I get angst. I get emotional conflict. I can even almost get that there are more than four people on earth under the age of 40 that are obsessed with..Show More » Dante's Divine Comedy.
What I don't get is how a book can be written with such stilted, unnatural and totally unrealistic dialog. Nobody talks this way.
I also don't get how the reader is supposed to relate to such caricatures of real people. The hero's amoral past sounds awfully tame compared to the typical 20 something single guy. Certainly not a past that should cripple a man. And in spite of evidently being a sex and coke addict and a drunk he manages to get his doctorate degree and become a noted expert and sought after speaker on the subject of Dante.
And the heroine has so little backbone it is a wonder she is able to stand. She comes across as such a nonentity I don't know how anyone would ever even notice her enough to fall in love with her. If I were her friend I would constantly find myself slapping her and saying "Snap Out of It, for Christ's sake and grow some ..."
The Vermont farmboy/scholar who secretly loves the heroine from afar would be an even worse love interest than the hero. He is too good, too sympathetic, too understanding and too dull to pay any attention to.
And finally the premise is just plain silly. She goes to school in Toronto to see the man she has sworn to love forever and when he doesn't remember her she is either too shy or too stupid to remind him of who she is. Although the part about him not remembering her was totally believable. She isn't worth remembering.
This book is overflowing with unbelievable characters and premises that are so chock full of angst-ridden emotion and so sacchariny sweet my teeth hurt.
The only good thing I can say is the two main characters deserve each other. They can go off and bore each other silly for the rest of their lives, emoting endlessly yet saying nothing. I just wish they would put the rest of us out of their misery.
And I am really, really, really tired of all of this lower lip biting heroines seem to be doing lately. It is over done.
I couldn't wait for the audio version of Gabriel's Inferno or Gabriel's Rapture (I've read both of these books in print).
This is an amazin..Show More »g adult love story. It's so beautifully written and brings out so many emotions. This is a sexy book with real romance. I'm absolutely in love with the Professor (Gabriel).
If you enjoy flawless writing, romance and good character development then this book is for you!!! However, I would suggest reading Gabriel's Inferno first. (you will not be disappointed)
This series is complete "purr-fection" for the romance reader.
We love the Professor and Julian! This is the end of their story, or the conclusion of our view of their lives, I know they will live on in our heart..Show More »s. I completely loved this series, it is different from anything else I've listen to or read. We really see how Gabriel and Julian have changed and progressed over time since the beginning. Honestly, I was so irritated with her during the book and wanted to smack her, but understood on the other hand too, I guess. This was a great ending, we get all of our questions answered happy endings for all and a wonderful life!