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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Review: Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel's Rapture (Gabriel's Inferno, #2)

Gabriel’s Rapture
(Gabriel’s Inferno #2)
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Publisher: Penguin
Published: October 11, 2012
Genre: Romance, Adult, New Adult Contemporary
My Rating:

4

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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 rapture 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 be forced to share Dante’s fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever?

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“I wandered in the darkness looking for something better, something real. I found you, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to lose you.”

The angst and drama in Gabriel’s Rapture amazed me. In this sequel, we get to experience Gabriel and Julia’s relationship in a much deeper level. The book picked up where Gabriel’s Inferno left off. Everything seemed perfect when it comes to Gabriel and Julia’s relationship but unexpected situations suddenly came out which led their relationship to a different, painful direction.

First of all, I have to say that I knew it! I knew what was about to come so it didn’t surprise me when it finally happened. I was so scared of the consequences that these two will be facing when I was still reading the first book so I can say that I’m already prepared for it. What surprised me most was the pain that it caused. What happened to Julia and Gabriel was too heart-breaking.

But you know the good thing about this book? It ended beautifully that I was so glad to leave it when I turned the last page. I actually wished that it was the ending for the whole series.

Another thing that I loved about this book was the way Gabriel continued to treat Julia gently despite what happened to them. Julia, on the hand, also had a notable character development. She was able to handle things differently here and for that, I adored her.

I loved Gabriel’s Rapture as a whole. It’s one of the well-written sequels I’ve ever read because of the way it was delivered. I’m excited to find out how the series will conclude in the third book!

“She is not my equal. She is my better. She is my sticky leaf.”

Rating:

4

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Review: Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel's Inferno, #1)

Gabriel’s Inferno
(Gabriel’s Inferno #1)
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Publisher: Penguin
Published: October 11, 2012
Genre: Romance, Adult, New Adult Contemporary
My Rating:

4

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Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love, and redemption, Gabriel’s Inferno is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible—forgiveness and love.

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“You are a only a magnet for mishap, Miss Mitchell, while I am a magnet for sin.”

There are three things I loved the most about this book:

Gabriel Emerson

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Gabriel Emerson aside, I loved all the things about this book. I was pulled in the moment I started reading it because of Sylvain Reynard‘s unique and captivating writing. The storyline, although you can call it cliché, is usually the kind of story that holds my interest. Forbidden student-teacher love? Right up my alley!

Gabriel’s Inferno is written as a 3rd person POV. It follows the enigmatic Gabriel Owen Emerson, a Dante specialist and professor at the University of Toronto. As a professor, he is not allowed to get romantically involved with any of his students, but when he met the innocent, vulnerable and somewhat familiar graduate student Julia Mitchell, he wasn’t able to resist the physical and even emotional attraction that he felt for her.

I’ll be honest with you. There was a slow build-up of the plot and the romantic development here, but I thought it was a good thing. I love stories that begin with enough prelude before getting into intimacies. Julia and Gabriel’s romantic development gave me goosebumps. The fact that they started their relationship as platonic…. it was sweet and breathtaking.

I especially adored the classical sound tracks that were mentioned in this book. I am a fan of Andrea Bocelli and his song Sogno was featured here, so it automatically made me swoon. The dialogues in this book were also charming. I cannot properly formulate a thought on how I enjoyed the way Julia and Gabriel had deep conversations and how they connected Dante’s The Divine Comedy to their own story (Although I honestly don’t have the knowledge about The Divine Comedy lol). When it comes to my favorite scene, it happened in Chapter 15. Man, that was some fiery exchange of dialogues.

I thoroughly enjoyed the way the story climbed as a whole. It was slow burn but so worth it. I am so excited to delve into the next book!

Rating:

4

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