#Review “Diamonds Are Forever” by Charmaine Pauls

Title: Diamonds are Forever
A Diamond Magnate Novel
Series: Diamonds are Forever Trilogy #3
Author: Charmaine Pauls

Genre: Dark Romance

5 love is nothing but an obsession CROWNS

After reading and loving the previous two books in this trilogy, I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for Zoe and Maxime in the conclusion to their epic tale. The story picks up immediately after the events at the end of Diamonds in the Rough and let me tell you, Maxime, in true form, does not rest on his laurels. Initially fearful for Zoe’s safety, he wastes no time in getting his house in order and setting off on what can only be described as a retrieval mission. Of course this is Maxime we’re talking about and you can bet your life he won’t play fair.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot itself, as it would be very easy to spoil the whole story. Whilst reading these books I’ve had many feelings when it comes to Maxime, anger, frustration, outrage, but one thing I didn’t think I’d ever feel was sympathy for him. Don’t get me wrong, I still could’ve throttled him on occasion. However, by letting us into his mind and thoughts, this author did a fantastic job of showing him evolve as a person, trying to come to terms with surprising new emotions in the only way he knew how. I did feel bad for him when despite his efforts, he didn’t seem to be making much headway. Change for him was difficult, feelings an unknown experience due to his nature, and his confusion at times was palpable. I did see him trying to make sense of his feelings though, attempting in his own, albeit somewhat warped, way to be what Zoe needed, something I never thought he’d willingly do. In order to manipulate her and keep her compliant, yes, absolutely, but never before in a way which allowed her to have any power. I wasn’t at all sure he’d be successful, whether he was even capable of being that person for her.

“Love is nothing but an obsession. Obsession is love.”

Without complete control over her, Maxime needs Zoe’s cooperation and agreement for things to change, and she’s not willing to give that easily. He’s hurt her and she doesn’t completely trust him, or herself for that matter, when it comes to her heart. She’s changing too, becoming stronger, and this makes him very unsettled. This more vulnerable, restrained Maxime is not something we’ve witnessed before and I was hugely intrigued by the direction the story was taking. I will say, however, if you’re expecting him to grovel, don’t hold your breath.

“If only we could pretend our love was naked and raw and real, and not a plastic mannequin in an elegant dress”

Unexpected and unpredictable, this story has been a fantastic rollercoaster ride and I’ve loved every moment of it. I was not prepared for the change of direction in this final book, which took me completely by surprise. In fact, this book, this trilogy as a whole, was nothing I expected it to be and everything I loved. Fantastic!

My love is wasted like gemstones in the dust, walked over by an oblivious shoe. It takes many suffering years and layers of mountains to squeeze carbon into a precious stone. Now that I’m polished and hard like a diamond, he doesn’t get to kick me back into the dirt.

Men like him don’t love women like me.They don’t love.Period.

But he made me.He’ll live
with me. Because
diamonds are forever.

(Diamonds are Forever concludes this trilogy. Diamonds in the Dust (Book 1) and Diamonds in the Rough (Book 2) must be read to follow the story.)



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 over twenty 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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