Sylvain Reynard – Gabriel’s Inferno

Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Series: Gabriel’s Inferno #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From national bestselling author Sylvain Reynard comes the haunting, unforgettable tale of one man’s salvation and one woman’s sensual awakening… Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love, and redemption, Gabriel’s Inferno is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible-forgiveness and love.

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This review marks the second time I’ve this book, and although it didn’t pack the same punch as the inaugural reading, Gabriel’s Inferno will remain on my “Favorite Books” list. Professor Gabriel Emerson is my ultimate book boyfriend. Sylvain Reynard has created a romance which is unforgettable, beautiful, and mesmerizing.

“I don’t believe in fairy tales,” she breathed.
“I’d like to make you believe.” He leaned over and kissed her forehead.

I was re-reading in preparation for the recently released third & final book in the trilogy, Gabriel’s Redemption. I did a buddy read with the amazing Wendy (Wendy’s Thoughts) we had a wonderful time analyzing characters, motives, and plot devices. I feel that this book would make a fine addition to any Book Club’s roster!

This book represents so many of the themes that I have a tendency to scoff at… Several of the principle elements are overplayed, over hyped, formulaic, & predictable in the Modern Romance Genre:
The wealthy, emotionally scarred, alpha-male, over protective sex god…
The nerdy, blushing, social outcast, low self-esteem virgin…
He doesn’t believe he’s capable of love…
She doesn’t believe she’s worthy of him…
The power of love will save them both…

So why do I LOVE this book?
It truly is a beautiful romance.
It’s sweet. Almost too sweet at times.
I adore the parallel of Dante / Gabriel.
There’s passion, but it’s not hyper-sexual.
The connection between Gabriel & Julia is believable and lovely.
There is a clear character progression for both main characters.
The book is filled with quirky humor… I believe that fans refer to the “Snarky Narrator”

I have a personal connection as well. I have a Fine Arts degree with a minor in Art History. I’ve been educated in the texts and works of art which are heavily referenced in this book… Quite frankly, it’s kind of an ego-stroke to constantly have my education validated with every turn of the page. That’s not common in this genre. Though, I don’t think that the average reader would feel alienated by the academic undertones of the predominant themes.

I often find myself recommending Gabriel’s Inferno to readers interested in romance who are weary of Erotica… Which is an odd request for me to get, considering that I am a Professional Reader of Erotica… This book is filled with love and passion, and while I generally pass on “deflowering” stories, I will keep a place in my romantic little heart for this book.

This book has been selected for the following Top 5 Award from The Smutsonian:

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Red Phoenix – Brie Surrenders her Heart

Brie Surrenders her Heart by Red Phoenix

Series: After Graduation #8
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Brie’s submissive journey has been marked with self-discovery, humor, and sexual exploration. To her delight, Brie is about to enjoy the best scene ever with Master, carrying her to heights never imagined. Friendships deepen, a challenge is accepted, and her film career is launched. But life is a balance… judgment and vengeance are waiting in the wings to steal the one thing she desires above all.

This last of Brie’s After Graduation series sports the hottest sex and the deepest depths. There is no middle ground for Brie now.

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Brie’s final installment comes to an epic close, enchanting all the senses. From birthday presents to mind-blowing sex, untold fun awaits our little submissive. Equally potent are the challenges Brie must face. Nothing of great worth comes without sacrifice. Join Brie in this spine-tingling conclusion to the After Graduation series.

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Red Phoenix – Brie Visits Master’s Italy

Brie Visits Master’s Italy by Red Phoenix

Series: After Graduation #7
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brie has many exciting lessons yet to learn. There’s a session on belts, an introduction to Master’s new skill and the unwelcomed challenge of jealousy. Master shares his father’s Italian hometown with his little sub. While exploring the island they discover something that has remained hidden for years, waiting for Master’s return. This is a beautiful journey of passion, healing and sacrifice.

This seventh novella in the After Graduation series is a tantalizing ride as Brie experiences arousing Domination, hurtful rejection, and the strength of ‘condor love’.

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Brie must face her parents, among other things, before traveling to Italy with her Master. There Master introduces her to his father’s charming hometown and large Italian family. All seems well until an old lover enters the picture. It becomes a struggle for Brie as she attempts to balance her natural jealousy with the deep love she has for her Master. Even more surprises are in store for her, including a birthday party that is uniquely Brie-licious.

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Red Phoenix – Brie Discerns Master’s Heart

Brie Discerns Master’s Heart by Red Phoenix

Series: After Graduation #6
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Master has revealed himself in small doses, only hinting about the tragedy in his past. Things are about to shift as Brie comes face to face with Master’s greatest adversary. Huge changes are rushing towards our young submissive. The wolf must be confronted, her documentary is about to discover its fate and Master will bare a part of himself kept hidden until now.

This sixth novella in the AG series is a sexual adventure as Brie is reunited with Master and discovers the healing power of love.

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Brie has unknowingly befriended an enemy of her Master’s and it is about to complicate both of their lives. Crunch time has come for the documentary as Brie finishes with a revealing chat between Lea and Mary. A visit with Master Anderson leads to the long-anticipated reunion with a passionate Dom. Nothing is easy where Brie is concerned and yet… she has never known such joy.

