Published by Penguin on January 20, 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
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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.”
When I first heard that Sylvain Reynard was writing a paranormal book, I was both skeptical and intrigued. Touted as being a bridge between the beloved Gabriel’s Inferno series and The Florentine series, The Prince does exactly that. This short story perfects the art of writing a novella. There is enough to pull you in and leave you wanting more when it’s over.
The Prince begins during a scene we already saw play out in Gabriel’s Redemption. The Professor and Julianne are in Italy at the Uffizi Gallery for the unveiling of his illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy. If you’ve read the books you will know this is where Gabriel and Julianne first meet a mysterious man that makes both of them uncomfortable and they leave without ever knowing who the man is. Sylvain Reynard begins to build a foundation of the dark, mysterious underworld of Florence Italy where ancient vampires rule.
The Prince had me captivated from page one. The authors writing is eloquent, elegant, and enchanting. I could read his works over and over again. They’re just that spellbinding. He switches to paranormal fluidly and effortlessly. The transition between the two series is mesmerizing and I very much look forward to reading The Raven next.
*ARC provided by publishers in exchange for an honest review*
In the distance, the Prince could hear voices and muffled sounds.
He approached silently, almost floating across the floor.
Desperate groans and the rustling of fabric filled his ears, along with the twin sounds of rapidly beating hearts. He could smell their scents, the aromas heightened due to their sexual arousal.
He growled in reaction.
The corridor was shrouded in darkness but the Prince could see that the professor had his wife up against a window between two statues, her legs wrapped around his waist.
Her voice was breathy as she spoke, but the Prince tuned out her words, moving closer so he could catch a glimpse of her lovely face.
At the sight of it, flushed with passion, his old heart quickened and he felt the stirrings of arousal.
It was not his custom to observe rather than participate. But on this occasion, he decided to make an exception. Careful to remain in the darkness, he moved to the wall opposite the couple.
The woman squirmed in her lover’s arms, her high heels catching on his tuxedo jacket. Her fingers flew to his neck, undoing his bow tie and tossing it carelessly to the floor.
She unbuttoned his shirt, and her mouth moved to his chest, as murmurs of pleasure escaped his lips.
The Prince felt more than desire as he watched the woman’s eager movements. He caught a glimpse of her exquisite mouth and the toss of her long hair that would no doubt feel like silk between his fingers.
She lifted her head to smile at the man who held her close and he could see love in her eyes.