I had mixed feeling about this book when I heard there was another on coming out, I kind of thought that all was done with the second and therefore another story would be reaching, but I was sorely mistaken. I didn’t really like the second book, Gabriel’s Rapture, partly because It didn’t have enough of the professor and Julianne to my liking, but that’s just me, and, it just felt lacking to me in some way. Gabriel’s Rapture did not disappoint me. The professor is back! I loved all the interaction with him and Julia as a married couple and all the ups and down they go through. The hot-headed professor that was very prominent in the first book makes a few appearances and I was very surprised at the turn of character in Julia. She went from this shy and timid thing to someone who spoke her mind and was very adamant about putting herself first in certain situations. What can be said for the passion in the book?, it was prominent! The professor is just as passionate about his love for his wife as he is about his teaching.
As with the books before this, the way it is written bothered me simply because I had a few confused moments when I couldn’t figure out whom was speaking to whom and who and said what, that would be my only complaint about the writing style, that as well as I am very used to having the story told in one or duel POV’s but this was kind of an outsider looking in fell. I found myself having a change of heart about certain characters than I had previously. The one’s I hated I felt sorry for and the ones I felt sorry for I was over them. I thought this book ended the trilogy very well and as always I swore I was getting a lesson in Dante’s and an Italian lesion and a few others thrown in.
4 1/2 out of 5 stars
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