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Gladly Beyond

(Brothers Maledetti #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  897 ratings  ·  180 reviews
An ancient curse, fractured at the birth of three brothers.
Two strangers helplessly drawn to each other.
A love story two hundred years in the making.

Claire Raythorn arrives in Florence, Italy, shattered, alone, and anxious to rebuild her life—preferably one without men. But she soon finds herself hunted and haunted— literally—when a mysterious stalker dressed like Mr.
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Fiorenza Publishing
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.25 stars. Kindle freebie romance time again! (Now back to its 99c price point.) Gladly Beyond is an interesting twist on the paranormal romance genre, involving an ancient gypsy gift/curse that gave the D'Angelo family the Sight, a powerful ability to see and hear both the future and the past, that passes from one first-born son to the next and inevitably drives them to suicide. Now the Gift has splintered between three triplets, easing the burden somewhat. Dante D'Angelo and his brother use t ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I couldn't help myself. I skimmed ahead. Added bit at the end...

While I like Dante there are elements of this book that makes this painful to pursue. The biggest is that the entire plot and all of Claire's motivations stem from an event that makes exactly zero sense at all.

Van takes four or five coy chapters to actually explain what happened, but it comes out early enough I'm not going to spoiler-tag it. "It" boils down to Claire being an internet meme for being caught on camera reacting poorly

Beautiful cover - check
Intriguing plot - check
Great reviews - check

This is my first time reading a Nichole Van book, although she has been on my TBR list for a long time. My good friend Kathy Jo just read and fell in love with this series and so I had to give it a try. This was definitely a very unique story.

What I liked:

I love a unique plot or storyline I haven't read before. This definitely has that with its paranormal elements that were woven in to a contemporary setting. The characters we
Kathy Jo
4.5 Stars

Alone and broken, Claire finds herself in Florence, Italy determined to rebuild her life and career. She wouldn't be in this situation if it hadn't been for her cheating boyfriend. Thanks to him posting the video of her reaction when she discovered him cheating, she is now known as "Batty Ray Psycho". Everyone sees her as the bad guy instead of the victim. Never again will she let a man into her life. She can and will do this on her own.

On the day of her interview with the Colonel, a w
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Epic, fascinating, enthralling, imaginative! The dynamic between Claire and Dante was surprisingly powerful as they work side by side, competing for a lucrative job offer, and share secrets as their past lives intertwine with the present. I normally don't care for time travel stories, but found this book to be an exception, primarily because the past was observed rather than actively participated in. The concept of reincarnation is front and center and was creatively explored through the "gifts" ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
I read these books out of order. This is book one but I read book two first. I loved the 2nd book and this one was good too, just not quite as good. I'm super excited for book 3!

Content: mild language
Julie Carpenter
*Full Review Now*

My mind is still digesting everything from the novel. I enjoyed it. It isn't a 5 star absolutely love it for me but it was intriguing enough, it held my interest really well and all the twists and turns that I debated between a 3.5/4 star rating and finally decided 4. I had fun making guesses throughout as to who dunnit (my word for the bad guy-comes from watching lots of mystery/detective shows) and how the different characters connected into the storyline. Then to find out I g
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow. Okay. What sort of book is this? It's not a time travel, but the past is literally making connections with the future. (It's kind of creepy) There is a bit of intrigue and suspense. It is a romance and a tragedy all rolled into one. All these elements swirl around creating this fantastically driven plot. It's crazy.

I loved how invested I was in what was happening. I was pushed forward to know and I read through this book very quickly. I loved the setting in Italy. I wish I could go there bu
Katie W
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's hard to resist a story with a little touch of paranormal--especially when the "ghost" appears in the form of Mr. Darcy. There is an element of time travel and reincarnation, but it's done in a way of flashbacks, instead of the characters actively engaging in those components.

Claire goes to Italy to find herself after the death of her grandmother and a horrific break-up. She's in the running for her dream job and finds herself up against her ex-boyfriend and an intriguing man, Dante. I rea
I was very intrigued with this novel from the prologue that starts with a wry disdainful, but humorous comment about the hero’s ancestor. That moment of bitter humor softens the blow for the tragic origin prequel story of the hero and his two brothers’ paranormal powers. Every first born D’Angelo male since that one ancestor Giovanni D’Angelo had asked for and paid for the gift of Sight from a gypsy 700 years ago, has had the powers of psychometry, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a phenomenal read. The author masterfully intertwined the past and present lives of the main characters, tragic soul mates throughout time. It is impossibly romantic and enthralling. The story is full and has wonderful side characters that are rich and full in and of themselves. I loved the storyline and the author had a firm grasp on history, which is always appreciated. The paranormalcy was believable, both with the past lives and Dante's family abilities. Highly engaging and with won ...more
Wow what a well written adventure. This book kept me on my toes from the very beginning, I couldn't figure it out and was really blown away by the creativity of author. The story line is brilliant. The love story was well done and characters believable and endearing. I'm so excited I get a whole family to read about. There were some issues for me a bit of repetition in the way they felt about each other, it was a little over the top but then so is the story. The ending wrapped up a little too qu ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Story!

This book held me captive for far too long. I just couldn’t seem to put it down. The mystery and history interwoven throughout combined with a swoony-yet-clean romance grabbed my attention and I just had to know what would happen next.

I loved the two main characters, Dante and Claire. Each chapter lets you know whether you’ll be reading the first person perspective of either character, and I loved seeing the story unfold this way.

I also loved the rich history in both the city o
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, kindle
I read book two of the series first. It was called Love's Shadow. I so love the story. I got this book for free on Kindle. I can't remember how. Maybe, I got an email that this book was on sale or whatever. Long story short, I got this for nada.

