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Gabriel's Inferno

(Gabriel's Inferno #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  135,096 ratings  ·  7,525 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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Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Juliana Philippa
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
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!

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
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, Jul
Ivana S.
Dec 30, 2011 rated it did not like it

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

First of all (and I NEVER thought I'd say this about a book) - 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
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lovely! Especially loved their backstory.
Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*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
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have a passion for teacher and student love stories, and this is by faaaaar the most delicious and intriguing book I have ever read upon this subject.

I quickly became addicted to the story, for me this being like a roller-coaster of emotions.
First you have the heroes: Julia- a shy but determined student, that dreams of becoming a Dante Specialist.

We get to see her journey of discovery, that is by far a complex one, from a girl to a woman. Gabriel- a conflicted yet charming Dante teacher, wi
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Update 2: Awesome news from Passionflix! 😍😍😍


Update 1: OMG my lovely GR friends. Please look at what Sylvain Reynard just shared. :) Ahhh I'm soooo happy right now. :D

My film and television rights are now represented by Alice Lawson of the Gersh Agency. What this means is that Alice has generously taken up the helm with the #GabrielsInferno series in an effort to bring a movie or series to life. Wish her luck, #SRFans!

Pearl Angeli

"You are a only a magnet for mishap, Miss Mitchell, while I am a magnet for sin."

4 I Burn for You Stars!

There are three things I loved the most about this book:

Gabriel Emerson


Gabriel Emerson




Gabriel Emerson aside, I loved all the things about this book. I was pulled in the moment I started reading it because of Sylvain Reynard's unique and captivating writing. The storyline, although you can call it cliché, is usually the kind of story that holds my interest. Forbidden st

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…
Sarah Maxwell
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.
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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 :)
Tigris Eden
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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

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

MOVe OVER CHRISTIAN GREY. GABRIEL O. EMERSON IS IN THE BUILDING! Gabriel's Inferno was 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 when I have read a masterpiece like this, that I simply adored, I wish that my english was better so I could convince eve
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I see the appeal of GI and had I read it say 5 years ago I would, at the very least, have finished reading it.

However, the forbidden teacher-student, OTT rich alpha male-virgin female trope, has become so boring and redundant. It doesn't help that this- with its copious allusions to Dante and Frodo blah blah- is just too pretentious for my taste. DNF @ 50%
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, e-book
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Rachael Wade
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
May 08, 2013 marked it as currently-reading-for-months
Recommended to Anna by: Mukadis

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

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
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
I've had this book on my TBR pile for a long time and was happy to finally get to it especially knowing how many people love the series. I didn't read the reviews, well, if I did, it was a long time ago and I don't remember much. I don't think reading the reviews would have prepared me anyway. This book is intense...and l-o-n-g...and romantic...and frustrating...and did I mention intense?!

Gabriel, or Professor Emerson or as he prefers it, The Professor, is obviously a professor at the University
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
Alexis *Reality Bites*
This bk gets a 3.5 Star rating from me. Honestly..... i found that the storyline seemed to drag and it was hard to stay focused while reading it. Thank goodness i have an Art History background as well as classical music b/cuz if not i would have been sooo lost at times during this bk. And b/cuz i am not fluent in Italian at times i was a little lost when it came to some references to certain text. Anywho the love story was done very very well my only problem with the story as a whole is the fac ...more
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