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“I have to say i feel a bit arrogant now, since my love for fanfiction made me read this one while it was still a work in progress. It's definitely a good read, worth your time. But I couldn't enjoy it since I keep reading Edward instead of Gabriel. However, congrats to one of my favorite ff...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“This book would be a 2 star if it hadn't aggravated me to no end. There was a lot of potential here, but ultimately I had to struggle to finish reading. I was expecting a scandalous liaison between a professor and his student with Dante as an intellectual backdrop. What I got was a Lit. major's...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I didn't hate or love it. I mildly liked it. Not sure if I'll read the next one or not. ”Rebecca H wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Annoyed the heck out of me! Not my cup of tea.”Eileen C wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Looking for a cliche? They're all in this book plus stilted language: "I'll make you a sandwich if you wish."”Paula Alan wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ugh - After reading the reviews from other readers on this site, I can see I am in the minority, but I thought this book was pretty bad. Granted a lot of the problem may be I listened on audio and the reader was Awful. This was a 50 shades wannabe I think, and it never made it there. The female character was a little TOO TOO sweet and shy for my taste, and Gabrielle had his moments - but not enough....... I was annoyed at both of them most of the time. I will not be going on to the next book. ”Kathy D wrote this review Thursday, April 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“love it”S.L.A. Lacey wrote this review Saturday, March 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Aburrido, es lo que se me hizo este libro lo único rescatable la forma en que finalmente le hace el amor gabriel a su "Beatriz" ”GEORGINA B wrote this review Thursday, March 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“‘Wow’….. that pretty much sums up GABRIEL’S INFERNO. I’m speechless in a way, but overall glad that I bought the book, for I finally know what all the hype is about.
It has been a VERY long time since I’ve read a 3rd person point of view. And boy, did it take me some getting use to always knowing what was going on. I never quite got used to it, but its wild how you do begin not to notice it. This is one of those books that you love and hate at the very same time.
My nook version had 469 pages and for the first 200 nothing happens. It was very hard at this point to continue, but I went back and skimmed all the high reviews and just worked myself into keep going, knowing the story had to pick up at some point.
And for the most part it did. Around 300 and definitely at 400, the romance between Professor Gabriel Emerson and his Grad student Julia Mitchell takes off, but not in the way I was expecting. There wasn’t any ‘Fifty Shades’ between Gabriel and Julia. In fact, only in the last chapter does any sort of sexual relationship occur.
Gabriel’s past is very dark as well is Julia’s. Each has their own demons and it really touches you while reading. Julia’s faced an abusive relationship and Gabriel makes it his mission to once and for all evict all the self-doubt from her mind. Gabriel’s past forces him to believe he’s beyond any redemption.
Despite his darkness he sees in himself, Gabriel is kind and loving to Julia. He wants nothing but pleasure for her and to show her what she’s been missing in the way of love all of her life up until now.
But first, they must face various obstacles holding them back.
GABRIEL’S INFERNO will leave you with mixed emotions, but eager to start the second book, GABRIEL’S RAPTRUE, which I’m about to go do.
“What I liked most about this book had little to do with the relationship between Gabriel and Julia. All of the literary references from Dante's Inferno to Biblical verses and the Renaissance art were very intriguing.
Gabriel was a very interesting character until he became emasculated by Julia. I didn't like that he was just so harsh and severe with her, and her spineless obeisance to his unwarranted criticism made me dislike her. One of my favorite scenes, however, is when he is groveling (the voice mails, the flowers, the standing in the rain outside her apartment *snicker*), and she is just completely unresponsive to any and all overtures from Gabriel. I have to admit that was a great groveling scene. But after that, Gabriel lost most of his fire. He seemed to shrink each time he had an encounter with Julia.
Julia was, as I mentioned, not very bold or assertive. The explosive interchange between Gabriel and Julia at his lecture in front of the class was funny in parts, and she really showed some backbone there.
I didn't really care for the way Gabriel split hairs as far as following the restrictions of a relationship with a student. I knew this would eventually come back and bite both of them in the butt. The intriguing forbidden love aspect transformed into courtly, chivalric love with the two main players appearing a bit like caricatures of each other's ideals.
I was looking forward to the big reveal regarding Julia's ex-boyfriend and Gabriel's tattoo. However, when it came I admit I was disappointed. It seemed like it was much ado about nothing. Gabriel's guilt was misplaced, and Julia's relationship with Simon was overly dramatic for her reaction.
I liked this book until about the halfway mark, and then it seemed to fizzle out. The literary references were fascinating, but the constant bombarding of mood music became tiresome.”
“This is a modern love story of a flawed, tortured man and a young woman who has had a traumatic childhood as well as a traumatic relationship in the past. As the title infers, this story is interwoven with the story of Dante and Beatrice by Dante Alleghieri. As with all good love stories, it is a visceral experience to read this. However, this novel is also cerebral, weaving in references of classic literature and art as well as theology. Amazing book. The two lessons learned from this book are that Love is not always easy, but it is always worth it, and that love is multidimensional. I read the follow on book as soon as I could and now am awaiting book three. If I could give this book 10 stars I would.”Maggie Nolan wrote this review Wednesday, March 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Despite the fact it reminded me of Fifty Shades of Gray without the BDSM, I did like the book. It was just too much like that series of books for me to give it a higher rating. Gabriel is this tortured, domineering man who wants to possess Julia. Julia is a pathetic, young woman who had been in love with her Dante forever. She hangs her head, blushes, stares at her feet and bites her lip. Sound familiar. Sadly, despite this fact, I will read the second one because I have to see where it leads. The book also has some typo errors where female should be male and vice versa. ”Eva C wrote this review Wednesday, March 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No