Title: Gabriel’s Inferno
Series: Professor Emerson #1
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Publisher: E Penguin Publishing
Published Date: 23 August 2012
Enigmatic and attractive, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a man tortured by his past. Though he takes great pride in his prestigious role as a Dante specialist, he knows he is a magnet for sin, especially lust.
When the virtuous Julia Mitchell joins his graduate seminar at the University of Toronto, she alters their lives irrevocably. Through their connection, Gabriel begins a journey that forces him to unravel the mysteries of their past entanglement, as well as face his many demons.
A sinful exploration of sex, love, and redemption, “Gabriel’s Inferno” is a beguiling intelligent romance filled with intrigue, seduction and forgiveness.
Told through witty, dark humour, the narrator relates a captivating tale of Gabriel’s odyssey through the Inferno.
Can Gabriel ever be redeemed for the sins of his past? Or is he doomed to forever walk the circles of his own personal hell?
Sylvain Reynard has skillfully used the inspiration of Inferno, the first chapter of the 14th century epic poem La Divina Commediaby Dante Alighieri, as a starting point for both characterisation and storyline in this beautifully crafted story of love lost, found and fought for.
Gabriel takes the role of Dante. Gabriel has created his own personal hell, constructed from his past failings and errors. He must traverse his seven circles of Inferno without Virgil as a guide. He punishes himself by keeping himself apart from his adopted family and has few friends. Gabriel has perfected the art of objectifying himself and others, unable to give or take love from anyone. It’s not until he meets his own personal Beatrice, Julianne.
Julianne has loved Gabriel since she was a teenage girl, best friends with his adopted baby sister. Their one meeting changed her life forever, becoming the very example of her idea of perfect love. Gabriel inspired her choice of career and he can’t remember her at all. Julianne has been through her own hell, and now she must go through the heart break of watching her first and only love not remember her, and actively dislike her.
Reynard prose is elegant and emotive, bringing to mind the writing of Anne Rice and Colleen McCullough in its style. The characters have intricate backstories which allows the reader to become truly immersed in the romantic tale.
I loved the character development in this tale. Honestly, I found Julianne’s character insipid and weak at first. I truly disliked her until she become more confident in herself storms out of his apartment, then argues with him in class. That’s when I found something to identify with the characters.
The only downside I have with the story is the element of a relationship between a teacher and a student. Though Julianne is 24 years old, and adult enough to make such a choice, and Gabriel removes any impropriety but not allowing any liaisons while they are still in the semester and getting another faculty member to grade Julianne’s work, I still find that I automatically bulk at this part of the storyline.
Sylvain Reynard has crafted a story of love, hardship, personal growth and overcoming obstacles which draws a reader in with the intelligent prose and artfully constructed characters.
Go out and buy this book now! You won’t regret it. I couldn’t put it down. And its the first in a series. YAY!
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“So drop the Mr. Rochester-Mr. Darcy-Heathcliff British stuck-uppity and treat her like the treasure she is” – Rachel
“And the Angelfucker makes his move.” – Gabriel
“Miss Mitchell had a lovely voice, it was true, but Miss Mitchell speaking Italian was something celestial. Her ruby mouth opening and closing, the delicate way she almost sang the words, her tongue peeking out to wet her lips from time to time…Professor Emerson had to remind himself to close his mouth after it had dropped open.”
“Look at me. Look into my eyes.” His eyes fixed on hers as they fluttered open.
“I’ll give you anything. My body, my soul, Take them. Take everything.” – Gabriel
“Why not think that sometimes—just sometimes—you can overcome evil with silence? And let people hear their hatefulness in their own ears, without distraction. Maybe goodness is enough to expose evil for what it really is, sometimes.” – Julianne
For more information on Sylvain Reynard, visit http://www.sylvainreynard.com/
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