Book Review: Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 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.


I quite enjoyed this. I would read more books by Sylvain Reynard in future, he’s officially made it onto the short list of ‘male authors whose books I like’.

~ Addictive, utterly addictive. Read this on my kindle and was astounded to realise it was actually 545 pages long!
~ Umm that perfect ending. Yeah. Perfect. I’m not sure that EVER happens in real life, but I’d like to think it does. 🙂
~ Sexy.

“You don’t have to take your clothes off in order to capture my attention. You have it. Completely. You don’t have to have sex with me in order for me to make you feel wanted.” – Page 458

~ The elevator scene which initiated a 180 degree turn in Gabriel’s behavior towards Julia gave me whiplash – as a reader I was thinking ‘she’s still the same nice girl you’ve been rejecting, she’s still your student – how does this particular revelation suddenly convince you to risk everything Gabriel?’
~ All the intellectual Dante et al references. I may have skim read, especially the verses in Italian!!
~ Stranger than fiction ‘dark’ back stories to give the characters depth.

Rating: ☼☼☼☼

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

  1. One of my friends recommended this to me and your review corroborates what she said – I’m glad this one appears to be much more than a typical student/teacher affair novel. Great review, I need to check this one out!

    • My favourite student/teacher romance is Slammed by Colleen Hoover, it’s quite different from Gabriel’s Inferno but I’d recommend it over GI within that genre. I liked this a lot though.

  2. This is one of my favorite books because it is well written and full of references – literature, art, music. It is a bit too emotional in some places and a bit strange for real life, but I guess this is what makes the book stand out. Otherwise it would be a simple student/professor affair book.

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