this was a 3.75.
I enjoyed this book but I think I will like book 2 much better. Julianne & Gabriel are two tortured souls who long for someone to just love and rescue them out of their own personal hell.
They both suffer from a lack of self-worth for various events that transpired in their younger years. Their family situation was pretty crappy and after suffering neglect, Julianne & Gabriel's level of their self-loathing was a bit much.
Their romance was a tad slow to develop, but i guess it was important for them to trust the other and eventually themselves. i am glad they found each other, but I would love for them to find counselling too!
supporting casts. I liked Rachel & Richard. While I didn't like Scott, I understood where he was coming from. I can tell Richard and Grace probably neglect Scott in order to lavish Gabriel with attention. That kind of resentment doesn't evaporate just becuase Gabriel got himself together later. Julianne's dad, well, the jury is still out on him. I want to see what he does from here, before I can be okay with him.
I look forward to some emotional and mental healing for Dante and his Beatrice
i liked this book more than 50 SOG, but less than Bared to You. Plot was plausible and has happened to people in real life. If you are a fan of the books listed above, buy this book.
The story lagged in the middle, and it was annoying that all the story focused on was that she was a virgin and her lack of self confidence. I wasn't able to sympathize with her at any level. By the time you're 3/4 way through you would think that Julia would've gained some confidence. . I think the author could have skipped the middle of the book and skipped to the end and continued with the second book and made it into one book. I also wished the "villain" was given more time in the book and gotten more background on him. I did enjoy the Italian in the book and the emphasis on Dante and Beatrice. Im not going to waste my credit/ money on the second book.
Not the second "Gabriel" book…
The narrator did a great job. He spoke Italian well.
The heroine annoyed me from the start. I kept trying to give it time but it just keeps getting worse. I'm about 2.5 hours in and I just can't take any more. She has zero backbone and the constant staring at her shoes, hanging her head and being frightened by everything is driving me nuts. She's not the kind of person I'd ever want to be around. The hero? He's a complete d-head with (so far) no redeeming qualities. I just finished a pedophile-like scene (flashback) where he has just been awful to his family and sent some of them to the hospital and then everyone decides to leave this little girl alone with him so he can give her beer and kiss her and lay down with her and ask her creepily if she's ever kissed a boy, held hands with a boy etc and he keeps replying to her 'no' that he'll be her first. Yuk. It seems like it's supposed to mirror Dante and his obsession with Beatrice but now, when it flashes forward, I can't see him as a romantic hero, he's just a creepy pedophile. I can't take another 18 hours of it.
If you have a hard time listening to wimpy people, you will have a hard time listening to this story. The leading lady "Beatrice" needs to slap herself a couple of times and wake up. She needs to realize that she is being controlled by the professor. I am very glad I only paid $4.95 for this listen, considering it downloaded in 3 parts and I stopped listening half way through part 2.
On the other hand, the narrator did an excellent job.
Very good narration
Disappointment and disgust
this story...i just can't describe how terrible the writing is. the narrator did the best with what he had, but i couldn't make it through more than 45 minutes. i was horribly, horribly disappointed because the premise has potential. i'm glad i bought it on sale, but i'm still wishing for my money back.
wayyyy too corny for me.
I think the narrator fit the story just fine. i just disliked the story.
the corniness of this story made me almost uncomfortable.
i wish i could return this book.
I was so disappointed in this one. It was what I call...boring!!! I would not recommend it or listen to it a second time. Wish I had passed this one up.
Based on earlier reviews I was expecting more than a overly dramatic, and predictable, romance. Didn't meet my expectation, but reasonably entertaining.
It was just O.K. for me. I caught myself rolling my eyes a lot. I will not be listening to the 2nd book, it just wasn't for me.