Consent (The Loan Shark Duet, #2)
When Gabriel broke down my door, he took over my body and life. Never with force, but always with clever manipulation. He stripped me of my independence, my defenses, and my clothes and turned me into an addict for his touch. Once, I had dreams and a future. Now, I have fears, scars, and insatiable needs. I’m damaged beyond repair, but if I’m to survive the most dangerous man in Johannesburg, I can’t allow him to break me, because broken toys are destined for the garbage dump.Book 1 & 2 in the LOAN SHARK DUET will be released back-to-back. DUBIOUS: 10 October 2017CONSENT: 14 November 2017

Consent (The Loan Shark Duet, #2) Details

TitleConsent (The Loan Shark Duet, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 14th, 2017
Rating
GenreDark, Romance, Adult Fiction, Erotica, Bdsm

Consent (The Loan Shark Duet, #2) Review

  • Sophia Triad
    January 1, 1970
    My pride won’t let me grovel for myself, but I’ll do anything for my baby.Degrading myself like I’ve never done, I kneel down farther and kiss his feet, my tears spoiling his expensive shoes.“Please, Gabriel, I beg you. Please, don’t kill us. I’m sorry. I’m so, so sorry. I’m sorry for running, but I didn’t have a choice.” Valentina run as far away as possible. She was hungry, tired, scared, but determined. And she is found. And she is desperate mostly for the life of her unborn child and of h My pride won’t let me grovel for myself, but I’ll do anything for my baby.Degrading myself like I’ve never done, I kneel down farther and kiss his feet, my tears spoiling his expensive shoes.“Please, Gabriel, I beg you. Please, don’t kill us. I’m sorry. I’m so, so sorry. I’m sorry for running, but I didn’t have a choice.” Valentina run as far away as possible. She was hungry, tired, scared, but determined. And she is found. And she is desperate mostly for the life of her unborn child and of her helpless brother. I need to emphasize here that if I didn’t know the way Gabriel thinks (thank God there is his point of view as well in the book), I would have totally hated him.Gabriel makes one mistake after the other and he does not know how to ask for forgiveness. He has his own way of thinking and he prefers to appear ruthless than to show how much he loves and needs Valentina. "She is right to be wary of strangers, especially strangers who touch her and stare at her for a few seconds too long" So Valentina is brought back to the house where she is hated by Gabriel’s mother, the Gabriel’s mother’s servant, the Gabriel’s ex wife and the Gabriel’s teenager daughter, i.e. by the whole Louw family. When Gabriel decides to make Valentina officially his, Valentina is called “slut” and she is treated like a gold-digger who deliberately became pregnant to entrap Gabriel. Gabriel, on the other hand, never admits his role in Valentina’s pregnancy -although he tries to spoil Valentina rotten. Gabriel will have a wake-up call, when one of the people that he loves dies and he will almost destroy his relationship with Valentina. (view spoiler)[Obviously he has nothing to blame himself for, because his spoiled daughter really wanted to kill herself. (hide spoiler)]As we approach the dramatic ending, many truths will surface. The Louw family had played a tremendous part in the destruction of Haynes’ family when Valentina was a teenager and they were never punished. Thankfully, there will be divine justice in the end.Finally, there will be a beautiful ending in the best series duet that I have read this year. She’s my life, my love, my redemption. Not my property, but my wife. Not for nine years, but forever. If you love dark romance, this is a highly recommended series.
