Gabriel's Rapture (Gabriel's Inferno #2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
Better than I had hoped it would be. I had high expectations after the first in the series and I knew that this one would be just as emotional, but just wow. Things go from being great, with a happy ending it sight, to so sad and screwed up, thankfully most of it gets sorted out by the end. I really want Gabriel and Julia to find happiness together without everything crashing and burning around them just when they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I couldn’t believe what Christa did, how badly she screwed up things for Julia and Gabriel, and I really hope she gets what she deserves at some point because she is just a horrible person. The whole situation after the mess that she created came to a head was so emotional and heartbreaking. I didn’t want to believe that Gabriel had really thrown in the towel and given up on Julia and their love.
I felt for Paul, poor guy fell hard for Julia but it just wasn’t meant to be. When it was said that neither Julia nor Gabriel had been fully open about their pasts I was very intrigued, but of course no more was revealed on the topic in this installment, which now has left me going out of my mind wondering what they each could be hiding or have not said yet.
I don’t see the situations with Natalie and Simon going away anytime soon either. I was glad that Julia stuck up for herself against Natalie when she tried to blackmail her into dropping everything against Simon but Natalie doesn’t seem like the kind of person to give up so easily; will have to wait and see if anything more eventuates from that though. This book was brilliant, I didn’t see a lot of things happening that did and it kept me enthralled right till the very end. Bring on book three! I cannot wait.