Summer is over, but just because the temperature is dropping, doesn't mean we have to stop reading scorching hot books! Frisky Fall Saturdays is our new weekly post created by The Autumn Review, The Bookish Babe, Hackaroos Reviews, and Sim-Sational-Books. Feel free to join in. (let us know so we can add a link to your post that week) As those leaves start piling up in the yard, ignore them and pick up a sexy book!
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 (Gabriel's Inferno 2) by Sylvain Reynard-Adult/Erotic Contemporary Romance
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It's difficult for me to put in to words how much I loved this book. This is one of those series that sticks in your mind. I read the first book, Gabriel's Inferno, at the beginning of the year and while reading it, I had mixed feelings about the story. However, it remained on my mind for weeks after. As I took time to absorb it, I fell more and more in love with the characters, the story, and the writing. I'd probably write a very different review today than I did then. So, how did this sequel measure up? I really, truly, loved it.
I loved that the story picked up where we left off at the end of GI. Gabriel and Julia are in Italy attending a conference and taking time to enjoy their new relationship. I found that I fell more in love with Gabriel while they were there. He loves Julia completely. He treasures, not only her mind, but her body. While he is dominating, I felt like he was patient with her and really very sweet. He was sensitive to her needs and feelings.
In the first book, Julia irritated me a bit, but I felt like she became a stronger character in this book. She's not as easily influenced or scared to voice her opinion. She trusts her feelings for Gabriel and is able to let go of her insecurities and enjoy the intimacy she shares with Gabriel.
As with the first book, there is a fair share of drama. Gabriel and Julia are forced to deal with the consequences of their actions. This part was the most difficult to read. My tears were flowing and my belly ached for them. I may have had a support group to get me through till the end.
As for the smexy....it was pretty darn hot. This is an erotic book, so there are some graphic sex scenes, but it's written in such a gorgeous, romantic way. It does exactly what it's supposed to; gets you hot and bothered, but also makes you swoon. It's definitely a tribute to how beautiful the writing is.
Once again, I found myself enraptured by SR's flawless writing. Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture are books I will always treasure and are among my top 10 reads of this year. If you haven't been introduced to this series, you must go check it out! I highly recommend it.
Because of the mature content, this series is most appropriate for the 18+ age group.
Gabriel's Inferno Review