New Release (Book Review & Excerpt): The Prince by Sylvain Reynard

The Prince
Title: The Prince (The Florentine #0.5)
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal
Length: 86 pages
Rating: 4 stars

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.”

Grace Review
I have to admit, I went into this book blind. All I really knew is that it’s a bridge between the Gabriel series and the author’s upcoming book, The Raven. As a big fan of all things involving The Professor, reading this was a no brainer. What I read was a huge surprise. But talking with some other SR fans, I may have been the only clueless one. *shrugs*

To answer your urgent question:
Yes, both Gabriel and Julia are featured in this book. Most of what is told is from the observation of the mysterious Prince. But he is witness to several of their romantic encounters while in Florence. So if you needed you’re Gabriel fix, you will get it.

What surprised me about the book was the paranormal element. Ok, so I may have been living in a cave, but I really had no idea. Since this is just a novella, we just get a taste of the Prince’s world. And his world is very complicated. But at this point, I’m not sure what he really is, all I know is (SPOILER) he is not human.

From the Prince’s POV, we learn two things. First he absolutely hates Gabriel Emerson. Strike one against him. Without giving away details, it ties to the Botticelli drawings Gabriel owned. Because of the Prince’s drastic plans to take down the BBF we have all come to love, I think it is fair to say you won’t like him. Unless you don’t like Gabriel, and then, well, I don’t know how to break this to you, but we can’t be friends.

Moving on . . .

The second thing we learn is that there are enemies trying to take down the Prince. Given his intentions towards Gabriel, I may have, on occasion, hoped that enemy would take him down. But the Prince proves his skills that have led him to the top. He proves elusive, but so does The Professor.

Based on this novella ends, and the synopsis for The Raven, this isn’t the last we’ve heard of the Prince. And likely not the last we hear from Gabriel and Julia. *fingers crossed*

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.


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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.

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