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#BookReview Beauty in the Broken by Charmaine Pauls



Title: Beauty in the Broken

Series: Standalone

Author: Charmaine Pauls

Genres: Dark Romance

Release Date: 14 May 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.


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5 Stars

ARC Source: Author via Give Me Books Promotions

It’s absolutely no secret that I LOVE dark romances! Just tell me that the book is a dark romance and I’m reading it! However, for this book I wasn’t just sold because of its genre; the blurb intrigued me as well!

Both the main characters are complicated and hard to really understand, especially at the start of the book. Angelina and Damian are two characters with many layers and secrets, that I tried constantly to understand what they were feeling and what their next move would be.

Damian has been in prison for the last 6 years because he was framed by Angelina’s father, and now he’s out and ready for revenge. He loved Angelina before everything happened and he still has some feelings for her. However, his hate and loathing towards her father makes him act cruel and cold towards her.

Angelina is closed off at the first chapters. The past six years she’s been through a lot and she’s not in the best place mentally. Her crazy and broken state doesn’t deter him, in the contrary he wants her even more! Although her current situation, she’s still strong in her own way and doesn’t kneel down to his demands; her rebellions are constant.

The first action Damian makes towards her father is to take her as his wife. Angelina may seem fine with it but she has plans of her own. The situation in her new house is less than ideal but better than the previous one. I hated Zane, Damian’s friend, from the start. He gave me a cruel and “snakey” vibe.

To not spoil anything, their story is not pleasant. They get through so many things, sometimes as a united front and sometimes against each other. The plot is really good, with many revelations that make the story even more interesting! I was very eager to see how their story would end, and let me tell you that the end left more than satisfied!!! My first book from the author and definitely not the last!!!


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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 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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