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Monday, 30 July 2012

Gabriel's Rapture (#2) By Slyvain Reynard

Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student, Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante's fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever? In Gabriel's Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel's Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the reader's mind, body, and soul, forever.

Thessa's Review:

My beautiful sticky little leaf...

Alright, as far as writing this review, I really don’t know what to say. I love Sylvain Reynard’s writing and totally in love with Gabriel’s Inferno. I love it, I love it, I love it. It’s one of my all-time favorite stories off all time. With that said, I had severely high expectations on the sequel and maybe that's why I didn’t love this sequel as much as I expected to. I liked it, but didn’t love it.

The obvious positive in this sequel is that we get to witness Gabriel and Julia’s new found love. Without a doubt, these two are madly in love. Their time in Italy was beautiful and extremely romantic. We get to see the saucier side of their relationship and, yes, it was emgasmic. However, because of this, the story’s tone was different from the first. The Professor’s commanding presence was sorely missed in this sequel. He grew up, and grew up fast. His new relationship with Julia has definitely changed him. Most of it was for the better, but his brooding attitude was severely missed. In regards to Julia, her character was still on the shy side, but did start to develop a voice of her own. It took awhile for it to happen and it did get a little frustrating.

In addition to the changes in the main characters, the other thing that bothered me about the story was the multitude of people wanting to break them up. We have Paulina, Natalie, the Dean and the various other academic professionals involved in the investigation. I had such a difficult time when it came to the investigation part. I was angry and heartbroken. Though Gabriel and Julia have their HEA, I don’t think I fully recovered from that part. It was just too much. Oh, and as a side note, I really felt for Paul’s character. I’m a sucker for the brokenhearted bloke. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy Gabriel & Julia got together, but I hated that Paul was collateral damage. He was such a sweetheart and I just adored his character. I’d like to think that he, too, has his HEA.

Overall, I want to thank you, Mr. Reynard, for writing this sequel and letting us share their happiness. You seem to have the natural talent to invoke a lot of deep emotion in your stories. I love your writing and I highly look forward many more of your stories :)


Elena said...

Damn Tessa! Chickie can right reviews and not leave anything behind! LOL! Love it! I felt the same exact way =)

GraceDZ said...

Awesome review! I enjoyed this series too very much.

Thessamari said...

Thank you guys! <3

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