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Red Phoenix – Brie Learns Restraint

Brie Learns Restraint by Red Phoenix

Series: After Graduation #5
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brie is given the opportunity to work under the mastery of another Dom – an expert in bondage. During the unique arrangement she discovers truths about herself and several of her past trainers. A new passion is ignited when she participates in an erotic class of Kinbaku. Loyalties are challenged, but a clear winner emerges. Can Brie resist the seductive call of the rope?

This fifth novella in the AG series explores the sensuous allure of bondage and the power of love that binds.

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Brie’s Master leaves her under the care of a trusted Dom, but serving another is not easy for the young submissive. The new arrangement challenges the developing relationship between Brie and her Master. Emotional ties, as well as old desires, are tested. Brie gains clarity from the experience, but faces an unforeseen complication neither anticipated.

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Red Phoenix – Brie Faces Her Master’s Fears

Brie Faces Her Master’s Fears by Red Phoenix

Series: After Graduation #4
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Brie is thrilled by the secret Master reveals. Their D/s relationship and love deepens as he teaches her his preferences and shares another aspect of his past. Tragically, a meeting with her nemesis starts a disastrous chain of events. The aftermath of which leads her Master to make a decision Brie never sees coming.

The fourth novelette in the ‘After Graduation‘ series will tantalize and surprise with its naughty twists, laugh out loud moments and scorching encounters.

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Brie is excited her dreams are about to come true. Unfortunately, only one thing lies in the way… Mary. In a cruel twist of fate, Brie is forced to confront her nemesis. Along the way, a tragic event is averted, but Master is faced with one of his greatest fears. Brie will gain insight into Mary’s betrayal, discover Baron’s compassion, understand Tono’s heart, and uncover ghosts from Master’s past.

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Red Phoenix – Brie’s Russian Fantasy

Brie’s Russian Fantasy by Red Phoenix

Series: After Graduation #3
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Russian intrigue, startling revelations, and submissive enlightenment… Brie’s trip to Russia exceeds her wildest dreams. The bond between Master and Brie grows deeper as he opens up about his mysterious past. While the Russian Dom, Rytsar Donkova, reveals his true nature, introducing the young submissive to a different side of BDSM.

The third novelette of the’ After Graduation’ series takes Brie on a journey overseas where unspoken desires, exploration and love know no bounds.

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Brie is thrilled to join Master on a trip across the ocean. Before she leaves, Brie is given insider information about Ms. Clark, tries to impress Marquis Gray, and takes her Master to meet the parents. The excitement doesn’t stop there as Master reveals more of his painful history and Rytsar challenges her darker desires. The trip to Russia would not be complete without her ultimate fantasy coming true…

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Red Phoenix – Brie Submits to Her Master

Brie Submits to Her Master by Red Phoenix

Series: After Graduation #2
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brie’s Master has special plans for his submissive at the Training Center, giving her the chance to see her former trainers and visit with her best friend, Lea. Brie’s education continues when she scenes with her new Master at The Haven, but the Wolf has returned and will not be deterred. His deception threatens to tear away everything Brie holds dear, but Master is not a man to be trifled with.

This second novelette in the ‘After Graduation’ series introduces Brie to several new BDSM experiences, highlighting why Master is worthy of total devotion.

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Red Phoenix – Brie Pleases Her New Master

Brie Pleases Her New Master by Red Phoenix

Series: After Graduation #1
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Find out what happens after the elevator doors close… Brie and her new Master are now free to explore life as a D/s couple. Although Brie graduated from the Submissive Training Center top of her class, she soon finds she still has a lot to learn. A rival Dom cannot accept her choice of Master and will not let her go without a fight. Brie’s generous heart steers her in the wrong direction when the Wolf comes to call.

This first novelette of Brie’s ‘After Graduation’ series explores the lessons, love, and lust unleashed upon the newly collared sub.

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Brie is euphoric after choosing her Master. Now the two can freely explore their love for one another outside the walls of the Center. Master teaches her the meaning of true possession. He also opens up to Brie, sharing a painful aspect of his past. She is shocked to learn his secret, but is determined to love him through it. Unfortunately for Brie, things start to get complicated when Faelan reenters the picture.

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Red Phoenix – Brie Embraces the Heart of Submission: After Graduation

Brie Embraces the Heart of Submission: After Graduation by Red Phoenix

Series: After Graduation
This Box Set includes the whole Series
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

** First published as the wildly popular eight-part eBook serial, Brie Embraces the Heart of Submission: After Graduation is now available as a full-length novel. **

On the night of graduation, Brie Bennett offered her collar to the man who’d won her devotion during her time at the Submissive Training Center.

So begins the seductive sequel to Brie Learns the Art of Submission…

The intimate encounters Brie enjoys with her new Master are hot and deliciously challenging. On the flipside, despite her newly acquired skills, she discovers that being a sub also requires maturity, intelligence and willing sacrifice.

Her Master has a tragic past that he has kept hidden. She is unaware that someone is waiting in the wings, plotting to return and rip his world apart. Brie has troubles of her own, including an obsessive Dom who won’t let her go, parents who refuse to accept her new lifestyle, and a film that is struggling to see the light of day.

Brie’s journey with her Master brings both sweet ecstasy and unbearable pain. Friendships deepen and love grows, even as her life begins to crumble around her. To survive, Brie will need the strength of a love that binds her securely—heart and soul.

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