Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: April 13, 2021
A DIAMOND MAGNATE NOVEL
Ian Hart is the most notorious criminal in the country. Like the thief he is, he came in the dark and stole a night of my life.
He left me with souvenirs. Disaster and fear are my new realities. I’ll forever look over my shoulder, terrified he’d return, because when he took me, he stole more than just a few hours of my time.
His crime has consequences neither of us could’ve imagined. If I’m to escape the nightmare of my life, I have to outsmart him. If I’m to survive, I have to outwit every enemy he’s turned against me, including Ian himself, the most dangerous and cleverest man I know.
*Stolen Lust is Book 1 of the Beauty in the Stolen trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. Book 2 will be released on 18 May 2021 and Book 3 on 22 June 2021.
Other books in the Diamond Magnate collection:
Beauty in the Broken (Standalone)
Diamonds are Forever trilogy
Diamonds in the Dust (Book 1)
Diamonds in the Rough (Book 2)
Diamonds are Forever (Book 3)
Hot and Intense – 5 stars
Hold on to your hats! This is one hot and intense ride from start to finish and as a huge fan of the dark romance genre, I lapped it up! I loved both the heroine Cassandra (Cas) and the anti-hero Ian. Cas is vulnerable in so many ways, but despite this she stands up for herself and does so with plenty of sass and is nobody’s fool. Due to Ian’s actions, her life speedily spins out of control as the truth of who he is and his deeds come to light I hugely enjoyed the story and their evolving relationship and found Cas to be a plucky character and a perfect match for Ian.
As for Ian he is such a bad man who takes what he wants, including an explosive night with Cas, which neither had bargained for. However, he has enough of a soft side when it comes to Cas to make the reader root for him, despite how reprehensible some of his actions might be. He is a complex man with a complex life and motivations and I am eager to find out more about his backstory as the series develops. Although the sex between the couple is consensual, the author does a brilliant job of creating tension within Cas between the fear and attraction she has for Ian and the scenes they have together are particularly gripping.
The read has plenty of action from the off, some unexpected twists and sizzling sex scenes – the chemistry and emotional connection between the main couple are superbly portrayed. The book is the first instalment in a new trilogy by the author and it ends on an exhilarating cliffhanger which sets up the plot and the couple’s fiery relationship for the next book.
Reviewed by Tina Williams
Please note an ARC of this book was given to me by the author and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
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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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