My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Gabriel’s Redemption is a beautiful conclusion to a truly insightful and memorable, one-of-a-kind love story. In continuing with its “redemption-based” theme, this final installation follows our characters through their darkest moments, as we see a lot of what was implied in the first two books generously play out.
In an attempt at remaining discreet with plot details, I’ll simply mention that this installment deals with the trials Julia and Gabriel face as a newly married couple, while both old and new emotional setbacks arise. But what remains a constant through it all is their unconditional and inspiring love for one another: a solid, compelling bond that’s rare to come by, even in fiction.
There were a lot of dramatics within the secondary characters’ stories, and most of it added intrigue and mystery while some of it felt slightly excessive. I also found that certain ends were left untied, but I’m assuming this was an intentional segue into SR’s new paranormal series, The Raven (Cannot wait!)
In all honesty, I didn’t love this book quite as much as the first two, but that fact didn’t seem to matter. Sylvain Reynard’s writing is so beautifully captivating that he could write a book about argyle socks being attacked by fountain pens (wink, wink) and I’d be first in line to read it. That said, I did very much enjoy this conclusion and felt it was a wonderful surprise for fans of this series who weren’t expecting a third book. Julia and Gabriel have become one of my most favored fictional couples, and I adored experiencing their final redemption!
▪ Genre/Category: Contemporary Romance
▪ Steam Caliber: Maximum. Gratuitous.
▪ Romance: Sweet and sensual, but not without some angst.
▪ Characters: Sweet, protective hero. Strong, intelligent, loving heroine.
▪ Plot: Redemption-themed. Gabriel and Julia hit some road blocks in their relationship.
▪ Writing: Beautiful as ever. Poetic and refined.
▪ POV: 3rd Person Perspective.
▪ Cliffhanger: None. Final installment.