Released: December 3, 2013
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: 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.
This is the third book of a trilogy. I haven’t read the previous two but within the first few chapters knew I’d want to go back and see where Gabriel and Julia’s journey began. Initially I would say that you wouldn’t need to read the others to still get the gist of what occurs here, and that’s true in the end, however, I think to maximize your enjoyment you really should start with the previous books, Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture.
If you’re picking this up just for something steamy, then you’ll want to skip it. There are a few sex scenes which have the potential to be quite heated but they are not elaborated upon. This installment focuses on the emotional connection between the two main characters as well as wrapping up various threads within the story. The beginning moves along quickly and has some excitement. Then the middle slows down only to pick back up in the end. While this book lacks steam, it does make up for it with the relationship between Julia and Gabriel. I found it intriguing to see how Julia and Gabriel, who’s personalities really are at opposite ends of the spectrum, navigate their first couple of years of marriage. It shows how they both manage to compromise so they can each have their needs fulfilled. Fear and (obviously) redemption are main themes in the narrative and are shown through the significant growth in both of the main characters. At times, some of the religious aspects can come across preachy. This is a smartly written book for those of you who love a good ending to a trilogy or just the inner-workings of a relationship.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.