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  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    January 1, 1970
    Holy mother of god was this book INTENSE. I think this may be one of the best duets I have read all year. WOWZA...so good. The writing remained fantastic. The pace (up until 75%) was great. The plot was engaging. The setting unique. There were twists and turns. The sex scenes were hot. The secondary characters were fantastic. And I LOVED both main characters (up until 75%). Valentina, what can I say? This poor girl was like a puppy that just kept getting kicked over and over and over again. And Holy mother of god was this book INTENSE. I think this may be one of the best duets I have read all year. WOWZA...so good. The writing remained fantastic. The pace (up until 75%) was great. The plot was engaging. The setting unique. There were twists and turns. The sex scenes were hot. The secondary characters were fantastic. And I LOVED both main characters (up until 75%). Valentina, what can I say? This poor girl was like a puppy that just kept getting kicked over and over and over again. And Gabriel, I wanted to smack him, then hug him, then smack him again.That said, at 75% this book fell apart a bit for me. At that point, a particular event took place, and I was NOT a fan of the direction the author chose to go in. It was too far-fetched. There were plot holes. It was dragged out FAR too long. I was not a fan of the change an individual character(s) made. Especially considering it was one of the things that made that character unique to begin with. It didn't feel authentic to the characters or their actions up until that point. I honestly can't say more about it without spoiling things, so I am going to have to leave it and just say the last 25%ish disappointed me and cost this book a star.Not much else to say. I'm a bit sad at the way the duet ended but for the most part, I loved the story and the characters and will be keeping my eye on this author to see what else she has up her sleeve. This gets two thumbs up from yours truly.
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  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARS Wow!!!, What a read this was, I was engrossed until the bitter end."Consent" starts where "Dubious" left off and right from the get-go we are plunged right back into the raw and gritty world of Gabriel Louw AKA The Breaker.So Gabriel is now on the hunt, his very delectable prey Valentina Haynes has bolted along with her brother Charlie to whereabouts unknown.Valentina and Gabriel Both with very crossed wires over this now very real pregnancy and a new baby on the near horizon.Gabr 🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARS Wow!!!, What a read this was, I was engrossed until the bitter end."Consent" starts where "Dubious" left off and right from the get-go we are plunged right back into the raw and gritty world of Gabriel Louw AKA The Breaker.So Gabriel is now on the hunt, his very delectable prey Valentina Haynes has bolted along with her brother Charlie to whereabouts unknown.Valentina and Gabriel Both with very crossed wires over this now very real pregnancy and a new baby on the near horizon.Gabriel himself is counting down the minutes until he has Valentina back in her cage. This time around things are going to be different and he has plans for Valentina once he catches up with her that is.Right, so the last book "Dubious" I didn't find at all angsty, not that I was complaining."Consent" more than makes up for this in buckets. There is so much going on here in regards to angst and all characters involved take steps out of there very own cliches to evolve brilliantly throughout.I'm also Loving the new roles for Gabriel’s bodyguards, they make fantastically funny baby-sitters and they had me chuckling along with them.So where do I start with this, well I found this such an enjoyable read and I was glued to the pages throughout. The story flowed easily and it was great to catch back up with everyone from "Consent"so sorry for being vague here, but I'm trying to keep this as spoiler free as possible as I don't want to give away anything.I only have three small nitpicks that in hindsight made me deduct half a star, but really these are just little things overall.So number one, I like my dark heroes to stay mostly dark and in this instant, Gabriel becomes a whole lot whiter, I didn't find him that dark initially so I really didn't want him to get even lighter in nature.And yes I do get it, why he wants to change so dramatically, it's very understandable and also extremely commendable.It doesn't mean I have to like it though.That brings me to number two "The Events" themselves, they were dragged out a bit too much for me and I wanted to move on from them, I cried, and then I tried to heal and I wanted poor Gabriel to heal also, then to pull himself back together.I really don't mean that to sound harsh, it's just I thought poor Valentina was given a bit of a raw deal and could have done with a bit more TLC. instead, she was mainly ignored and pushed to the sidelines by Gabriel, dealing with a pregnancy that had been largely thrust upon her young shoulders.On a further side note and without giving anything away I was also decidedly disappointed in The makeover, that is all I’m contributing on that matter, but so not a happy bunny here, just saying.So despite these small grievances I loved all the rest of this and couldn't put it down "Consent" was full of Angst and drama and unforgettable characters and I would highly recommend this as an unforgettable read.Thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing an ARC of Consent this is my own unbiased honest opinion.https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/www.beckiebookworm.com
