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.
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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