Zoe has gone through so much. The death of her parents, her brother’s incarceration—all of it weighs heavily on her mind. Despite the chaos, she’s done everything possible to survive. It hasn’t been easy, but she’s made do. Through it all, she’s done her best to maintain contact with her brother. Things take an unexpected turn when Maxime Belshaw steps into her life. The man makes her feel things she doesn’t want to feel. Things that are better left alone and unsaid. What he demands of her, she’s not sure she can deliver. Nevertheless, she’ll try because her life, and that of her brother’s, lies on the line.

I’ve been a fan of Charmaine Pauls for years from the moment I first read the first book from her Seven Forbidden Arts series. I admit this openly. She’s an incredible writer. Bittersweet stories, paranormals, thrillers, suspenses, romances (both erotic and dark)—you name it, she can write it! She has such a unique way of telling a story that pulls you in and keeps your attention from the moment you first open the book.

As of late, I’ve been immersed in her dark romances. These types of books aren’t for everyone, mind you, since some of the content contained within such books might trigger people for a variety of reasons. In this series, Charmaine has given us two characters who are determined in coexisting within the constant adversities they face, day in and day out. Zoe and Maxime are opposites, yet they attract so beautifully that you find yourself rooting for both at every turn.

Theirs is a story full of heartbreak. They’ve dealt with so much, neither is aware of what is up or down. Despite this fact, they fight to assert themselves at every moment. I honestly hope Zoe will find an end to her means. She has to if she’s to succeed in her every goal. What that will entail remains to be seen. Nevertheless, I look forward to what’s to come.

SYNOPSIS

A DARK MAFIA ROMANCE

Men like us, we see things.
We do things, things that make us unfeeling.

That’s the price of power and money, of living la belle vie and running the French mafia. Then she came along like a pretty wildflower pushing through the cracks on a dirty pavement—fragile yet resilient, a breath of beauty among the filth. She was supposed to be just another job, a nameless person I was to pluck from her life and hand to my brother, nothing but a pawn in the gamble of our diamond business.

There’s a psychological label for men like us.
We lack empathy and guilt.
We do things to have what we want, things that make flowers wilt.

(This is Book 1 of the Diamonds are Forever Trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. Diamonds in the Rough (Book 2) will be released on 14 July 2020, and Diamonds are Forever (Book 3) on 15 September 2020.)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published nine novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles.

Two of her shorts have been selected by the International Literary Society for an anthology from across the African continent. When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in France with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French, and Spanish.

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