Tuesday, December 3, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Gabriel's Redemption – Sylvain Reynard + Review & giveaway!

Released: December 3rd, 2013

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Gabriel’s Rapture and Gabriel’s Inferno comes the epic conclusion to the captivating romantic trilogy.

Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.

But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront Julianne about the subject of her presentation—research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.

"We can't change our pasts. All we can change is the future."

Beautiful conclusion to a beautiful trilogy. Gabriel's Redemption follows Gabriel in his journey as he digs deep into his family's connections and history, revealing more than one surprising things along the way, while Julia tries to balance her academic position in Harvard and her marriage with Gabriel, as well as his request to build a family. These two have created such a wonderful love story to tell and this book was a sweet ending to the series.

Although I have to admit that this book is much more anti-climatic compared to the previous two, it was equally as wonderfully written. I love it when an author knows their stuff. Sylvain Reynard explains Julia's theories about Dante so thoroughly that, even if I don't know what the hell half of that stuff means, it creates an image that the author does.

There's always a sense of calmness whenever I read the Gabriel's Inferno series. I don't know whether it's due to the calming storyline with slight bumps or it's the author's writing style that sounds very literature-ish instead of a Contemporary Romance. Nevertheless, it's unique and I love that style.

As sad as I am to say goodbye to the Professor (definitely not permanently), I fell in love with Gabriel's character over and over again. Not only because he was finally facing his demons, but he becomes even more thoughtful and attentive of Julia. He becomes the supportive husband that she needs, even though he could be slow at times.

“Is there a special occasion I’ve forgotten about?”
“No, I just enjoy giving you things.”
And not to mention the hot steamy sex they have since both of them are insatiable. 

“What would cheering you up entail?”
“Taking my mind off my troubles by tantalizing me with your naked body.”

Their museum sex especially, mm-mm. *wiggles eyebrows*

Oh and the things Gabriel says. Definitely swoon-worthy.
"For you, my love, I would endeavor to pluck the stars from the sky, only to shower them at your feet."
"Of all the gifts God gave me, the greatest one is you."
But, I think that the part I loved most in the book was Julia's character development. I was so angry with Julia in the beginning because she was an undeniably passive character who becomes the typical damsel in distress. It even annoyed me further when Gabriel tried to defend her in his own way and she ended up angry, but she can't even support herself. She can't defend herself against Christa Peterson. In all honesty, if Christa did that to me, I'd probably already drag her out by the hair.
She'd said that she was sorry, even though she'd done almost nothing.
Precisely. Those last four words were they key ones. She'd done almost nothing. She doesn't do anything in the beginning and Gabriel ends up swallowing all this guilt inside of him because Julia doesn't want him protecting her.

That's why I adored how the author developed her character from this extremely passive protagonist to a strong, intelligent heroine in the end.
"Now my blessedness appears."
Truly beautiful!

Minor Faults:
  • Too dull at times, no specific plot to focus on.




♕ Gabriel's Inferno (Book #1): ♕

♕ Gabriel's Rapture (Book #2): ♕

♕ Gabriel's Redemption (Book #3): ♕

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