A TOURTURED ROMANCE!
Title: Gabriel’s Inferno
Author: Sylvain Reynard
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 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 and he tries to earn the impossible – forgiveness and love.
The first words that come to my mind to describe Gabriel’s Inferno would be: intense, deep, mysterious, complex, tragic, sad and a passionate romance.
Gabriel’s Inferno is about two broken characters Gabriel and Julia, who have had tragic childhoods and harbour dark secrets and sins from their pasts. They both desperately want to be loved by someone but feel they are not worthy to be loved.
Julia, who enrolled in Gabriel’s class, fell in love with Gabriel six years ago after one perfect night together but is crushed when she realizes Gabriel doesn’t remember her at all. The more time Julia is around, Gabriel begins to feel a connection between them that he cannot comprehend, that is until a situation occurs and his walls come crashing down and remembers Julia and that perfect night. Now they have the chance to love and be loved but before they can give themselves completely to the relationship they both want and need, they must open up to a raw and vulnerable state and reveal their deepest secrets and sins.
Gabriel’s Inferno was very well written and researched, though at times I felt frustrated with all the poetry references and some of the communication/language between Julia and Gabriel, which I felt it was a bit full on and over the top, though it suited the story and the characters. I also felt the ending was a bit drawn out seeming a little too planned and scheduled with way too much talking. For me it was a bit of an anti-climax, I prefer spontaneous and passionate interactions better, for example, I felt more chemistry in the build-up of Gabriel trying to remember who Julia was than in the ending.
Overall it was a good read but even though the main characters got their happy ending it didn’t leave me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.