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Friday, November 17, 2017

Between The Sheets Promotions Presents: Consent by Charmaine Pauls; #BlogTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #Review

Title: Consent (The Loan Shark Duet, #2)
Author: Charmaine Pauls
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Told in the first person.  Alternating persons.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Between The Sheets Promotions and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".


When Gabriel broke down my door, he took over my body and life. Never with force, but always with clever manipulation. He stripped me of my independence, my defenses, and my clothes and turned me into an addict. My addiction is him.

Once, I had dreams and a future. Now, I have fears, scars, and insatiable needs. I’m damaged beyond repair, but if I’m to survive the most dangerous man in Johannesburg, I can’t allow him to break me, because broken toys are destined for the garbage dump.

(CONSENT is the second and final full-length novel in a two-part duet. The first book, DUBIOUS, must be read in order to follow the story. This is a dark romance with a criminal anti-hero and forced seduction. Reader discretion is advised.)

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My Thoughts:

This story starts where Dubious ends.  It shows that this duet must be read in order.  If you want to know how Valentina and Gabriel came to be you need to start with book one.  Plus it would almost be like cheating and starting to read in the middle of a book.  Both these characters seem desperate but for different reasons.  But will they have the same goal as this book progresses?  Valentina’s desperation takes on a very sad quality but there are times when choices need to be made.  You know an author is doing their job when you get shivers going down your back.

I don’t know if the author intended it, and I don’t know if Gabriel would appreciate it, but there was a scene where I could come up with one word for him and it was “cute”.  He’s a man that commands but his softer side shows through – even though he may not want it to.  Even though Valentina may be fighting it, she’s good for him.  And if she’s willing, maybe he will be good for her.  Our author knows how to create heat too.  So if your e-reader gets a little warm you’ll know why.

The ending is both happy and sad.  Our author gives our characters a happy ending – which is always nice to see.  But the ending is also sad because this means that the duet is over.  And then we turn happy again because this just means that we can go on and read more of this author’s work.  And if you look at her list of books you will have plenty to choose from.

More in the series!

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 ten novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles. Two of her short stories were selected for publication in an African anthology from across the continent by the International Society of Literary Fellows in conjunction with the International Research Council on African Literature and Culture.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in Montpellier with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.

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