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Gabriel's Woman

(The Lover #2)

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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,522 ratings  ·  112 reviews
In the erotic tour de force The Lover, readers met not only brooding, passionate Michel des Anges, but his lifelong friend―the mysterious Gabriel, a man with a past as dark as the London night. Now, renowned author Robin Schone explores one of her most talked-about characters in a novel that reveals the blackest secrets of a man's soul...and the explosive heart of a woman' ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2001)
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Kristen
May 30, 2013 Review Update

I adore this book and decided yesterday to treat myself and read it again. Well, I had an embarrassing moment while reading that I shared on FB. I figured why not share it on my review, too. Maybe it will spark some interest for those who have not yet read the book. Plus, I thought you'd get a kick out of my faux pas. Let's just say I learned WHY it's important NEVER to read erotica in the family room. Boy, did I learn my lesson!

My FB comment: Holy cow!! There's NOTHIN
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Adrienne
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars +

What can I say about this except that this book deserves more than 5 stars and makes me seriously want to reconsider the way I rate books.

Gabriels Woman takes up were The Lover finished and so to apprieciate the story you should really have read Micheal and Annes story first.

Gabriel is haunted man, Victoria a desperate woman. The two become enmeshed in an elaborate contrivance which has it's foundations firmly rooted in the past. Gabriel fears for his life and that of his close friend M
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Baba
@KatLynne
I'm sorry to disappoint you but I really tried to like Gabriel's Woman. Despite its failure it's not the end of the world though. Come to think of it, we have quite a few HR authors in common that we both love, i.e. Jennifer Ashley, Elizabeth Hoyt and Courtney Milan.

I was so thrilled to give Ms. Schone a try but sadly Gabriel's Woman couldn’t live up to my high expectations. It didn’t work out for me at all. DNF. I totally dislike the author's writing style. It feels choppy, stiff, stil
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Erotic Romance Fans, Tortured Hero Fans
Fumier means a piece of shit. Gutters are filled with sewage; I was born in a gutter. I lived in a gutter. A nameless bastard. It wasn’t whoring that made me what I am, it was living.”
- Gabriel

“We do what we must in order to survive.” – Victoria Childers



I loved this book! It packs an emotional punch and the plot is so much better than The Lover. There's suspense, romance, toe-curling love scenes, and a hauntingly beautiful hero that breaks your heart.

The Story
Hunger and desperate circumstanc
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KatLynne
I adore Robin's unique talent that blends emotionally intense love stories with graphic erotic scenes. I've been anxious for this book since Gabriel's introduction in the prequel, The Lover.

Gabriel is one of the most tortured heroes I've read. He and Victoria both have been damaged by the actions of others. Here, we journey with them through heartache and pain as they each learn to trust again. It's a poignant, sensual, erotic read and one that I loved!
Eastofoz
Jun 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers looking for a dreary/dark romance
What an excruciating read –and not in a good emotional roller coaster way either. The vast majority of this book is a 2 star read for me. It’s exceptionally confusing and repetitive. I’m all for some suspense, not putting all your cards on the table at the start, leaving the reader guessing and all but this book needed a rewrite because it felt like a first draft that was printed. The French is in desperate need of editing seeing as most of it is either misspelled, wrong or just doesn’t make sen ...more
Juliana Philippa
I read The Lover yesterday and Gabriel's Woman today, and I agree with those who say that they're best read in order. I enjoyed - though was a little conflicted about - The Lover, but I really loved Gabriel's Woman. They are both very emotional and somewhat difficult reads, because there is such horror that is faced. Both Gabriel and Michael are tortured souls, haunted by the unbelievable things they have survived.

The ages of the main characters were very unusual for romance and something that
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Catherine
This was a very nice follow up to the first book, The Lover. Any time I saw Gabriel in that book he stole the scene. I was fascinated by him and wanted to know who he was, how he thought, and what led him to the point he was at today. I didn't understand how he could love Michael and seem to hate him at the same time. I just needed to know why.

This was very much a story about Gabriel. I know it's advertised as an Erotic Romance but just like with The Lover, that wasn't the appeal for me. I liked
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Dinjolina
I bought "Gabriel’s Woman" as a 2 for 1 deal when I got “The Lover”. My reading OCD did not help in this matter, so I was unable to stop myself from the mental torture of finishing this harrowing saga.

