Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard toes the delicate line between chick lit and romance in a way I really enjoyed. The cover is lustful and steamy – a total turnoff for me – but the writing inside is worth diving into.
The story begins with Julie starting graduate school in Canada. She quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her professor in a Dante Seminar. But she seems to know more about him than befits a new student. It’s confusing at first, but as the tale unfolds we quickly learn Julie and The Professor have a rich past he remembers nothing about.
I try not to be too much of a tease, but the story is so captivating I hate to give any of it away here. Let’s just say they’ve had a passionate past where the lines between love, hate, rage and passion begin to blur.
Julie is a strong female character; Reynard gave her depth and intelligence, aspects that are key to a great chick lit novel. The Professor is equally intriguing, making them a fascinating duo. Too many books let the male character serve as only a prop for the woman to grow, but this gives us a glimpse into both psyches creating a clever (albeit lustful) read.
Vin Parfait Red Wine’s erotic aromas of ripe red cherry and raspberry reduction complement this steamy yet sharp novel. The flavorful blend of wines matches the combination of Julie and Professor Emerson’s dynamic personalities. Sip a glass of this enchanting red while daydreaming of your very own professor feeding you chocolate cake (see p. 226 – trust me), and cozy up with The Professor in Gabriel’s Inferno.
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