Gabriel’s Rapture (Gabriel’s Inferno #2)
by Sylvain Reynard
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Source: Review Copy
My Rating: ★★★★★
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.
Disclaimer: Although most of the titles I review on this blog are YA, this book is not in the YA genre. It deals with mature situations and subject matter.
The professor has done it again. He has managed to capture my heart and long for him again. After reading Gabriel’s Inferno I was absolutely captivated with Professor Emerson, so much that I was pretty much pining after the sequel. It’s finally here after months of waiting and I couldn’t be happier. Sylvain Reynard has once again written a story that hit me on so many levels, it’s hard to put into words, but I will at least try.
The sequel picks up right where the first book ended, with Julia and Gabriel in Italy right after they make love. Julia is no longer a virgin and she has fulfilled her dream of making Gabriel her first. Trouble is never far behind though when Julia’s troubled past starts to catch up to her and she once again fears that her beloved professor will leave her, like he did once before long ago. Gabriel, being the seducer that he is, resolves to show Julia that will never happen in his own way. Gabriel’s way. The sexy way if you get my meaning.
All is paradise until they return to Canada and the university, where trouble finds them once again as word gets out that Julia and Gabriel are in a relationship and an investigation ensues trying to prove that they were in such a relationship while Gabriel was Julia’s professor. As a reader of the first book, I know how much care Gabriel took to not jeopardize either of their careers, so it greatly hurt me to see them go through so much to defend their love.
Julia’s conflicted emotions, still being the shy little girl but also wanted to break out of her shell made me feel so much compassion for her. Gabriel’s undying love for Julia is one that will make your heart melt. It was so refreshing to see how much Gabriel’s love for Julia changed him in every way. The way he cared for her and how protective he was just made me melt inside. This is truly a love story for the ages and a book I would highly recommend to anyone who can handle a book with deep emotion, romance, and eroticism mixed in. A 5-star read for sure.