From national best-selling author Sylvain Reynard comes the haunting, unforgettable tale of one man’s salvation and one woman’s sensual awakening....
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.
©2012 Sylvain Reynard (P)2012 Penguin Audio
The slow building of the story and the relationship between Gabriel and his Beatrice.
I found this book in a local book store in the "If you liked 50 Shades of Grey" section. Instead of buying a paper copy I bought it here on audible. It is similar in that both men are totally in love with the woman and would do anything for her.
This is my first John Morgan book and I would not hesitate to listen a another book of his narration. He is outstanding.
I loved the story from the first page. The one part that I still chuckle about is the part in the book where after an intense make out session Gabriel rushes to take a second shower and Julia stands there wondering why and then figures out what he is doing in there. Laughted out loud at that one.
I did not listen to this book until I had bought the sequel as I hate to wait to start the next one. I will be starting THAT one as soon as I finish this review, which is now. Happy Listening, you're going to love this book.
I enjoyed this series and can't wait for the next book! It had the right balance in story line and sex. I couldn't stop listening until I got through both books. The narrator, John Morgan, was wonderful! I'm a true fan of Sylvain Reynard.
I liked that it was set in Toronto, which isn't a common city for a plot based in an academic setting. I do think that the main female character should have been better developed. I found her to be so mousy, meek and inexperienced that it was not plausible that she was also a brilliant student who had been accepted by Harvard, and by a well-known professor as a thesis advisor. I struggled to resolve this contradiction as I listened to the book.
Excellent voice for narration. He brought out the strong character of the professor, yet also managed to capture the young and inexperienced personality of the female lead.
The story was good but I like more erotic hot scenes.
The Sweet Series by M. Banks
Too deep for female characters
Wow! This is an excellent book! I read the Kindle eBook and loved the story. I couldn't stop reading the book. I stayed up late each night reading the book. Purchase the book you will not be disappointed.
I don't even know where to begin, I just finished listening and I am completely overwhelmed. I smiled so much as I listened to this book because I was so touched by the relationship between the two lead characters. I LOVED their connection, its the stuff that really makes you want to believe in soul mates and fall in love. This book has to be one of my all time favorite romances--of my life!!! There were so many very touching moments throughout this book, I laughed, I wanted to cry at times, and probably the only negative aspect of it, is that it had to end. I am immediately going to buy the next book because I am literally addicted to the Professor. I think Gabriel (the Professor) may be the best male lead character I've ever had the pleasure of 'getting to know'--and I think I may be in love with him!! Excellent story, ridiculously fabulous narration/narrator--he should get an award--totally worth whatever the cost is and/or credit worthy.
Make no mistake between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.........
Okay, I'm very very very confused!! This book has been classified as the "next" Fifty Shades of Grey therefore I looked forward to reading........... well I'm disappointed.
Yes, the author does a wonderful job with his writing and story telling and I do see some little similarities in the story to Fifty. However, I find Julia a whining, temperamental, spoiled BRAT who is too young and immature to handle complex Gabriel........so give me my Fifty back and stop comparing these two stories.
This book took a couple chapters to get into (mostly getting use to the narrator), but once I did I fell in love. The book is a love story with two characters who have flaws (just like the normal person) and begin to relate to one another. It is poetic because of the religious and poetic insights the author adds and really makes you think about your own thinking on life and another point of view of things. I found it insightful and wanting to expand my reading genres. It is your typical love story though of a man with money with controlling tendencies and a woman with low self-esteem, but the back story of why they are like this is more natural and relatable. I hope everyone views it the same as I do if you can look past the cliches.
This book is about a young, smart inexperienced but not emotionally fragile woman who meets a world-savvy, sexually experienced, rich man. In the beginning they misunderstand and dislike/distrust each other and themselves, but a deep relationship ensues nevertheless, with each opening up about secrets and relationship needs along the way. Sound familiar? If you enjoyed the self-exploration and relationship-unfolding aspects of 50 shades, you will like it in this book, too.
In the case of Gabriel's Inferno, imitation is not only flattery, it is successful for the most part. The characters and story are vastly different than 50 shades despite the similarity mentioned above. Another major difference is the absence of explicit sex scenes. There is plenty of longing and sensuality, but don't get this book if you want a sex scene to read every few chapters -- you're going to be disappointed and have to make it up in your head. I don't think I would have listened to this book had I known that from the start but I enjoyed it nevertheless. It had everything else but that.
The story seemed longer than it needed to be. Not that it was boring (it was not) but I kept thinking, "Ok, THIS will be the plot turning event" but that never happened. Rather, there were small moves forward here and there as the story unfolded. Lots of little raised and resolved plot aspects as you got to know the two of them. Maybe a bit too much like a lot of teasing only to be let down at just the right moment, if you know what I mean. It's not that THAT isn't also fun, right, and then there is a great ending.
The narrator bothered me a little in the beginning because his sensual voice occasionally sounded more smarmy than inviting. Of course, that's to my ears, and yours might love it. On the other hand, Gabriel is an unsavory character at that point in the story, so maybe it is fitting. As the story went on, I found the narrator to be expert in his ability to capture and express all kinds of emotions from all the characters. Even without intense and explicit sex scenes (which I would love to hear this narrator do!), the narrator made Gabriel's expressions of love, need and desire extremely, uhm, worth listening to!
Many people complained that the writing in 50 shades was poor and everyone was just reading it for the explicit content. I never agreed with that and felt it was a solid piece of romance story telling, better than most. I would say the same for Gabriel's Inferno. It gets great marks from me for character development and for exploring the way that our personal experiences create obstacles for us and we need to learn to open up and trust that one person in order to grow. Is it great American Literature, no, but it is not junk.
Overall, I'm glad I took the time to get to know these characters and I am definitely going to get the next in the series. I'm not sure if this was the first book or not, but if not, the first wasn't needed at all for me to get involved with these characters.
I really enjoyed how well-written this story was, which was pleasantly unexpected. This turned out to be a romance novel with graphic descriptions of all the emotional and physical activity between the lead characters, Gabriel Emerson, a Dante specialist professor, and Julia Mitchell, his grad seminar student. Naturally, she's one of those virginal, statuesque, model-like beauties with naivete and grace beyond her years and he's the older, more experienced, perfectly muscled, charming, sex machine with a past, but other than this (rather large) cliche, the characters do have depth.
As the story progresses, you realize they aren't just meeting each other for the first time, but have shared a rather significant past. As their story unfolds, it mirrors the journey through Hell in Dante's inferno, which is neatly tied into the novel in just the right amount. Don't worry if you haven't read Dante, these parts are woven through with enough explanation to give more weight to the scenes but you won't be at a loss. In fact, the story is so well-written that I learned from the author's website that many of his readers were inspired to go back and read Dante!
This novel is the first in a series of three. At the time of this writing, the second novel is available but the third is in the works without a release date.
I enjoyed this novel as a "beach" read, but for me the story of Gabriel and Julia is over. There were no cliff hanger endings here, just all the loose ends of their personal journey tied up neatly. If you enjoy most of the sexy vampire and other supernatural literature out there, I have no doubt you would also enjoy this novel. Or, if you enjoy romance novels and the whole concept of the prince sweeping the damsel in distress off her feet, this is for you. There is a bit of a modern twist with this one, where they have to save each other metaphorically speaking, but it's the same old love story all in all.
The narrator has a great voice for these characters, and lends more life to this novel than if I'd read it myself. Three cheers for John Morgan!
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