Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: Gabriel's Inferno

Gabriel's Inferno
Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

My Thoughts: What a sexy, romantic read…and it’s written by a man! Gives a girl hope I tell ya!

I loved Reynard’s writing style! He, so completely, incorporated Dante and his works into the story and then used quotes from other classic works/authors to drive his point home. To quote Reynard’s bio on his website:
“I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.”

Reynard’s writing intrigued me and in researching him after reading this title, I found the quote and it really struck me just how successful he was in incorporating those aesthetic elements. Reynard’s writing is beautiful and creates

Gabriel was really hard to like at first. But ultimately I was totally in love with him just like Julia. Like Julia I was amazed that he didn’t know who she was, even after his sister came to town and told him who she was. Gabriel’s history was a huge aspect to his story and loved how it all came full circle. Julia has an equally disturbing history that haunts her. It’s their individual histories that draws Julia and Gabriel together.

Loved the sensuality of this story…so romantic, dreamy, the whole kit and caboodle. Am anxious to see where the story will go from here.

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