In the beginning I thought that it was funny – they way the author grabbed at straws, trying to make her book more …Gothic… more …pure… more scandalous… more intellectual... more …poetic… more…just more!
But it was only JUST pathetic.

The word repeat count in this read is monstrous. We can lie
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Penny Watson
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Gabriel's Woman by Robin Schone.

This was one of the weirdest, wackiest, most confusing, bizarre, sexual, and surprisingly compelling books I have read. I have never been so confused at the beginning of the book. Who was the first man? Who was the second man? Who the hell was Michel? Who was the other woman? The evil woman? The evil man? The angel? Gabriel? Remember that scene in Moonstruck where the grandfather says "I'm so confused!" and he has tears in his eyes? That was me reading the beginn
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Zeek
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hist-rom, romantica
There's nothing I hate more then shelling out good money for a book that bores me... Robin's work, NEVER does that! Her work is frank, sensual, and true artistry. Gabriel's Woman delivers that which I think every woman secretly desires. To reach in, touch, and heal the man she loves. Many times "mainstream" romance novels will not deal honestly with circumstances that happen in character's past for the sake of escapism. I like that Gabriel's Woman not only deals with things truthfully, so as not ...more
Wendy
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gabriel's Woman is an amazing, gripping page turner. It follows on from The Lover, the stories are about two male whores, both beautiful, one dark, one fair....fallen angels. I think I enjoyed Gabriel's story more but it would be impossible to read and understand without having first read Michael's/Michel's tale.

The background to this fascinating read is dark, dangerous, sinister and poignant. Gabriel was a street urchin in the gutters of Paris, at the age of 13 he meets Michel/Michael stealing
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Saunders
I don’t read a historical “romances” as they are not my go to books due to some of the dialogue and prose within the story BUT this one took me by surprise.

Robin Schone has written a sensual period romance. Her writing is explicit, the sex is burning and there were no silly euphemisms for sexual words – she said it as it is. The plot was original and I thought it was written with tastefully.

Unfortunately I did not read the prequel and only got to understand what Gabriel and Michael had gone thr
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~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
★★★★☆
7.4.14
Now that I've finally read The Lover The Lover (The Lover, #1) by Robin Schone, some scenes in this book make a lot more sense, although you could read this a stand-alone and still enjoy it, after all, I read this three years ago and only just read The Lover.

This is Gabriel's story. Like Michel/Michael, he also was trained as a prostitute, however, he was meant primarily for men, and he identifies as heterosexual for the most part. This continues from the end of The Lover and is a bit of a suspense as the second man who (vie
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Maureen Feeney
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-it, erotic
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Arec Rain
Apr 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
I seldom ever leave a novel unfinished once I have begun reading it. There are exceptions, however, and this so called "erotic" novel was one of them.

The only comments that I can give after reading the few chapters are even fewer. Her style is like that of Hemingway's, choppy and a stream of consciousness so that I found myself constantly rereading the same sentences and paragraphs just to understand what the author was trying to say. To me, the writing seemed far to staccato to even enjoy. I do
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The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Moody, Gothic, and So Very Sexy...

Robin Schone once again challenges our notions of female sexuality and male power with Gabriel's Woman. Like her previous short works and novels, neither Gabriel or Victoria are the stereotypical romance couple. Gabriel, a former prostitute and now owner of an exclusive brothel that bears his name, is a man tormented by an act so tragic, that it has shaped him into the untouchable being he now is. Wealthy women will pay any price for his services, but he knows t
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Lindan
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-erotica
This is another one of those books that engaged me with the idea of the story but not the execution. The repetition of phrases annoyed me and really slowed down the story. I wonder if using the Second Man (using the initial caps to make it a name) to identify him would have been better. Since we don't know his identity until the end- it would make it easier to think of him as a character. My mind would stop everytime he was mentioned and stop and reflect on "who"... I didn't read the first book ...more
Lemon
Feb 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
no...just no, I study medicine unlike the writer and anal sex is not only a sin but unhealthy and dangerous to your intestine track, I got nauseated and stopped midway. The courtesan Gabriel is just a turn off...the fact that he's raised to please men is...uhh...no, and sexual abuse is not something you'd use as an erotic theme. If you're not a mental expert, Keep your opinion to yourself and don't portray it as erotica that makes you a senile bitch that likes to include sodomy in sex scenes, bl ...more
Christy Stewart
Schone's style of writing and my style of reading don't mesh.

