Elena reviews : Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard

The synopsis :

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.

My review :

It’s amazing how a book series can touch a person’s soul the way the Gabriel’s Inferno series touched mine. I fell in love with Gabriel’s Inferno ( of which you can find my review here, Neda’s review here and Tamie’s review here) –first book of a trilogy ( yes, a trilogy 😉 ) where we witnessed the love story unfold between the handsome and tortured Professor Gabriel Emerson and the shy and kind Julia Mitchell. The sequel, Gabriel’s Rapture, surpassed all my expectations and gave so much more than I could hope for.

The story starts where Gabriel’s Inferno had left off– Professor Gabriel and his beloved Julia are spending some days in Florence and they let themselves surrender to passion. Gabriel shows Julia the arts and pleasures of lovemaking while Julia stirs in Gabriel feelings he’s never experienced before. But soon their relationship is put to a hard test by University rules, by the envy and pettiness of some students, and the jealousy of a former lover. Will Gabriel and Julia have to give up on their love?

Sometimes sequels don’t live up to the hype, but this definitely isn’t the case with Gabriel’s Rapture. Sylvain Reynard never disappoints with his writing. It seduces the mind and leaves you wanting more.

I was deeply moved by how Gabriel and Julia’s relationship evolves in this novel. They both have to walk through the path towards redemption, a path full of obstacles but that brings them to discover the real meaning of
loving truly and of being loved unconditionally in return, of forgiving and being forgiven. It is a very sensual tale of discovery, both physical and emotional, and several scenes left me breathless and made my heart beat faster.
The beauty and sensuality of the love scenes in this book are hard to find in novels. Let me tell you that you’ll find yourself rereading them several times.

In Gabriel’s Rapture I loved Professor Gabriel even more than I did before. He proves to be a man who wants to change his previous self, to find forgiveness and give Julia everything in his power to make her happy even if it
means making a few sacrifices and fully uncovering the secrets of his past… And if the words he says to Julia don’t make you melt, I don’t know what would.

Julia shows an inner strength and will power that make her one of my favorite female characters.  I was pleasantly surprised by how she faced up to the different challenges that presented themselves.  She always has the
kindness and compassion that characterize her, two of the traits I love the most about her , but she also proves to be a woman who knows what she wants and she’s ready to fight for it.

As in Gabriel’s Inferno, we find a lot of references to literature, music and beautiful pieces of art, all elements perfectly interwoven with the story. Once again, I felt myself enriched in more ways than one.

There are books to which reviews don’t do justice and that need to be read to fully understand their greatness. Gabriel’s Rapture is one of them.  A story which  proves that  unconditional love, acceptance and
forgiveness can really change people’s lives.  A really superb novel.

I give this book 5 of 5 stars.

Some of my favorite passages:

” ‘I’m honored to have been your first.’ He leaned forward, his eyes unblinking. ‘But I want to be your last.”

“You’re the only one who has ever been my lover in the true sense. ‘ He kiseed her gently in solemn confirmation to his words. ‘The anticipation and the allure of a woman are crucial to the experience. I can safely say that your allurements and my anticipation were like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.”

“You were very gentle and very generous. I’ve never known such joy, and that’s because you loved me with more than just your body.”

“Your face, your breasts, your beautiful back. St. Thomas Aquinas would have had to add you as his Sixth Way if he’d ever been blessed enough to see you. You must have been designed and not merely made. “

“Everyone wants to know where evil comes from and why the world is riddled with it. Why doesn’t anyone ask where goodness comes from? “


I’m so happy that Gabriel’s Rapture WON’T be the last installment! We’ll have more Professor!  Sylvain Reynard has announced that he’s writing the THIRD book of the series. Big SQUEEEEEEEEEE! You can read the official announcement here . I can’t wait to have it in my hands! Thank you SR!


About Elena

Literature is my passion. I love reading so much that I spend countless hours in bookstores and libraries. I have a soft spot for poetry and art. I like traveling and discovering new places. I can't do without a book.

20 thoughts on “Elena reviews : Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard

  1. Jenny says:

    Great review. I adored this book! I thought it was a wonderful expansion of Gabriel and Julia’s love story. I also enjoyed the insight into University. For some reason, one of my favorite quotes from the book didn’t even have to do with romance,
    “That’s blackmail.”
    “That’s academia…”
    I am so excited about the third book! Starting to think all my faves this year are in three’s (50 Shades, Bared/Reflected/Entwined to You, and now The Professor and Julia).


