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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

KLB Virtual Journey: Review & Giveaway of Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Welcome to the 9th stop on the KLB Virtual Book Tour of Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. I was emailed by these wonderful ladies a couple of weeks raving about this book like nobody's business. So I definitely had to see what all the hoopla was about. They weren't lying, this book was incredible. Just read my review to see how incredible I thought it was and I am spreading the love, so I am giving away an ebook copy of this book courtesy of Omnific Publishing.


Author: Sylvain Reynard
Format: PDF
Pages: 514
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: April 19, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis from Omnific Publishing

Professor Gabriel Emerson, a specialist in Dante and the art of seduction, believes he has already earned his exile to the lower circles of Hell. Since redemption is impossible, there is no reason to refrain from indulging in a life of pleasurable sin, using his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm as a means to gratify his every whim. But when he meets Julia Mitchell, a brilliant, lovely, and innocent grad student with the achingly familiar eyes of an angel, all of his cynical convictions are challenged. Her mysterious allure and the havoc she wreaks on his self-satisfied existence cause him to lash out at her, while her quiet beauty and innate goodness consistently undermine his control, tempting him beyond measure.

Despite surviving a traumatic childhood, nothing has shaken Julia’s faith that redemption is possible for everyone—everyone but her. Her unworthiness torments her, since the only man she will ever love has managed to forget her very existence, failing to even recognize her when they reconnect. Too naive to see that Gabriel’s hostility is a mask for his increasing obsession with her, Julia forces him to come to grips with his past while she continues to unwittingly torment his senses. His fascination grows into a dangerous preoccupation, for Julia is forbidden fruit . . .

Will Gabriel survive the inferno, or will he succumb to the flames?

     Wow, just wow! I am sad to admit that I have never heard of this book until a few weeks ago. But I blame the fact that I have been hunting for UF and PNR books, not much Contemporary (although this book walks along the line of PNR, you’ll know when you read it). I regret that I didn’t discover this sooner. It was BRILLIANT! Now like many others, I too am a fan of Dante’s Inferno (haven’t read since high school, but still), so I had a feeling I would enjoy this. I just didn’t know how much. This is not only one of the best debut books this year, but Reynard is one of the best new authors this year. 

     Gabriel’s Inferno is about a man, a professor, named Gabriel Emerson. He is a Dante specialist. He is great at his job, but he is aggressive and callous, so he isn’t the most pleasant professor to have. So when Julia Mitchell first takes Professor Emerson’s class at the University of Toronto, he quickly picks her out of the crowd of graduate students and rips her new one. But when Julia has to meet Emerson after class for an even bigger lashing, she hears him on the phone and that one phone call changed everything. That one phone call starts a revelation for both Gabriel and Julia. 

    I like my little synopsis, but honestly it doesn’t do this book justice. The way Reynard slowly revealed things to us was just incredible. It was paced beautifully.  We go from seeing two complete strangers to seeing that these two have a past and that past is connected. We learn that they knew each other and due to some outstanding events, lost each other. But while trying to find each other, they both continue to push each other away because they shouldn’t be together. They have demons and scars so deep that hold them back and trust me when you learn some in particular, you will be in a state of tears. 

    I really loved the characters. Julia is intelligent and beautiful and despite her past, she holds her head up high and stays optimistic. But she is very timid and fragile. But we learn that is due to the fact that everyone she knew has kicked her down or thrown her aside. Her mother was a crazy drunk who cared more for her one night stands than her. Her father never seemed to make time for her. A man who she thought she loved used, abused and betrayed her. She found love through her adopted family specifically their adopted son, who is Gabriel. Even through being separated for years and thinking she will never see him again, she has always loved him because she knew he loved her.

    Gabriel was to die for. He is the human version of Jericho Barrons. He puts on a mask for everyone so no one sees who he really is, which is a very tortured man. This book grabbed my attention from page 1, but learning his history was a heartbreaking experience that Reynard slowly released to us. I love when he finally bares his soul to Julia (even though he thought he didn’t have one) and that final piece of darkness just lifts from him. Man this book made me emotional and anyone that knows me knows I am not that kind of chick.

    Julia and Gabriel were perfect. She gave him hope and made him forgive himself for all he has done. She has shown him that he isn’t unlovable. He has shown her that she isn’t worthless. That she is tough and capable. The more you read it, the more you see how well they balance each other out. The romance between them was so intense it had me rooting for them even when it looked like they were doomed.

    Why is it so hard to write about something so good? I am having the toughest time right now. This book was that good!  As I said before, I always seem to go for books with chicks with swords, but I am sooooo happy I gave this a chance. Gabriel’s Inferno is an exquisitely written book. Reynard definitely knows her literature and it shone brightly in this book. This is a complex and intelligent love story that I recommend to anyone who loves a story about forbidden and lost love, personal demons, tragic pasts and redemption.



Giveaway Time

Courtesy of Omnific Publishing, they are offering an ebook copy of Gabriel's Inferno to one lucky winner. All you have to do is be a follower of KLB Virtual Events and please leave a comment saying you are a follower along with your email address.

*Winner will be chosen by
*Contest ends October 3rd
*Must be 18 years or older


Click HERE for more information and blog tour schedule for more chances to win the amazing book! 

*Tomorrow's stops*


  1. I have heard so many great things about this book, and I've read other Omnific books that I've absolutely loved. Thanks for the review! :)


  2. I've been following the tour and I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the great giveaway!


  3. thanks for the info, i'll sign up for that blog. i'mm curious because i've also read some rants about this book, mixed reviews are always interesting.

  4. Me wants this book! So many fantastic reviews.

  5. I am a follower and this book sounds fantastic! :)

  6. I loved this book. I felt choked up reading the beginning, and the rest of the book packs a big emotional punch too. Great review!

  7. Not entering the giveaway, but wanted to say I think I'm in the minority when I say that I couldn't get into this book at ALL.

  8. Great review Diana! Oh I'm really going to have to check this book out sometime soon! :-D Leave me out of this giveaway but I know I really REALLY have to read this with your 5+ rating and you're awesome comments on the book. :-)

  9. Thank you for the giveaway. Gabriel's Inferno has very beautiful story. I am a follower of KLB Virtual Events as Diana.

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  10. So glad to see you loved this one. :) Sounds amazing. :) Thanks. I love the 5 +1 he he. Cool!

  11. Thank you for your honest review! I agree with you that Sylvain's book(s) are fabulous! Thanks for the giveaway opp...I think the kindle for PC or even a print copy would be great! Best Regards!

  12. Oh my yet another great book to add to the read list. Awesome review as always Diana. Many TY's for the giveaway chance hon Cheers!!


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