gabriel's infernoEnigmatic 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.

gabriel's infernoProfessor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student, Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante’s fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever? In Gabriel’s Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel’s Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the reader’s mind, body, and soul, forever.

My opinion:

First of all I should mention that this won’t be the type of review you grew accustomed to find on my blog. I read this story for the first time a long time ago when it was just fan fiction. This is why I will only mention a few things that made me love the fic and now the books as well.

I finished reading these two books yesterday. What I love the most and the main reason I am recommending them is the fact that the author combines fiction with a lot of history of art facts. I love that he often mentions well knows paintings and works of literature that nowadays most people do not read or admire. In my opinion the author found a way to show the mass the beauty of art and maybe determined part of the population to become interested in classics  I am not saying that there aren’t people with great knowledge of art, paintings etc, but I know that those are not as many as they used to be even though technology flourished. I am not trying to reprimand anyone, I have no right to judge. I am just stating an opinion, my own opinion.

I like the fact that the first part is like a retelling of Dante’s Divine Comedy. The second part even though it includes a lot of information and mentions Dante’s works numerous times, reminds me too much of a fan fic( it becomes clear what will happen next, sort of). Even though some parts remind of high quality fan fiction, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

For a very long time the piece of work you know today as 50 Shades was my favorite fan fic, but now that I re-read this one in a different format I must say:’ Sorry Fifty, you are no longer the first on my list’.

Until I started reading these books I had no idea that it was a modified version of the fic I read some years back. I am so glad someone else noticed its quality and decided to publish it.

I cannot wait to get a hard copy of these books. The electronic format is not satisfying enough anymore.

I love the first cover. It’s absolutely amazing and fitting. One part portraits the professor as he is seeking redemption for his sins and the other shows how the succumbed to his feelings.

Even though because parts of the plot these books will never be treated seriously, they definitely stand out in their category.

From me: 5/5