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Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel's Inferno #1)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  108,015 ratings  ·  6,399 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 506 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Omnific Publishing (first published April 1st 2011)
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Kim No, this was not worth it to me (I've read some Sylvia Day, all Fifty Shades books). I was truly surprised given the amount of love GR reviews seem to…moreNo, this was not worth it to me (I've read some Sylvia Day, all Fifty Shades books). I was truly surprised given the amount of love GR reviews seem to have for the book. It was cliche, faux-intellectualism (male protagonist is a professor, so he does "professorial" things) posing as a romance novel. The romance is forced and feels a bit gross (wise, older man teaches young innocent woman how to open up to love again - dunno, didn't work even on a level equal to Fifty Shades).

If you like Sylvia Day, I would recommend Robin Schone (mostly historical romance/erotica) or Jeaniene Frost (if you're good with urban fantasy/romance, because vampires).(less)

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The only way I know how to describe how bad this book was is to share a few passages with you and give you my feedback. I've maintained the original format as much as I am able to help emphasize some of my points. Here it goes.

The Passages

"Gabriel brought his hand up slowly so as not to spook her and gently caressed her cheek." What is she? A horse?

“Don’t cry, little Rabbit.” Um, Paul is a total creep.

“But Julia didn’t want to be keyed.” And then a few paragraphs down. “Julia turned away, ashame
Wow! Loved it. I cannot believe this was written by a man. And that last scene? Phew! HOT! That's all I've got. The rest has already been said. But, if you like hot, angsty, possessive men, you'll love this one!
6/7/2012 Edited to add:
Oh my word! I have found my Gabriel. Hello, Love!

2.5 stars
I'm almost afraid to write a review, because this book is apparently universally loved ... and I definitely - obviously - did not feel the same way. I was so looking forward to the book and love pairings of a dark and tortured hero with a sweet and innocent heroine. Reynard definitely delivered on that last count - far, far too much: Julia was put up on a pedestal - and for reasons that I'm not sure warrant her being put there - and everything else was evil and dark and sinful.

{ Prais
Let's set aside the unethical practices that lead to this book (aka Twilight Fan Fiction) being published and just focus on the story. This is a giant turd-nugget of misogyny wrapped in romance stereotypes and sprinkled with the most basic understanding of classic literature. No literally, if you read Dante's Inferno for Dummies you will walk away with a better comprehension of that classic work than the author of this humongous joke of a novel.

The sad part is the author is skilled at manipulati
Sasha  Mizaree (Reviews)
This is an astounding piece of literature that is sure to stay with you long after you finish because you will be wondering....was the author serious or was it all just a giant trolling experiment?

Where do I begin? Lets start with...

Meet Julia Mitchell

who is also described as angel, rabbit, and don't forget the many times the author shoves it down your throat that she is indeed a "lady". Julia is so sweet and fragile, that people are actually afraid to bruise her in a handshake. Her main person
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
"Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. Love still stands when all else has fallen."
- by Blaise Pascal -


In order to properly file this book I had to add a new shelf. It's labeled "most-erotic-kisses."

For the synopsis of this story please read the blurb. Hence, I prefer to cut to the chase of the matter.
This is not your usual romance book. It was totally refreshing to read something different. The pace is rather slow but it's
Ivana S.

Once again, I dislike the book everyone else obviously loves.

First of all (and I NEVER thought I'd say this) - it is too long. It would be fine if it had action-driven plot, but for a story like this I think that reducing the number of pages would be a significant improvement. This way, I had a feeling that I was reading the same thing over and over again – every encounter between Gabriel and Julia looked almost exactly the same like the previous one. It just dragged on and on and I was serious
Kristin (KC)
*5 Stars* (edited review)

The reread is even sweeter...

It has been said that no two persons ever read the same book. I'd also venture to say that no one person ever reads the same book twice. Each reread holds a different experience; a separate opportunity to view the story in a new light, this time with pockets full of insight. And since my experience, although equally wonderful, was different this time around, I feel compelled to compose a new review reflecting my current feelings.

