If you've listened/read Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey then you've already heard this book. It's the exact same characters, dynamics, insecurities, bipolar moodiness and slow pace. I thought if I suffered through this excruciating book it would pay off with hot, steamy sex scenes but there are no HOT, STEAMY SEX SCENES?!?! I was promised amazing sex but the book NEVER delivered. This book was a huge disappointment and a waste of time.
If you're looking for a long romantic love story, this is the book for you. You learn a lot of historical info from Dante and Betrice's story which mixes with the characters of Gabriel and Julia and makes the story interesting. The story was unpredicatable and captured my interest throughout, however, the last part of the story had me rolling my eyes saying, "Get on with it already!". Julia acts like more of a school girl in the bedroom than a woman. Not a lot of hot and heavy moments in this book till the very, very, very end. This book was more like a slow historical romance novel. Even though bits of the story were slow, it still motivated me to download the next series. Hopefully, in the next series, "Gabriel's Rapture", will have more hot and heavy moments, otherwise, I will be yawning for another 14 hours.
I need more ears!
My dictionary describes melodrama as: A sensational dramatic piece with exaggerated characters and exciting events intended to appeal to the emotions. That's this book in a nutshell.
Why was everything so over-blown, including the narration? We're meant to believe that Gabriel is in his 30's, but the character speaks like a 50 year old. The girl has lived a racy life, but acts like a gust of wind would blow her over. Another reviewer says there's some light S/M -- the only thing I found was the sense of masochism I felt from reading it.
God, I hated this book because of what it might have been, and wasn't. I don't understand the good reviews. This was awful.
Excellent story in its entirety. Both of the lead characters are definitely tortured souls but eventually find peace within themselves as well as the supporting characters. The love scenes are not raunchy in any capacity but still gave me butterflies
Gabriel of course.. He is definitely the most tortured soul of them all but he changes into something wonderful especially once you get to the third book
I was uncertain at first about having a male read this kind of book but honestly due to the way the book is written the male voice was perfect and very soothing. Mr. Morgan was spectacular
I couldn't get enough of the story and Mr. Morgan's soothing voice so yes
So far I have completed multiple books that I have enjoyed. At this point my favorite books/stories have been the following sequels:
50 Shades - By: E. L. James
This Man - By: Jodi Ellen Malpas
The Stark Trilogy - By: J. Kenner
Gabriel's Inferno - By: Sylvain Reynard
Each time I try a new book I have been both disappointed and impressed. The disappointing books are not listed above only the ones I loved. At this time I am now completely in love with Gabriel's Inferno which is "NOW" my absolute favorite of the 4 books listed above. I may change my mind once the third book for "This Man" is released but right now my comment stands.I love John Morgan's voice. I think he more than anything is the one who brought this story to life for me.
I loved how well written this book is. First of all, the character development is fantastic. I felt close to Julianne and her student life. She is a relatable character from her time spent in pajamas to how frustrated she gets with Gabriel.
The kiss in their office was one of my favorite scenes. It's sexy, yet sweet. I love how long it takes them to have a physical relationship.
The voice messages Gabriel left after Julianna and him argued about the night where he was drunk.
FANTASTIC book. Great read. I really enjoy it.
I would give this book a B compared to all other books I've read so far. I really like that this series stay with the same characters. I loved watching them grow and evolve, also the slow build up of their romantic relationship, i'm glad these characters didn't just jump into bed.
This had been in my wish list for a while & I wish I hadn't waited so long to get it. Gabriel's character is so tense,dark & handsome that he would make any story line interesting. But to see how he falls in love with the girl whom he believes is a dream he once had is so romantic. The cast of characters surrounding him & Julia just adds to the drama and bit of suspense. While Julia's, at times, mousy demeanor is annoying it's wonderful to read about how hard Gabriel falls for her. Their attempt to heal each others hearts & soul's is touching.
I have NO time to read so Audible is perfect! I listen while commuting and even at the gym. My interests vary from month to month.
The story was well written but too sappy and romantic for me. The characters I liked but felt they were dated. I’m left curious what happens in the next book but not sure if I can make it through. I’m sure it’s just personal preference. I prefer more smut vs. romance.
More action earlier in the story. Seems to drag on and on.
A little awkward.
I was really very disappointed. I read reviews and it has a great rating, but I feel lied to. It was suggested as a follow up to 50 Shades of Grey and is supposed to have inspired a tour around Toronto, but I have never had to force myself through a book until now. I kept hoping it would get better, but it doesn't get better until about 18 hours into the story. It is not hot, sexual or exciting. (If you are looking for a sex scene, skip to hour 20.) I felt as though it would appeal to a 65 year old librarian who rather enjoys British literature. I'm sure it would be great for someone who likes strictly romance, but do not compare it to 50, it does not come close.
Worst 20 hours of my life...
I really enjoyed this book. If you are intending to purchase this book because you are into twilight fan fiction or are looking for a 50 shades of grey spin off then you should move along, this book isn't for you. This book is a pretty intense listen. It will take through every emotion, it will make you anxious, it will make you sad and it will make you fall in love with both Julia and Gabriel. The way this book is read is lyrical, it is a beautifully written novel. It will give you flash blacks to high school Brit Lit and make you wish you had paid better attention and if you had had a teacher like Prof. Emerson maybe you would have.
There is a heavy thread of sexuality through this book but I would not classify it as erotica. There are many story lines woven together intricately and delicately and if I have one criticism of this novel I think there may have been too many tangents. I really appreciate the way the author used Dante and Beatrice to parallel and enrich the main story. I think the substance abuse issues were a little over kill and had I edited the book I would have not included them.
I encourage you to give this novel a chance. I really enjoyed the time I spent with Julia and Gabriel and Dante and Beatrice for that matter. I also enjoyed the sequel Gabriel's Rapture and I am looking forward to the third installment to be released in December.