A Gabriel’s Inferno/Florentine Novella (0.5)
The unveiling of a set of priceless illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence exposes Professor Gabriel Emerson and his beloved wife, Julianne, to a mysterious enemy.
Gabriel may have acquired the illustrations only a few years ago, but unbeknownst to him, they were stolen a century earlier from the ruler of Florence’s underworld.
Now one of the most dangerous beings in the city is determined to reclaim his prize and exact his revenge on the Emersons–but not before he uncovers something disturbing about Julianne…
In the distance, the Prince could hear voices and muffled sounds.
He approached silently, almost floating across the floor.
Desperate groans and the rustling of fabric filled his ears, along with the twin sounds of rapidly beating hearts. He could smell their scents, the aromas heightened due to their sexual arousal.
He growled in reaction.
The corridor was shrouded in darkness but the Prince could see that the professor had his wife up against a window between two statues, her legs wrapped around his waist.
Her voice was breathy as she spoke, but the Prince tuned out her words, moving closer so he could catch a glimpse of her lovely face.
At the sight of it, flushed with passion, his old heart quickened and he felt the stirrings of arousal.
It was not his custom to observe rather than participate. But on this occasion, he decided to make an exception. Careful to remain in the darkness, he moved to the wall opposite the couple.
The woman squirmed in her lover’s arms, her high heels catching on his tuxedo jacket. Her fingers flew to his neck, undoing his bow tie and tossing it carelessly to the floor.
She unbuttoned his shirt, and her mouth moved to his chest, as murmurs of pleasure escaped his lips.
The Prince felt more than desire as he watched the woman’s eager movements. He caught a glimpse of her exquisite mouth and the toss of her long hair that would no doubt feel like silk between his fingers.
She lifted her head to smile at the man who held her close and he could see love in her eyes.
Sylvain’s writing style is poetic. You can always get a feel for a person by how they write, and whenever I read a book written by Sylvain, I always feel like I am with intelligent company. The writing is always believable, beautiful, and captivating. That was true for the Gabriel’s Inferno series and it remains true to this day.
“‘Do you think that you can feel darkness?'”
The Prince is the beginning back story for the Florentine series. It brings both this new series and meshes it in with the Inferno series. We mostly see into The Prince’s thoughts in this novella, and I am all too curious to see where this new series leads us. It sets up the ground-work into how The Prince and the Emerson’s are intertwined, and that we’ll be seeing a lot more of our favorite couple as this new series unfolds. I was pulled into this story immediately, and am very anxious for more–thankfully we don’t have to wait that long for the first installment!
“‘Here is an angel, fallen to earth,’ he whispered, his blue eyes alight with erotic fire.”
As always, Sylvain grabs onto us and takes us into his stories with a fervor that is very rare. We always see both the good and the bad of each of his characters, along with mystery and intrigue. I can tell this series will take us on an action-filled but incredible journey deep into the paranormal world of Italy. Yes, I said paranormal. And it’s going to be great.
The First Novel in the Florentine Series Releases February 3, 2015
♦GABRIEL’S INFERNO TRILOGY♦
Book 1: Purchase for Kindle
Book 2: Purchase for Kindle
Book 3: Purchase for Kindle
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.
I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.
I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Twitter account.
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