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Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Friday, August 12, 2011

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 humor, the narrator relates a captivating tale of Gabriel’s odyssey through the Inferno.

Goodreads Summary

The novel begins with a poet deeply in love with a woman he apparently can't have or approach.  The reader is then taken into the present to meet Gabriel and Julianne, two people who should never have such an exceptional romance.  These two characters have an unusual love story, they meet in different circumstances than the typical romance and have a unique relationship.  The reader will enjoy following their romance throughout the novel.  These characters will become friends to the reader, the reader will feel as if he/she understands and knows the characters.  The characters are not "perfect" by any means, they have flaws, however, this is the mark of a good author; characters shouldn't be picture perfect, they won't appear real if they are.

Gabriel's affection for Julianne is very apparent to the reader.  He carefully woos her and his subtleties is perfect in this novel.  The reader will feel as if the characters' interactions, dialogues, and feelings are genuine.  The events in this novel are evenly paced, slowed down in the correct places while faster in others.  The author's style of writing is so smooth and level; the reader will not feel rushed through this novel, he/she will have the time to enjoy it. 

This novel contains pain, forgiveness, hard edges and love.  The author writes wish such care that every chapter holds at least one important scene or lesson that evokes feeling in the reader, the mark of a good writer.  The reader will understand the characters and their actions at the end of this novel.  This novel is reminiscent of Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy.  Romance and fiction readers would enjoy this novel. 

5 Stars