Author: Sylvain Reynard
Published: April 4, 2011 by Omnific Publishing
Genre: New Adult
Reviewed by: Vanessa
Reason for reading: Pleasure :D
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’ve sort of been on the fence with the rating on this one. On the one hand I enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down. On the other hand, there were a few things that either pissed me off or had me screaming “Just screw already!” and “Ok ok, I get it. You know Italian history. Enough!"
Gabriel Emerson (The first main character):
The good: He is HOT and SEXY! He really knows how to seduce a woman and keep her wanting more. Although he’s pretty rude throughout the first half of the book, he reels you back in by getting sweeter toward the end and definitely wanting to “please” his woman.
The bad: He’s a rude, obnoxious, and a pretentious asshole (Of course! God forbid there’s a hot and sexy nice guy as the main character. *Please note the sarcasm*). He definitely has demons in his closet and because of them, he’s rude and insensitive and treats people like dirt. I absolutely hated how he would treat Julia sometimes. For example, when he says “Look at me when I’m talking to you” or when he would get jealous at the one guy friend she had (who by the way treated her nicely and was never touchy-feely with her).
Julia Mitchell (The second main character):
The good: She’s a sweet, naïve but intelligent virgin who’s still waiting for her prince charming (literally). She met Gabriel one night and had an instant connection with him. Unfortunately, she never saw or heard from him again until years later when she ends up in the class he’s teaching. I love that she’s super sweet and believes in kindness.
The bad: I felt like screaming "Wake up girl! Stand up for yourself! Stop being a damn victim!" Boy did she irritate me sometimes! There’s a fine line between being sweet and kind, and being a push-over. Just sayin’.
Overall, although it irritated me a bit, I still enjoyed it and really wanted them to end up together. He does win my heart in the end. I also enjoyed how detailed the author was. You can tell he (yes, he. The author is a man) is really well versed in Italian history.
I give this book a 4 :)
This is who I picture as Professor Emerson. You’re welcome.