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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140591243X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405912433
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sylvain Reynard is a Canadian writer with an interest in Renaissance art and culture and an inordinate attachment to the city of Florence.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Godden on 25 Sept. 2012
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I loved 50 shades but I was completely hooked from the start. I'd never read a romance/love story before- they just weren't my first choice, or 2nd or 3rd actually. I've never been interested in them and the thought of "chick lit" makes me feel quite ill!
So, enjoying 50 shades was a surprise and since then I've nothing but romance/love stories.
I understand why people said 50shades was badly written, although personally I didn't really notice (too engrossed in the story).... Now I totally see why... Gabriel's inferno and, this one Gabriel's Rapture are just wonderful. The romantic quotes and verses, the places and descriptions are just beautiful.
I loved the story, although its similar to many I have now read. But Gabriel and Julia are so well written... I was heartbroken for Julia and dreaded what would happen with the story.
My only criticism is that it ended too suddenly... I was expecting a few more chapters. I WANTED more chapters....

I will missed Gabriel and Julia as much as I missed Christian and Ana.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lewlin on 30 Dec. 2013
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Day two and book two of reading about Gabriel and Julia. This trilogy has been hyped to the max which is why I'm reading it but there's something missing in these books for me.

At over 400 pages, you are getting a decent amount of book for your money but the content just isn't there. Huge passages of quotes from other works are padding out this book. It's like the author wants to impress us with their knowledge but thinks we are too stupid to understand his references and therefore feels the need to explain them. I refer to the author as he, but I just don't know what the author is!

Gabriel is not your typical 33 year old alpha male. Yes he's protective and a little controlling, he has the body of an adonis complete with the V and no doubt large penis lol but couple that with his cardigans, bow ties, wool trousers and glasses, I really can't see him as a stunning breathtaking book boyfriend!!!

These books are pretentious and are disappointing.

The editing is excellent in this book and the writing style isn't too bad but there are far better teacher/pupil love stories out there.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By :-) on 16 Sept. 2012
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I jest, of course.

One word for this book; erratic. Some of the content is wonderful, 5 star quality stuff, some of it is annoying, and some of it is actually a bit cringey.

If you've read Gabriel's Inferno, which was brilliant, then I do recommend you read Gabriel's Rapture, because ultimately it is a satisfying conclusion, but be prepared to wince and huff a bit along the way.

****** SPOILERS FROM HERE ******

What Works

The fantastic connection that the author develops between Julia and Gabriel. It's astonishing. It's also the reason for so many 5 star reviews.

The literary refernces and the fabulously romantic settings.

Some of the writing and some of the concepts the author explores are wonderful.

What Doesn't Work

Is it me, or was Gabriel so over-the-top redeemed by the end that he seemed meek and emasculated? Some of Gabriel's "caring" was, quite frankly, a bit back-away-slowly-dysfunctional. His behaviour became so over-romanticised that it became a cringeworthy parody of what women expect from a romance rather than a depiction of what felt like a genuine and real relationship.

Some of the dialogue, particularly some of the romantic stuff uttered by Gabriel, was so over-the-top that any right-minded woman would be booking a plane ticket to Paul's place, where at least she could be sure of having a sensible conversation.

Both their behaviour was so baffling at times that even I, who live in a dream world (!), couldn't suspend my disbelief.

The obstacle to their relationship felt really contrived and much of the story was driven by (I can hardly say it) The Misunderstanding. (Wash my mouth out)

Christa. Where is she?
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By kk on 20 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
*mild spoilers*
I loved Gabriel's Inferno. I thought it was well-written and the relationship between Gabriel and Julia gripped me.

Gabriel's Rapture is equally well-written. The writing is just so descriptive, its beautiful. Gabriel and Julia's situation is played out cleverly and I was desperate for it all to end happily.

However here is where I had the problem. Without giving away the plot-line, the last quarter of the book was such a disappointment. Yes it was romantic and beautiful, just as you want. Yes things got "resolved". BUT...the flame sizzled out entirely for me. I felt like I was being preached at. Given that Gabriel and Julia's appeal is their passionate, overwhelming interaction, what happens in the last few chapters felt like I'd been bombarded with pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-religion sentiments. And here in lies the problem.

I LOVE Gabriel, yes he's spent two books being a bit arrogant, a bit unstable, and yes he does need to change and I was looking forward to this change and the reconciliation of him and Julia...but his entire personality changes! Its both bizarre and disappointing. I was hoping for a gentle compromise but we are given a complete 180. All the parts of his personality that, whilst dangerous, are attractive when toned down seem to vanish completely! I love the idea of spirituality and the importance of that in healing a person BUT I hated the way this was used in the novel to completely change a character. There was almost nothing left of the character. Additionally I really do not like it when authors suddenly mix religious propaganda into the mix (reminds me of Twilight).

Yes the ending was sweet, but by this point I barely recognised one of the characters, much less felt any sort of passion for the relationship.
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