Gabriel (PIU’s Review)

Gabriel.Title: Gabriel (Order of the Black Knights #5)
Author: R.K. Staunton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 21st Apr, 2017
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 220
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5

Gabriel Ingram is running from his past. It’s common knowledge at the college where he teaches that he’s a former CIA technical analyst, but no one knows the things he really did—or about the rage and bloodlust that are his constant companions. He’s holding on to his normal life with both hands, but he knows someday he’ll lose his grip.

Lucas Craig is a social worker studying to become a family therapist. For reasons Lucas can’t understand, the normally reclusive Professor Ingram takes an interest in him, and Lucas secretly hopes their friendship might become more.

Then Eric, Lucas’s roommate, disappears. Lucas is frantic. The police are no help. With nowhere else to turn, Lucas begs Gabriel for his expertise.

What starts as a simple errand to help a friend becomes a journey into a violent world of gangs and human trafficking—one that will bring Gabriel face-to-face with the forces intent on stealing his soul. But Lucas might be the one who can save him—if Gabriel can get them out alive.

I have been following ‘the order of the black knights’ series from the beginning and this book is my least favorite of all. The story follows the same premise as the others. Here our MC is Gabriel, a black knight who is cursed by Moriel to serve him for all eternity until he is forgiven by ‘The One’.

In this lifetime, Gabriel is an ex-CIA agent who had hung up his guns and retired to a civilian life and now teaches in a college. The need to kill is still present as always but he has kept it under control. Lucas is a grad student in his college to whom he is uncharacteristically attracted to. They meet few days in a week in the student co-op shop where Gabriel always buys him coffee.

Lucas is attracted to the reclusive professor, Gabriel Ingram and he is immensely flattered and intrigued that Gabriel shows any kind of interest in him. When his childhood friend and roommate, Eric vanishes one day, Lucas has no one but Gabriel to turn to for help in finding his friend.

But what starts as a simple case of disappearance slowly entangles them in a world of human-trafficking which will force Gabriel to once again become the accomplished killer he was before. Only Lucas can save him from completely losing himself and release him from his curse but before that can happen they need to make it out alive.

The story is very boring with complete lack of action, danger or chemistry between the MCs. It moves very slowly with very minimal romantic development. The stories in this series always had this sense of danger that is a part and parcel of the knight’s life but here Gabriel’s past life is just what it was, in the past. He helps Lucas in tracking his friend but it was more of a hands-off approach. I was anticipating action but there was nothing of it here. The final confrontation was too short to fully satisfy my action-lust.

Lucas and Gabriel had very poor chemistry. They basically lived together but except the few internal thoughts of ‘how badly they want each other’, there is no spark at all. I wanted more passion which would justify their age-old bond to each other.

I did not enjoy reading this book much. I skipped through many chapters as more often than not, the plot was unable to hold my interest. Hopefully, the next book will have more to offer than this one. I cannot recommend it.

Order of the Black Knights

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