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THE ROMAN – THE FLORENTINE BOOK 3 by SYLVAIN REYNARD :: REVIEW


5 STAR REVIEW : THE ROMAN by SYLVAIN REYNARD

The final installment in this paranormal suspense romance Trilogy, set in Florence featuring the dangerously intoxicating coupling of Raven and William…


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SYNOPSIS
From the New York Times and international bestselling author of Gabriel’s Inferno comes the thrilling conclusion to the dark and sexy paranormal romance series, following a young art restorer and the vampyre prince she loves as they fight against a mysterious figure who holds the fate of Italy’s vampyre population-and their souls-in the balance.

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Reviewed by Gitte

‘William would stand between her and the darkness. Always.’

Without hesitation this series is one of my all-time favourite paranormal romances. It’s exquisite in its beauty and epic in its ‘old school’ paranormal aspect. So vivid and captivating; – so enthralling and exciting. Every single one of your senses will stand to attention and your heart beats in rhythm with its tempo. Perfection.

“You were the one who taught me hope, Cassita.”

This final instalment was a tempestuous one of saving your true love, fighting vampyre battles of old and new as well as overcoming the inconceivable and unthinkable, enemies and obstacles alike. It was fast paced when it mattered and seductively slow and passionate when needed. So very exciting in its paranormal hunt, so very sensual in its romance.

You are my choice, my destiny, my blessing and my cure.”

One for the heart and soul as we not only spend a luscious time in Italy but also travel to various scenic parts of Europe. A vivid voyage of the imagination, of the heart and of the world’s beauty. A fighting journey of setting your soul free and watching it soar. Of Raven showing strength, determination and honest purity of love and William showing a compassionate and human core to his vampyre being.

“Women are mysterious,” he mused.

She laughed. “In what way?”

“They’re a study in contrasts; soft and strong, fierce and gentle. They can do everything, of course, and yet one feels compelled to do everything for them.”

This is William and Raven’s final chapter and I was riveted wanting them to find their peace and keep their intense love for one another safe from those wanting to tear it asunder and exert revenge and war. I have to admit to having my reservations as I just couldn’t see how it was going to end well for this precious love affair, what with all the loose ends and persistent deception and double crossings. However, once again, Sylvain Reynard proved to be a master of the written word. It was surprising in its unique brilliance and overwhelmingly heart-breaking yet inspiring all at the same time.

‘So much pain. So much death.’

This series must be read in order, and with all the books now available to purchase you’re in for an experience of passion and thrilling suspense woven into an impressive cultural and artistic beauty.

“It will be best if we feign indifference to one another.”

“You may as well ask the sun not to shine.”

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THE FLORENTINE SERIES by SYLVAIN REYNARD

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The Prince – Novella #0.5

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The Raven – Book One

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The Shadow – Book Two

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The Roman  – Book Three

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THE GABRIEL’S INFERNO SERIES by SYLVAIN REYNARD

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Gabriel’s Rapture Book Two :: amazon us || amazon uk
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THE SHADOW by SYLVAIN REYNARD :: EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT, INTERVIEW & REVIEW

A paranormal suspense romance Trilogy.
The Shadow is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Raven, a sensual novel set in Florence featuring the dangerously intoxicating coupling of Raven and William…

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SYNOPSIS


Raven Wood’s vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision—allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven’s heart… 

A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven’s connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres’ mortal enemy. 

As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness…

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The Shadow

Reviewed by Gitte

5 Stars

 “Here is a feast for my senses as well as my heart.”

Well, what can I say that I haven’t said before? Honestly. Hands down my favourite book in this series which once more truly showcased the brilliance of Sylvain Reynard’s writing. This Author has always had a moving and striking way with words and once more I was amazed at the perfection and beauty. It’s not just words; it’s poetry – it’s listening to a song whilst the heart beats in tandem to the tune – furiously thumping its way into a rising crescendo.

“I’d forgotten.”

“You’d forgotten what?”

“What it’s like to be loved.”

The Shadow had everything any reader of romance and paranormal seek to find in a story. It had excellent pace with moments of sheer passion, intrigue, mystery, action and utterly stunning romance.

‘A bird in a cage is never as beautiful as a bird that is free.’

Reading this in one sitting I didn’t come up for air as I followed the continuing journey of the beautiful sweet soul; Raven and the distinguished passionate and somewhat arrogant Prince of Florence; William.

“You’re mine now. No one touches you. No one hurts you. And everyone who has will pay.”

