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.
Apparuit iam beautitudo vestra. Now my blessedness appears.
This was one of the most beautiful and touching books I’ve read in a very long time! As a well respected and brilliant Dante Specialist fraternizing with his students is extremely forbidden. But upon meeting the timid Julia in his class she sparks something in him that he believed to be long diminished! Julia is a shy student of Gabriel’s but she also knows him as the man who introduced her Dante and is her first love.
“…Dante was a poet. Beatrice was his muse. He met her when she was very young, and he loved her from afar his whole life. Beatrice was his guide through Paradise.”
Being her bestfriends brother, she met Gabriel when she was 17. They spent one glorious night together and she’s loved him from a far for the past seven years…the problem? He doesn’t remember her and he’s not the gentle, lost soul that she fell for back then.
“I’m going to be thrown out of Paradise tomorrow, Beatrice. Our only hope is that you find me afterward. Look for me in Hell.”
A lot has changed since their separation, now he’s cold, cantankerous and is known to be somewhat of a ladies man. Tragedy and loss bring them together. And falling in love is not simple for them since she’s his student. But Gabriel doesn’t care…he’ll do everything in his power to keep his Beatrice with him forever. She won’t slip through his fingers again.
The development of Gabriel and Julia’s relationship was beautiful and awe inspiring. In the beginning he was a complete and utter ass to Julia and at times I really felt bad for the poor thing. She’s a tortured soul as well as Gabriel but her fragility was down right difficult to read at times. In addition to Gabriel, Julia meets Paul where he immediately dubbs her as little rabbit… apropos trust me. He’s also some compition for Gabriel since Paul becomes enamored of Julia as thier friendship progresses. I thought it was hilarious every time Gabriel called him Angelfucker whenever he saw them together.
All in all, it was a fantastic read that I enjoyed immensely! I thought it was brilliant how Reynard tied in the Dante and Beatrice story with Gabriel and Julia…I was fascinated and makes me want to learn all about Dante and the Divine Comedy myself! It’s nice to read a good clean romance that wasn’t smutty and I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Don’t get me wrong…I adore my smut, but it was a nice change and I loved and hung on every word of this book and its one that I will definitely read again one day when Im in the mood!
“Being without you Julianne, is like enduring an endless night without stars.”