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*This is part two Dubious has to be read first and the same goes for this review. So Consent picks up exactly where Dubious left off. Valentina is scared and running but her fear overruled her common sense, she grabbed Charlie and ran not giving a single thought to money. Now it's too late, if she withdraws any money she'll give away their location and so she finds herself alone with Charlie, no money, no where to live and no job.Gabriel is beside himself and desperate to find Valentina but h 4.5*This is part two Dubious has to be read first and the same goes for this review. So Consent picks up exactly where Dubious left off. Valentina is scared and running but her fear overruled her common sense, she grabbed Charlie and ran not giving a single thought to money. Now it's too late, if she withdraws any money she'll give away their location and so she finds herself alone with Charlie, no money, no where to live and no job.Gabriel is beside himself and desperate to find Valentina but he's not the only one searching for her Magda now has the excuse she needs to kill her.We know it's only a matter of time before they're reunited but the question is what will happen then?I only really had two small issues (and they are very small) with this book the first was Valentina not considering how she'd live once she ran (yes I know there's extenuating circumstances) and the second was the tragedy, Gabriel gets lost in himself and while I understood and sympathised I felt it went on just a little too long for me but it's difficult to imagine how someone would deal with that so...This book has a load of stuff going on and I'm not even going to attempt to touch any of it (so no spoilers here) you need to find out for yourself as you're reading. It twists and turns some of which I saw coming some I didn't and it certainly kept me glued the whole way through.It's a fabulous book (well two books) and the author has created characters I'll never forget, it's clever and interesting and I'm still a little surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it.I'm all about the HEA and so I loved the ending for me it was perfect, the icing on the cake and I'll be looking out for other books from this author but....I'm mentioning this only because I have friends who don't feel the same way. Dubious started as a dark read, Gabriel was a powerful and dominating man (although we always knew Valentina was his weakness) but in Consent he changes, the tragedy he suffers affects him greatly and he becomes a different man. I liked this change, I liked him and just about everything about this book but if, like my friends you like a man to stay dark and true throughout then this maybe isn't the book for you.For the rest of us who love a great HEA then start reading now.I very rarely give 5* but again this came very very close.I voluntarily read a review copy kindly provided by NetGalley and Charmaine Pauls.
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  • Natalie The Biblioholic
    January 1, 1970
    Picking up where Dubious left off, Val has run off and Gabriel is desperate to find her. It’s literally life or death for her and her brother, but Gabriel refuses to let anything happen to her and is willing to do anything to keep the owner of his heart safe. Even if that means going against everything he once was. Even if it means the end of life as he knows it.I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. The author found a fan in me from the first book and these characters held on for their Picking up where Dubious left off, Val has run off and Gabriel is desperate to find her. It’s literally life or death for her and her brother, but Gabriel refuses to let anything happen to her and is willing to do anything to keep the owner of his heart safe. Even if that means going against everything he once was. Even if it means the end of life as he knows it.I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. The author found a fan in me from the first book and these characters held on for their life. I couldn’t let them go. I didn’t want to. With Val, Gabriel became the man he never thought he could be and it was a beautiful thing to watch his transformation. As for Val, she really came into her own. She showed strength, versatility and perseverance in the face of almost certain failure. Her fear and anger fueled her survival and I couldn’t help but admire her. These characters together seemed unsuited at first. Seriously, he was all that was bad and she was so pure and innocent. But somehow these two worked. I was completely rooting for their happy ending and after a hard-fought battle, these two found a way to come out somewhat unscathed.I’m truly sad to be at the end of this duet. This author’s story was well-written, suspenseful, erotic, and simply incredible. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for whatever she dreams up next. If you’re a fan of mafia romance, romantic suspense, dark romance, or any type of romance featuring an alluring anti-hero and his equally enticing heroine, then you don’t want to miss out on this one.My review of Dubious: http://bit.ly/2xybShERelease Date: November 14, 2017Genre: Mafia RomancePOV: Dual - 1st personHeat: 4 out of 5Type: Part 2 of The Loan Shark Duet
