Brigette Reviews: Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard

13639050Professor 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?

  • File Size: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425265951
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Publishing
  • Language: English
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Having read Gabriel’s Inferno and giving a not so great review. I felt it was necessary to give Mr. Reynard another chance. I love books, of all shapes and sizes, from all types of genres; they are my adventure and escape from the world I normally live in and as of late my world has been a sad one. However, this isn’t about me, this is about the world in which Professor Gabriel lives with his now ex-student Julia and to be fair I needed to give this series another go.

We pick right back up where we left off in Inferno, with Gabriel and Julia in Florentine, just after they had consummated their relationship. This time, though, I felt that there was an actual story to follow and not as much of a history lesson. Thinking back to the first book, I do see now why Mr. Reynard used so much back-story and history. It did help him wind the story through all the twists and turns that make Rapture a better read. And twists and turns are what readers, like myself, wish to see to keep our interest.

I like that the love story of these two characters isn’t as easy as the first book. In fact, Rapture, has them actually splitting apart when the University finds out the Professor has been having a relationship with his student. This allows secondary characters to come into play and you get to see another side of our main characters, which makes them more believable. It was good to see that Julia finally gets a backbone and I had even hoped that she would end up with Paul, as they seem better suited for one another, small town innocents and all. But that did not last long, once Julia graduated, the Professor was back in the picture and after a drawn out time they eventually get there happily ever after.

This was a much more enjoyable read then the first book, it moved faster and had a more impossible love story that comes true feel to it, but was still boarding on creepy. I did not like how the once strong Professor suddenly becomes an old-fashioned talker with stalker guy tendencies. Did he suddenly step out of the eighteen hundreds? Did he know stalking was a form of abuse?  Thank goodness they were both in therapy because at times the relationship was so very disturbing but it is just a book and as I said I love all books. Would I read another by this author, probably not but I will say I did escape and got one hell of a history lesson for my money.

3 STARS

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