This is the third book in the trilogy. The first two books must be read first in order to properly understand the story because it is a continuation. I was anxiously awaiting this installment in the series because I really wanted to find out what happened after Gabriel and Julia got married.
Well, as with any newlyweds, the first year of marriage is the hardest. This proves to be the case with Gabriel and Julia too. It is obvious that they are head over heels in love with one another, but they seem to be at different points in their lives…and the age difference between them probably has something to do with that. She is pursuing her PHD at Harvard and he is a professor at Boston University. Julia gets invited to Oxford to present a paper that she has written and a lot happens after that.
Needless to say, Julia is extremely nervous about presenting her paper…and Gabriel doesn’t exactly help matters. When they arrive at Oxford, they get to meet up with quite a few familiar faces…and not all of them are a welcome surprise. Old issues come back to haunt Gabriel and Julia, old enemies are still up to their old tricks, and Paul is there too and his feelings for Julia haven’t diminished at all.
Parenthood becomes a pretty big part of this book. Fertility and pregnancies are discussed quite a bit, but I won’t go into too much detail about it (no spoilers here). I found that this book tied up a lot of loose ends. Former characters in the previous books make appearances and the reader gets to find out what has become of them.
As with Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture, the writing in this book is very well done. The author does a fabulous job with the character development and in the story itself. I will be looking forward to future novels by Sylvain Reynard.