    • Elena says:

      Thank you Jenny 🙂 I agree with you. The fact that it’s set at The University of Toronto made the story even more intriguing. I loved the forbidden aspect of it all 😉
      Can’t wait for book 3! 😀


  2. Wonderful review, Elena!!!

    I’m sure people who have never read or perhaps never even heard of (if that’s possible) Gabriel Series will interested to read them after reading your amazing spoiler free review.

    Now that you mention about mind seduction writing and words that can melt readers, I’m going to curled up in my own couch and read Gabriel’s Rapture for the…. God, I forgot how many times I’ve read this book.

    Anyway, as I said before wonderful review and I really enjoy it ❤


  3. Elena says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Amelia. Words can’t fully express how much I love this series, but I tried 🙂
    Oh yes. Curling up with The Professor is a great idea 😉 I never tire of his company 😉
    Thanks again ❤


  4. mrsaubergine says:

    Still can’t get this here in New Zealand. Grrrrrrr.


  5. ChocoMG2112 says:

    Great review!

    One thing I loved in this book was that was such growth in both Gabriel and Julia. And you are left feeling good. Redemption and faith and joy.

    The two.of them took q journey. First separate and then together.

    Ultimately it leaves me pondering that even though I am monumentally messed up, there may be hope for me.


    • Elena says:

      Well put, dear. I love how it shows that we always have to hold onto hope and never give up. And jsyk you’re one of the most amazing people I know ❤


  6. Liz says:

    Finished Gabriels Inferno at 1:30 AM and then dove right into Gabriel’s Rapture. So wanted to call in sick today and stay home and read. Your review is so making me wish that I had!!


    • Elena says:

      Thank you Liz. I’m glad you like the review 🙂 And I know how you must feel 😉 When I read Gabriel’s Rapture it was exam period for me and I was extremely frustrated because all I wanted to do was keep reading. It’s such an amazing book. You’d never want to put it down.


  7. Keisha says:

    I’m beyond late in reading this series, but how thrilled I am to have finally done so!! (always better late than never, huh!). I thought these books were so great that I wanted to come here & share a little of my thoughts.
    I read this week both Gabriel’s Inferno & Rapture and i honestly don’t think I could fully put into words how amazing I found these books to be! I literally stayed up ALL night to finish the them. I was hooked and had to know how the story continued. Julia & Gabriel were meant to be and it was beautiful reading their journey. I loved how Julia brought out the best in Gabriel and made him see life differently. His attentive to her later on and wanting to care for her was awesome and so much love! My heart was so full for them and I definitely found myself doing a lot of sighing throughout the books 🙂
    The professor was simply……

    I’ve now put Gabriel at the top of my book boyfriends list!! I’m so thrilled to see the author is writing a 3rd book! I don’t think I could tire of reading about these two & I can definitely not EVER get enough of the professor! SR did a billiant job in writing this series!!

    Loved your review Elena and I truly love this website/blog and all you all do! Such a great place for readers & it’s truly brought back out the use-to-be be avid reader in me. It has inspired me to get back into reading more & also sharing on here at time with others about the awesomeness of all these wonderful books out there, that we might not otherwise know about. I know for me personally I’ve read reviews on here that has lead me to get a lot of books that I’ve grown to really love.
    Ok, enough of my babbling! Can’t wait for book 3! 🙂


  8. Elena says:

    Thank you for your lovely comment, Keisha!
    I agree with everything you said. The Gabriel’s Inferno series is my favorite series ever and Gabriel is my #1 book boyfriend.
    It’s truly a wonderful and unique love story.
    Thank you for your kind words! It means a lot to all of us here 🙂


    • Keisha says:

      I actually think I’m going to start rereading the series again. I tend to find things I might have missed during the first time reading and plus, if the story is great, as this series was, it doesn’t hurt! I wish I could have been around for book discussion on here when they were done last year, but I look forward to maybe doing so with book 3. Hopefully you all will do so sometime after the third book comes out!

      Also, I have seen a lot of discussion/mention of David Gandy as being the professor and boy after reading this series I can so see what the fuss is about! I couldn’t agree more! I mean, I’ve long thought David is beyond hotness & could fit other book boyfriends as well, but he would be PERFECTION as the professor! There is simply no one else in my eyes as him!


      • Elena says:

        You’re absolutely right. I’ve read these books countless times and every time I get something new out of them.
        The book discussions are always open 🙂 You can add your comments whenever you want. We’d love to hear your thoughts!
        David Gandy is so handsome! The perfect Professor 😉


  9. Keisha says:

    Oh great! I will definitely go back and read the past discussions & give my take, although it might take me a bit to get my thoughts & emotions together for this one 😉
    Thx Elena!


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