I write a Film and Food blog called Tinsel & Tine (Reel & Dine). However, that doesn't yet pay the bills, what does, is boring, monotonous and tedious. But by the Grace of God, I'm able to entertain myself listening to audiobooks while working.
It's obvious Reynard tried way too hard to recapture the lightening in a bottle that is "50 Shades of Grey":
Like Christian, Gabriel is extraordinarily rich and a troubled soul. Orphaned as a child and raised by the perfect adoptive parents. Including a sister who is the only one not intimidated by him. He even has an unstable ex-girlfriend wanting him back.
Like Anna, Julia is a 23 year-old, innocent student, studying literature. And just as stupidly clueless. She even has a very similar relationship with her father.
It's a drawn out romance with minimal plot, centered around dialog & sex between the two protagonists; but believe it or not, the dialog is not as good as 50 Shades, which was not exactly pros. And the sex doesn't even come close!
The one thing the story had going for it was the many references to the middle ages poet Dante Alighieri and his muse Beatrice. The climax of the book would be the perfect opportunity to bring their "alter egos" full circle. Instead Gabriel leaves clues for Julia to let her know why he's disappeared, by quoting another middle ages couple. This wouldn't be so bad except Julia doesn't pick up on any of the literary references, even though she's supposed to be getting a Harvard Doctorate on this stuff!
Then once all is revealed she doesn't even feel stupid or apologize for being so obtuse.
Narrator John Morgan had the perfect voice for Gabriel, but because there is so much dialog, it would have been better if Julia had been read by a woman. Morgan sounded like a strange drag queen and never seemed to have the right inflection for Julia's emotions.
These characters were not delightful or interesting enough for two books. If she had combined "Gabriel's Inferno" and" Gabrriel's Rapture" into one book, it would have been passable in terms of plot and romance.
But trying to stretch such a simple story into two books, made each novel feel weighted, full of exposition and never ending.
I know you're probably wondering why I read the second book if I was so dissatisfied with the first one. I was curious to see if things would pick up. More importantly, Gabriel and Julia's physical relationship, was supposed to heat up in "Gabriel's Rature", which it did, but again, not worth a second book.
I love to read and listen to erotica all types and paranormal vamps and shifters
I loved this book I thought that the story was good it was very sweet
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Did I mention this is a LONG and somewhat uneventful story. That being said it kept my attention throughout. I just kept waiting for the gasp moment or expecting more present day drama than dealing with past events. Good listen, completed in two in a half days. Although, the narrators female voice, at times annoyed me ;-/
Great job with the voices and good flow
If the chapters and conversations weren't so repetitive.
This book had the potential to be a great read. It just got to the point where I could finish their sentences and didn't care what happened in the end. Could have ended 8 chapters before it did.
No for the author, yes for the narrator.
No. I just don't understand how this book received so many positive reviews. Okay, I understand that there isn't a book for everyone. That being said, he treated her as his daughter. Yuck! Could not finish it.
No, I only listen to Audio books while I'm working. I don't have much time outside of work to read print books.
I enjoyed the female role the best. She overcame a lot and go Gabriel in the end.
It was good. Liked the voice.
Ohh I don't know... Might have to pay me to come up with the tag line.
The books has surprising similarities to 50 Shades; but it is still a good book and stands on it's own (especially after the 2nd book).
Its not necessarily a new concept... girl meets boy, who happens to be girl's best friend's older brother. What makes this audiobook great is the "I am so much smarter than you" tone of the reader. I think some people might be turned off by it. However, considering what an @ss Gabriel can be, the reader is perfect.
loved the narrator..
how romantic Gabriel was
in Italy .when they finally got together, he was so gentle her .loved it
can't wait for the 3rd book to come out