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    A twisted tale of greed, lust, and possession.

    Freedom - Restitution - Revenge After spending 6 years behind bars -falsely imprisoned- Damian has had plenty of time to plan his revenge First, he will take back what was stolen from him Then he will collect his pound of flesh from all who thought to take what was his And lastly, he would make her pay - Lina, the sweet girl with the innocent eyes who offered false comfort, who failed to believe, who lied. This had me on edge throughout the story. I had to set down my kindle a couple of times, step back, calm my heart rate only to find an intense need to return to the story. This was a rinse and repeat for me from the opening scene to the closing - I couldn't relax - it was one gut twisting spine-tingling revelation after another - each time a truth was exposed another piece of the mystery fell into place. So many lies, so much angst, and loss all triggered by greed I hated Damian for 97% of the story. He was so blinded by his vengeance he failed to see the truths that were glaring back at him. So many signs buried beneath his cruel adorations. And Dalton- daddy dearest has some serious issues. Then Lina - how did she survive? Insane, sane, walking the line - Where did she find that small sliver of hope? I will say be prepared for a serious book hangover. Expect moments of intense and sometimes overpowering emotions followed by an increased heart rate and even occasional tightening of the chest. Oh and let us not forget possible urges to throw your device, or scream in frustration. A twisted tale of greed, lust, and possession.
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    Blew me away!

    This book blew me away! If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. I loved both the hero and the heroine and the writing was phenomenal. This is a darker book but I would put it at a mid-level dark. The heroine has suffered horrible abuse but it's mostly past tense so you don't have to endure the actual acts in the book. In present time, she is mistreated by a side character but not to the extremes of her past. This is why I say it's mid-level dark. The hero is into BDSM and he does punish her by those methods. I never felt he was cruel to her but this is my perspective. He was always aware of her limits and took very good care of her. Damian is obsessed with Lina ever since he laid eyes on her at her fathers dinner party. That night is a catalyst to his downfall orchestrated by her father and he believes by the heroine, as well. He's a very dangerous man and that is due to what her father did to him. When he gets out of jail, his first action is to take the heroine in a forced marriage. For a man who believes the heroine betrayed him, he treated her with such care and protected her to extremes. Lina was such a strong heroine. I can't even imagine the horrors she dealt with and she was never truly broken. She is one of my favorite heroines and would love to see more like her. Damian is dark, edgy and extremely possessive of Lina. I am such a huge fan of this type of hero and he surpassed my expectations. Again, I want more heroes like Damian. I could list so many things that made me love this book but I also don't want to spoil anything for other readers. To me, this is a must read!
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    Stunned by beauty

    It’s taken me 2 days to get my head on straight after reading this story. Dark romance is my jam and Damian and Lina’s characters could not have been written more beautifully. You’ll either be sympathetic towards these characters or just simply inspired by their strength. Damian and Lina both fall victim to Lina’s step-father. But where Damian is hardened by his imprisonment, Lina is fearful of secrets that may be unveiled. My poor, poor Lina was subjected to such a horrible life. Nothing more vile than being tricked into a sham of a marriage with a sadistic husband that starves and imprisons you. Not only scared for life, Lina must endure the pain of another sadistic husband when she is forced to marry the only man she has ever shown compassion towards.
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    Perfectly written, dark and twisted.

    -A story that will break your heart -The perfect antihero -A beautiful broken girl -Lies, secrets, and vengeance -Dark, lustful scenes Beauty in the Broken is…heart-wrenching, beautifully written, and darkly twisted. There are few books that I want to go back and reread, but this is one of them. I have always loved Charmaine Pauls' books, but I do believe she has outdone herself with this book. I feel that she has written Damian and Lina's story from the depths of her soul, ahhh and what a dark soul that must be (haha). These two characters are so perfectly broken, both separately and together, you can't help but fall in love with them. Their story is not pretty; it's raw, dirty and utterly compelling; you will not be able to put it down. Beauty in the Broken is a malevolent story filled with power hungry men, revenge, unbridled violence, secrets, blackmail and best of all, a profoundly dark, obsessive, twisted love one man has for one woman. Damian Hart was a doomed young, naive man when he walked into Harold Dalton's house. Damian made two mistakes; the first one being, trusting Harold Dalton with the diamond mine he discovered, the second, falling in love with Harold's daughter Lina. However, Harold has also made mistakes; he stole Damian's diamond mine and framed him for a crime he didn't commit, but more importantly, he underestimated Damian Hart. Damian has had six, long, hard years in prison to perfect his revenge. Planning his vengeance may have propelled Damian through his years in prison, but prison made Damian into a dark, hard man. A man who will do anything, hurt anyone, to get what he wants and what he desires. Moreover, that one thing is Lina. Angelina Dalton-Clarke, Lina, is our beautifully broken heroine. Her father has used her to advance himself in the diamond business by basically selling her into marriage with Jack Clarke. When Clark kills himself, Lina becomes one of the richest women in South Africa, but before he does he has Lina declared incompetent. Upon Clark's death, Lina's father conveniently takes control of her fortune. For me, Lina was the perfect combination of soft and feminine, but she was also tough as nails, a true survivor. She has suffered dearly at the hands of men that were supposed to love and cherish her. Through all her suffering she stayed strong to herself, resilient, she never gave up. This story is expertly written, and from the first page to the last, I was hooked. This story is a dark romance, not a warm a fuzzy read. Please expect to be challenged by what our heroine must endure. At times, I felt so connected to Lina I could have cried. Ms. Pauls creates characters that you will fall in love with and others that you will hate to the depths of your soul. I felt that the story was original and expertly told, so expect to be consumed by this book. She perfectly captures the lust, love, obsession and even the hate that Damian and Lena feel for each other. Their pull towards each other begins from the first innocent moment they meet and six years later explodes in an erotic ride that had me blushing in the best way possible. Ms. Pauls is the master of the dark erotic genre. My advice to you is clear your calendar and be prepared to be obsessed with this book. ***I kindly received this book from the author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***
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    Dark but brilliant!

    Through the ringer! You know the feeling when you are folding your laundry and discover a sock is missing? Only to find it shrivelled and still wet in the washer? I’m that poor pathetic tussled laundry item right now. Beauty in the Broken is amazingly, beautifully heart-wrenching and emotionally turbulent. It appears to be a revenge story about a young man, Damian Hart, who seeks retribution from a diamond magnate, Harold Dalton, for stealing his prospecting find and sending him to jail. Damian returns after six years in prison to take back Dalton’s diamond mine and his beautiful daughter, Angelina, as well. The simple opening belies so much more hurt and loss and damage that is eventually revealed, that this reader was literally wrung out while reading it. Honestly, this was a challenging read. The shining light that carried me through all the painful ordeal was Lina herself. If you could see Lina’s karma it would be a glorious halo of light. She retains her honour, her compassion, and her capacity to love despite everything she has been subjected to. Damian and Lina’s love should have been pure and transcendent if not for the meddling of sociopathic crooks. That they can overcome everything that happened is proof of that. Charmaine Pauls has created another incredible love story. I don’t know how she does it without leaving a piece of her soul behind each time, but I am profoundly grateful to her for this gift.
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