“Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.
But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront her about the subject of her presentation – research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.
In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.”
– Taken from Goodreads (original here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16247792-gabriel-s-redemption).
This book is classified as erotica, a classification that was, at least for me, a bit misleading. It is nowhere near the Fifty Shades of Grey or The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. If I recall correctly (sorry, a bit sleep-deprived), all of the truly steamy and racy parts were implied. In other words, we only see the foreplay, but not the actual act. And we do see the actual act it felt rushed. Case in point: the chocolate body paint scene.
I don’t know if it was because I started this book with such high expectations. The truth is, I was disappointed at the end, without the hope of a next book to make things better. Plotwise, it all revolved around Gabriel and Julia starting a family. Gabriel’s insecurities played a big role in that, and, at points, were a bit too much, too unrealistic.
A minor issue for me was the abundance of Dante’s citations here, with even a lecture about his Divine Comedy thrown in. Because Julia aspires to be a Dante specialist, and Gabriel already is one, it does make sense to have some bits about Dante. But I felt that it was a bit too much, especially considering that I have never even read The Divine Comedy, and, therefore, have no ambition of becoming a Dante specialist.
I was also expecting more of Julia and Gabriel as a couple. If I were Julia, I would have exploded on several of the scenes in this book. Granted, Gabriel has a messed up past, but still, the constant tiptoeing around issues would have eventually driven me insane.
Because this was a final book in a series, the author made an effort to give everyone an ending. But, in doing so, I feel he sort of forgot to really finish some characters’ stories, while others were given too much attention. For instance, I really wanted to know more about Rachel’s ending. Instead, I got a full ending for Simon and Natalie.
Sadly, this review makes it sound like I didn’t enjoy this book. That is not true. I did enjoy it, but it just fell short.
Rating: 3 out of 5