The Shadow will captivate every sense of your being with vivid imagery, an enthralling story and characters who steal your heart. Of harrowing pasts and memories – loyalties, treason and war. This sensual, mesmerising, thrilling and refined series reminds me of why I fell in love with the paranormal romance genre many years ago. It felt like coming home.

“You’re a dream. A dream of love I never thought I’d have.”

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THE FLORENTINE SERIES by SYLVAIN REYNARD

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The Prince – Novella #0.5

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The Raven – Book One

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The Shadow Excerpt

On Sunday evening, after spending the day together, William and Raven stood outside his villa next to his prized Triumph motorcycle.

“I can’t.” Raven backed away. “The last time I rode with you, I was sick.”

His eyes locked on hers. “This will be different. I swear.”

“You like to drive fast.”

“Yes.”

“But I have trouble holding on. Sometimes it’s painful for my injured leg. I may have to ask you to stop so I can stretch.”

“Then we’ll stop.” He moved closer and caressed her face with the back of his fingers. “I won’t let harm come to you. I swear by the relic.”

Heat flared in Raven’s middle at the sound of his words. “You must respect the relic very much. It’s the only thing you swear by.”

He nodded, his gray eyes dark and very intense. “We don’t have time for the story tonight. I need to be sure you’re deposited in your bed early enough to rest before work tomorrow.”

“I’d rather listen to your story.”

He brushed a kiss across her lips. “Another time.”

She pressed her cheek to his chest and listened to the strange sound of his heart. “The restoration project is almost finished. I’ll be on vacation until the beginning of September. We could go somewhere.”

“I would like that.” He nestled his fingers in her hair. “I would like to take you to York, where I was born.”

He wound a lock of her hair around his finger, his gaze fixing on the black strand. “And I would like to take you with me tonight.”

Raven looked at the motorcycle, her grip on him tightening. He watched her, a shadow of hope crossing his handsome face.

She could not disappoint him. “Lead on, old one.”

He smiled widely and led her to his machine.

William appeared to have chosen the darkest, most winding road that led from the city. Fortunately for Raven, his Triumph roadster had twin headlights that cut through the night.

She held him tightly, sitting as far forward as possible, her front pressed to his back, her arms clasped around his waist. The position was uncomfortable for her leg, but she ignored the discomfort, focusing on the feeling of being so close to the person she loved.

He wore sunglasses, but no helmet, much to her consternation. He liked to feel the wind in his hair, he’d said, and was indifferent to the risk of an accident.

“I won’t let harm come to you,” he’d promised, insisting she wear a helmet. He’d procured a black leather jacket to protect her from the wind and took great pleasure in placing it on her.

Raven clutched him more closely, shifting forward on the passenger seat at the back, her face turned to the side as the large, powerful motorcycle wound around the curves at high speed.

“Are you all right?” He lifted his voice above the roar of the machine.

“It’s a little fast.” Her reply was muffled by the helmet.

She lied. It was far too fast and the strain of having to hold him so tightly aggravated her injuries, but she knew how much William enjoyed speed. She could feel his joy, his wild abandon, as he revved the engine in the straightaways and effortlessly guided the bike around the curves. Excitement thrummed through his body, his muscles taut with control.

Her thighs tightened on the outside of his as they went around a corner, her arms cutting into the unyielding steel of his abdominals. William decelerated and she heard him chuckle, the sound of his amusement disappearing on the wind.

He was happy. He was free. And because he loved her, he wouldn’t dare approach the speed he preferred.

“It’s a lovely night.” He gestured to the inky sky that peeked through the canopy of trees above them.

She hugged him in response. Her injured leg began to throb, so with regret she squeezed his right side, the signal that she needed a rest.

William slowed immediately, pulling off to the side of the road near a private drive. He removed his sunglasses, climbed off the bike, and helped her with her helmet, placing it on top of the seat before offering his hand.

When her stiff leg wouldn’t cooperate, he lifted her into his arms. In the dim starlight, she could still see the joy on his face.

His eyebrows drew together under her perusal. “What?”

“Seeing you happy makes me happy.”

Without warning, he pressed their mouths together. When they came apart, he whispered in her ear. “I’d forgotten.”

“You’d forgotten what?” Her questing fingers sifted through the hair at the back of his head.

“What it’s like to be loved.”

 

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60 SECONDS WITH  SYLVAIN

TB: Hello and happy Sunday, Sylvain – we are beyond the moon that you agreed to pop over for a little chat. It’s truly an honour as we are huge fans of your writing.

SR: Hello Gitte and Jenny. Thank you for the kind invitation to join you and your readers. It’s a pleasure to be with you.

 

TB: So tell us, when did you begin writing your first book?

