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  • Dark and steamy!

    Valentina isn’t in a good place, but she is working hard to dig herself out of her circumstances. She’s taking care of her brother who has brain damage, going to school, and working. She’s determined to make it. That is, until she entrusts the wrong person to keep an eye on her brother. Her brother is indebted to a loan shark for a lot of money. Now, she is forced to work for him for nine years. She works for the family as a maid during the day, but she’s at the mercy of Gabriel’s desires at night. This read is just what the doctor ordered. It’s a dark and steamy story that will take you on a wild ride. The first quarter of the book takes some time to suck you in, but it worked for this story. Things really begin to pick up and you’ll find yourself not wanting to put this book down. You’re going to enjoy this one!

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  • Phenomenal!

    A quick note: This book does have darker themes, and falls under dark romance/dark erotica genre. With that said, the encounters between the two main characters IS CONSENTUAL! Gabriel Louw has been trained from a very young age that if you don’t strike at your victims, you become the victim. That’s not acceptable in the world he lives in. He’s had to be the The Breaker. The one man you don’t want to hunt you down should you owe the family any type of money. You don’t pay it back, The Breaker will make an example out of you. He shows no mercy…..don’t be scared of the dark, be scared of The Breaker who lives in the dark….. Valentina Haynes has lived a life of chaos from an early age. Her family's involvement in the darker criminal activities and groups around them made her cautious. She isn’t oblivious to the fact that with this comes certain promises and expectations. She’s endured a lot, been through too much at her young age. She’s determined to make it different and to live a better life. Unfortunately for her, tragedy strikes her family. In the aftermath she has to move forward…...but what happens next may ruin her life…. Charlie was left with damages that hinder his ability to live a normal life. Because of that, people take advantage of him. Regardless of Val’s intentions to keep them safe, he unknowingly walks into the darkness.Gabriel is sent in by his vindictive mother to “take care” of the debt. Gabriel trains her body to crave his, to accept his darkness and to willingly come to him. Its through their dark trysts that he takes things to a new level to keep her forever. Regardless of his mother's insistence that she be dealt with finality, he will bind her to him in every way he can. The truth starts to rain down them in showers. How is the Louw family connected with the Haynes family? Who shares a past with them all that threatens to come to life and really set a tailspin of drama? Who is going to survive? It’s hard to not give away more!!!! I was blown away by the raw emotions. I wish I could break down everything without giving away too much or writing a novel in return! Charmaine really showed her intense creativity in this phenomenal book. I’m not one for darker romance/erotica usually. However, when it's written in such a way Charmaine did, it had me hooked. Sreiously, I encourage you to read this with an OPEN mind and look beyond just the first layer. You’ll be surprised by how much you learn about them. I wish I could give it a gazillion stars!

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  • Dark, Twisted, oh so Sexy

    This is my first Charmaine Pauls read and I can say with certainty that it will not be my last. It's dark, twisted, sexy and oh so addicting. Gabriel is sexy, controlling and downright domineering. The chemistry between him and Valentina is hot. Page after page you hope and pray that the characters get some kind of happy ending. Valentina doesn't want to be there but it's her only option to keep herself and her brother safe. But what happens when shes practically set up to fail from the very beginning? Gabriel's mother and his ex are characters you will want to just punch in the face. But they make the story that much more interesting. There are so many factors to consider in this book and the way Charmaine ends it will have you begging for the next book to see where these characters go from here.

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  • Fabulous, fantastic, and a must read dark romance!

    I loved reading the exciting and intriguing first book in The Loan Shark Duet series. Gabriel, the enforcer for the mob, is suppose to kill Valentina and her brother, Charlie. Gabriel wants Valentina for himself and makes a deal. Valentina will do anything to save her brother's life and becomes Gabriel's property. Valentina tries keeping up with her vet studies, cleaning the mansion, waiting on Gabriel and his mom, the mafia boss, Gabriel's sex slave, seeing her brother and best friend on the weekends, but can't keep up with her dreams to become a vet. Valentina is starting to fall in love with her captor. Read the highly recommended, wonderfully written and engaging story a reader literally cannot stop reading from beginning to end and full of anticipation for the second book in the series.

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  • A must read!!!

    You know, I read some glowing reviews before reading this. I read where this was an unexpected read and yet I’m still kind of shocked with how much this story affected me. Valentina just breaks my heart. The unfairness of everything she has had to endure and still comes out fighting. Most people would have broken long before. But the biggest surprise? Gabriel. The fact that this author took an evil man who does unspeakable things to people and made me care about him just astounds me. The obsession. The need for love in such a bleak world. The good hidden behind the evil. Even the side characters were a surprise. The author showed us a little glimpse into the brutality of these men and then gives us the humane side of them. How can people have such opposing sides is fascinating. The complexity to all the characters made for a fascinating read. I was so wrapped up in this book, I completely ignored life. If you can handle dark or triggers such as rape and physical violence, you really should check this book out. It does end on a cliffhanger, but you won’t have to wait long for the next book. Personally, I can’t wait to see how such an impossible situation is going to turn out. ARC provided by NetGalley by NetGalley.

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