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  • Intense, all-consuming, and addictive.

    WOW! OMG! Darker Than Love is intense, all-consuming, and addictive. Darker Than Love took me two days to read, and that also included reading the prequel, Sweeter Than Hate. I highly recommend reading Sweeter Than Hate first; it will whet your appetite for the darkness that you will experience in Darker Than Love. Plus, Sweeter Than Hate is free on Kindle! I am a huge fan of Charmaine Pauls’ books, so when the opportunity was given to me to read and review her latest book, I was thrilled, to say the least. However, shocking as it may seem, I have never read anything by Anna Zaires, what was I thinking? What I am thinking right now – I have found another fantastic author. These two authors have come together to write the superb, intense, dark love story with lots of tension and suspense. Without giving away too much of the story, because there are surprises, and I will never give away a great surprise! Mina and Yan’s paths cross one night, at a bar, where she overhears something that she was not meant to hear. Yan’s solution to the problem is simple, kidnap Mina and keep her captive. “Yes, a soulmate. That would’ve been a fitting description if I hadn’t captured her like a bird in a cage.” ~Yan And so, it begins, this dark, complex possessiveness Yan has for Mina. These two characters have troubled broken pasts that have hardened their hearts and souls, leaving them cold and calculating. Even though they are cold and calculating, these two see something in one another they don’t understand and can’t control. “Ours is not a sweet romance. It’s larger than love. Darker than love.” ~Yan The attraction between them is seductive, erotic, and deliciously dark. I was mesmerized by the way these two authors weaved these two broken people into two people who, even with all their faults, could find a love that healed their hearts, minds, and souls. “Surrendering to Yan is the most meaningful act of my life”. ~Mina “It’s a sense of belonging, of having found the female version of my soul.” ~Yan Although Darker than Love is portrayed as a dark romance, it is so much more. The plot is filled with suspense, twists, and turns. This story is also filled with heartbreak, deception, greed, revenge, retribution, betrayal, and evil cold-blooded people. These two authors seamlessly write with a sense of raw authenticity, keeping the reader on edge and the pages turning. This book is not your granny’s sweet, warm, and fuzzy romance. I highly recommend Darker than Love for all who love to read books that are on the wild side. Time to embrace the dark side of romance! 🖤 ** Please note the quotes in my review are subject to change once the book is published** *** I graciously received this book from Charmaine Pauls. 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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  • Such heat!

    Yan and Mina's story was fantastic! These two had so many of the characteristics that I'm always looking for in my next story and I loved them! This is a darker story and I am very picky about what I can enjoy in a dark romance. Mostly it henges on the hero for me. I was nervous about Yan's character. I never knew what to expect with him. I wasn't sure how far he would take his darkness and use it against Mina. It had me on pins and needles. By the end, his dark, obsessive love for her was everything. Mina was just bonus for me. She was such a cool character and loved everything about this heroine. She is former special forces so that shows she is a woman who can fight and take care of herself. There were several times in this book she proves that. What made her even better was how mature she was and I felt she never had any dumb moments with her safety. Mina is going on my favorite heroines list for sure. I enjoyed this book so much I'm hoping that the two authors will give Yan's brother a book. He was such a great side character and I wouldn't mind seeing more of Yan and Mina if they were to write the brothers book.

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  • Unbeatable combination!

    Darker Than Love is an amazing collaboration between two of my favourite authors. It is intensely exciting, emotional and erotic. Mina and Yan are both assassins, caught of opposite sides of a bloody underworld showdown. When Yan captures Mina to force her to reveal her associates, she tells him a terrible lie, one that tears at the ice-cold heart in his chest that had been thawing for this one woman. And yet, recognizing in her the “female version of his soul”, he can’t let her go. What follows is a rollercoaster of sex, depravity, deceit, and retribution that startlingly juxtaposes very ugly violence and betrayals with tenderness and the delicate fluttery feelings of falling in love. Zaires and Pauls have built their followings based on proven ability to write deeply and eloquently about dark romantic villains, squeezing sympathy and longing from readers where none should realistically exist. They work their magic flawlessly again in Darker Than Love. Mina and Yan’s story has enough separation to be read as a stand-alone, but is also thoroughly enjoyable as a continuation of the Twist Me/Tormentor Mine saga. As a reassurance to fellow fans, I absolutely believe you will completely love Mina without feeling disloyal to any of the characters who preceded her. ❤️

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  • An absolutely stunning read

    I thought that this was an absolutely stunning read. Everything about this book was perfect. From the tension and danger fueled story line, to the complex characters. It is all well crafted and thought out. Even the title was perfection. What Yan and Mina share is so much more than the simple descriptive tag of love can describe. It is dark and intense, hot and sweet, brutal and yet tender. It is not just a joining of hearts. It is a joining of hearts, minds and yes, even souls. It is finding that one person that can see you. The you with all those broken pieces, the jagged wounds you carry inside and out and the ugly that you hide and ignore and try so desperately to pretend simply doesn't exist. The whole you, the real you and still not flinch away but embrace it and most importantly help you to embrace it also. This is not a rainbows and kittens romance. It is raw and sometimes violent with its passion and its emotion. It is a book that keeps your nerves stretched to the breaking point and furiously searching for every and any spare moment to just read even a few more words. Even with a migraine I had to try to keep reading (Yes, it is just that addictingly good!) Witnessing these two closed-off, flawed characters open up and find love was really beautiful. They stole into my heart and left me swooning and I truly believe they will do they same to you.

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  • Darker than love

    In zijn genre een leuk én spannend boek om te lezen ! Ik ben fan van de 2 auteurs en dit boek stelde niet teleur !

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