Characters (read: meet your future crush) :
Gabriel Emerson, Julianne Mitchell
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.
I haven’t read a romance novel in such a long time. My first encounter with Gabriel’s Inferno was on the internet in one late night at my office about three months ago, and I’ll be forever grateful for that extra job that drove me crazy that day. This review is my token of appreciation to the book and the author, Mr. Sylvain Reynard. Not only for the beautiful story itself, but also for a lot of amazing people I meet afterwards.
Gabriel’s Inferno is beautifully written and filled with unforgettable lines. When I first read the summary, I thought it’s just another ordinary story about love. But I can assure you now, it’s far from ordinary and it’s not just about love, it’s about loss, life and death, despair, redemption, abuse and healing.
What’s more, I can’t help but to fall in love with the characters; a dark and tortured hero with a sweet and innocent heroine. In my personal opinion, Gabriel is a very interesting character. Sure, he was an a-hole at the beginning (I really wanted to slap the crap out of him) but as the story grows I can see how he try so hard to make up for his past behavior. And Julia, in my own opinion, is one of the strongest female character I have ever read.
It’s rare that I read a book more than once, but there’s just too many beautiful phrases in Gabriel’s Inferno that make me want to read it again. Gabriel’s Inferno is a must read and you won’t regret it (if you don’t like the story, at least you’ll get new knowledge about Dante Alighieri, art and some really good songs).
My favorite quotes:
“Why not think that sometimes—just sometimes—you can overcome evil with silence? And let people hear their hatefulness in their own ears, without distraction. Maybe goodness is enough to expose evil for what it really is, sometimes.”
― Sylvain Reynard, Gabriel’s Inferno
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