You know when you read a book and it just sticks with you? When you know that it’s going to shoot right up to your instant favourites list that you will recommend to everyone?
This. This is one of those books.
I’ve held onto to the Gabriel’s Inferno series for a while but just never got around to reading it. After one of my best friends recommended it to me and kept going on, and on, and on about this Professor Emerson, I eventually relented and decided to pick it up.
If you are hoarding this book, for any reason at all, I IMPLORE YOU, the next book you read HAS TO BE THIS ONE. This book…is just…everything. I promise you, Gabriel Emerson will shoot right up your book boyfriend list and take a seat right next to Ethan Blackstone.
Sometimes people can make such a strong impression that it sticks with you forever. That is what Gabriel Emerson is to grad student, Julia Mitchell. Julia met Gabriel on a whim many years ago when she was only in high school, and ever since that meeting he’s been the only man for her. When she enrols into special Dante class he teaches, he has no idea who she is and ends up treating her quite cruelly. Despite that, Gabriel feels this strange connection to her and feels like he has to know more about her. When he finds out that she is the mysterious angel from his past, he will do anything to win her over and worship her like the angel she is, even if it means jeopardizing his career and bringing light to demons he’s wanted to keep buried away.
I am SO CONFIDENT readers will love this book and Professor Emerson that I don’t even want to write a review about it. That’s how confident I am!
Gabriel Emerson is EVERYTHING.
He’s intelligent, charismatic, dangerously sexy, dominant, and an amazing lover. Forget Prince Charmings and Knights in Shining armour, please, they don’t hold A CANDLE to this alpha male of a man. Sylvain Reynard, whoever you are, YOU. ARE. A. GENIUS! (if not a little bit cruel for creating such a perfect specimen of a man that most likely no man can live up to, and therefore ruining the standards of women everywhere).
“But you’re still angry. I can see it in your eyes.”
“I’m sure you’re angry with me too. But hopefully we’ll get over it. Right now, every time I look at you all I can think about is kissing you.” Gabriel released her and began to lead her down the stairs.
“Paul could take me home.”
“I told you – **** Paul. You’re my Beatrice. You belong with me.”
What gets me, what’s really attractive about a man is confidence, playfulness, charm and if he has a way with words. Deep down, all women want the same thing, and if a man knows exactly what to say and how to treat a woman, she’s like putty in his hands. Gabriel is a ROMANTIC, not because he wants to worship her, but because he wants her to see how beautiful she is in his eyes. MEN PAY ATTENTION BECAUSE THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Women, and Julia included, want to be loved. They want to belong to someone, and I’m not talking about a possessive way, I’m talking about being important, being cherished, being so important that all the guy does is worry about you and want to make you happy. Your happiness makes him happy. Gabriel has a way with words, this ELOQUENCE, that very few men have in saying what women want to hear in a very poetic and devoted language. This ladies and gentleman, is what women want; this is what makes Gabriel Emerson a God.
“When I am an old man and I can remember nothing else, I will remember this moment. The first time my eyes beheld an angel in the flesh.
“I will remember your body and your eyes, your beautiful face and breasts, your curves and this.” He traced his hand around her navel before dragging it lightly to the top of her lower curls.
“I will remember your scent and your touch and how it felt to love you. But most of all, I will remember how it felt to gaze at true beauty, both inside and out. For you are fair, my beloved, in soul and in body, generous of spirit and generous of heart. And I will never see anything this side of heaven more beautiful than you.”
Before I continue about how amazing Gabriel Emerson is, I’d like to pause and turn to our female protagonist of the story, Julia Mitchell. Now I’ve heard some complaints about her being ‘nothing extraordinary’ and I feel that’s the beauty in it. Sometimes the people who’ve been hurt the most have the biggest heart. That’s because they can appreciate love more when it comes, even if they are as cautious as a mouse. Julia may NOT be the MOST ASSERTIVE of female protagonists but in all honesty I didn’t mind her. Perhaps because I felt like I could relate to her on a lot of emotional levels. She is a lot tougher than she thinks, and ultimately suffers in silence even though it really isn’t benefiting anyone. All women deserve to be loved the way Gabriel loves Julia. It isn’t about gifts or extravagance, it’s about the attention, the love, the support and how important the woman is to the man.
I could swoon about Professor Gabriel Emerson all day every day, if only I could track down this illusive author at UofT and sit in one of his lectures, *sigh*. Gabriel’s Inferno is EVERYTHING you could want in a romance novel, it’s hot, steamy, intense, and captivating. I promise Professor Emerson will stick with you and make you burn with desire for the kind of love he has for his Beatrice.
10/5 Hearts of Love