Sunday, December 1, 2013

***Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway*** Gabriel's Redemption (Gabriel's Inferno Series #3) by Sylvain Reynard

Author: Sylvain Reynard
Title: Gabriels Redemption (Gabriels Inferno Series #3)
Publisher: Penguin Berkley

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Gabriels Rapture and Gabriels 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, hes confident that they can face any challenge. And hes eager to become a father.

But Juliannes graduate program threatens Gabriels 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 presentationresearch 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 Gabriels 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.

  Lesley's Review:

“For you, My love I would endeavor to pluck the stars from the sky, only to shower them at your feet.”
The third installment of Gabriel and Julianne’s story was an excellent ending for the series. I know we all hate when our favorites come to an end, but I must say it was well done.  While, I would love to read more, sometimes it’s best to leave all loose ends tied into beautiful bows. 
In the last book, it ended on a good note but not quite final note. The professor and his “student” got married and started their newlywed life.  Now, we all know nothing is ever perfect. We catch right back up with the Emersons in this installment. Julia is still continuing with grad school and the professor has had a change of heart. He wants to add to their little family. Julia is not against having children. She just wants to finish her long haul in school beforehand. It’s as if the age difference is catching up with them. Gabriel is ready for a family and Julia is still pursuing the proverbial, “what I want to be when I grow up.”  Taking the new found issues in stride, the two continue to show the love they have between them. They realize marriage is work. Both are terrified of losing the other. Gabriel’s demons rise and continue to haunt him.  In true professor fashion Gabriel fights against and for their life, which only threatens to strain the bond the two have.  He shuts out Julia to an extent, but Julia tries to pick up the pieces of clues left dangling. Julia worries that her decision to wait for children is selfish and causing a discord between them. But is that all the haunts him?
“You’re my Persephone; the maiden to my monster.”
I love how these two love each other. With every fiber of their being. To the point of desperation. Gabriel fears losing her so much that he would put back his desires. His fear drives him to dark places. Julia battles insecurities of pleasing or being enough for the professor. She worries her man will fall back into his darkness. She worries that she will fail to succeed in completing her Grad studies.Life, however, has a way of taking control and throwing everyone for a loop. Sometimes, Life makes the decision for us. As hard as we try, we are not always in control.
Characters from the past soon arrive in the present. Ripples of their presence sending more disturbance into the Emersons’ world. Shaking the unstableness further.  Paul the friendly “angelf*cker” makes his appearance making it known that he has his eyes on Gabriel. Simon, the crazy ex-boyfriend even makes an appearance in the book. One word KARMA. Christa the slutty student who almost ruined Gabriel and Julia in the beginning messes with the wrong Professor, Katherine Picton, and unknowingly writes the demise of her career trying to exact revenge.  Paulina and sweet little Maia of course, being a big part of Gabriel’s past, come into play. When I say all the loose ends are tied….. I really mean it. Nice big bows.
“That marriage is a mystery. That two people somehow become knitted together until they’re one. When separated, I feel as if a part of me is missing.”

There are ups and downs and even a heart-wrenching moment or two. I am sad that it’s the end. However, I feel almost protective of this story. It couldn’t have ended any better and I feel that if someone were to touch it again they could ruin the perfect story. They’ve been through enough.  THE END is well deserved.  I don’t want to give too much of the story away and I don’t want to recount it all.  I know for those that are reading this one, really truly love the series and won’t be disappointed.This story covets my number two spot right next to FSOG. It’s a close one.  I give this book 5 wonderful stars.

About the Author:
I'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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