Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: Dubious @CharmainePauls

TITLE: Dubious
SERIES: AUTHOR: Charmaine Pauls
RELEASE DATE:  10 October 2017
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: Netgalley


How far will a man go to get the woman he wants?
I’m a loan shark. Breaking people runs in my blood. The Haynes’ were supposed to be a straightforward job. Go in and pull the trigger twice. One bullet for Charlie, one for his sister. But when I saw Valentina, I wanted her. Only, in our world those who owe us don’t get second chances. No way in hell will my mother let her live. So I devised a plan to keep her.
It’s depraved.
It’s immoral.
It’s dubious.
It’s perfect.
Just like her.

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.

There is a world where violence is the norm, where debts are paid with your life and where persons can be treated as objects. This world is where Gabriel is the ruler and Valentina a mere pawn. His task is to enter and kill but it all changes when he sees her.

This is not a sweet and easy love story. This is dark and turbulent. Gabriel is a shark loan, a scary and violent one. He is far from perfect on the inside and outside too. His mother has trained him to be heartless and ruthless. And he decides to keep Valentina to his pleasure, she has to work for him to pay her debt but is not a simple work. She becomes the maid, the cooker, and the slave.

As you can imagine the "romance" is dark and full of tension and torture. He obtains pleasure from pain and she starts to crave his touch. The whole relationship is draining and exhausting to read but in a good way. It's addictive, you don't want to stop and you keep wanting to hate Gabriel but it's too hard. And then Valentina, you want to scream at her to be stronger but then you understand that she doesn't have a choice. It's a beautiful story about broken souls and a love that blossoms against all odds.

The writing is excellent and the pages fly one after the other. The book ends with a HUGE cliffhanger but the second book is already ready for you. 

There are so many great things about this book the setting (South Africa), the characters (Valentina has all the qualities we love, she is loyal to her family, strong and brave) and the action. The book has twists and turns and surprises in every corner.

I have to mention the sex scenes, as I said this one is a dark romance, so you can expect rough, raw, and hard scenes, it includes all kind of pain and pleasure.

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