Author: Sylvain Reynard

BOOK REVIEW – Gabriel’s Inferno (Gabriel’s Inferno #1) by Sylvain Reynard

BOOK REVIEW – Gabriel’s Inferno (Gabriel’s Inferno #1) by Sylvain ReynardGabriel's Inferno (Gabriel's Inferno #1)
by Sylvain Reynard
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Lazy but curious hands caressed naked skin, exploring gently but chastely. Sighs commingled in the dark as two souls breathed as one. Two heartbeats synchronized when they recognized one another. And two troubled, conflicted minds finally came to rest.

A completely unexpected surprise, I found myself jumping on the Gabriel bandwagon, regretting every day that I chose to skip over this magnificent sea of poetically written words. I suppose I had thought this was an erotic novel, which isn’t my favorite genre in any way, shape, or form-so I chose to ignore the hype that surrounded GI, isolating myself from a story that genuinely transported me to another world, a world where I was completely content to be away from reality.

“For the rest of my life, I’ll dream of hearing your voice breathe my name.”

Sometimes books come along where I’m struck speechless, and this is definitely one of them. How can I possibly write a review that will do justice to this masterpiece? There were times I felt myself sighing in a contented state of euphoria when Gabriel would go out of his way to show Julia she wasn’t alone, that there was someone else in the world who cared for her well being, even if they could never really be in a relationship. Other times I felt myself swept away by the expertly written words that had my brow furrowing in confusion, for I had no clue what they were even talking about-lol. The level that GI reached was far beyond my comprehension, but I felt myself falling in love with the story, nonetheless, with each passing page. I’m no imbecile, but the teachings of Dante and Beatrice and the foreign languages and words they spoke in, at times, befuddled me. They were beautifully written, of course, as I mentioned above. Don’t mistake what I’m saying for a complaint, I just wanted to express how much time and effort went into writing such a breathtaking story.

“I’m sorry I disappointed you. I wish I was the knight rather than the dragon. But I’m not.” He pulled back to stare deeply into her eyes. “Everything is up to you. You can rescue me or banish me with a single word.”

Gabriel Emerson is the type of man I would like to imagine really does exist. At first, he is brooding, harsh, and somewhat cruel in his expectations and judgements. But then, layer after layer starts to become exposed, and we get to see that the harsh exterior is far crustier than what truly lies beneath-a beautifully broken man who only wants the best for his life and those he feels he has done wrong to. He doesn’t want to be involved with anyone, really, that needs an emotional attachment he is not willing to give, because that only leads to obsession and heartache. His somewhat uppity attitude had me chuckling out loud, because some of the problems he had were beyond ludicrous-things we take for granted in day to day life and would never re-evaluate as he did. I found myself wondering if men like Gabriel truly exist, or if it’s possible that all the Gabriels in the world only exist in the fictional realm-he was kind, forgiving, charming, and head over heels for Julia. There was nothing he would not do for her, and he more than shows it as the book progresses.

He looked at her book bag and decided then and there that it had to go. If he had to see that hideous thing one more time, he was going to lose it. And Paul had touched it, which meant that it was polluted. She’d have to throw it away. (see, I LOVE how much he hates her damn bookbag [and Paul, for that matter]-too funny)

Julia was a little hard to swallow at first-there are only so many times a person can flush/blush or hide behind their hair before I, as a reader, start to become frustrated. I feared the whole story would be centered around how shy and mousy Julia was, and I am not one to love a pushover for a protagonist. Now, while Julia’s personality centers around how insecure and shy she is, it never shadows her character. As the story progresses, we begin to see Julia blossom into a confident, sure-of-herself woman thanks to Gabriel’s gentle pushing and encouragement; we start to see how brilliant, kind, and charitable Julia truly is. I began to understand and sympathize with her as her character grew into someone who had a backbone and was willing to fight for what she wanted. I started to love not only Gabriel and Julia together, but Julia as an individual who was on the road to Harvard and making her life what she always wanted, but never dreamed possible.

When everyone in the whole world believes one thing and you are the only one who believes differently, it’s very tempting to assimilate. All Julia would have to do would be to forget, to deny, to suppress. Then she would be just like everyone else.

A perceptive novel that I could never possibly explain the way I want to, I was completely enthralled from beginning to finish. Intricately woven with barely masked passion between a professor and his student, this complex tale of a forbidden romance is made even sweeter when they finally do fall completely for one another. An intense love affair ensues and we are left breathless and begging for more-I immediately jumped to the second book, and I am already half way through. For those who are skeptical, I suggest you pick it up and at least give it a try. Gabriel and Julia’s love is one of the most beautiful and pure I have seen, and you are truly missing out if you haven’t met them yet.