SR: I began writing at an early age. I can’t remember when exactly, but I believe I was using crayons.

TB: We’d love to see those!

 

TB:  How did your love of Italy and her culture begin?

SR: I read Dante many years ago and his love for Beatrice always fascinated me. I’m also interested in Italian history. Much of my affection for Italy centers on the beautiful city of Florence and her citizens – past and present.

TB: We adore Italy, especially Tuscany – the beauty and of course the wine!

 

TB: What are the top three things you are yet to do in life which are on your bucket list?

SR: I’m an amateur rock climber and would like to climb a mountain.  I’ve always wanted to visit Antarctica.  I’d also like to study Arabic.

 

TB: Is there a book which you can re-read again and again?

SR: I’ve read JRR Tolkien’s “The Lord of The Rings” many times. I always enjoy the books and I always find something new.

 

TB: Have you got any hidden talents or a party trick up your sleeve?

SR: I’m a very bad ventriloquist.

TB: Can we be the judge of that? This is a talent we’d love to see and happy to be a part of – you can put your hands on our bums anytime!

 

TB: Do you have any writing quirks – writing habits?

SR: I can’t write until I’ve had coffee – sometimes more than one cup. And I must have almost complete silence when I write otherwise I can’t hear the dialogue.

TB: We’re more of a 10 cups of coffee before we can function kind of girls!

 

TB: What is your favourite/least favourite food?

SR: I like lasagna. I despise liver; it’s offal.

TB: Right Lasagne it is –  be at ours 8pm sharp 😉

 

TB: Are you a music fan? Do you have specific music whilst writing or silence?

SR: I’m a music fan. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Gregory Alan Isakov and Matthew Perryman Jones. But I can’t listen to music while writing because it interferes with my ability to judge how the sentences sound.

 

TB: Do you have a celebrity crush?

SR: I wouldn’t call it a crush per se but I’m a big Star Wars fan.

TB: Hmmm…..

 

TB: Which is your favourite season and why?

SR: I like Autumn because it isn’t too hot or too cold and it brings with it the opportunity to build fires indoors.

TB: Ours is spring but we’re loving the sound of an indoor fire….candlelight….soft music…..

 

TB: Chocolate or Vanilla?

SR: It depends if we’re talking about ice cream or sex …

TB: Oh Sylvain….ice cream….always ice cream 😉

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THE GABRIEL’S INFERNO SERIES by SYLVAIN REYNARD

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Gabriel’s Inferno Book One :: amazon us  || amazon uk
Gabriel’s Rapture Book Two :: amazon us || amazon uk
Gabriel’s Redemption Book Three :: amazon us || amazon uk 

About the Author

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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.

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THE RAVEN (Florentine Series #1) by SYLVAIN REYNARD

The Raven

SYNOPSIS

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel Series comes a dark, sensual tale of romance in a city shrouded in mystery…

Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her…

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history – the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets…

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Reviewed by Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯ Stars

“I am the monster, hiding in the darkness.”

I’m loving this series. Not only because Sylvain Reynard’s writing is exquisitely beautiful and it evokes such emotion and vivid imagery but also because the paranormal aspect interwoven with the cultural and of course our beloved Emmerson’s makes this a reader’s heaven.

“You brought beauty to my world. I wanted to do the same for you, if only for one night.”

The story itself makes for compulsive reading as the reader is swept away in an intriguing sensual romance set in the heart of Florence. Raven and William’s story is addictive and mesmerizing as new meets old with humour, passion, danger and mystery.

“You’re the shadow on my wall.”

“I’ve always been more comfortable in the shadows.”

Raven is an old soul with a huge magnanimous heart. She faces not only the struggles of any woman in our time but also those of William’s yester years. I fell more and more in love with her as the story progressed; my heart grew for this girl and her tragic past. Her vulnerability was beyond endearing.

“A bird in a cage is never as beautiful as a bird that is free, Cassita. You’ve been wounded enough. I won’t add to your wounds.”

She has had to face some real demons whilst trying to come to terms with finding love in the most problematic and unusual way with a hero so thrilling, enigmatic and shrouded by an eerie darkness. She’s strong, fierce in her vulnerability even, whilst trying to come to terms with a world that demands her to question everything she knows and believes.

“You are my greatest virtue and my deepest vice.”

The Prince; our villainous hero of Florence – the vampire who rules with power and destroys anything that threatens his will, his city and ultimately his love.  He ended up with my heart; this magnificent stoic man.

“You’ve ensnared me, Cassita, I’ve never been less eager to escape.”

