When I was asked to write a guest post, I panicked. Please don’t judge me too harsh; I’m only an admirer of Sylvain Reynard’s writing. Deep breath, here we go:

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 artfully, grammatically correct and well researched 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 it 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 its pages, for any sex scene from any other book. I’m telling you, this book is PRICELESS.

This 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 POVs. 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 themselves in every character and scene. And for one in particular, my heart goes out to him (SR, if you ever read this just know that I sympathize with you and admire you for being able to write/talk about it).

Redemption is a very powerful element in this book, and makes you think that everyone is “salvageable” so to speak.

Attention! The next few paragraphs may contain spoilers! 

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. 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. The seminar exchange between them is my favorite and a big turner for their relationship.

“I started this clusterfuck by changing my lecture, but you finished it, Julianne, and you finished it with the equivalent of a hydrogen bomb.”

End of spoilers! 

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:). His 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 read it, I discover more and more. Thank you, Sylvain Reynard for sharing your work with us. Your books will forever have a special place on my bookshelf 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.”

Written by a dear friend and book lover: Tina D