Yes, over and over again!
I would like to start by saying that this book it IT for me, simply A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I just have to warn you though; once you read it, you'll be ruined forever. I picked it up from a website where you can find books to read after Fifty Shades of Grey (I was going through withdrawal:). Well, let me tell you, there might be similarities between the characters, but that's where the comparison stops.
Gabriel's Inferno (very suggestive title BTW) is the most, grammatically correct, well researched and artfully written book I have ever read. It had me mesmerized from the first page to infinity. Sylvain Reynard's writing is so very realistic (if you have a vivid imagination, you can actually feel, hear, taste, love, hate, fear, visualize, agonize etc) that leaves you breathless. There is only one sex scene (wrong word - it's called love making) at the end of the book. BUT... I wouldn't trade the sensuality, passion, devotion and altruism that unfolds between it's pages, for any sex scene from any other book. I'm telling you, this book is PRICELESS. The story is all about rediscovering, learning, forgiving, loving and worshiping. It's written in the third person and I love the fact that we hear different POV. In this mix, the Snarky Narrator gives a unique flavor. The author's knowledge and research is absolutely astonishing, from literature to art, music and food, fragrances and lingerie;). I can tell, that one can find pieces of the writer in every character and scene. And for one in particular, my heart goes out to SR (SR, if you ever read this please know that I sympathize and admire you for being able to write/talk about it). Redemption is a very powerful element in this book, and makes you believe that everyone is "salvageable" so to speak.
Gabriel O Emerson is a Dante specialist at University of Toronto. The Professor is very troubled and apparently heartless, but of course, classy and sexy specimen. You'll hate him at the beginning, but I beg you, please be patient, he's all worth it, his story is heartbreaking. Jullianne is a student in his class, a very sweet and innocent young lady. They shared a moment a few years before, that she can't forget and let go. But Gabriel is oblivious to it, because of the state that he was in. He thinks that everything was just a dream and Julliane only an ideal, his Beatrice. I'm not going to say much about the story. The seminar exchange between them is my favorite and a big turner in their relationship.
"I started this c*********k by changing my lecture, but you finished it, Julianne, and you finished it with the equivalent of a hydrogen bomb."
The author's choice of music is excellent. I had to look up a few of the songs and now Mathew Barber is one of my favorites:). SR's taste in food and drinks (which are mostly used as foreplay) is exquisite. Beside the emotional love story, this novel is a very intelligent and cultivating read. I feel like I've learned so much and every time I reread it, I discover more.
Thank you, Sylvain Reynard for sharing your work with us. Your books will forever have a special place on my bookshelves and in my heart.
One of my favorite quotes : "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."
In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!
This starts out very slowly. The first third of the book was actually pretty dull. Gabriel, the male lead, was a cold jerk and rather disinteresting, and not much was happening. It was hard to see what all the fuss was about. Things undergo a radical transformation after that though, and from there on out I was hooked!
This is a slow burner of a romance. Lots of long conversations, soul-searching, time spent in classrooms and academic settings, things like that. There’s more emotional heat than physical for much of the book. And some of the things related to the main characters’ shared history and following behavior are a little…improbable, but I was willing to let that go. It’d need to be really, to hint at the story of Dante and Beatrice.
Add all these things together and I can see how this seems to be hit or miss for a lot of readers. For me it was a BIG hit – enough for a relisten, and I don’t do that often! If a slow-building romance in an academic setting sounds like it’d suit your style, give it a shot!
Overall, very emotionally involving, and hot without being degrading which was a refreshing change!
The narrator was wonderful. He caught all the nuances of the story just right and has a great voice.
Custom jewelry designer who listens to books while she works.
Anyone that liked 50 shades of grey and didn't want to shake the main character.
I enjoyed the Toronto backdrop in the story.
I have a hard time reading books with characters that have low self esteem. I have no sympathy for either main character.
A Traveling Listener
Julia (Julian?),Beatrice - if I met her I would be afraid to stay in the same room. She swoons, shivers, sweats, trembles, hums, groans, moves from bliss to anger at a word and trips, breaks, shakes, fumbles and stumbles her way in and out of consciousness. Gabriel is almost as bad with his saccharin and demeaning sweetness, He lacks most bodily control at the drop of a sigh yet drinks himself into obliviion without raping or insulting anyone. Is he just a sexy happy drunk and vicious yet hungover lover? Together they make quite a pair. They vibrate, twitch and hyperventilate at each other's touch. Ugh! I do not know if I can suffer through to the end of the novel before I am moved to vomit along with Gabriel - or maybe I could just accept the pain invoked by channeling Julia and hope that it is all just a hallucination of my own.
Based on some of the other reviews, I thought that I would not like this story. I'm so happy that I purchased. Excellent writting. I love the details given for the characters.
The way it was written. I have never read a book that I felt so good about. I felt what they felt. I was within the character.
Yes and I have listened to it multiple times. I have read the hardcopy twice.
Very talented author!
Reynard writes poorly and I would not waste my money on another book.
Morgan's performance was okay, but he should have been embarrassed to read this junk.
pot-boiler, cheap unrealistic sexual attitudes
don't waste your money on this
Least--the story is shallow and boring.
Probably a non-harlaquin romance novel. I need something with depth.
The narrator was wonderful, like warm, silky milk chocolate on the tongue. The writing made me feel like I was listening to actual literature versus listening to a "bodice ripper". When you combine the two, it's a magical concoction.
When they finally made it to Florence. The seduction was magnificent. It took a very long time to get there though, but well worth the wait.
No, I haven't had the pleasure before, but I will certainly correct that momentarily.
Not at all. It's much too long for that, but that doesn't make it any less pleasurable.
I have just thoroughly been made love to. I'm not fit to drive, so I suppose I'll sit here for a while and reminisce.