For those who don't know, I am a sucker for stories with history thrown into the mix. That's why I love the books of Clive Cussler, Steve Berry and Dan Brown. I love stories that weave connections between the long dead past and the present. How the timel
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 or 4. Not sure.

I haven't read her first series but I know it's about time travel so I was expecting that in this book, and it's not. It's about reincarnation and I'm not sure how I feel about that.

The setting is very well done, loved Florence and the whole Italian flavor in this book. The characters are compelling and so is the story. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, it was hard to put down. And the twists at the end were surprising.

Looking forward to the next book in t
I might just have found me a new favorite author. Grabbed this off of KU because it intrigued me and I kept seeing it pop up on other reader reviews. So glad I did. This story was Beyond Riveting, and I couldn’t put it down once I started. The premise is a family curse that has afflicted the D’Angelo family for centuries. A great-great-and-so-on Grandfather asked a gypsy for the gift of sight to turn around his family’s fortunes, and the gift became his and generations of first-born sons curse t ...more
Diana (DomesticGoddess)
A bargain at $.99. Also available to borrow from the Kindle Lending Library (along with others from this author).

3.5 stars.

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.
—Oscar Wilde—

As always, Van offers an interesting, unusual, layered premise. I didn't quite like it as much as her House of Oak series, but that may be because of the difference in genres (me being a bit of a Regency junkie). The twists weren't a real surprise to me, but maybe I've just read too many novels. I will co
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Where to start?...the only bad thing that I have to say is that I REALLY wish that there wasn't language in this book. My girls would love the story, but I won't be passing it off to them. At the start, I wondered what kind of a book I was getting into cause it was a little weird, a little creepy. But, don't doesn't turn into a horror novel. No, it's romance and mystery and a bit of paranormal. I was drawn into the story pretty early on, and loved the setting. Having lived in Italy an ...more
Lindsay Gassin
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t normally like time travel themes, nor do I care for plots about reincarnation. In fact, when I find out a book has either of these themes, I usually run the other way. So who knows what I was thinking when I checked this book out during my last library trip. It *might* have even been the very last library book in my pile. 😬

So it was a big surprise, to say the least, that I enjoyed it as much as I did. It’s not a five star rating (again....time-travel, reincarnation, and mild swearing), b
Lisa Brown
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dante D’Angelo and his brother's are inflicted with the family curse, which allows him to see the past lives of those around him. But when he meets Claire Raythorn, (a fellow art authenticator who is trying for the same job) she is blank.

Claire, on the other hand, is in desperate need of some hope and a fresh start, after a humiliating and public breakup with her boyfriend. And so, when she begins noticing a Regency era man in all of her selfies that she takes in the streets of Florence, she fr
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nichole Van is a good writer. Her stories, on the other hand, are amazing! Someone reading this review might not understand the contrast, but it exists nonetheless. The premise or plot of this paranormal tale is worthy of a motion picture. It's full of mystery, danger, and deep abiding love. I'd have added another 1/2 star if there had been a sex scene. The attraction and sexual tension between Dante and Claire was off the charts.

I'm about to dive right into the next book in this series. So goo
Paula Bothwell
Gladly Beyond (Brothers Maledetti Book 1) - PG
Violence: Yes. It's in "past-life" dreams and sometimes vivid
Language: fewer than 45
Sex: no sex

The romance is super swoony in this one! It's pretty well written, but the whole reincarnation slant was hard to catch on to as I'm not very familiar with how that is supposed to work. It definitely made things interesting as it was a great vehicle to advance the story with. I will read the next book because the other two brothers and their gifts are very i
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dante's Story

What a wild ride of twists and turns. It took me a bit to get started but then I couldn't put it down. A completely intriguing and addicting adventure. Dante is the ultimate hero and absolutely loveable and endearing and Claire is brave, spunky, and resilient. I loved their characters and I loved their story. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.

A few swear words
Passionate kisses
Reincarnation theme
Valerie Waters
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This was pretty good. It did get a little mushy for me but I liked the looks into old lives.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun clean time travel romance. I really enjoy her take on these two characters repeatedly finding each other in past lives. Brings new meaning to soul mates. Fun read.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Great start to this series. I was very intrigued through out the book. And I like how everything unfolded I do wish there was more romance moments but overall a good read.
D Call
Rating: PG for the suspense and the little bit of good
Sex: kisses
Language: 0 F words, 0 Lord's name in vain, 0 S words
Violence: description of being in a medieval battle is pretty gory, as is the aftermath
HEA or Cliffhanger: HEA
Do I need to read books before this one: no
Would I read more of the series: oh yes

When this book ended, I wept. I wanted more! I grew to love Claire and Dante, Caro and Ethan. I love that the history and the geography of this book is accurate. I wish I'd known that befor
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, romance
Wow, the last several chapters were intense!
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
3.25 stars

I’m conflicted. If you’ve read the synopsis, which I’m assuming since you’re reading this, you’re probably as intrigued as I was the first time I saw it. I love books where the past and present comes together, and I love well-written love stories. This was not a well-written love story, but it was a good love story if that makes any sense whatsoever.

The story itself is amazing. The past and the present parallel so wonderfully, While being a little bit cliche it still feels natural and
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh, what a great story! I received a copy of Gladly Beyond for participation in the Ebooks for Review Program hosted by Inspired Kathy. Claire, Dante and one other art authenticator are invited to Florence, Italy to authenticate a drawing that might be Michaelangelo's work. The catch is that they are all competing to work for the owner at an amazing salary as a permanent authenticator. Unfortunately, Claire is being followed not only by her recent past but, also by a stalker. Claire is being hau ...more
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