Monday, March 4, 2013

Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel's Inferno # 1) by Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel's Inferno #1)

Sylvain Reynard
Pub Apr 4 2011
Omnific Publishing

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Mature Content 17+

Gr’s Summary
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.

"Gabriel's Inferno" -- semi-finalist for Best Romance in the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards "This is not only one of the best debut books this year, but Reynard is one of the best new authors this year. 5 stars." - Donna of Offbeat Vagabond

"It's not very often that I am left so affected by a book, but this one took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions ... This novel is thought provoking, entertaining and beautiful. 5 stars." - Nix of Scorching Book Reviews

"This is one of the most romantic and sensual stories I have read ...the words he writes will sing to you. 5 stars." - JJ of JJ iReads

"I was seduced, entranced, and completely satisfied ...The narrator, and its characters were equally charming and sinful. 5 stars." Tigris Eden's Garden of Book

The Way I See It

Am I allowed to say I loved this book? Good! “I Loved This Book” Ms. Reynard tells an amazing tale of love! I highly, highly enjoyed it. I was very happy, happy, happy.  Gabriel is a stud, and Julia is an angel.  People say that all things are possible through love.  I believe this to be true.  In Gabriel’s Inferno, we see love blossom, and heal, but we also see that it can be destructive and cruel.  Some people out there have said this story is slow building.  I simply do not agree. This book was the perfect blend of dialogue, and description.  There were several music references, and I enjoyed every single one. In the beginning, Gabriel is a different person, and through Julia, he is transformed. Rachel, Julia’s best friend, is very honest, and delightful, without overdoing it, which made me love her character.  Both characters had their secrets that they needed to reveal, and as one could guess, Gabriel’s was much darker.  Julia is broken, and through Gabriel she is healed.  I wanted more, and I’m very much looking forward to reading the second book. Every character in this book was absolutely essential, especially Grace.  I can’t wait to see what's in Gabriel and Julia’s future.

My Fav’s


Honestly, she didn’t start out as a fav...I feel as though there is a clear line between cute, and clumsy, and a bumbling fool.  Julia was dangerously close to a bumbling fool.  I believe even Gabriel calls her, “calamity Jane,” or something along those lines.  When I first started the book her character was somewhat annoying, but by the end, I found myself eating out of her hand.  I realized just how truly innocent she was.  I grew to love her, and see her through Gabriel’s eyes.


From the moment we are introduced to him, I fell in love.  In the beginning, he was a complete jerk, and I loved reading his transformation.  He made horrible mistakes in his past, and was paying for them.  His love for Julianne was beautiful and perfect. The way he grew to care for her was amazing.  Watching it develop was even better! 

My Rating

4.5 Rosebud, Dante, Beatrice, Beautiful Angel, Atonement-filled Stars!! Get this book ASAP and fall in love!


  1. When I read this book I was wary because people kept comparing it to 50 Shades of Grey (which I HATED) and I knew it started out as fanfiction too, but I just had to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did. I think it's a really intelligent book when you look at the parallels between Dante's Inferno and Gabriel's Inferno and how the author weaves a lot of really wonderful Dante insights into the book. The second book in the series only gets better and I absolutely can't wait for book three.

  2. Kaelyn! Thats very exciting to hear! I agree that it the differences between the two are astounding. I am however guilty of being a 50 shades fan;) S Reynard writing is beautiful and intelligent! This book really is thought provoking. Two thumbs up and round of applause ;)

  3. Sounds like a good book. And yes, you may say 'You Love it!'. LOL.

    1. It was well thought out :) and thank you cause I did Love it! :)

  4. I was on the fence about this book but not any more. Great review. Adding to my pile to read. Lol can't wait to read your review about the second one ,hopefully it's Just as good as this one!

  5. Starting this book soon, I have to know what everyone is talking about because it sounds amazing!

    1. Glad to hear it!! The second is even better than the first!!!


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