pointless and was way too long. If the novel had been about half the length and the characters were better developed and likable I think I would have liked it a lot better. As it stands now I doubt I will read the second book. The book was too cold and the writing lacked excitement that is why I couldn't give it a higher rating. As always, just because I didn't like the novel that is just my personal opinion. Many people loved it and it all depends on the person. If you think you might like this contemporary romance I say go for it and give it a try. While I won't be buying this one for anyone in the near future I will be recommending it to some people that I think would enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like anyone, i love a good romance story where a strong man swoops in to save a damsel in distress. However, this author played up on thr damsel in distress way too much. Its so annoying how the woman is described in the book as a rabbit and a kitten, over, and over, and over again. I get it, you want me to understand your lead character is a wounded poor little delicate woman. I felt forcefed the decriptions and after a while i got so sick of it, vomit! I got so sick of the way the chemistry was depicted, i could not finish the book. The chemistry if the characters were not naturally developed, it was too forced. I would nit recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the recommendation from the Christian Grey fan page on Facebook and knew they would only recommend something good, without even knowing the story, I bought the book. I purchased on a Saturday and by Monday night I had finished reading! It is an AMAZING read. I loved the characters, the story and the love. Gabriel is such an interesting character, sultry, mysterious and sexy. Julia is shy, intelligent and self conscious. I loved their interaction and who doesnt fantasize about longing for a crush and it actually becoming reality?!?!?!?!?! This is a must read !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book! Read this and follow-up book, Gabriel's Rapture. I loved them!I am hoping for a 3rd for this series. This was even better than 50 Shades! Would be awonderful movie. Storyline is more believable,and gives you a bit of an insight to who you are and who you can be. This is truly a Love story. I love the arts.Makes me want to live in Italy. It's a must read! Ican't wait for more from this writer. You won't be disappointed. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. The heroine is vapid. The hero is creepy and unexciting. Quite repulsive. I had trouble finishing this and will not waste anymore time or money on this author.