Thursday, March 22, 2018

Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

This was recommended to me because I liked 50 Shades which I found interesting because it is nothing like 50 Shades. There is no BDSM (other than a side character's reference), no rampant sex every few pages (there's almost no sex at all), and the although flawed, the characters are believable.

Written in the third person it follows Julia - a meek girl with a crush, Gabriel - an ass by his own admission (eventually) and a cast of side characters through a touching and passionate romance. Through the course of the story, Gabriel struggles to change from his protectively gruff persona into a gentler, kinder person. The abuse, which is not perpetrated by the main characters, is never described in a graphic sense, it is seen only in reference and in the characters emotional turmoil. The story focuses on the two main characters as they build a believable and sensual relationship.

The references in this book range from Monty Python to Madam Butterfly, which I love, but the main reference focuses heavily on Dante's Inferno. There are some phrases and words in Italian but most are translated into English as part of the storyline.

I'd recommend this book for anyone who wants a romantic story but is trying to avoid the Bodice Ripper quick reads.