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Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sylvain Reynard
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,725 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From national bestselling 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.


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About the Author

Sylvain Reynard is a Canadian writer with an interest in Renaissance art and culture and an inordinate attachment to the city of Florence. (Parenthetically, it should be noted that the snarky narrator of Gabriel’s Inferno was contracted to write this biographical description, and he can attest that SR is, in fact, real, and has an enviable collection of argyle socks.)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1099 KB
  • Print Length: 561 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 042526596X
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008R25E0Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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515 of 554 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The antidote for Fifty Shades of Grey April 5, 2012
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My guilty pleasure lately has been crappy self published "contemporary romance" ebooks. Like falling for a dumb jock or a bad boy, my relationship with books like "Beautiful Disaster" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" was embarrassing and degrading. I always inevitably felt guilty afterward, and I resolved to find a book that would appeal both to my intelligence and my heart.

Enter "Gabriel's Inferno."

Like a good lover, this book is thoughtful, deliberate and profound. Each character is nuanced, and each moment is strategically delivered. I'll spare the plot summary since several other reviewers did a great job at it, but I will say that it's been a long time since I read a book that was so well organized. Scenes that seem inconsequential reappear as important background later in the book, and each peripheral story line is elaborately folded into the bigger picture. This book is absolutely exquisite.

Julianne is an intriguing heroine, because she is the anti-Bella, anti-Katniss of the major blockbuster dichotomy. She is neither vapid and ungrateful, nor aloof and merciless. She does not adhere to the idea that a woman must either be a damsel in distress or a dragon lady. Julianne is something entirely different - she is broken and rebuilding. I normally despise meekness (in fictional characters and in real people), but I found her timid nature endearing, because beneath it was the soul of a lion. She knew how to choose her battles, and when she chose to let loose, she knew how to leave a mark. The best summation of her character was the scene when Christa screamed insults at her, and Julianne refused to lower herself by responding in kind.
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196 of 214 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read but NOT for the casual romance reader! July 26, 2011
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A friend asked me to read Gabriel's Inferno because she was looking for a second opinion. I knew a bit about the plot based on the blurb on Amazon and what my friend told me but I was in no way prepared for how good this book really is. Gabriel's Inferno is not for the fainthearted as it a very, very dark romance that will leave the reader feeling on edge throughout.
As a reader, I am drawn to books that are character driven and this novel is one of the strongest I have come across in quite some time. Reynard's male characters elicited strong responses from me from the very beginning and continued to do so throughout. For example, there's Paul the fellow graduate student who always made me feel a little creeped out and in need of shower after reading scenes which required his presence. And then of course, there is Gabriel who, on the one hand is a total rat bastard and on the other is just so completely compassionate and caring. Gabriel is by far the strongest, most damaged, and most fascinating character in this book. To the world, Gabriel is a buttoned down professor who specializes in the works of Dante and favors bow ties and expensive suits. Then there's the other Gabriel, the man with passions that run deep and inhibitions that are virtually nonexistent who has a taste for fine food, fine wine, and morally ambiguous women.
Gabriel's story alone would be enough to keep the casual reader interested but for those looking for more substance, meet Julia. Julia is the only female character of significance in this novel and like the male characters she elicited a very strong response from me. Unfortunately that response was not always a good one.
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106 of 116 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gabriel's Inferno February 7, 2012
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While I tend to shy away from overly dark and dramatic romances, I had a hard time putting this one down. And, for those who are curious, I have not read the Divine Comedy and am only somewhat familiar with the basic plot.

What I liked:

- The author's diction and structure. I found myself occasionally needing to look up words, language translations, references, etc. For once, I didn't feel like my IQ dropped a few points by reading a romance novel.
- The unveiling of the story. I was very impressed with the way the book started out, where the reader's knowledge of what was going on is very limited. There were so many questions going through my mind that refused to allow me to put the book down until I figured everything out. While I was not as impressed as I hoped to be once that happened, I very much enjoyed the ride.
- The cultural parallels. This book felt like it was researched thoroughly and painstakingly planned. There were so many references and parallels to art, music, and literature, and I am fairly confident that I only uncovered a small percentage, based on the fact that I never read the Divine Comedy.

What I didn't like:

- The length. This book was very long - almost unnecessarily so. Some descriptions or internal monologues went on for pages and pages, when they didn't seem necessary. There is one love scene in particular that I was hoping to be dazzled by after waiting for it for so long, but it kept going and going and going for so long that I got bored. I never thought I would say this, but sometimes for these scenes, shorter and sweeter is better.
- Julianne's/Beatrice's pedestal. I enjoyed the book immensely up until about 2/3 - 3/4 of the way through.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the turmoil and passion
Very intriguing story and characters. Loved the turmoil and passion.
Published 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Found the book to be a bit slow, not sure if I'll read the rest of the series.
Published 4 days ago by derek besemer
5.0 out of 5 stars heart stopping
Breath taking and everything a woman could desire A beautifully written story of love, hope and commitment. Could not put the book down until it was completely read.
Published 6 days ago by Pamela kimberlin
1.0 out of 5 stars I personal did not care for this book. I ...
I personal did not care for this book. I could not even finish it. I wish I did not spend my money on it.
Published 7 days ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AWESOME BOOK SERIES!!!
Published 8 days ago by Lilcountrychick
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not what I thought
Fantastic book, amazing descriptions and characters filled with wonderful and memorable moments and quotes but it definitely wasn't the story I was expecting. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Alexis Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughts on gabriel's inferno
Sylvain Reynard can write a tortured soul with the best of them and that is what Gabriel emerson is. a tortured soul. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Hello-booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written.
I've been looking for a book like this for so long. I just finished and I cannot wait to start the next. This book is so beautifully written and sensual. I need more.
Published 11 days ago by Brittney
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever read by far...
This book is by far, the most romantic book I have ever read. I loved the art and poetry mentioned in this book.
Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this story. Highly recommend this book!
Published 13 days ago by JoAnn Bennett
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More About the Author

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, 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. For more information, see my Twitter account.


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