The fight on his hands is great and proves to be even more so as Raven burrows deep within him in an unfathomable way as he comes to terms with the changes upon his very being. William’s tragic past is revealed in snippets which softens his ruthless somewhat cold and unapologetic behaviour. He doesn’t spare his words nor does he dress them up in emotion and often they’re delivered with a tone so matter of fact. However; as Raven and William’s journey slowly unfolds and each has to go through their own change, for want of a better word, they each bring out the emotion in the other and realisations, discoveries and feelings are uncovered and evoked.

“Don’t you want to fix me?”

“Why should I want to fix you? You aren’t broken.”

Their journey has not ended by any means nor is it set in a safe and comfortable place. The thrilling suspense continues with only the tip of the proverbial iceberg uncovered. Some secrets are shared with consequential repercussions that had me reading with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.  I doubt very much that Raven and William’s journey will be close to smooth sailing as an old warring intrigue, honourable misjudgments and an impending legendary battle will no doubt arise. I for one personally cannot wait!

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THE FLORENTINE SERIES by SYLVAIN REYNARD

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The Prince – Novella #0.5

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The Raven – Book One

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The Shadow – Book Two

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The Roman  – Book Three

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THE GABRIEL’S INFERNO SERIES by SYLVAIN REYNARD

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Gabriel’s Inferno Book One :: amazon us  || amazon uk
Gabriel’s Rapture Book Two :: amazon us || amazon uk
Gabriel’s Redemption Book Three :: amazon us || amazon uk 

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THE PRINCE (The Florentine Novella #0.5) by SYLVAIN REYNARD

The Prince

SYNOPSIS

The unveiling of a set of priceless illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy at the Uffizi Gallery exposes the unsuspecting Professor Gabriel Emerson and his beloved wife, Julianne, to a mysterious and dangerous enemy.

Unbeknownst to the Professor, the illustrations he secretly acquired years ago were stolen a century earlier from the ruler of Florence’s underworld. Now one of the most dangerous beings in Italy is determined to reclaim his prized artwork and exact revenge on the Emersons, but not before he uncovers something disturbing about Julianne …

Set in the city of Florence, “The Prince” is a prequel novella to “The Raven,” which is the first book in the new Florentine Series Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard.

“The Prince” can be read as a standalone but readers of The Gabriel Series may be curious about the connection between The Professor’s world and the dark, secret underworld of “The Prince.” 

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Jointly Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯ Stars

‘If he could be said to have a lover, her name would be Florence.’

So we had two different perspectives going into The Prince. One of us has read the Gabriel’s Inferno trilogy; the other hasn’t. Therefore, this was a great test as to whether The Prince could be read with new eyes all things considered seeing as Gabriel and Julianne feature. The result; yes it can as both of us were equally intrigued and a tad confused at the same points. For the readers who fell in love with this couple, this new journey is even more special. Both of us were mesmerized!

The Prince is our introduction to The Florentine series in the form of a prequel set in the stunning Florence, Italy. One of the most beautiful and historically poignant places, truly magical in her artistry, musical and poetic romance. The setting, coupled with the absolute emotional beauty of Sylvain Reynard’s writing sealed it. Flawless and stunning – poetic and magnificently interwoven.

“We try to touch the stars, but we always fall back to earth.”

Not all is as it seems when our Professor Emerson and our beautiful Julianne attend an unveiling at a gallery in Florence. They are being watched by the powerful enigma that is The Prince of Florence. The immediate mystery shrouding his character in an otherworldly veil was compelling and also puzzling. This Prince is there to rectify a crime carried out against him when his artwork was stolen over an age ago and has now resurfaced in the unsuspecting hands of Gabriel Emerson. The formidable dark Prince wants his illustrations back and rightly so, by any means possible against the culprit. As one of the most feared and dangerous men from the underworld this will come through revenge, violence and possibly a broken heart. Not necessarily in that order; though you feel he is just in his methods and actions.

‘Too many human beings hoped their deeds would cover their sins and save them.’

So; throw in assassination attempts from other parts of the underworld wanting a revolt which The Prince must fight, a stolen illustration, our much loved couple, a hidden illness and intriguing drama and we’re all set up for the first book in this series, The Raven. We can’t wait to get stuck into this series properly as we were left wanting and needing more. Sylvain Reynard knows how to entice, compel and wow his readers, no question.

“Nothing feels as good as this. This is my glimpse of transcendence.”

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the publisher for an honest review**


THE FLORENTINE SERIES by SYLVAIN REYNARD

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The Prince – Novella #0.5

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The Raven – Book One

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The Shadow – Book Two

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