Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel's Inferno #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
I’m not even sure where to start with how I feel about Gabriel’s Inferno, there is so much I want to say yet I can’t seem to find the right words to do it justice. This book may be one of the most emotionally charged books I have read in a while and it sucked me right in, I felt for the characters, I felt for Gabriel and for Julia.
I must admit, when I started the reading I was expecting this steamy, smutty read that would leave me breathless, and the read did leave me breathless in some moments but for a completely different reason. The reason being the emotion, the turmoil and the crushing moments between Gabriel and Julia, they were like nothing I have read before, they were intense and they were raw.
As the story started to be revealed and the characters scarring, wounding pasts were unravelling I found myself becoming more and more enthralled in the read, I needed to see what would happen in the end, if Gabriel and Julia could help heal each other and be happy. Gabriel was such a tortured soul, feeling nothing but hatred for himself, like he was a curse. Julia was lost inside herself, trapped behind her own defences and afraid to trust anyone. Together they were each other’s saviours.
I feel like I have been on a rollercoaster ride, there were so many highs and so many deep, deep lows. I was tossing up between giving this read a solid four and a half stars and five, I wasn’t sure where to go but with how much this read affected me and touched me, I knew that this read deserved the full five stars. I cannot wait to see where the story leads in the second book.