Gabriel Inferno – Sylvain Reynard Book # 1

img_20200503_151503_033Synopsis – 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 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’ve never read a book so beautiful that I could just cry, simply from the language and the descriptions and the overall love the author portrays in words? Sylvain Reynard has found a place in favourite author list….. right on top. Like Dan Brown Sylvain Reynard knows his art and literature.
This book revolves around Professor Gabriel Emerson—a Dante specialist at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. At the start of Gabriel’s Inferno, we meet Julia Mitchell, an extremely timid, shy, and nervous graduate student studying to become a Dante specialist at the University of Toronto, and angry, moody, and crude Gabriel Emerson. However, what Gabriel fails to remember and Julia remembers all too well is that the two of them have a past.

Gabriel is vicious to Julia at first. It’s cringe worthy how he treats her, almost. However, as the novel progresses and we learn more about Gabriel’s background and see into his thoughts, it’s obvious that Gabriel struggles with his own demons.Eventually, however, after much fighting and angst and getting to know each other, Gabriel remembers Julia and their past, and they begin their passionate affair.

Let me just say that the covers on these books don’t do the stories justice. Not at all. When looking at the covers, it seems as though these books are simply steamy romances with explicit sex scenes. And while there are some explicit sex scenes (they’re actually really tame), the sex isn’t the main part of the story.

Reynard drew inspiration for the novel from the relationship between Dante Alighieri and Beatrice Portinari. If you’re a fan of classic literature and contemporary novels, you’ll love this book (and series). It is a modern forbidden love story with classic literature woven into the plot. After reading this book, I felt infinitely more intelligent especially with all the references to classical works of literature and art and music (that’s exactly one of the reasons why I love it, especially the music if anyone of you want the playlist comment below and I will gladly share the link). Trust me, this story is amazing. If you’re looking for a great, swoon-worthy romance read, this is it. It’s one of those books that hits you right in the heart, and to me, those are the best kinds.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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