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.
I really did not know what to do with this book. Sometimes I really got caught up; sometimes I was feeling like watching some bad television that simply killed my mood for an entire day…I sort of wished for something more…
I still gave this book 4 stars for the amazing thesis about Dante and Beatrice, for talking about one of the most complex things I’ve ever read and now I wish I would read it again. So, for that, thank you!
But for the rest? Oh, come oooon! What are we? Ten? Seriously! I really did not liked how Beatrice/Julyanne acted like, it was like she was some doll with a little bit of brain and he was God, with lots of it and a lot of money…
Also, what the heck was that secret? Seriously? He killed someone? But not really? He really had nothing to do with it, for crying out loud, he just happened to do a lot of stupid s*it and beat the bush around, but he was also twenty-something so that counted as for nothing. He was not capable of making a decision, but that was because he induced that stage, so he feels the GUILT! Remorse, even! But THAT was his dark, big, awesome secret that I had to read four hundred pages for? No. S*it. Sherlock!
I’ve analysed this book from different points of view. As a fan of criminology and as a future doctor, but also as someone who read a lot of things about human mind, and I just came up empty handed. But, I guess, the main idea was to make him look bad, so I could be interested in him… and it kind of work. But I’ve become frustrated in the end and that said a lot. It was not a ‘good frustrated’ mood, but a bad one.
I disliked her behaviour at some point so much that I was just about to jump into my ‘Tardis’ and travel back in time when this was being written, so I could set some things straight. And him? I don’t even want to go there. Nuhuh! Nope. No chance!
Advice: Read it, but don’t kill me when you will be “The heck have I just read?”