Gabriel's In
Re-read of Gabriel’s Inferno

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Professor Emerson... you’ve stolen my heart once again! I think this re-read made me love this book even more than the first time I read it. Gabriel’s Inferno is one of the most beautiful and well written romances I have ever read. I can’t wait to do a re-read of book 2 and am anxiously awaiting the release of the third!

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“When I am an old man and I can remember nothing else, I will remember this moment. The first time my eyes beheld an angel in the fles
Lovely! Especially loved their backstory.
Taryn at My Secret Romance

This review was posted at My Secret Romance

Sorry it has taken me so long to put a review was very hard to put my thought together for this book. So here goes.

There's an aura of sensuality that surrounds this book. It's sinfully arousing yet hardly any actual romance scenes. If an author can write a book with just kissing scenes in it and make the kisses so seductive, then I have to give the author credit. That is talent. The details of the kisses were slow and passionate, to where
"That's All" Ash
If I had to only use one word to sum up this book?


I wasn’t supposed to read this book, you know. And I absolutely wasn’t supposed to like it. I had read an excerpt from it about a year ago, and immediately scrunched up my nose while simultaneously turning it up in conclusion that it just wasn’t my cup o’ tea. I was like, “A professor and a student version of Fifty Shades of Grey, eh?” Pass.

And then I did read it.
And. Then. I. Fucking. Loved. It.

So here, let me introduce it to you…
I had the privilege of reading an unpublished version of this book. I fell completely in love with this story, which became my reading addiction for nearly a year. I was there for every chapter update and would obsessively think about the characters in the interim. I fangirled the author, and became a complete freak over this story. I would STRONGLY suggest this book to any of my friends. It's an incredible love story. 5 stars.
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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! Gabriel’s Inferno, book 1 of 3. Professor Gabriel Emerson’s courtly seduction of his chaste student Julia!

“Then I’m glad I’m your first.”

Books in Gabriel’s Inferno trilogy should be read in order:
Book 1: Gabriel’s Inferno
Book 2: Gabriel’s Rapture
Book 3: Gabriel’s Redemption

Gabriel’s Inferno, book 1 opens up with Professor Gabriel O. Emerson, Dante specialist for the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto giving a seminar. MA Grad student Julianne Mitchell, Julia is
Tigris Eden
I was asked to review this book by Omnific Publishing and the funny thing was is that I won a coupon on Twitter from them and this was the book I had selected as what I wanted to read. I am a sucker for The Divine Comedy and any references Dante's Inferno. Hence Gabriel's Inferno caught my attention. I hadn't even read the blurb just saw the title and immediately related it to Dante's Inferno. I have never ready anything by Reynard and had no clue what so ever... A virgin reader to a new author ...more
My Julia and Gabriel:

Wow! This is a phenomenal book!

Gabriel's Inferno is the best story about forbidden love I have ever read. All characters were believable and real. They have their ups and downs, fears and dreams, past issues and hopes for future. This is very compact and smart book. It has everything - romance, erotica, art, religious elements. I really enjoyed reading it, it made me cry, laugh, smile, anxious... Reading Gabriel's Inferno was really a fulfilling experience! And I absolutely
What to say about this wonderful book? When I read, I enjoy losing myself in the atmosphere, finding that I can "see" what is being played out before me on the page. This book and this talented author have that just ability. From the beginning, I was hooked; a poet longing for a woman, his muse. A passing of two people, a bright smile and he is forever lost. Fast forward to the present, where an irksome and pretentious bastard of a Professor berates his seemingly meek and mild graduate student. ...more
Natalie ♥︎♥︎for the love of TBH!♥︎♥︎

! Poetic, beautiful and profound, forbidden and breathtaking. A sexy professor embraces in a dangerous affair with his beautiful student.

