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 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.