Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel's Inferno #1), by Sylvain Reynard

Barnes & Noble

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.


I read the "unpublished" (read: fan fiction) version of this story when it was really popular and contained characters I already knew and loved (or hated, as the case may be).

I'm rating it only two stars because I lost interest in it for the following reasons:

  1. The protagonist has no redeeming qualities and it's hard to relate to someone who treats people with no respect. 
  2. I like reading about strong female characters. This heroine comes across as needy. 
  3. The writing is beautiful, but it comes across as pretentious.

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