Friday 12 October 2012

A Review for Gabriel's Rapture (Gabriel's Inferno #2) by Slyvian Reynard

Posted by Donna
Release Date: October 11th, 2012
Finished Date: October 9th, 2012
Publishers: Penguin Books
Source: For Review 
Format: Paperback  
Pages: 432 
Buy : Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

National bestselling author Sylvain Reynard continues the story of Gabriel and Julia, two lovers bound together by their darkest desires.

But those very desires may destroy them . . .

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.

The Review: “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.” 

After finishing Gabriel's Inferno I dived straight into book two; Gabriel's Rapture and honestly, Sylvain Reynard couldn’t have done this novel any better. 

Gabriel Emerson started a hot love affair with his student – Julianne Mitchell. Now Julia is no longer his student, they are finally taking their relationship to the next level, and are enjoying spending time with each other out in the open. But unfortunately, their happiness is short lived. When they return home, both Gabriel and Julia are centre stage  being accused of a number of accusations. Both their professional careers are hanging in the balance and now, so is their relationship. Can Gabriel and Julia survive the hardships of their relationship has brought and can they come out stronger than ever?

Now we’ve gotten over the introductions in Gabriel’s Inferno, from page one of Gabriel’s Rapture, as a reader we’re thrown into the love life of Gabriel and Julia’s. We see hints of it in the first book but this time around it’s in full force and finally we really see the beauty of their relationship. They do what any couple would do that are in love and that’s enjoying each other’s company and of course, we see a lot of hot scene’s from them. I loved how their relationship progresses this time around because they have come such a long way – even with all the heart ache. 

The storyline this time around was full of angst – just what I love. I loved the first book but I felt the angst was missing from it. This time though it was utterly heart-breaking because of the characters situation that they were in, and because of this, you really just didn’t know the outcome. Not only that but the story is beautiful, intense and full of suspense and it really makes this story a fantastic page turner. 

Gabriel really does do everything in order to try and save and protect Julia. He’s proved himself time and time again that he will always be there for her, and even at times, when he couldn’t be there, he still tried to give her hints that he was always coming back. Now Julia really grows as a character. Whereas before she never really stood up for herself to the people that have caused her problems in her past – but she does this time, and I was so proud of her. Gabriel’s love makes Julia grows into the women she was always meant to be, she’s independent and feisty but she still needs assurance during her hard times. 

Even though the ending could leave us readers happy as it has  enough closure to end the series, I’ve heard there will be a third book in the series. And wow, I can’t wait but I’m so, so nervous. What more could possibly be left of this story? I’m hoping no more heart-break but maybe something with Julia’s ex-boyfriend? Either way I’m excited but nervous and I’ll be eagerly waiting for more news on book three. 

A big thank you to Penguin UK for giving me the opportunity to review this book! 


Rachelanbig said...

I picked this up and then got distracted and never came back to it. Sounds like I should! Wonderful review Donna. :)

Calwen said...

Perfect review Donna! I loved this book and I loved Professor :)

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