Gabriel s Rapture Gabriel s Inferno Trilogy Reynard Sylvain Literature Fiction

Gabriel s Rapture Gabriel s Inferno Trilogy Reynard Sylvain Literature Fiction
Gabriel s Rapture Gabriel s Inferno Trilogy Reynard Sylvain Literature Fiction

Sylvain Reynard is a Canadian writer with an interest in Renaissance art and culture and an inordinate attachment to the city of Florence Reynard is the New York Times bestselling author of Gabriel s Inferno Gabriel s Rapture Gabriel s Redemption Gabriel s Promise The Raven and The Shadow Excerpt Reprinted permission All rights reserved Chapter Professor Gabriel Emerson was sitting in bed naked reading La Nazione the Florentine newspaper He d awoken early in the Palazzo Vecchio penthouse of the Gallery Hotel Art and ordered room service but he couldn t resist returning to bed to watch the young woman sleep She was on her side facing him breathing softly a diamond sparkling on her ear Her cheeks were pink from the warmth of the room as their bed was bathed in sunshine from the floor to ceiling windows The bed covers were deliciously rumpled smelling of sex and sandalwood His blue eyes glimmered traveling lazily over her exposed skin and long dark hair As he turned back to his newspaper she shifted slightly and moaned Concerned he tossed the paper aside She brought her knees up to her chest curling into a ball Low murmurings came from her lips and Gabriel leaned closer so he could decipher what she was saying But he couldn t All of a sudden her body twisted and she let out a heart wrenching cry Her arms flailed as she wrestled with the sheet that shrouded her Julianne He placed a gentle hand on her bare shoulder but she cringed away from him She began muttering his name over and over again her tone growing progressively more panicked Julia I m here he raised his voice Just as he reached for her again she sat bolt upright gasping for air Are you all right Gabriel moved closer resisting the urge to touch her She was breathing roughly and under his watchful gaze she fanned a shaking hand over her eyes Julia After a long tense minute she looked at him eyes wide He frowned What happened She swallowed loudly A nightmare What was it about I was in the woods behind your parents house back in Selinsgrove Gabriel s eyebrows knit together behind his dark rimmed glasses Why would you dream about that She inhaled drawing the sheet over her exposed breasts and up to her chin The linen was full and white swallowing her petite frame whole before billowing cloudlike over the mattress She reminded him of an Athenian statue He ran his fingers gently over her skin Julianne talk to me She squirmed under his piercing blue eyes but he would not let her go The dream began beautifully We made love under the stars and I fell asleep in your arms When I woke up you were gone You dreamed I made love to you then abandoned you His tone cooled to mask his discomfort I woke up in the orchard without you once she reproached him softly The fire in his belly was instantly quenched He thought back to the magical evening six years ago when they first met when they simply talked and held each other He d awoken the following morning and wandered away leaving a sleeping teenage girl all alone Surely her anxiety was understandable if not pitiable He unwound her clenched fingers one one and kissed them repentantly I love you Beatrice I m not going to leave you You know that right It would hurt so much more to lose you now With a frown he wrapped an arm around her shoulder pressing her cheek to his chest A myriad of memories crowded his mind as he thought back to what had transpired the evening before He d gazed on her naked form for the first time and initiated her into the intimacies of lovemaking She d shared her innocence with him and he thought he d made her happy Certainly it had been one of the best evenings of his life He pondered that fact for a moment Do you regret last night No I m glad you were my first It s what I wanted since we met He placed his hand on her cheek tracing her skin with his thumb I m honored to have been your first He leaned forward his eyes unblinking But I want to be your last She smiled and lifted her lips to meet his Before he could embrace her the chimes of Big Ben filled the room Ignore it he whispered fiercely his arm stretching across her body pushing her to recline beneath him Her eyes darted over his shoulder to where his iPhone lay on the desk I thought she wasn t going to call you anymore I m not answering so it doesn t matter He kneeled between her legs and lifted the sheet from her body In my bed there s only us She searched his eyes as he began to bring their naked bodies into closer contact Gabriel leaned forward to kiss her but she turned her head I haven t brushed my teeth I don t care He lowered his lips to her neck kissing across her quickening pulse I d like to clean up first He huffed in frustration leaning on one elbow Don t let Paulina ruin what we have I m not She tried to roll out from under him and take the sheet with her but he caught hold of it He gazed over the rims of his glasses his eyes sparkling with mischief I need the sheet to make the bed Her eyes traveled from the white fabric that was clutched between her fingers to his face He looked like a panther waiting to pounce She glanced over the side of the bed at the pile of clothes on the floor They were beyond her reach What s the problem