Review: Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel's Redemption (Gabriel's Inferno, #3)

Gabriel’s Redemption
(Gabriel’s Inferno #3)
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Publisher: Penguin
Published: December 5, 2013
Genre: Romance, Adult, New Adult Contemporary
My Rating:

4

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The third book in the wildly romantic Gabriel’s Inferno series by Sylvain Reynard, following on from Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture.

Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge.

But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans for their life together, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honour of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents – a search that has startling repercussions for himself and for Julianne.

Sylvain Reynard is a Canadian writer with an interest in Renaissance art and culture and an inordinate attachment to the city of Florence. Sylvain’s previous novels in this series, Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture, are also published by Penguin.

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“I love all of him– the light and the dark, the good and the bad.”

That was such a beautiful, tear-jerking ending. Nothing is really sweeter than a HEA for your favorite book couple.

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In Gabriel’s Redemption, Gabriel and Julia are already a married couple. However, things are still not perfect because of some people who are trying to ruin their marriage and Gabriel’s past who continues to haunt him.

What I loved about this third and final book was the main characters’ development. I’ve seen how Julia grew from being shy and awkward to being such a brave and confident woman. I really admired the way she handled Christa every time the girl tries to provoke her. It’s also nice to follow Gabriel’s character development in this series. I loved how he conquered his fears and confronted his past.

The secondary characters such as Rachel, Aaron, Richard, Tom, and Paul also made this book unforgettable. I didn’t like Paulina but in the end, I found myself sympathizing her. I think what happened to her was just the right thing.

I loved how the series concluded as a whole, especially when it introduced a new character and an angel– Clare. It was the ending that truly put a smile on my face. I will never forget this series! It was very well written and Julia and Gabriel’s journey was so heart-warming my heart has been slayed so many ways. If you want to read an emotionally-driven romance book, then I highly recommend this trilogy.

“Of all the gifts God gave me, he thought, the greatest one is you.”

Rating:

4

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My Favorite New Adult Contemporary Books Thus Far

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I’m a sucker for contemporary books, especially New Adult. This genre is so irresisible because it’s simply a guilty-pleasure one. I have read several NA books and there were a lot that pulled at my heartstrings. Some, however, were not for me. Reading a New Adult book is like taking a risk because in my case, usually these books are either a hit or a miss. Luckily though, I have found some books that I happily shelved as favorites, and here they are:

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1)

I’ve read this last year, but until now, I still can remember the “I had fallen too far. I was in love with Rush Finlay” quote that gave me all the feels! This book is my kinda book. Rich, hot guy falling for simple, uptown girl. And oh my goodness, I love the setting. Love the Rosemary Beach! What also made this book a winner for me was that it’s basically not just about romance. It also has family drama that really makes you cry.

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1)

The main reason why I love this book is the sizzling hot chemistry between Camryn and Andrew. The travel + romance combo was also something that makes the whole story swoony and a lot more interesting. And well, who doesn’t want a stranger-to-friendship-turned-into-relationship kind of story? And… who doesn’t want a hot damn guy who loves to sing and play guitar? 😀

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1)

Just hearing the title makes me swoon all over again. Because… ETHAN HOLT. Apart from the fact that Ethan Holt is definitely the man of all the men in NA, Bad Romeo is a book that has all the elements to make every reader fall in love. It’s about two stage actors reunited once again, a second chance kind of romance. I fell completely in love with this book and its sequel Broken Juliet and for me, it’s a rare gem.

Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy Cherry

Loving Mr. Daniels

This book was so unexpected. This was recommended to me by a friend and I actually didn’t have any expectations prior to reading this. Well, color me surprise! This was definitely a HIT. I love the romance, the angst, the character-driven story, the setting… everything! I did have a serious book hangover after reading this because of how it basically made me cry in a very good way. I have read books that are all about forbidden love and this is one of the best so far.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1)

I always fancy stories that are with broken characters and this fortunately made me appreciate these kinds of books even more. I love the main characters Callie and Kayden. They’re one of the couples that basically made me feel awed and teary-eyed. So much feels! What I especially love about this book was the instant connection I felt the moment I started reading it. Just simply a great, emotional read!

Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)

This book is actually my recent favorite. I’m currently reading its sequal Addicted for Now. It’s so good! The moment I started reading it I knew it’s going to be my new favorite. Loren Hale and Lily Calloway are seriously RELATIONSHIP GOALS! *sigh. The thing about this book is that it’s not just your ordinary NA romance book. The premise is unique. Ever met characters that both share the same insanity? Yes, they’re both addicted. One is addicted to booze and one is addicted to sex. What happens when they collide? If you haven’t read it, find out. 🙂

Confess by Collen Hoover

Confess

I confess that this book is one of the best NA books in the history of books. I consider myself a fan of CoHo and all of her works that I’ve read so far are really excellently done. For me, Confess tops it all. I love the characters, especially OWEN “OMG” MASON GENTRY. The premise of this book is so intense but what made me feel drawn to it was the humor that CoHo did not fail to bring. I did cry at the last chapters of this book– especially when I’ve read this quote: “That could be fate, you know.”

When it Rains by Lisa De Jong

When It Rains (Rains, #1)

When it rains, it pours. That explains my emotions while reading this book. All throughout the book, I experienced an emotional roller coaster, because the author’s writing style is absolutely good– so good that every word Lisa De Jong puts into the story can pierce through your heart. I had a hard time moving on from a hangover few days after reading this. It’s a story that is so hard to forget.

Manwhore by Katy Evans

Manwhore (Manwhore, #1)

This book is a typical guilty-pleasure read. Rich men with oozing sex appeal? Give it to me! I love Manwhore. It’s not a perfect, emotionally-driven book but the scenes and the sexual tension that the main characters shared in this book are the exact reasons why you just want to keep reading it. It has Fifty Shades of Grey feels (minus the BDSM), but who cares? I love Fifty Shades of Grey!

So you’ve met my favorite NA books so far. What are your favorite NA books? Anything you can recommend? Feel free to comment below. 🙂

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