Beauty in the Broken By Charmaine Pauls



Title: Beauty in the Broken
Author: Charmaine Pauls
Genre: Dark Romance

Release Date: May 14, 2019


Six years ago, Harold Dalton framed me for theft and sent me to jail to steal my diamond discovery. He gave his daughter to Jack Clarke in exchange for the excavation rights. Today, I’m free, and I’m coming for him with a vengeance. Six years of cruelty make beasts out of men. I’m going to take back what he stole from me, and more. I’m not interested in his properties or shares. I don’t want his small change. I want his biggest asset. Beautiful, mentally unstable, Angelina Dalton-Clarke.
Worth billions, she’s the wealthiest widow in the country, and also the craziest. Her self-harming tendencies had Jack declare her incompetent before he put a gun to his head and blew out his brains. Lina isn’t allowed to touch a cent of her riches. Her father manages her finances. He has all the signing power. As her husband, that chore will fall to me. But if she thinks I only want her for her money, she’s sadly mistaken.








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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descriptiondescriptionIt is no secret that I LOVED this author’s Loan Shark duet, so when I read the synopsis for this book, I was ALL over it. It should have been a slam dunk for me. Unfortunately, I struggled all the way through. Not that it was a badly written book. It wasn’t. This author is a fantastic writer. I love that the book was set in South Africa. I thought it had an original plot. I adored Lina. It was relatively low angst, but there was a lot of OW and OM drama (both of them lusting after the hero). There was even a pretty good twist. All good things…
description However, I found it to also be very slow and wordy at times. It was a long book at 350 pages, and I did find it hard to stay engaged in the story. However, by far my main issue with this one was Damian himself. I just didn’t like him. He was an a$$hole who whenever Lina did ANYTHING he deemed out of line he would “punish” her. He whipped her. He caned her (drawing blood). He humiliated her. Even after he realized he loved her he was STILL kept treating her as a prisoner forcing a (HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILER) tattoo and tracking device. and not letting her have her freedom. There was just nothing likable about him for me. I wanted him to treat her like an actual human being, especially after all she had been though. And that happened WAY too late in the book for my taste.Sp yea, this one ended up being a mixed bag for me. It happens, and I am just one reviewer in a sea of many. 


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