Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture – Sylvain Reynard

 With all the obsessive yearning of Twilight

the intensity of Fifty Shades

 and this time, written by a man

Gabriel’s Inferno

 and the sinfully seductive sequel

Gabriel’s Rapture

 BY SYLVAIN REYNARD

 Ebook – 11th September 2012 – £2.99

 Paperback Original 11th October 2012 £7.99

Two tortured souls and a wildly romantic tale of forbidden passion

The Gabriel’s Inferno series is the next erotic romance sensation that is storming the world and the New York Times Bestseller list with sales totalling over 80,000 copies on first US publication. It is no surprise that both eBooks have already gone straight into the UK top 10 iBookstorecharts. This book plunders the most erotic and sensual depths of Sylvain’s imagination. Be prepared to be utterly seduced.

He was a tortured teen and it was the night he thought he had been saved by an angel. For Julia, it was a beautiful night of firsts and one she could never forget. Her first beer, the first time she held a boy’s hand, her first kiss … the first time she had felt loved. Purity meets sin in a perfect moment that meant everything to her. But she wakes up alone. Terrified and rejected, she knows she will never see him again.

Gabriel Emerson is a man tortured by his dark past. A highly respected university professor, Gabriel uses his devilish good looks and notorious powers of seduction to lead a secret life of pleasure where nothing is out of bounds.

 Sweet and innocent, Julia Mitchell enrols as Gabriel’s graduate student. His immediate attraction to her and their powerful and strange connection threatens to derail his career. Wildly passionate and sinful, Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture explore the intense power of forbidden love.

One man’s salvation, one woman’s sexual awakening

Who is Sylvain Reynard?

 Sylvain Reynard is a Canadian writer with an interest in renaissance art and culture and an inordinate attachment to the city of Florence. Sylvain is interested in the way literature can help us explore the human condition, particularly suffering, sex, love, faith and redemption. His favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey – either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself. Sylvain is also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a character. In Reynard’s writing, all of these elements are combined, along with the themes of forgiveness and the transformative power of goodness.

 Find out more about Sylvain at http://www.sylvainreynard.com

Many thanks to Katie Sheldrake at Penguin for sending me these books for review.  Now I’ll put my hands up and say that I don’t read many books written by men.  I do find that some books written by men aren’t in a style I enjoy nor can they write about women realistically.  But no, not Sylvain Reynard – he can write more of this please.  I was a bit apprehensive about whether this book would be good enough.  The press release above states that Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture have all the obsessive yearning of Twilight and the intensity of Fifty Shades.    I really enjoyed Twilight however I did get a bit annoyed that a leading lady being portrayed as a clumsy, weak woman – whilst Edward could be the overpowering controlling man.  I found the Fifty Shades trilogy an interesting read; let’s face it the book was a real eye opener and as a standalone story was good.  But once you realise its fan fiction for Twilight you start noticing the similarities in the plot lines, characters and writing.

 For me Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture were different.  There are only slight similarities between this series and Twilight.  A forbidden romance, the difficulties they face and sacrifices made.  Julia is similar to Bella, she can be clumsy.  She’s incredibly shy in contrast to Bella, the reason why becomes apparent in the first book.  Gabriel is more Christian Grey than Edward, just without the extreme sexual appetite.  He’s very old fashioned in dress sense and manners.  The way he wants to protect and care for Julia is very controlling.  Together they help each other.  The danger they face is similar to Twilight where should their relationship between student and professor be found out it would ruin both of them.

 I really enjoyed the books; don’t be expecting wild sex from the beginning.  I did get a bit annoyed at the reference to what each moment reminds the character of. “This reminds me of…” but I think that was because I didn’t have the knowledge of what they were referring to.  I was a bit lost with the Dante references, but the book taught me about Dante and also has a very good message to give to the reader about relationship and morals.  This for me is my book of the month – a must read, I really really hope that there is going to be a third.  To read a Q&A with the Author, Sylvain Reynard click here: http://www.penguin.co.uk/static/cs/uk/0/static/penguin_extracts/gabriels_inferno.html

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