Series: Gabriels Inferno #3
Published by Berkley on December 3, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Self Purchased
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 Julianne 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.
Gabriel’s Redemption is a story that brings more delights from Gabriel and Juliette’s story and where their relationship reach higher bounds. I have to say that I am starting to really enjoy this author’s writing style but this book did feel long…it is almost 500 pages, so its a story that might seem too much for some readers. But if you enjoy the books so far, then you will enjoy this one here. I really was entranced by this book because it was a bit different. I really love seeing more growth in a couple’s relationship. In Gabriel’s Redemption we see Gabriel and Julia are married now and enjoying being newlyweds. There was such a sense of normalcy in this novel. I think that was my favorite aspects. Too many times in romance we don’t see this element between a couple and this author really made this book seem so relatable to any newly married couple especially.
Of all the gifts God gave me, he thought, the greatest one is you.
There is such a growth in their relationship and definitely in seeing how they are growing as a couple and learning to communicate better (although they still have to work at it in this book) seeing them work through their conflicted intellectual interests, with Gabriel teaching and Julia going her own way throughout her own exploration of Dante. And something more happens is their exploration of having a family. We see more dynamics with their families and I am very curious to see the outcome of those unique dynamics in book four.
Learning how to argue with a spouse is an art, not a science.
What was most interesting was seeing Juliette really come into her own strength in this book because there were some things to her personality you just don’t expect. She is more reserved and shy at times because that is part of her personality and I know some may think of her as a door mat but I honestly don’t think that is the case at all. I think that term that I have seen from some reviewers is disrespectful (quite frankly its my least liked term in the romance community mostly because there are all types of strength inn men and women and we should appreciate and see them as they are) But Juliette is realizing with her working on her thesis and exploring her intellectual boundaries and getting further advanced towards her degree, she grows so much as a woman and as a person. She really has to face up to where she wants to go both career wise and family wise. I really gravitated towards her seeing that she can have both without compromising either of them.
I could spend the rest of my life inside you and die happy. You’re my home
In our hero we see some great growths as well and we do see lots of flashbacks to some aspects of his past that I know many readers of this couple definitely need to see more of. We see his ache to have children and to protect Julia and how he learns to be a partner and let her grow within herself even if that means she has to stand up to opposition. What we find in this story especially was the balance that becomes apparent that has been building within their relationship.
Overall I found Gabriel’s Redemption to be a delightful exploration of Gabriel and Julia and their growths in intimacy….a treasure trove of sensuality and deep messages.