he asked stifling a grin Julia blushed and gripped the material more tightly With a chuckle he released the sheet and pulled her into his arms You don t need to be shy You re beautiful If I had my wish you d never wear clothes again He pressed his lips to her earlobe gently touching the diamond stud He was certain his adoptive mother Grace would have been happy that her earrings found their way to Julia With another brief kiss he turned away sliding over to sit on the edge of the bed She slipped into the washroom but not before Gabriel caught sight of her alluring back as she dropped the sheet just outside the door While brushing her teeth she thought about what had transpired Making love with Gabriel had been a very emotional experience and even now her heart felt the aftershocks That wasn t surprising considering their history She d wanted him since she spent a chaste night with him in an orchard when she was seventeen but he d been gone when she awoke the next morning He d forgotten her in the aftermath of a drunken drug induced haze Six long years passed before she saw him again and then he didn t remember her When she encountered him again on the first day of his graduate seminar at the University of Toronto he was attractive but cold like a distant star She hadn t believed then that she d become his lover She hadn t believed it possible that the temperamental and arrogant Professor would reciprocate her affection There were so many things she hadn t known Sex was a kind of knowledge and now she knew the sting of sexual jealousy in a manner she d never experienced before The mere idea of Gabriel doing what they d done with some other woman and in his case many other women made her heart ache She knew that Gabriel s trysts were different from what they d shared that they were assignations not brought about love or affection But he d undressed them seen them naked and entered their bodies After being with him how many of those women craved more Paulina had She and Gabriel had maintained contact over the years since they conceived and lost a child together Julia s new understanding of sex changed her view of his past and made her more sympathetic to Paulina s plight And all the more guarded against losing Gabriel to her or to any other woman Julia gripped the edge of the vanity as a wave of insecurity washed over her Gabriel loved her she believed this But he was also a gentleman and would never reveal that their union had left him wanting And what of her own behavior She d asked questions and talked when she expected that most lovers would have been silent She d done very little to please him and when she tried he d stopped her Her ex boyfriend s words came screaming back at her swirling in her mind with condemnationYou re frigid You re going to be a lousy lay She turned away from the mirror as she contemplated what might happen if Gabriel was dissatisfied with her The specter of sexual betrayal reared its maleficent head bringing with it visions of finding Simon in bed with her roommate She straightened her shoulders If she could persuade Gabriel to be patient and to teach her then she was confident she could please him He loved her He would give her a chance She was his as surely as if he d branded his name on her skin When she stepped into the bedroom she caught sight of him through the open door to the terrace On her way she was distracted a beautiful vase of dark purple and paler variegated irises sitting on top of the desk Some lovers might have purchased long stemmed red roses but not Gabriel She opened the card that was nestled amongst the blossoms My Dearest Julianne Thank you for your immeasurable gift The only thing I have of value is my heart It s yours Gabriel Julia reread the card twice her heart swelling with love and relief Gabriel s words didn t sound like they were penned a man who was dissatisfied or frustrated Whatever Julia s worries Gabriel didn t seem to share them Gabriel was sunning himself on the futon his glasses off his chest gloriously exposed With his muscular six foot two frame it was as if Apollo himself had deigned to visit her Sensing her presence on the terrace he opened his eyes and patted his lap She joined him and his arms enveloped her as he kissed her passionately Why hello there he murmured brushing a stray tendril back from her face He peered at her closely What s wrong Nothing Thank you for the flowers They re beautiful He brushed his lips against hers You re welcome But you look troubled Is it about Paulina I m upset that she s calling you but no Julia s expression brightened Thank you for your card It said what I desperately wanted to hear I m glad He squeezed her more closely Tell me what s bothering you She toyed with the belt to her bathrobe for a moment until he took her hand in his She looked at him Was last night everything you d hoped for Gabriel exhaled sharply for her question had taken him surprise That s a strange question I know it had to be different for you I wasn t very active Active What are you talking about I didn t do much to please you She blushed He stroked the flushing skin lightly with the tip of his finger You pleased me a great deal I know you were nervous but I enjoyed myself tremendously We belong to one another now in every way What else is troubling you I demanded that we switch positions when you would have preferred me on top You didn t demand you asked