I was excited to read this book due to the star rating. Boy was I bamboozled. The story builds up to make him look like a member of a freaky sex club and she a former victum of a horrific sexually abusive relationship. The story was long winded and drawn out. It really didnt have much of a plot. I thought that Gabriel was a pompus jerk and Julianne was a prudish fridged twit. Thinking about it they were perfect for each other. I like men who are swoon worthy and strong who make a wonan feel cherished adored but take charge and be a man. He didnt fit that bill. Listening to the story line and the way it was built up I thought her past lover really did a number on her but when she told her story all he did was cheat on her and they were not even in a serious relationship (holding hands, political dinners and long distance love letters). The worst he did was sing the Nine Inch Nails song "Animal" to her. Later her past lover out of the blue, storms into her dads house at one point of the book and attacks her. There was no telling of violence in their past and made me think I skipped a part of the book. It made no sense to me but I will tell you that was probably the most exciting part of the book. When Gabriel and Julianne finally do the "deed" (which is the last hour of the book by the way)he damn near wrapped her in bubble wrap before sex.
This book is one big build of nothing with no climax and no big "O". I will NOT waste my credit on the next book. If you think this is anything like FSOG ...tortured souls yes....hot romance.....its not.
I won't tell you that Gabriel's Inferno is a boring listen. I did finish the book. Setting my personal opinions aside, I would say that the plot and dialog are very predictable. Now to my personal opinions. As a woman with liberal views on sex and progressive views about the role of women in society, this book is cringe-y from start to finish. From the description, I assumed this book would be compelling and steamy with some literary allusion thrown in. Instead, it was prudish and paints an insulting, old-fashioned image of what the feminine ideal should be. I don't want to give the story away, so I'll stop there. Entertaining, but you will probably end up wanting to punch all of the characters in the face.
I liked that it was set in Toronto, which isn't a common city for a plot based in an academic setting. I do think that the main female character should have been better developed. I found her to be so mousy, meek and inexperienced that it was not plausible that she was also a brilliant student who had been accepted by Harvard, and by a well-known professor as a thesis advisor. I struggled to resolve this contradiction as I listened to the book.
Excellent voice for narration. He brought out the strong character of the professor, yet also managed to capture the young and inexperienced personality of the female lead.
I want more!
Lust! Passion! Places they visited.OMG everything about this book was mesmerizing. Beautiful full of anticipation.
Gabriel of course.
The love they had for one another. The changes Gabriel made, the need and want to change.
The best book ever. I couldn't put it down. Now i crave more and can't find any that comes close. Please hurry, put that creative head together and give me something to read again.
Deborah E. Alexander
The intensity and being made to feel every feelings of the characters.
I cannot pick just one moment, the entire book is addictive from beginning to end.
Yes, it made me do both! I loved it!
I am starting the second in this series and I hope for a third and fourth to come! Brilliant and Masterfully written!
Gabriel's whispering hot sweet naughty things in Julia's ears. Only from a poet could it be conceivable a man would say such things. It built suspense enough that it was almost a let down to return to the banality of the act itself. I honestly could have done without the final sex scenes.
I don't think I am going to read the second book, I am afraid it will mar the romanticism with too much explicitness.
This book is way too long. And I found myself switch chapters when descriptions of the heroine's shyness came up. The author spelled out every emotion, do we really need this? I went through the whole book, but should have just close it. Not worth my time. Unfortunately, I already bought the sequel when I started this book, on the basis of the first few chapters which at the time seemed inviting.
If all her book are this long and pretentious, then no!
It's Twilight minus sparkling vampires. The two main characters are so very unreal. Juliana is a weak, niave, throws fits when men can't read her mind, and focuses on making Gabriel the love of her life, rather than her expensive education. Gabriel is a popmus, designer label stamped ass who thinks worldy women are non-persons to be used for sex only and hates himself for having a lebito. He puts Juliana on a pedestal for her "purity and innocence" and is lothed to corrupt her with his beastly ways. Juliana is a fragile simp who is scarred for life because her ex-boyfriend likes Nine Inch Nails and said he wanted to f**k her like an animal. I want to vommit.
I would have skipped pages and pages of silly internal dialog on how perfect Gabriel's voice and eyes are and how angelic Juliana is. Unfortunately, skipping is a little hard for an audio book.
Don't waste your time. I'm glad I only spent 5 dollars.
this is a great book how he takes care of her and loves her.
the way they met when they were teens and how they meet now and he had no clue.
my first time I think he was good.
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I have This book holds a special place in my heart because of its characters and its plot.
It was the right book for me I do hope that it will be the same for you
Gabriel's Inferno was such a beautiful, moving, romantic, maddening story, and I'm just absolutely in love with Gabriel Emmerson!!! Oh, yes, he starts out as such a complete ass, and there were many times I wanted to either slap Julia for holding on to her feelings for so long when he's such a jerk, or slap him for not waking up and realizing who she was and just taking her into his arms forever!! You see, Gabriel and Julia met 6 years ago for one brief night when she was young and innocent, but those hours that they shared bearing their souls and holding each other moved them both beyond words. When a misunderstanding finds them both alone and wondering why, they both go about their lives trying to put the impossible behind them. When Julia ends up in Gabriel's graduate class, she is heartbroken when she realizes he not only doesn't recognize her, but he's also a complete jerk. As the walls slowly come crumbling down, Gabriel's feelings for Julia go beyond the student-professor boundaries,
no but this man has a sexy voice wow !!!!
oh yes i laugh & cry