Move over Christian Grey...........I've found something much better and much better written with a surprise twist! Gabriel’s Inferno has just the right mixture of complexity and sensuality to make it a stunning read. Much like other books in its genre this book has the deeply troubled hero and heroine, but what sets it apart is the sheer beauty of watching as this pair unfolds into something beautiful.
“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.”
Julia has suffered abuse in all shapes and forms from the time she was very young and continuing into her young adulthood. It has turned her inward into this meek shell of a female. Her torture at the hands of her ex leaves her feeling unworthy of her Dante’s love. Early on Gabriel Emerson a Professor at the University of Toronto comes off as a very dark and hateful man. Who out right lashes out at Julia in class early on in the story, and yet quickly he unfolds into this very troubled enigma of a man. Soon he realizes that Julia just might be the “Beatrice” that he’s been seeking. They are strangers or so they seem, little do either realize that they’ve known each other at a much deeper level for many years. Throw in many interesting and important secondary characters whose stories demand to be told, and a non fraternization rule and you have the makings for one fascinating story.
If you are looking for a steamy erotic, you are going to be hard pressed to find it in this very realistic and thought provoking novel. What Gabriel’s Inferno lacks in the steamy bed scenes it makes up for it in the sensuality and the sheer beauty of its story. The story is about redemption, forgiveness and love. I fell in love with this book by the sheer passion and understanding feelings this author’s writing creates. Sylvain Reynard clearly took his time developing and plotting out characters and a story that worked very well together in a story that demands to be told. The sheer levels of jealousy, heartbreak, humiliation, and romance he blends together that will leave you clinging to the end of your seat begging for more!
Easily a 5 Star Novel.