SERIES: Seven Forbidden Arts #6
AUTHOR: Charmaine Pauls
RELEASE DATE: October 11th, 2016
PUBLISHER: Satin Romance
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy
Nine years ago he took her virginity. Now he’s back for revenge.
Alice Jones has loved one man only–the man who stripped her from her clothes and defenses to leave her vulnerable and cold, the man who took her virginity and went downstairs for ‘a glass of water’ never to return. After nine years the once poor and shamed Ivan Kray is back in London, now a world-famous rock star. He is wealthy, successful, surrounded by millions of fans, and built like a machine while she is struggling, single, overweight, and has to borrow affection from her neighbor’s cat. To make matters worse, he blames her and her family for driving him away. This time round, Ivan doesn’t come to her with gentle caresses and roses. He comes with vengeance and thorns that will either purge or destroy her.
A malnourished toddler barely kept from starving by a nursing dog, Ivan Kray grows up into a hard and emotionally scarred man with a golden voice and a cursed art. Suffering from visions and voices in his head, he finds peace in Alice Jones’ heart and naked arms, only to be knocked down once again. When she chooses her upper-class family over him, he slaves for nine long years to climb to the top of the ladder with one purpose only–to take revenge. He swore he’d be her first and last, and he isn’t a man to break his promises. His plans of submitting Alice to his will are hampered when someone tries to kill him. The sinister attempts on his life are more than the actions of a fan gone fanatic. When his hunter uses Alice to achieve his ominous goal, Ivan must acknowledge his true feelings and put his skills as necromancist to the ultimate test. Will his unusual ability be enough to save Alice before it’s too late to tell her the truth?
South African born Charmaine Pauls is a gypsy at heart who likes to look at the world from the lens of her camera. She writes dark and paranormal romance novels. The author currently resides in Chile with her husband and children.
This time we meet Alice and Ivan, their relationship is based on something that happened nine years ago, when he took her virginity and she thought he walked away breaking her heart. What begins as revenge becomes an intense play between two broken souls. Little by little we get to know them and understand their past, we discovered two people who are afraid to love and be loved due to their past.
The romance is too strong, their relationship is intense, hot and full of fire. This book has a darker tone and Ivan enjoyes a kind of sex that can be a little too much for some. However, is hard to stop reading once they are together, the passion is almost palpable and your eyes get glue to the pages.
I was waiting to see what was their conection to the characters from previous books and was mind blown when I found out how they are conected. The plot is solid and each chapter brings a new surprise.
Overall, I loved this book and is a great addition to the series. Charmaine has a gift to write this kind of books and I can't wait to see what's next.