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Review and Giveaway: Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel's Redemption CoverTitle: Gabriel’s Redemption (Gabriel’s Inferno Series #3)
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Publisher: Penguin Berkley
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5


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.


I’ve always felt there was more than one way to read the Gabriel’s Inferno Series by Sylvain Reynard (a.k.a. Biscuit).  The first way is to read it is as a romance.  It’s a romance that punches you in your stomach, gives you butterflies, makes you giggle, and makes your face puffy from tears.  The other way to read it is as an inside look at how people who most would consider had very difficult pasts moved on with life and found love.  I prefer to read the series in this manner.

So when I tell you that you don’t need to worry about this couple breaking up (because my heart wouldn’t be able to handle that), believe me.  These two have been through enough and I’m thankful Biscuit didn’t make me have to cry at work over something.  What we do have in Gabriel’s Redemption is the struggle for forgiveness in oneself and to put your own desires first.  This is what I enjoyed the most throughout the novel.  I was rooting for Gabriel and Julia for their own causes.  I really wanted to help; especially Gabriel.  After everything he’d been through in his life, I wanted him to finally realize that he deserves the love that he shares with Julia and so much more.

Gabriel and Julia argue like any other married couple.  I had no idea Julia decided to steal my go-to-the-bathroom-and-wash-the-anger-away ritual.  Twinsies!  And like most men, no matter how fine they look in a bow tie or Argyle socks, sometimes Gabriel is a grade A ass.  At least he knows it and admits it.

Speaking of ass…

There is a new level of sex heat going on in Redemption.  I swear I had to take a twenty minute -er- break to recover.  I seriously felt as if I was watching something I should not have been seeing.  My face got hot, I screamed into my pillow, I giggled, and I tried to convince my husband that I hadn’t completely lost my mind.  Cheese and rice it was so FANTASTIC! *Twirls*  Gabriel and Julia are a saucy bunch.  I’m liking this.  It looks good on them.

Along with the frustrating times Gabriel and Julia didn’t see eye to eye or when they were making up for not seeing eye to eye, there were some fun parts in the novel that made me laugh.  Seeing Gabriel in situations with tiny humans is not only absolutely adorable, but also heartwarming.  Also, without some of Snarky’s words of wisdom, Gabriel’s Redemption just would not have been the same.  I’m sure he’d be happy to know that.

It was also nice to see some of the character’s we’d met in the previous novels.  I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but some got what they wanted, some got what they deserved, and some received more than anyone should have.  When I grow up, I want to be Katherine Picton because she is the baddest professor around.  I declare when she exists a scene, I give her three snaps in a Z formation as praise.

Did I eventually cry?  I sure did!  I cried like a toddler who just got an ice cream cone and dropped it.  It was a good cry.  I was happy.  Just like all the other times before SR has the amazing power to string a few simple words together that result in an emotional overload.

You’ll want to have read Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture before jumping into Gabriel’s Redemption.  I recommend reading this, especially if you want to see how everyone is doing.

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About Sylvain Reynard:

BiscuitI’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Twitter account.

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