I just had to share this exchange of text between Schedar and me.
Me: Lately I’ve really felt like reading Gabriel’s Inferno
Schedar: Oh Jayyy! You have to, it’s amazing!
The next day.
Schedar: did you read it yet? Did you?
Me: not yet, I have to buy it.
a few minutes later
Schedar: You should check your email.
Me: why, what did you do? Did you buy me the book?
Schedar: me??? Would I do something like that?
I checked my email and sure enough, I had a present from Barnes and Nobles, from Schedar.
Me: Thank you 🙂
Schedar: just read it already woman! 😉 I can’t wait to hear all about it!
Title: Gabriel’s Inferno
Series: Book #1
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Genre: Adult Romance
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
What can I say about Gabriel’s Inferno that hasn’t been said before. Well for starters, I’m ashamed to admit that I’m a late reader. Yet I still feel as connected to this series as anyone who has read it dozens of times. That might have something to do with the fact that almost every single one of my book friends has read the series several times and they are not shy or reserved about expressing how much they love it. As a matter of fact my friend Schedar practically shoved the books in my face and demanded I finally read them or else.
This amazing story leaves you breathless. It is a masterpiece of literature, a classic work of art that stands out like a rare piece. I was captivated by the use of old fashion cadences and the timeless romance that builds magically between two people who carry deep scars within their hearts.
“Look at me. Look into my eyes.” His eyes fixed on hers as they fluttered open.
“I’ll give you anything. My body, my soul, Take them. Take everything.”
Julia is such a gentle, innocent soul that you want to protect as if she were a fragile porcelain doll, beautiful and breakable yet strong of mind and will. Gabriel is almost the complete opposite. A man ruled by sin, unable to see himself as anything but a great devil; a fallen dark angel, not worthy of love. These two unlikely people find in each other the strength to be their better selves, to forgive and to love once again.
“For if you truly believe that kindness is never wasted, you have to hold tightly to that belief even when the kindness is thrown back in your face”
The detailed writing in the third person’s pov-or in this case the Snarky Narrator (Giggles)-flows seamlessly, allowing the reader to get lost in the true beauty of the words as it moves from character to character with little effort. I found this type of narrative quite capturing and easy to understand.
Mr. Reynard based a lot of the story on the Divine Comedy and love affair between Beatrice and Dante. Not knowing much about the Divine Comedy, I thoroughly enjoyed the teachings the story provides about Renaissance art and literature. It was quite educational and I usually don’t care for stories that try to teach me something but in this case I found the subject fascinating.
“Facilis descensus Averni,” he whispered, his ominous and preternatural words striking her very soul. “The descent to Hell is easy.”
Julia and Gabriel will go down in history as one of the greatest couples in literature. I’m truly honored to finally take a part of this phenomenon and can honestly say that the hype is well deserved. When you read a novel with this kind of timeless quality to it, you can’t help but wonder how anything else will ever satisfied you. I dare say Gabriel’s Inferno has ruined me for other books. It really set the bar. Professor Emerson is a man without equal.
About the Author
I am honoured to have had my novels appear on the New York Times and USAToday Bestseller lists.
I was a Semifinalist for Best Author in the 2011 and 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. “Gabriel’s Inferno” was a Semifinalist for Best Romance in 2011 and “Gabriel’s Rapture” was a Finalist for Best Romance in 2012, in the Goodreads Choice Awards, as well. The final novel in The Gabriel Series, “Gabriel’s Redemption,” debuted at #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list. It was a Finalist for a 2014 Goodreads Choice Award as Best Romance.
I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.
I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, food, drink, 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.
I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House.