Frankly Julianne I d like to hear you demand things of me I want to know that you want me as desperately as I want you His expression relaxed and he drew a circle or two around her breast You dreamed about your first time being a certain way I wanted to give that to you but I was worried What if you were uncomfortable What if I wasn t careful enough Last night was a first for me too He released her pouring coffee and steamed milk from two separate carafes into a latt bowl and spreading the tray of food between them on the banquette There were pastries and fruit toast and Nutella boiled eggs and cheese and several Baci Perugina Gabriel had bribed a hotel employee to run out and purchase along with the extravagant bouquet of irises from the Giardino dell Iris Julia unwrapped one of the Baci and ate it eyes closed with pure pleasure You ordered a feast I awoke ravenous this morning I would have waited for you but He shook his head as he picked up a grape and fixed her with a sparkling eye Open She opened her mouth and he popped the grape inside tracing his finger temptingly across her lower lip And you must drink this please He handed her a wine glass filled with cranberry juice and soda She rolled her eyes You re overprotective He shook his head This is how a man behaves when he s in love and he wants his sweetheart healthy for all the sex he plans on having with her He winked smugly I m not going to ask how you know about such things Give me that She grabbed the glass from his hand and downed it her eyes focused on his as he chuckled You re adorable She stuck her tongue out at him before fixing herself a breakfast plate How do you feel this morning Gabriel s face grew concerned She swallowed a piece of Fontina cheese Okay He pressed his lips together firmly as if her answer displeased him Making love changes things between a man and a woman he prompted Um aren t you happy with uh what we did The pink of her cheeks faded immediately leaving her pale Of course I m happy I m trying to find out if you re happy And based upon what you ve said so far I m worried that you aren t Julia picked at the fabric of her robe avoiding Gabriel s probing gaze When I was at college the girls on my floor would sit around and talk about their boyfriends One night they told stories about their first times She nibbled at the tip of one of her fingers Only a few of the girls had good things to say The other stories were awful One girl had been molested as a child Some of the girls had been forced a boyfriend or a date Several of them said that their first times were completely awkward and unfulfilling a boyfriend grunting and finishing quickly I thought if that s all I can hope for I d rather stay a virgin That s horrible She fixed her eyes on the breakfast tray I wanted to be loved I decided it would be better to have a chaste affair of the heart and mind through letters than a sexual relationship I had my doubts that I would ever find anyone who could give me both Certainly Simon didn t love me Now I m in a relationship with a sex god and I can t give him anything like the pleasure he gives me Gabriel s eyebrows shot up Sex god You ve said that before but believe me I m not She interrupted him looking him straight in the eye Teach me I m sure last night was not as um fulfilling as it usually is for you but I promise that if you are patient with me I will improve He cursed obliquely Come here He pulled her around the breakfast tray and into his lap again wrapping his arms around her He was quiet for a moment before sighing deeply You assume that my previous sexual encounters were completely fulfilling but you re wrong You gave me what I ve never had love and sex together You re the only one who has ever been my lover in the true sense He kissed her gently in solemn confirmation of his words The anticipation and the allure of a woman are crucial to the experience I can safely say that your allurements and my anticipation were like nothing I ve ever experienced before Add to that the experience of making love for the first time Words fail me She nodded but something about her movement disquieted him I promise I m not flattering you He paused as if he were pondering his next words carefully At the risk of being Neanderthal I should probably tell you that your innocence is tremendously erotic The thought that I can be the one to teach you about sex that someone so modest is also so passionate His voice trailed off as he looked at her intently You could become more skilled in the art of love learning new tricks and new positions but you can t become more attractive or more sexually fulfilling Not to me Julia leaned over and kissed him Thank you for taking such good care of me last night she whispered her cheeks turning pink As for Paulina I ll deal with her Please put her out of your mind Julia turned her attention back to her uneaten breakfast resisting the urge to argue with him Will you tell me about your first time I d rather not She busied herself with a pastry as she tried to think of a safer subject The financial woes of Europe came readily to mind He rubbed at his eyes with both hands covering them briefly It would be far too easy to lie he knew but after all she d given him she deserved to know his secrets You remember Jamie Roberts Of course Gabriel lowered his hands I lost my virginity to her Julia s eyebrows shot up Jamie and her domineering mother had never