So perhaps it was the case that she had no choice now because she had made her choice then. She’d made her choice when he asked for her hand and she’d offered it without question. Once he touched her, she knew she was his. Afterward, he had always been there in the shadows, like a ghost who would not leave. And now the ghost had decided that he wanted her.

BOOK REVIEW – Gabriel’s Rapture (Gabriel’s Inferno #2) by Sylvain Reynard

BOOK REVIEW – Gabriel’s Rapture (Gabriel’s Inferno #2) by Sylvain ReynardGabriel's Rapture (Gabriel's Inferno #2)
by Sylvain Reynard
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“I would have done whatever it took to save you.” His voice and his expression were grave. “Even if that meant I had to spend an eternity in Hell.”

After an amazing first installment, I don’t think anything could have truly exceeded my expectations. I started this second book with high hopes and an excitement for the blossoming relationship between Dante and Beatrice Gabriel and Julia and was left feeling a little underwhelmed by the relationship content in the middle of the story.

I love angst-I do. But when unnecessary and over-the-top things happen, I begin to feel a little more than just frustrated. I love G & J, and I love the way they interact. The love they share is beyond beautiful and beyond words. More than once I have found myself fantasizing
‘What if Gabriel was real???’
and wondering what kind of life I would have if that were possible. So when I felt the repercussions of their previous actions in GR, I was more than sad and a little depressed.

“Your love makes me beautiful.”
“Then let me love you forever.”

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BOOK REVIEW – Gabriel’s Redemption (Gabriel’s Inferno #3) by Sylvain Reynard

BOOK REVIEW – Gabriel’s Redemption (Gabriel’s Inferno #3) by Sylvain ReynardGabriel's Redemption (Gabriel's Inferno #3)
by Sylvain Reynard
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“We can’t change our pasts. All we can change is the future.”

I think there is a lot to be said about a series that is so beautifully written. Very rarely do I just stop and evaluate a story for it’s writing. It’s so unheard of for me to hear endearments such
^^^^^(I don’t know why this is separating my text?)as ‘Darling’, ‘Sweetie’, ‘Sweetheart’ and not cringe because of the implied corniness. This couple has something special, and the way they express their love for one another just works. It isn’t forced and it isn’t out of character, it’s just admirable and it’s who they are. They never once try to be anything different than they are, and I think that’s what draws me in the most.

“Every night when I fall asleep with her in my arms, I thank God she’s mine. Every morning when I wake up, my first thought is that I’m grateful she married me. I will never be worthy of her. But I spend every day trying my damnedest. You were her friend when she needed one. But listen to me when I tell you, Paul, you do not want to push me.”

Gabriel and Julia finally have everything they ever wanted-each other. There are no more barriers and no more fronts, it’s just them in marital bliss…but with every new marriage, problems arise and threaten to put a gap between newlyweds and their firm beliefs, and G & J are no exception.

What I love most about the GI series is the witty humor laced into the story and the way they interact with one another as a couple. In this installment, they are completely open, trusting, and forthcoming with each other. There’s an assuredness that was absent in the previous two books-in this one, there was no hesitation when asked to open up or express their doubts. At worst, the phrase ‘Trust me’ would be thrust into the conversation, and the other just did. They trust one another wholeheartedly, and it felt real. The whole story felt extremely natural and like a [intelligent] married couple’s life would progress. It flowed with amazing grace and was easy to fall into-I never felt the unbelievability I often feel with fiction.

…He released her from his arms, smiling shyly. “I like your socks.”
She looked down at her feet and flexed them.
“Argyle is sexy.”
“Indeed. A friend once told me that argyle is the fabric of seduction.”

I know I’ve mentioned it multiple times with my prior two reviews, but Gabriel always steals the show. The vigor with which he protects Julia is breathtaking and so sweet. No one can so much as lift a finger in her direction without him jumping to defend her. He would protect her from anything, from the world if he had to, even if it meant he had to go to Hell to do so, and I fell even more in love with him in this final installment. The depth of his emotions and aspirations for their marriage had me tearing up and wishing he’d get everything he hoped for, even at the expense of their earlier hopes and dreams.

The fact that Gabriel wished for the things he did in this one shows how he truly has come full circle and his loyalty shows no bounds. The support of their family and those around them had my heart swelling and wishing them all the best-even Professor Picton joined ranks among my favorite characters. And ultimately, I was hoping for the highest redemption for the lowest of the low in this final book, which is almost unheard of for me. So for those who haven’t read this series, I will plead with you one last time-pick it up. If nothing else, you’ll meet a mercurial professor who is as sweet as he is tough, who will have you laughing to yourself at his overindulgent, hoity-toity, holier-than-thou tendancies.

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