Series: Gabriel's Inferno #3
Published by Berkley on 3rd December 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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.
REVIEWED BY JOANNE
*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I read the first two books in this series back to back around this time last year. I fell in love with Gabriel and was happy with the way the series ended. However, when Sylvain Reynard announced that there was to be a third and final book in the series, I was really excited to be getting more of the sexy Professor.
The story picks up 6 months after their wedding, with Julia busy studying for her Masters. They are still in the honeymoon period where everything in rosy, that is until Gabriel makes an announcement that throws Julia upside down.
Gabriel sees children as a natural progression of married life, and given his fertility situation he figures it would be better to take advice sooner rather than later, however for Julia, this is far too soon. She has recently embarked on a 7 year course, and is afraid a baby will put a halt to her career. She already feels like she has a lot to prove, by showing that she can do things on her own, and isn’t getting a free ride due to Gabriel’s reputation. A baby will set her back, and while she can see the sense in Gabriel’s plan, she’s also afraid of what that means for their future. Whilst Julia is only 25, the 10 year age gap means that Gabriel is in a place where he is ready for children.
What will this mean for our happy couple? You’ll have to read the book to find out – no spoilers here!
I was pleased to see that Julia is starting to stand up for herself among her peers, she still has the meek manner about her, but when needed she can give as good as she gets. We get to see Paul (yay!) and Christa (boo!) again, and also Julia’s father and Gabriel’s family.
Whilst I enjoyed this story, I found myself skipping the Dante discussions as they were starting to go way over my head. I was pleased with where the story went, and I was happy to see Gabriel lay some of the ghosts of past to rest. I think fans of this series will be happy with how the story ends.