I have gotten halfway through part 2 and given up on this one -- I'm a fan of romance, paranormal, science fiction, almost every kind, but there is just too much brooding and too many scenes of the "she whispered" or "he gave a black look" variety. Maybe in print I would enjoy it more, being able to skip over some of the more lugubrious passages. Returning this one, though I still have some mild curiosity about the dark secrets promised and continually referred to in mysterious ways ...
I'm looking forward to the next instalment of Karen Moning's "Dani O'Malley" series.
I could not find myself inside this story. It was clearly written from a female's perspective and I could not relate to much of the feelings.
I liked the performance
It should not me made into a movie
I guess everything is so subjective - How we absorb the material. I read the reviews and I wanted to like this book but there was not enough of a story here. 3 downloads - I thought I would lose my mind. Insipid, sappy, cliche-ridden dialogue - Get my drift here...I'm sorry but I feel that the other reviewers really misled me or my tolerance for this type of a story is really low. It wasn't quite a hot sexy romance because nothing happened until the very last few segments. Love was not unrequited just delayed. There was a lot of angst and I thought there would be some big reveal but I really wasn't impressed. Sorry folks but I must be honest. I read everything and I like romance too but intelligent, amusing, sexy plots - one of those anyway - would have been nice.
Yes. It's a wonderful love story filled with romance, heartache and beautiful words.
The final chapter in Italy. The ENTIRE chapter is fantastic.
It made me laugh, and cry. The way Gabriel speaks is remarkable and refreshing. Take note authors, it is possible to make an extremely sexy romantic novel without trashy language.
This book and it's sequel shouldn't be missed!
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 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.
The vapid, whiny, wimpy heroine and the sociopathic main male character. I think the author was going for Mr. Darcy, but totally missed the mark.
Yes- if "Fifty Shades" is anything like this, I won't read it.
I felt he was excellent- but I hope they paid him extra; no one could convince me to read this tripe aloud. I felt bad that he was wasting his talent on this. Ugh.
No, I was listening at work & kept muttering "Oh my god" every time the whiny main character, Julia, started up with her passive-aggressive, "I'm a tortured, sensitive victim" routine. I literally wanted to shake her- I mean, c'mon, she kisses this guy in her teens, falls obsessively in love with him to the exclusion of any other relationships, then is secretly hurt because the narcissist doesn't remember her years later? Ladies, if you want strong, lead female characters, read Jane Austin---or even Jeaniene Frost. The characters in this book don't progress, it's just the same thing over and over, ad nauseum.
I literally Googled the author because I didn't believe she was an actual person. I kept picturing a nun writing a version of what she thought was a naughty story. The dialog and situations were so stilted that I thought it might be set in another time, like the early 60's, until they mentioned a cell phone. I gave up on this about halfway through- I'll leave it on my MP3 player, but I don't really care enough to find out what, if anything, is motivating the characters. They say the mark of a good story is when you want to find out what happens next- I just don't care.
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.