Elena’s Book Crushes: Gabriel Emerson from Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard and Holder from Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Today I start a series of posts where I talk about my favorite fictional crushes. You know those male characters you can’t stop thinking about, that make you swoon with their words and weak at the knees? Yes, those ones 😉

Today I’ll talk about two of my most favorites: Gabriel Emerson from the Gabriel’s Inferno series by Sylvain Reynard and Dean Holder from Hopeless and Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover.

Gabriel Emerson – The Professor

My Gabriel: David Gandy


Why do I love Gabriel?
I think there aren’t enough words to say why I ADORE this character so much. He’s sexy beyond words, his sensuality makes your heart beat at an impossible rhythm, and he knows what women want.
He puts Julia’s needs above his own, and his number one concern is to please her, protect her, and make her happy. He makes mistakes and he has his flaws, of course, but he wants to repair the wrongs he’s done and find forgiveness.

One of my favorite scenes involving Gabriel: Those who’ve read the series, surely remember the scene where Gabriel confesses his past to Julia…This is one of my favorite scenes, because we really see Gabriel’s heart in this one– his tough and confident façade crumbles and we see a man who’s deeply sorry for what he’s done in the past, and desperately wants to feel worthy of love and forgiveness.

Some of my favorite Gabriel’s quotes:

“You blossom under kindness, don’t you? Like a rose.”
“For the rest of my life, I’ll dream of hearing your voice breathe my name. ”
“Then I’m glad I’m your first.”
“I am a good lover, Julianne, in all senses of the word.”
“I want to be your last.”
“You’re the only one who has ever been my lover in the true sense.”
“I want you to know that you’re safe, when you are in my arms.”

Dean Holder

My Holder: Colton Haynes


Why do I love Holder?

Sky says he’s “the best boyfriend in the whole wide world” and indeed he’s one of the best and most swoon worthy characters I’ve read about out. Not only is he handsome, but he’s so very caring and loving towards Sky. He’s been through so much pain and heartache, but despite all that, he still finds the strength to stay close to Sky, when the big revelation is made…He loves her unconditionally and He never leaves her side, and he’s always ready to support her, even in the most dreadful moments. And the words he says to Sky…No matter how many times I read them, I always melt.

One of my favorite scenes involving Holder: The shower scene…I fell in love with him even more in this one.

Some of my favorite Holder’s quotes:

“I live you, Sky.”
“You don’t deserve words, Sky. You deserve actions.”
“I’ve been looking for you my whole damn life.”
“The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers.”
“I won’t be marrying you with the hope that our marriage will work out. When you become mine, it’ll be a forever thing. I’ve told you before that the only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers, and I mean that.”

SWOON! So have you met these two wonderful male characters? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments 🙂


About Elena

Literature is my passion. I love reading so much that I spend countless hours in bookstores and libraries. I have a soft spot for poetry and art. I like traveling and discovering new places. I can't do without a book.

7 thoughts on “Elena’s Book Crushes: Gabriel Emerson from Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard and Holder from Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

  1. Keisha says:

    Loooove! *swoon*


  2. shammee says:

    I just love them …. they have just raised the standards of perfect Boyfriend , & best lovers forever …. now my heart will always be locked inside that wall ….


  3. Chris says:

    I have read Gabriels Inferno and Rapture (cannot wait for #3) I will now have to read Hopless series.


  4. Theresa says:

    Just loved them as my grandson would say “love them too much” can’t wait for Gabriel’s Redemption. 🙂


  5. He is sooooo my professor.


  6. Gloria Landavazo says:

    When it comes to Holder I am totally a book cougar!!! I ADORE HIM!!!
    I love Gabriel!! I can fantasize about him any day, as far as David Gandy goes he is the star of many of my book boyfriends even if it really doesn’t reflect him!!!!


  7. puppymom73 says:

    Ah, the Professor…swoon. Ah, Holder…swoon. I love these two guys for the same reason actually. While they are VERY different characters, they both have passion. Passion for life, passion for their girls, passionate desire for forgiveness and moving forward. Both of the guys know the power of a touch. Not just a kiss or roll in the hay, but the raw power that comes from touch. Love em both!


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