been very pleasant to Julia and she had always disliked them She had no idea that Officer Roberts who had investigated Simon s attack on her a month previous had been Gabriel s first It was not the greatest of experiences he said quietly In fact I would say it was scarring I didn t love her There was some attraction of course but no true affection We went to Selinsgrove High School together She sat next to me in History one year He shrugged We flirted and messed around after school and eventually Jamie was a virgin but lied and said she wasn t I wasn t attentive to her at all I was selfish and stupid He cursed She said it didn t hurt much but there was blood afterward I felt like an animal and I ve always regretted it Gabriel cringed and Julia felt the guilt radiating from him His description made her almost ill but it also explained a great deal That s horrible I m so sorry She squeezed his hand Is that why you were so worried last night He nodded She misled you That s no excuse for my behavior before or afterward He cleared his throat She assumed we were in a relationship but I wasn t interested That made it worse of course I graduated from being merely an animal to being an animal and an asshole When I saw her at Thanksgiving I hadn t spoken to her in years I asked her to forgive me She was remarkably gracious I ve always felt guilty for treating her badly I ve stayed away from virgins ever since He swallowed noisily Until last night First times are supposed to be sweet but seldom are While you were worrying about pleasing me I was worrying about pleasing you Perhaps I was too careful too protective but I couldn t have borne it if I d hurt you Julia put her breakfast aside and stroked his face You were very gentle and very generous I ve never known such joy and that s because you loved me with more than just your body Thank you As if to prove her point he kissed her deeply Julia hummed as his hands tangled through her hair and she wrapped her arms about his neck He slid his hands between them to the front of her robe parting it hesitantly He lifted his head his eyes questioning She nodded He began whispering kisses against her neck and drew his mouth up to tug at her earlobe How do you feel Great she whispered as his lips skimmed down to her throat He moved so he could see her face while one of his hands traveled to rest atop her lower abdomen Are you sore A little Then we should wait No He laughed his lips curling up into his signature seductive smile Did you mean what you said last night about making love out here She shivered at the way his voice inflamed her but returned his smile winding her fingers in his hair tugging him closer He opened her robe and began to explore her curves with both hands before dropping his mouth to kiss her breasts You were shy with me this morning He pressed a reverent kiss over her heart What changed Julia brushed against the hint of a dimple in his chin I will probably always be a little shy about being naked But I want you I want you to look into my eyes and tell me you love me as you move inside me I will remember that as long as I live I ll keep reminding you he breathed He divested her of her robe and positioned her on her back Are you cold Not when you re holding me she whispered smiling Wouldn t you rather have me on top I d like to try it He threw off his robe and boxer shorts quickly and covered her body with his own placing a hand on either side of her face Someone might see you out here darling And I can t have that No one gets to see this beautiful body except me Although the neighbors and passers might be able to hear you for the next hour or so He chuckled as she inhaled sharply a tremor of pleasure coursing all the way down to her toes He kissed her pushing her hair away from her face My goal is to see how many times I can please you before I can t hold back anymore She grinned I like the sound of that So do I So let me hear you The blue sky blushed to see such passionate lovemaking while the Florentine sun smiled down warming the lovers despite the gentle breeze Beside them Julia s coffee and milk grew stone cold and sullen at being ignored After a brief nap Julia borrowed Gabriel s Mac to send an email to her father She had two important messages in her inbox The first was from Rachel Jules How are you Is my brother behaving himself Have you slept with him yet Yes it is COMPLETELY inappropriate for me to ask that question but come on if you were dating anyone else you would have told me already I m not going to volunteer any advice I m trying not to think too much about it Just let me know you re happy and he s treating you properly Aaron sends his best Love you Rachel PS Scott has a new girlfriend He s been secretive about her so I m not sure how long they ve been dating I keep bugging him to introduce me but he won t Maybe she s a professor Julia snickered glad that Gabriel was showering and not reading over her shoulder He d be annoyed at his sister for posing such personal questions She took a few moments to phrase her response before typing her reply Hi Rachel The hotel is beautiful Gabriel has been very sweet and gave me your mother s diamond earrings Did you know about that I feel guilty about it so please let me know if this upsets you As to your other question Yes Gabriel treats me well and I am VERY happy Say hi to Aaron for me Looking forward to Christmas Love Julia XOPS I