"Pauline Réage move over! Gabrielle is
the 'O' of the 21st century...
Brace yourself for something different. The contraptions
and devices used in this book surpass the wildest fantasies.
Alexandra Adams actually invented the whip anew! And
what is more, she writes with a distinct voice and a
fluent, graceful prose. 'Gabrielle's Awakening' is the
literary equivalent of a multiple orgasm, but it is
also an incredibly sweet love story."
—Christine Spindler, author, reviewer, and e-zine editor,
review posted to Sexy CyBooks, a site no longer online.
is an extraordinary look into the world of BDSM with heavy emphasis on the SM. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart as it explores the intense relationship between extreme pain and extreme pleasure. The exploration of this intense pleasure/pain relationship and the resulting submission of Gabrielle to Michael's every desire lifts this book to a level reached by few authors. This subject is difficult to write without the submissive, in some way, being degraded, yet Ms. Adams pulls it off beautifully. Never in any of the explosive scenes did I feel the character of Gabrielle degraded or humiliated. To the contrary, in her pleasure/pain and submission, Gabrielle felt more valued than most women will ever experience. The BDSM scenes were incredibly intense but the rewarding sexually volatile scenes were beyond any expectation I could have and I admittedly found myself feeling that the intense pain just might be worth it for that kind of pleasure. The backgrounds are lush and the relationships that develop between characters show their intellectual sides as well as their sexual sides. If you are looking for an amazing look inside the world of BDSM with magnificent characters and scorching HOT sex, then Gabrielle's Awakening is for you."
—Amber Taylor, Just Erotic Romance Reviews,
"This book will surely appeal to those interested
in the BDSM scene."
—Lybbe, in a review of Gabrielle’s
Awakening posted to the Erotica Readers Association
"Alexandra Adams has truly created a story that,
although it may have elements of sexuality that might
offend some, is moving, loving, complex and realistic
all at the same time. It reaches deep into our fantasy
world and brings out the erotic elements of it, not
so much as to titillate but to arouse and create awareness.
I nearly found myself longing for the love, the depth
of love that was expressed in this book."
—Diane Morgan, in a review of Gabrielle’s
Awakening posted to New Book Reviews. com
"One has to wonder about the scene experiences
personally experienced by this author. They must be
extensive! Her descriptions of scenes are both graphic
and intimate. Couple that with an excrutiatingly keen
imagination and there you go. The characters are idealized
while still being realistic, and the fantasy aspect
is a delicately balanced tango of ideal sensualism and
creativity. This being the first online novel I have
ever read I can safely say that this was an excellent
experience! It costs the same as a new paperback, and
would be worth more! Go to the author's web site and
buy this lovely e-tome!"
—Cloris, in a review posted to Crimsonmane
Gabrielle’s Awakening "is well written throughout...I'd
—Brian Peters, avid reader of erotic
literature and staffmember of
Clean Sheets E-Magazine,
in a personal communication to the author.
"Gabrielle's Awakening exudes scholastic masterful
flair of prose... It is most certainly not a pacy butt
and thrust wacky caning utter drivel Victorian London
BDSM drama, as so oft churned out by a well-known UK
publisher... Alexandra (author) has encompassed inner
dread of rejection on two levels in this, her first
novel, as slave and sadist lover wade through wavering
fields of underlying emotions. Gabrielle is on a risky
road of discovery the like she never thought to tread,
beyond past dreams that is. Meanwhile, her lover seductively
if sadistically intends fulfilling a longed for dream
of utter dominance of body and mind, yet finds himself
losing self control in a way he had thought most unlikely...
I thoroughly enjoyed Gabrielle's Awakening...CB"
—Cindy Beaumont, in a review posted to
"Aficionados who enjoy reading ultimate fantasy
in erotic literature will not be able to put [Gabrielle’s
Awakening] down after reading the first paragraph. In
this Garden of Eden Adams has created her own Eve. She
has molded her well. Readers will hunger for her next
—A satisfied purchaser of Gabrielle’s Awakening,
in a personal communication to the author.
"This was an intense book that went to the limits and beyond. Ms. Adams has written an overwhelming book filled with so much pleasure. Michael is driven and intense, while Gabrielle has a whole world opened to her and embraces it."
—Laura, Reviewer for Enchanted In Romance