Flashback Friday 4/18: Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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 read this book in 2012, right after I finished Fifty Shades of Grey.  I was going through withdrawal (Fifty opened me up to a whole new world of reading) and looking for a similar book to get a ‘fix’.  I went on Amazon and did a search for similar books, and Gabriel’s Inferno was recommended to me.  I went in completely blind without reading any reviews or knowing if I would enjoy it, or be disappointed it didn’t live up to my expectations.

Well, I was completely blown away.  It wasn’t a full erotic novel, in fact the author waits until the very end, building up the suspense like no other book I’ve ever read.  I was totally in love with the author’s writing and with Gabriel.  It was one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read and to this day is one of my favorite books and series.

If you haven’t read this book/series, I highly recommend it.  You will fall in love with Gabriel and Sylvain Reynard’s writing.  These books were deserving of a permanent place on my bookshelf and I will read them again!

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My Review:
Gabriel’s Inferno far exceeded all of my expectations. I was not expecting to read such a powerful story about love and healing. The build up of suspense made this book so hard to put down that I devoured it in a few days. It was so beautifully written and the characters so real. I adored Gabriel – flaws and all.

The parts about Dante and Beatrice, although I knew nothing about that story, didn’t put me off in any way. It flowed with the story, and I even learned things that I never knew before. 

Two broken people destined to save each other – it’s the ultimate love story and I absolutely loved it.

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