Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard #review

16 August 2012
Title: Gabriel's Inferno
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Series: Gabriel's Inferno #1
Publisher: Omnific Publishing/Berkley Tade
Date: April 18th 2011
Pages: 506-560 depending on the format
ISBN: 9781936305629
Source: Edelweiss EARC
Purchase: Gabriel's Inferno

Summary from Goodreads:


Gabriel's Inferno by 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 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.

My Thoughts:
Going in I will say that I have not read any other reviews on this book and requested it based on the summary alone. And I am so glad that I did. Although the book has been labeled as Erotic Romance, it was tastefully done and left me fanning myself even though the only "real" sex was at the end of the book.
I was immedietly sucked in on the first page, Julia is a college student and while you really want to hate Professor Emerson in the beginning, he does redeem himself early on.
Gabriel Emerson is a 30ish Professor that while extremely sexy, from just his description alone, is kind of an ass. He seems to belittle Julia at first, which made me almost put the book down, but I stuck with it, knowing that something good had to come from it. We meet Paul a fellow student and he tries to make Julia laugh after her "dressing down" from Professor Emerson.
The story slowly progresses from there and while Gabriel is a royal pain to Julia for most of the first half of the book, he soon realizes why she keeps coming back.
Julia has been in love with Gabriel since she was 17, even before she actually met him. They spent a wonderful night together, without any sexual contact besides kissing, and she has pretty much compared every other guy in her life to him and that one night. However, Gabriel doesn't even really remember that night, he believes that she was a dream or an Angel sent to him; his drug induced hallucination' since she was gone when he returned after waking up earlier than her.
Throughout the book, both Julia and Gabriel are keeping secrets from each other, guarding their past faults and horrors from the one they love. This book has so much, death, abuse, drug addiction and even "murder". My heart broke for Julia each time that Gabriel pushed her way and I cried along with Gabriel when he finally revealed his most shameful secret.
I can not wait to start on the second book.


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