I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
Spineless, shy, flower of a grad student meets brutish poet-obsessed teacher and Dante ensues.
I'm not sure what to write for this. I liked it, and it probably seems more naughty to me because I'm a grad student and what they are doing can get them in SO much trouble, but the characters were a little annoying. Julianne is NOT a graduate student. There's no way a girl like this could be taken seriously in a program. She squeaks when spoken to and practically faints if she thinks of anything too stressful. And Gabriel, as yummy as he could have been, is so wrapped up in one moment in his past that was clearly out of control that he has become an absolute bully to everyone and when you find out what it is, it's a bit of a let down. Not to diminish one man's torment over another but with all the buildup, I guess I expected something different.
This book was more a lesson in Dante than anything else, and I'm honestly wondering why it's being compared to Fifty Shades of Grey... it's nothing like it. And before you click, you should know this isn't erotica, and the romance is barely there (unless you're a grad student, then it's just teeming).
I don't mind shy heroines. My friend is about as introverted as you can get, but she's not spineless - she actually fits in the PhD world, if barely. Julianne however is waaaaayyy too wilting flower, even for a degree in Dante. I just have a problem with her that I can't let go.
I was not left with the feeling of "meh" on this one and went ahead and got the next two, but I can say there's something in this book that keeps me from giving it 5 stars. 3.5 stars
I was looking for another "hot" sexy book. This is just a long, dragged out study of two sick puppies.
As a romance novel, okay, as a steamy read, no steam.
Sure, good voice.
If you want a sexy read, skip this one, nothing hot until the last chapter and even that is a psych 101 lecture.
I liked Gabriel but the drawn out no sex thing was a bit much. There were some good make out sessions but if there had been more of that I would have been happier.
Most interesting was how the heck he forgot meeting her and spending the night together? Least interesting is her timidity - it just seemed over the top.
High brow ( I'm counting that as one word lol)
If all 3 books were a movie I would. I haven't read the other 2 because I was a little bored by this one but I am tempted expecting that more must happen in those. So together they prob could make a decent movie I guess...
similar to FSOG but lacking the sexual heat I expect in erotic romance and also lacking a good back story behind the secrets and dark shadows circling the main characters. He slept around and she got mistreated by a man. This is the story of sooo many men and women out there who got over it and moved on with much less drama and "pain"
the Narrator and the cat and mouse feeling
can't think of one
the fight between the ex and gabriel
John Morgan's voice is sooooooooo sexy and deep
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.
The story was good but I like more erotic hot scenes.
The Sweet Series by M. Banks
Too deep for female characters
This is one of the worst audiobooks I have ever encountered. In fact, I couldn't even finish the first installment. The characters are ridiculous and the story is silly. The female protagonist is still a virgin 5 hours into the book- and this from a book in the Erotica section! Save your money and your time.
This incredibly pompous overinflated piece of scheisse could have been soooo much shorter without missing any of its pretentiousness.
Shorter, less stupid. The characters all seem to be in need of colonoscopies in order to find their common sense.
If I hear his voice, it will be really hard to not associate it with this travesty. I'm not sure how I feel about his performance. If I picture him rolling his eyes and being embarrassed by the drivel that he was paid to read, then I can try to get over how annoyed I was by his performance and attribute it all to the barfable prose with which he had to work.
I guess cutting out the author would have saved a lot of aggravation.
I gave it two stars instead of one since I did see the train wreck through to the end. My bad.
Make no mistake between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.........
Okay, I'm very very very confused!! This book has been classified as the "next" Fifty Shades of Grey therefore I looked forward to reading........... well I'm disappointed.
Yes, the author does a wonderful job with his writing and story telling and I do see some little similarities in the story to Fifty. However, I find Julia a whining, temperamental, spoiled BRAT who is too young and immature to handle complex Gabriel........so give me my Fifty back and stop comparing these two stories.
Some one who enjoys a very clean romance with not much of a chase or excitement.
No, I will defiantly read all the reviews first .
All the scenes where Julianne is acting like a child. It makes ga riel seam like a child molester not someone pursuing a grown women.
I think the author was putting too much into the meaningless details rather than moving forward with a good storyline. Why did Gabriel fall in love with Julia so quickly? Julian was portrayed as child like, and rather annoying. Her adolescence almost made Gabriel seem creepy like a predator. It really did not take 16 hours to get to the uneventful ending. This is not your next 50 Shades, nor your next Crossfire novel. I am being brutally honest for the next reader who is looking for an intense chase with excitement, this will not work for that reader.