Review: Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard
Series:  Gabriel’s Inferno Trilogy (# 2)
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 449
Source: book purchased by the reviewer



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.


Review: Gabriel’s Rapture picks right back up where we left off in Gabriel’s inferno.   It was a very smooth transition from one book to the other.  The detail that Sylvain put’s into this series is amazing.  The expressive nature that the characters have in general but epically while in Italy really let you transport yourself into their world.

Please know that these books are a series and must be read as a series to follow along with the continuing story line.  Gabriel’s Rapture is again told from the point of view of Gabriel and Julianne.  It follows them through the ups and down’s that everyone has in their relationship at one point or another.  However most relationships aren’t formed as teacher and student and most also don’t have a jealous and vengeful classmate willing to do whatever is necessary to get what she wants.

There are many obstacles that meet Gabriel and Julianne in the second book in the series, but none of them are bigger than Gabriel himself.  Is it his pride, self preservation, or will he truly do anything for love.

Gabriel’s Inferno left us with a happily ever after and we could have been done there.  But this is a trilogy and there are two more books in the series.  Don’t look for the happily ever after in Gabriel’s Rapture because you are left on a bit of a cliff.  But don’t worry Gabriel’s Redemption is available so you can fly right from one book into the next.

Be careful though make sure you have time to read because this series is addicting and I couldn’t put it down.  I read all three books in a weekend.  I lost some sleep but it was well worth it in the end.

Favorite Quote:  “I know you loved me.” “I just don’t understand why you didn’t love me enough to stay.”