#NewRelease “Diamonds in the Rough” by Charmaine Pauls

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Title: Diamonds in the Rough
A Diamond Magnate Novel

Series: Diamonds are Forever Trilogy #2
Author: Charmaine Pauls
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: July 14, 2020

Tricia’s Musings…

5 treacherous CROWNS 

Wow, just wow! I tried hard not to start my review with these words but in the end I’ve given in because that’s exactly how I feel right now. This book is so good, well written and so wonderfully frustrating it took my breath away (and most of my words, clearly). Quite frankly I got so riled up on Zoe’s behalf, I wanted to throw my kindle. I loved it!

As we start this second book of the trilogy, we find that Maxime continues to have Zoe exactly where he wants her. He’s created a sort of twisted fairytale world for her, based on what he believes are her hopes and dreams, and tries to provide her with her ideal life. Of course she is still powerless and somewhat naïve, but I refuse to believe that this makes her weak. She’s young and not of the life she finds herself a part of, the mafia life. I could feel her frustrations and I wanted to scream with her over her feelings of helplessness and when people treated her poorly or judged her, as though she had a choice or free will. Despite the way he behaves, or maybe because of it, Zoe has fallen in love with Maxime, and the only thing she wants from him is his love in return. The one thing, either by conscious decision, or because of his biological makeup, he says he cannot give her.

“I wish to God I was capable of love,” he says. “I want to give it to you more than I want to do anything in the world, but this is who I am.” He strokes a thumb over my chin. “I can’t change my nature.”

Maxime is a master manipulator and his controlling of Zoe knows no bounds. My heart ached for her and I was beyond angry on her behalf when her true situation was revealed and the depths of his deception came to light. He delivers a devastating blow, one which has Zoe reeling and finally realising that maybe there is no hope left to be had. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as violent towards a fictional character as I have towards Maxime. Even though I think he really doesn’t understand why Zoe wouldn’t want the life he’s giving her, that he doesn’t feel things the way others do, I wanted to make him hurt and I’m not a violent person.

As this instalment came to a close, my heart was in my mouth. I sat and held my breath, my fingers and toes crossed, hoping that things wouldn’t end in disaster. I cling to the hope that Maxime will be able to redeem himself in the final book of the trilogy, Diamonds are Forever, but he has his work cut out. If he is capable of change, I believe the one person who could make him even want to try is Zoe.

“I lie awake, my heart thundering in my chest as I hold the woman who makes me feel, the only person in the world who makes me fear”

ARC review

Girls like me, we know how to survive.
We each have our own little ways, but we acquire those skills at the same tender age.
If you ask me how many times a person can die, I’ll tell you many times. As many times as a man stabs you in the stomach with betrayal and wrings out your heart with lies.
Girls like me, we live.
We don’t get a choice.
We step over the cliff and fall.
Eat, sleep, die, and repeat.
(Diamonds in the Rough is Book 2 of the Diamonds are Forever Trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. Book 1, Diamonds in the Dust, must be read to follow the story. Book 3, Diamonds are Forever, which concludes the story, will be released on 15 September 2020.)


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Author Bio

Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published nine novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles. Two of her shorts have been
selected by the International Literary Society for an anthology from across the African continent.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in France with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.

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