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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.
REVIEW: Gabiel’s Inferno Trilogy is the first set of books I read by Sylvain Reynard and they will not be the last. This is perhaps one of the most romantic and poetic stories I have read in a long time and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it.
This is the perfect story, a forbidden love story between a professor and his student. A story full of angst and pain. A man with a tumultuous past, a past that at times comes to torment him and while he doesn’t let it consume him, it certain has made a great impact in his life and in the way he lives it. During one of the darkest times in Gabriel’s life he meets a young girl, a girl who changes his life in more than one way. Gabriel is a very complex character, not because his life had been marked with deep wounds and pain but because he didn’t let that pain consume him completely. Gabriel’s story develops slowly, we learn a great deal of him as a man, as a son, as a brother and as a man who has experience a set of circumstances that would’ve otherwise ended his life if it wasn’t for the love of this parents.
While Gabriel’s professional life seems to be filled with romanticism and poetry his reality is completely overtaken by a dark past that doesn’t seem to let him off. His complexity and reality is very poetic and tragic and while his past helped shaped him it didn’t entirely defined him. I enjoyed Gabriel’s character very much, his poetic and romantic nature didn’t match the hard and strict demeanor of his personality, or perhaps the facade he has put in place to mask any sign of vulnerability. The author does a fantastic job with his character. She created a man who has gone through very rough times, she harden the surface, while leaving his spirit, heart and soul open to love, giving his story a poetic and tragic touch that it is almost addictive.
Gabriel story morphs, but it doesn’t necessarily changes from page to change. It transforms, but not drastically enough to throw the reader off course. From page to page, it transports the reader to a time when his feelings and emotions rattled his soul while at the same time brought hope and the possibility of love. I enjoyed how this character changed and his development didn’t come without angst and heart break. Gabriel is a fascinating character, his story and redemption didn’t come without heart break.
This love story has it all, an angst that pulls at the heart and passion that can only be measured by the feelings these characters share. It is emotional and deep with situations that can be easily relate-able and a love story that could very much outweigh other love stories of the past.
Much can be said about this story and the love and tragedy that follows it. But a story is only as good as its characters. Julie is one of those female characters one wish was in every book we read. Her dedication, her perseverance and strong personality is balanced out by her simplicity, loving heart & intelligence. I enjoyed her character to the max, she provided us with a lighter story but not less intense and less harsh than that of Gabriel’s.
Overall, Gabriel’s Inferno Trilogy is every reader’s dream – the love story is poetic, romantic, filled with angst and injustice but with a sublime and beautiful end that redeems any heavy heart. I enjoyed this story so much that I think everyone should read it. If you want to experience bone deep romance and heart felt connection then you should read this trilogy – Gabriel’s Inferno is one of the most romantic love stories I have read in a very long time. Highly recommended.
Do I recommend this book(s)? YES YES YES
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