The Grand Gesture: Gabriel Emerson and Kellan Kyle…

I was re-reading one of my favorite books last week, and I got to a part where he does something that I like to call…The Grand Gesture

You know what I’m talking about right?!? It’s one of those fabulous moments where my fantasy boyfriend does something so super special and amazing for me his lady that I just fall in love with him all over again.

Granted…most of my literary loves happen to be quite wealthy…some obscenely so, and their grand gestures can be quite over the top, but not always…sometimes they’re smaller…more intimate.

For the next few weeks I’d like to share a favorite grand gesture or two…both big and small from my favorite guys, cuz…you know my philosophy…c’mon…say it with me now…sharing is caring😉

That’s right…so let’s get to it…

From Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Professor Gabriel Emerson: This man knows how to say just the right thing with flowers, love notes, and homemade apple pie. Yup…he can do the smaller things that make a gurl appreciate having him for a boyfriend…no doubt about it. But ladies…when this fantasy boyfriend wants to make an impression?!? He does it with style…I mean c’mon…can you even begin to imagine having the Royal Ontario Museum all to yourselves for a private birthday celebration?!? MmmHmm…a bartender to whip up the libation of your choice…lots of lovely artifacts and treasures to admire…alcoves to explore…Yup…sign me up for this grand gesture😉


From Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens

Kellan Kyle: There’s something very sweet about Kellan…although he’s hot enough to make your temperature rise with just one word…Mornin’. Kellan is a cuddler, a hand holder, a hugger. O yeah… he’s definitely into the whole touching sense…I love that about him. He has a bit of money but you wouldn’t know it by his lifestyle because he’s a very low-key kind of guy. He’s the type of man who does the little things that make me swoon. Need a ride somewhere? Want to hang out and relax in a park? Kellan’s your guy then…but hold on…he can make a grand gesture with the best of them. How would you feel if this guy arranged to spend a little alone time with you up in the Seattle Space Needle?!? O…yes he did. This is a grand gesture that I’d appreciate anytime.

Let’s hear it for our favorite literary boyfriends (and the authors that gave them to us) for all of the swoonworthy moments created by… The Grand Gesture😉

Next week I’ll share a couple more of my faves…

Tamie Xo

7 thoughts on “The Grand Gesture: Gabriel Emerson and Kellan Kyle…

  1. Candie says:

    I, too, enjoy those, but relate more to the smaller, more intimate, gestures. Perhaps because I can relate more to those things really happening to me in real life? Hubby has been sneaking looks at some of my books lately, so who knows?????


  2. katiebirdie says:

    I also love the spare of the minute gesture, when he can just know what she wants or needs. Like when Gabriel draws a bath for Julia after their first time, and makes sure she is drinking cranberry juice. Such an obvious sign that he cares for her deeply. *happy sigh*


  3. Sara Sobel says:

    Love this topic – can’t wait to hear more!


  4. Oh Kellan. Just saying his name makes my temp rise. Gabriel is definitely one for grand gestures! LOL


  5. TerrytheNurse says:

    Two *grand* gestures for the Professor. First: in Rapture, the scene where Julia is unable to perform oral sex on him — he brilliantly takes them both to the shower to symbolically wash away their shame — particularly for Julia, this is a subtle turning point for her both individually and as a ‘gift’ from Gabriel of his love and understanding. (and,’s using *water* — knowing SR’s affection for biblical/religious metaphors….hmmmm.)

    Second gesture: not that I liked the way he did it, but he sacrificed himself, his professional reputation. and potentially his academic career so that Julia’s own future in academia wasn’t derailed. That is one hell of a grand gesture that showed both his flaws and his emotional growth.

    Neither gesture is “romantic” and nobody but nobody does romance like Gabriel — but they touched me as selfless and very, very sweet.🙂


    • Marcie B says:

      Wow, Terry, that was such a great comment! I’ve only just found this, so I’ll have to also add those sweet gestures from Alice Clayton’s Red Head series as well. Though I especially do appreciate SR’s longer books which allow for such moments in better detail.


  6. kiTT says:

    Gabriel was so generous but always in a caring way, even when he offered her that ride home, there was concern for her well-being.


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