GABRIEL'S INFERNO was so utterly beautifull, completely stunning, spectactular and breathtaking, no matter what worlds I'll use I don't feel i can make this book justice. It is in time like these, when I have read a masterpiece like this, that I simply adored, I wish that my english was better so I could simply convince everyone to read this hypnotic book. Eve
Wise men say only fools rush in...

But I can't help falling in love with you.......

Oh gods of wonderful books and voracious readers and all that is love and true and holy, thank you for the existence of this book!

One of the best romance stories I've read this of the most sensual stories I've ever come across...I'm going to create a special category for this book...One-of-the-best-romances-with-the-best-kisses-and-wonderful-sensuality-and-story-that-left-me-sighing-endlessly-my-favouri
Blacky *Romance Addict*
This book is just too long, it would have got 3 stars from me if it was atleast 100 pages shorter. The anoying thing is the main female character, Julia. She spends 2/3 of the book staring at her feet because she's so shy. Not much happening in the book, mostly Gabriel and Julia talking about the same stuff over and over again. Although, there are some very nice and emotional scenes, that's why I gave it 2 stars :)
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Oct 23, 2013 Anna marked it as currently-reading-for-months
Recommended to Anna by: Mukadis

It's time to meet the professor ....
let me get my visuals

Rachael Wade
"Tell me that you want me, or get out."

Redemption, forgiveness, and love, love, love. That is what this story is about. Forgiving yourself and learning how to love an equally flawed human being with the same unconditional love that you are to show yourself. The two main characters mirror Dante and Beatrice, and the parallels are beautiful.

This is not your typical romance. It is intellectual, poetic, intense, honest, and in my opinion, nothing short of brilliant. You don't see this type of depth
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)

This review marks the second time I've this book, and although it didn't pack the same punch as the inaugural reading, Gabriel's Inferno will remain on my "Favorite Books" list. Professor Gabriel Emerson is my ultimate book boyfriend. Sylvain Reynard has created a romance which is unforgettable, beautiful, and mesmerizing.

I was re-reading in preparation for the recently released third & final book in the trilogy, Gabriel's Redemption. I did a buddy read with the amazing Wendy (Wendy's Though
5 I'm Glad I'm Your First Stars!

The reread was even better!

I firmly believe that no matter how many times you reread a book, it's never the same reading experience as before. Each reread holds a different perspective; a separate opportunity to view the story in a new light. I knew when starting this that all the secrets, lies, and questions wouldn't be so frustrating to read because I know why characters are the way they are and I know the outcomes. I could truly just sit back and enjoy....and b
5 Surprisingly Amazing Stars!


Julia and Gabriel shared a beautifully innocent night almost a few years ago in the woods behind his parents house. Neither of them forgot it and neither and they didn’t saw each other or heard anything about each trough the following years.
Now, six years late they met each other again: only now she is a graduate student and he is the Dante’s Specialist professor.
So, yes, their relationship is completely forbidden.


But that isn’t the worst of them all, Gabriel is
Since it took me 3 weeks to finish this book, I can’t blame my mood-at-time-of-reading for my opinion. It failed to stir any emotions in me. First, I didn’t like the heroine. The author tried to create an innocent virgin woman and instead I felt like I was reading about a pre-teen girl. Even Paul and Gabriel explained things to her as if she was 12 years-old. She even expected that the hero after only one night and years without seeing each other would remember her and tell her he loved her (wth ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I made it to 50% and could not read more. Review coming soon (until then, read my updates, they'll explain why I disliked this book).
Professor Gabriel Emerson realizes he made a mistake by judging his student Julia Mitchell so harshly after pieces of their shared yet secret past begins to reveal itself. Bound by a code of ethics but unable to resist, Gabriel soon finds himself unable to stay away from Julia. And, even though they both know that starting an intimate relationship is forbidden, they just can't deny their matter the cost.

I had a lot of issues with this story and not necessary for the reasons you'd t
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