Way Back Wednesday – Gabriel Series by Sylvain Reynard


Way Back Wednesday is a Book Meme created by A Well Read Woman with the aim to write mini book reviews on books read in the past, that left a lasting impression.

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Illustrated Temptations: My BBF’s from the past 3 months…


WOW! It’s April 1 already? Where have the days gone?

Anyways, I just wanted to make sure you’re still with me on this…and there’s no fooling on this day.lol So, I’d like to do a random check on my boys for the first 3 months of 2015. ūüėČ

Check them out…

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Illustrated Temptations #27


Hello peeps! Check out today’s photo teasers. ūüėČ

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Illustrated Temptations #25


Okay, let’s check out this week’s photo teasers.

Enjoy ūüėČ

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BB Contest, Gabriel’s Inferno,and more…

Hey peeps…Happy Easter!
I just wanted to talk about some upcoming events and I wanted to ask a favor…
Goodreads is featuring a contest for book blogs. The voting will begin on Tuesday. I have entered Bookish Temptations. 5 entries were needed for submission and I gotta tell ya that it was really hard to decide which posts to enter. I wanted to show off the versatility of Bookish. We do so many different kinds of posts here and have such a great team that work really hard to bring you stuff that we hope you find both fun and interesting as well as helpful and thought provoking. The 5 entries I finally decided on were the following:
1) Make the Time (written by Tamie)
2) Morgan Locklear…Wordslinger…March¬†(written by Morgan Locklear)
4) Once Upon a Museum (guest post written by Shari)
5) A Valentine from Gabriel to Julia (guest post written by Sylvain Reynard)
I hope you’ll take a minute to go vote for us. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† Remember voting doesn’t begin until Tuesday, April 10th. Thank you.

Libations, Amuse Bouche and Gabriel’s Inferno (Part 3)

Well, this is our 3rd and last installment…geez that makes me kinda sad. I hope you’ve had as much fun with this as I have. And you know what? We can do it again when the sequel comes out.¬†Now should I begin with the emotional high or low of GI? Let’s go with the angst so we can finish on a happy note Mkay?!?

There are several times during the reading of this book that you might be tempted to break down and cry. It’s ok if you do. I did. In fact at one point I had quite a sobfest. Yep, the tears were falling, the tissues were flying, bad words were leaving my mouth. It’s a good thing I was alone right?!? So which scene left me curled up in bed rocking myself for comfort?

It’s Chapter 31…you know…where Gabriel does his true confessions of ¬†his unforgiveable past?!? ¬† Anyways, Julia requested a glass of wine with the dinner that Gabriel served them. It reminded me of a ¬†“Last Supper” date I had once, and I wondered if it would be the same as far as his relationship with Julia was concerned. Now she has no idea what’s coming, and neither do we because SR kept us in the dark right along with Julia. ¬†Cuz some authors like to keep secrets from their readers as well as the characters. It may make me a little bit crazed and I may go into speed read mode, reading even faster than I normally do so I can discover what the secrets are, but as a writing style I’m perfectly ok with having my emotions toyed with ūüėČ ¬†I remember the 1st time I read this I was actually drinking a favorite wine. I’d spent all day doing nothing but reading this book, so it was evening by the time I got to this chapter. I poured a glass of Duplin Christmas Eve wine to finish the book off with and to soothe my nerves, knowing something huge was about to happen. Now lemme stop here for just a minute and tell you that I read this book in July. You might think it strange then that I was drinking something so out of season sounding, but it’s a local NC wine. It’s not pricey at all, but it has the yummiest flavor. They use muscadine grapes which are very distinctive. So I buy enough when it comes out so that I have it year round. It’s good to buy local when you can you know?!?

Back to the story… Gabriel has been doing some pretty heavy drinking and gets a scotch right b4 he begins his tale of past sins. I’m assuming it was Laphroaig, but in any case I say we join him with a good shot of it ourselves. ¬†I may not drink scotch often myself, but at this point I think we all need it don’t you?!? ¬†I have a confession of my own b4 Gabriel starts…I’m pretty lightweight when it comes to drinking alcoholic beverages other than wine, so I better get us a snack to continue. I’d prefer to go with a fairly strong blue cheese, either ¬†Roquefort or¬†Picos de Europa and a good gourmet cracker. If you insist on something sweet I’ll give you an absolutely divine chocolate bread pudding¬†because in my opinion you need something that has a deep strong flavor to keep up with the whiskey. I realize that a lot of you have read GI at least once, but just in case you haven’t I won’t spill the secrets that Gabriel did. Suffice to say I bawled my eyes out. Kudos to Julia for how she handles the news. I want to hug both of them…ok quick hug for Julia, and a muuuccchhhh longer full body contact hug for Gabriel.

Alright, time to dry our eyes and move on to the emotional high that I promised you.

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