I was interested in the story and characters but the only thing I could picture while reading the book is the author typeing the whole thing one handed because the other one was a clenched fist in the air in the pose of 'Epic Win'

Not the way you thought that sentence was going to end, was it?
Danette Steward
Jul 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: schone-robin
I was 100% confused for the first half of the book....then 90% confused at the end. This was the strangest, crudest, weirdest, most confusing "romance" book I've ever read. There is absolutely NOTHING I want to remember about this book. I can't get those wasted hours back.....



Camryn
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jess the Romanceaholic
Well color me disappointed. :(

I had high hopes for this book, because I really enjoyed Gabriel's character in The Lover, and was looking forward to reading his story. Unfortunately, it fell a bit short in my opinion. The twist, while surprising, was a bit contrived (even moreso that "the man" in The Lover), and again the technical jargon during sex was a put-off for me. I don't know if it bothered me more in this book because it was more prolific, or if it was merely my getting bogged down from
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Dianne
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars - Impressive Book

While this novel is the second book in a dualogy, it is not necessary that you read “The Lover” in order to understand this book. However, you would be in for a slightly better reading experience if you did read it first.

Ms. Schone does wonders in evoking a very vivid picture of pleasure just by using words. And not the words one would normally expect in an erotica novel. This author can make you shiver just by her trademark perfect timing, the words and the style wit
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Jody Austin
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
In The Lover, we met Gabriel, a 40-year-old man, a former prostitute who was taught to please men. He and his best friend Michael met as children and protected each other as they lived and survived on the streets. Now, Gabriel is an adult man, the wealthy owner of a popular brothel. But Gabriel has another nightmare addition to his horrifying past. When he was younger, he was brutally raped by two men. The first man, who made him beg for death or to be let go, is dead. The second man, who made h ...more
Dangermousie
This is sort of in the middle between romance and erotica. Erotic romance? Also, clearly there is a subgenre of romance novels where hero enters into relationship with heroine who is trying to sell herself without any plans for sex on hero's part but to catch a killer. Because this is not the first book I've read with this set-up. How bizarre.

I liked it a lot! If you don't mind really explicit sex stuff, some severely dark themes (rape, prostitution etc), and a rather idiosyncratic writing styl
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maricar
Dec 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
It was difficult for me to feel the romance in this story. Most of the time, it felt as if Ms Schone was trying a tad too hard in sounding mysterious, what with all the one-liners, cryptic allusions to vague events and people, repeated self-contemplations, and dark thoughts left hanging (with their signature ellipsis…)

The story definitely felt like it was all Gabriel’s, and that Victoria was just a poor innocent thrown into the mix to give the man a body to lose himself in. Even until the end,
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Na7asha
May 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
WTF did I just read??.....had I not enjoyed the first book so much, I don't think I could have continued this novel ... it's literally: dialogue then description, dialogue then description.. the author tries so hard to set the scene/ ambiance, I feel like the author is trying too hard to force the visual interpretation of a novel I feel like I'm reading a movie... it's tiring to read ...and don't get me started on the first man and the second man... I don't know why everything has to be shrouded ...more
Christine Strowbridge
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Mitzi
Great book. Sequel to Michael's story The Lover.
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USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Schone is the recipient of the Romantic Times 2008 Career Lifetime Achievement Award for Most Innovative Historical Romances. She is published in thirteen countries, including China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and Spain. Scandalous Lovers (Kensington Brava 2007) was chosen by RUSQ (Reference & User Services Quarterly, the official journal of the Re ...more

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“You want to know why I am giving you a choice, Gabriel? I’ll tell you why. There is a core inside of you that has never been touched, not by me, not by Michael, not by Mademoiselle Childers. I want to see what it will take to break into that core. I want to see it now.” 1 likes
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