Wednesday, April 9, 2014

From the Shelf: Gabriel's Redemption

Title: Gabriel's Redemption
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Genre: Romance, Adult Fiction
Date read: April 2-5, 2014
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

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 her 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.
 My Review: (also in goodreads)

Lookback: Gabriel's Inferno, Gabriel's Rapture

It wasn't a secret that the author intended to end Gabriel and Julianne's journey at the second book. Readers can not read this third installment but readers, like me, who was entranced by the professor should definitely end the journey with Julianne and Gabriel. This book is a culmination of all the closures that book 2 should have, Paulina's forgiveness, Simon and Natalie's karma, Richard's serenity and so on. Everything was slowly coming together and of course there is also those Dante references.

Till the next read...

Saturday, April 5, 2014

From the Shelf: The Plan

Title: The Plan
Author: Qwen Salsbury
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick-Lit
Date read: March 31 - April 2, 2014
Dawn Rates:  (3/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

Day of Employment: 359

11:05 a.m.

Location: Cubicles outside Canon’s office.
Co-workers: Betting on how long Canon’s new PA will last.
Me: No doubts. Ms. Gum-smacker won’t last the day. I need to place my bet.
Manolo Blahnik’s New Fall Shoes: Mine. As soon as Madeline hands over my winnings.

Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful. He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. Emma’s co-workers run a betting pool for Personal Assistant terminations. There’s a separate pot for the day one leaves without crying. Not likely…Canon made a former Navy SEAL cry.

He has high standards and low tolerance. Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma. She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none.

Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more.

It is a goal. Emma has a plan.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

Aside from the fact that Emma is kind of creepy and stalker-ish, I guess this book is quite funny. And because the genre is chick-lit fiction, expect the guy to be perfect. And when I mean perfect, everyone's dream and rich at that too. At first I had the impression that the writer portrays Emma as a nerd, with her use of sentences (yes, it is in her POV) and the way she sees Alaric Canon. All in all, I did enjoy it.

Till the next read...
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