Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review & Giveaway: GABRIEL'S RAPTURE by Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel’s Rapture
by Sylvain Reynard
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2012

Source: Review copy from publisher

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?

Gabriel’s Rapture begins where Gabriel’s Inferno ended. Julianne and Gabriel are still in Italy. It’s the day after they’ve finally consummated their relationship. They are both giddy with happiness and deeply in love with each other. They have waited until their professor/student relationship ended to become intimate with one another. The policy against fraternization is taken seriously at the University of Toronto and the two have not wanted to risk Gabriel’s job or Julianne’s possible expulsion over their relationship. The pair continues to deal with the demons from both their pasts as they become closer to one another. 

This novel was much more romantic than the previous book in the series. In Gabriel’s Rapture we get to watch the relationship between Julianne and Gabriel become stronger. Gabriel has definitely become softer. There are still glimpses of his bad boy persona and dark side but it not as prevalent as it was in the last novel. Even though the pair has tried to be careful about keeping their relationship a secret they return to Canada and get wrapped up in a potential scandal that threatens the Professor’s job and Juliannes’ chances of getting into Harvard. It was worrisome to see how they would deal with this potential scandal. Would they rally together to fight the charges against them?  Or would they use each other as scapegoats? 

I enjoyed watching the characters grow as individuals and as a couple. Sylvain Reynard’s writing was incredible as usual. I liked the flow of the book and the numerous musical and literary references. The imagery of the Italian setting was vivid and made me feel like I was there with the characters. I recommend that you read the first book, Gabriel’s Inferno before reading this one. There are references to events from the first book that are sometimes explained within Gabriel’s Rapture but you will appreciate the novel more if you know the full back story. I really enjoyed re-visiting the Professor and Julianne. They had a beautiful and captivating love story that kept me enthralled throughout both novels. Gabriel’s Rapture is a must read sequel for those readers who loved Gabriel’s Inferno.

Giveaway Time:

Omnific Publishing is gifting a random commenter one Gabriel's Inferno mug and one Gabriel's Rapture mug AND an ebook copy of Gabriel's Rapture!

To Enter: 
Leave a comment and include your email address. 

Contest ends on May 30th, 2012. One winner will be chosen using and will be notified by email. They will have 48 hours to reply otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Good luck! 

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  1. Like I needed another reason to read this book...your review has me itching to get started (I'm in the middle of another book at the moment).

  2. Thank you so much for the tour. I'd love to win a copy. If it's anything like the first one ;), it's going to be a huge success.


  3. Thank you for the opportunity to win GI goodies:)


  4. Gabriel's Inferno was such a good read and I remember thinking it was such a long wait before book 2...and now it's here! I'm excited to read it so I'm keeping my fingers crossed to see if I win it. I'm excited for the Italian settin and for more of Gabriel and Julianne.


  5. I would love to read both books. They sound very good. Please enter me in contest.

  6. I really enjoyed Gabriel's Inferno and look forward to see what happens next in their story!!

  7. This book sounds wonderful, I can't wait to read more about it. Great prize pack, thanks for a chance to win.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  8. GABRIEL'S RAPTURE looks like an amazing read.


  9. I have Gabriel's Inferno on my kindle but I haven't read it yet. It seems like I should right away! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  10. Sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  11. What a great giveaway thank you very much I loved the first book can't wait to read this one! Thank you for the chance!
    Latisha D

  12. Read the first one, can't wait to read the second one!
    Super excited for this!


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