The story of Professor Gabriel Emerson’s growing love affair with a pupil, Gabriel’s Inferno is a perfect example of how character-driven erotica is generally far more powerful than books that simply describe the mechanics of lovers’ encounters with one another. As Gabriel is drawn closer to Julia, it becomes apparent that their love will be transformative for both of them.
Gabriel’s Inferno works so well because the protagonists are complex, interesting individuals whose motivations can be both provocative and surprising. There seems to be great weight behind these people, and it’s clear from the start that this won’t be some throwaway, vapid love affair. There’s a palpable degree of tension throughout the narrative, and this adds to the sense of drama.
Gabriel is a particularly interesting character, struggling with his past and trying to reconcile his darker desires with his feelings for Julia. Seasoned readers of romance and erotica novels might think they see where the plot is headed, but they will be in for a surprise. Gabriel’s Inferno is a powerful novel that will not be easily forgotten by any of its readers.
Star rating for Gabriel’s Inferno: 4½ stars.
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