Book Review March 13
by: Sylvain Reynard
4 Stars ★★★★
BLURB: 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.
Gabriel’s Rapture took a bit to captivate me but soon enough I was hooked. It continues along the path of book one with all the historical Dante and Beatrice drama following them around.
I only had two complaints with this book:
- 1. I’m sick of the whole Twilight (New Moon) I’m going to leave you to save you idea. In this book it pissed me off even more because the characters are a bit older and more mature. I wasn’t expecting such a childish choice.
- 2. I felt left out at times and like I wasn’t smart enough for this book. It’s like everyone is a historical genius within the book and even as an English major myself it was hard to follow and understand at times but luckily all the major points got through.
The sex is there but it’s subdued and leaves more to readers’ imagination.
Fans of Gabriel, book one and Dante/English Lit will thoroughly enjoy this book.