2012 · August

Gabriel’s Inferno & Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard

I had put off reading this book for a long time. The blurb did not really interest me and I felt that I wouldn’t like it. I received e ARCS from Penguin Berkley. I figured that I might as well try it. I did and wholly cow…I could not put these books down! I got lost in the story of Gabriel and Julia.

Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Published April 18th 2011 by Omnific Publishing
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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.

My Review

In this book, we meet Julia Mitchell. She is starting her semester and taking Professor Emerson’s class on Dante. She is really looking forward to the class and actually seeing Gabriel Emerson. Although, the first meeting does not go quite as expected!


 Julia is sweet, shy and innocent. Everyone seems to fall in love with her upon their first meeting. All except for Professor Emerson. She has demons in her past that she is trying to get away from and all she wants is for someone to love her.


 He is stern, controlling and feels like he is incapable of love. He has many demons in his past and he feels like he should punish himself for all that he has done. He has cut himself off from his family and basically leads his life with his job and various women that he picks up in a bar.

 Julia & Gabriel Together

 Together, they have a spark and a passion that can only be seen for each other. They actually bring out the good in each other and try to help each other overcome their many demons. They have many ups and downs, but continue to grow in their relationship.

 The Storyline

 I had a hard time understanding all the Dante and Beatrice references, but even if you have not read them, you will still be able to get the jest of the story. I really enjoy the storyline and it reminds me a teeny tiny bit of 50 shades. Only the character of Gabriel with his controlling nature and Julia being a virgin, otherwise, the storyline was very different. The sexual encounters were very sweet and loving. Slow and sensual, not at all like Mr. Grey.

 “You could have any woman you want, Gabriel.”

He furrowed his eyebrows. “I only want you.” 

This was a fantastic love story. One that I will continue to share with all of my friends!

Gabriel’s Rapture

Published May 22nd 2012 by Penguin Berkley

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 Professor 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 Review

After reading the first book in the series, I could not wait to devour the second.

 In the second book, Julia is a much stronger person. She will not allow anyone to step on her anymore and she feels like she should own up to her mistakes. Gabriel is very much in protection mode and is willing to risk it all for Julia’s career. Even if he has to throw his own away.

 This book was a tear jerker. I could not believe all that happened and how Gabriel was acting!

 I must talk about Rachel for a moment. Rachel is Gabriel’s sister and Julia’s best friend. She is snarky and opinionated and does not back down to Gabriel. From the beginning, I loved her! The things that come out of her mouth are just hilarious!

 I haven’t talked about Paul yet either and he was a major player in the books. Paul is a classmate of Julia’s and he has more than friendly feelings for her. I cannot repeat what nic name Gabriel has given him, but, just know that it is not very nice. Paul is a good guy and for a few moments, I could really see him and Julia having a connection. But, her heart has always belonged to Gabriel. I do not think Paul will ever give up hope though. I think he will always be waiting in the wings for Gabriel to mess up.

 The ending of this book was beautiful and I am so glad that I had decided to read this series! I profusely thank Peguin for allowing me the review copies! I am very happy to report that the following was posted on Ms. Reynold’s blog…Squee!!! Very exciting:)

 @sylvainreynard If you’ve written to me to ask for a third book about the Professor, I’m listening. (And I might have begun to write … )

Both books deserve:


4 thoughts on “Gabriel’s Inferno & Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard

  1. I have had the books for a little while. I read the first and started the second. I think it will be a while before I finish it. Too intense for me right now.


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