hope Scott s girlfriend is a professor Gabriel will never let him hear the end of it Julia s second email was from Paul It could be said that he pined for her but also he was grateful to have maintained their friendship He would rather keep his longings to himself than to lose her entirely And he had to admit that since she d begun seeing her boyfriend Owen her very skin glowed Not that he would have mentioned it Hey Julia Sorry I didn t get the chance to say good e before you went home I hope you have a good Christmas I have a gift for you Would you give me your address in Pennsylvania so I can send it I m back at the farm trying to find time to work on my dissertation in between large family gatherings and getting up early to help my dad Let s just say my daily routine involves a lot of manure Can I bring you something from Vermont A Holstein of your very own Merry Christmas Paul P S Did you hear that Christa Peterson s dissertation proposal was accepted Emerson I guess Advent really is the season of miracles Julia stared at the computer screen reading and re reading Paul s postscript She wasn t sure what to make of it It was possible she thought that Gabriel accepted Christa s proposal because she threatened him Julia didn t want to bring up such an unpleasant topic during their vacation but the news troubled her She typed a short reply to Paul giving him her address then she emailed her father telling him that Gabriel was treating her like a princess She closed the laptop and sighed That doesn t sound like a happy Julianne Gabriel s voice sounded behind her I think I m going to ignore my email for the rest of our trip Good idea She turned to find him standing in front of her wet from the shower hair tousled a white towel wound around his hips You re beautiful she blurted before thinking He chuckled and pulled her to her feet so he could embrace her Do you have a thing for men in towels Miss Mitchell Maybe for one particular man Are you feeling all right He raised his eyebrows expectantly his expression hungry I m a little uncomfortable But it was worth it His eyes narrowed You need to tell me if I m hurting you Julianne Don t hide things from me She rolled her eyes Gabriel it doesn t hurt it s merely uncomfortable I didn t notice it during because there were other things on my mind several other things You were very distracting He smiled and kissed her neck loudly You need to let me start distracting you in the shower I m tired of showering alone I d like that How are you feeling He pretended to ponder her question Let s see loud hot sex with my beloved inside and outside Yes I d say I m great He hugged her close and the cotton of her robe absorbed some of the water droplets from his skin I promise it won t always be uncomfortable In time your body will recognize me It already recognizes you And misses you she whispered Gabriel moved the top of her robe aside so he could kiss the slope of her shoulder With a gentle squeeze he walked to the bed retrieving a bottle of ibuprofen and handing it to her I have to run over to the Uffizi for a meeting then I have to pick up my new suit at the tailor s He appeared concerned Would you mind shopping for a dress yourself I d go with you but my meeting won t leave me with much time Not at all If you can be ready in half an hour we can walk out together Julia followed Gabriel into the bathroom all thoughts of Christa and Paul forgotten After her shower she stood in front of one of the vanities drying her hair while Gabriel stood at the other She found herself glancing over at him watching as he carried out his shaving preparations with military precision Finally she gave up putting on lipstick and simply leaned against the sink staring He was still naked to the waist the towel now low on his hips as he painstakingly shaved in the classical style His brilliant blue eyes narrowed in concentration behind his black glasses his damp hair impeccably combed Julia suppressed a laugh at the degree to which his quest for perfection was manifested Gabriel used a shaving brush with a black wooden handle to mix European shaving soap into a thick lather After spreading the foam on his face with the brush he shaved using an antiquated safety razor For some professors disposable razors simply aren t good enough What He turned noticing that she was perilously close to ogling him I love you His expression softened I love you too darling You re the only non British person I ve ever heard use the term darling That isn t true It isn t Richard used to call Grace that Gabriel gave her a sad look Richard is old fashioned in the best sense She smiled I love the fact that you re old fashioned too Gabriel snorted and continued shaving I m not so old fashioned or I wouldn t be making mad passionate love with you outside And fantasizing about introducing you to some of my favorite positions from the Kama sutra He winked at her But I am a pretentious old bastard and a devil to live with You ll have to tame me And how shall I do that Professor Emerson Never leave His voice dropped and he turned to face her I m more worried about losing you He leaned over and kissed her forehead Then you have nothing to worry about

 

Gabriel s Rapture Gabriel s Inferno Trilogy Reynard Sylvain Literature Fiction
Publisher: Berkley July 31 2012
Publication date: July 31 2012
Language: English 

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