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  • Chris Carroll
    January 1, 1970
    Oh yes! Love love love. ~~~~~~~~~Oh this book is the perfect completion to the two book series. Gabriel is a perfect blend of hard and calculating. Mean and controlling. Tender and loving. Impassioned and giving. The author gave it her all and crafted a wonderful, absorbing read that took you on a roller coaster of highs and lows. She told you what would happen, but the process still made your heart crack open. I just couldn't wait until the truth came out and my heart could be happy again too. Oh yes! Love love love. ~~~~~~~~~Oh this book is the perfect completion to the two book series. Gabriel is a perfect blend of hard and calculating. Mean and controlling. Tender and loving. Impassioned and giving. The author gave it her all and crafted a wonderful, absorbing read that took you on a roller coaster of highs and lows. She told you what would happen, but the process still made your heart crack open. I just couldn't wait until the truth came out and my heart could be happy again too. The loss and pain was real and the HEA was so sweet. Sigh.Fab read! A bit dark along the way but ending with lots of light and a new appreciate for this superb writer!* copy received for review consideration
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Consent picks up right where Dubious leaves off and thank goodness for that because it was a huge cliffhanger that had me on edge to see what was gonna happen next. In fact, this whole series has kept me on the edge of my seat. I don’t think I’ve been more surprised by a series than I have by this one. Not only was it so much more than I expected, it also had elements to it that just blew my mind. This has one of the most anti Hero’s I’ve read to date and I never felt a person deserved the heroi Consent picks up right where Dubious leaves off and thank goodness for that because it was a huge cliffhanger that had me on edge to see what was gonna happen next. In fact, this whole series has kept me on the edge of my seat. I don’t think I’ve been more surprised by a series than I have by this one. Not only was it so much more than I expected, it also had elements to it that just blew my mind. This has one of the most anti Hero’s I’ve read to date and I never felt a person deserved the heroine more than I did this guy.If you have gotten to this book, you already know what this story is about and why I’m raving about it, so I won’t give any spoilers. Just know that you will not be disappointed in the second and final book.This author is one to watch out for. If she can create a masterpiece like this, I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us. Brilliant! ARC provided by NetGalley.
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  • Madeline ❤️ Romance Bibliophile ❤️
    January 1, 1970
    ♥♥ 5 Nail-Biting Stars ♥♥Different reactions while reading…I feel like it's been forever since I've fangirled over a series like this. This dark romance is amazing and brings so many different factors to the table. For one, it's hella sexy and has a lot of kinky sex, and who doesn't like that? It deals with forced seduction and how two people can build a real relationship after having such a rocky start, and how far they'll go to protect each other. The last book left us hanging with Valentina r ♥♥ 5 Nail-Biting Stars ♥♥Different reactions while reading…I feel like it's been forever since I've fangirled over a series like this. This dark romance is amazing and brings so many different factors to the table. For one, it's hella sexy and has a lot of kinky sex, and who doesn't like that? It deals with forced seduction and how two people can build a real relationship after having such a rocky start, and how far they'll go to protect each other. The last book left us hanging with Valentina running from Gabriel. She takes her brother with her and tries to start over, but she's dealing with conflicting emotions. She thought she'd be happy to have escaped his manipulations, but finds that she still misses him and cares for him even as she's accepting her new future without him. Of course, Gabriel won't let her leave him and does everything in his power to find her. I won't spoil anything, but Gabriel's plan for saving Val in the last book backfires, leaving a mess of miscommunication and angst on both sides. When Gabriel finds Val, they try to start their life over, moving out of his mother's house. Val's past is intricately tied with Gabriel's family, and we get a lot of answers as to why Gabriel's mom hates her so much. As they fall in love, they both struggle with accepting that they can have something real, and it leads them to both make some stupid decisions. Gabriel killed me and I couldn't decide if I wanted to smack him for being so dumb or if I wanted to wrap him in a bear hug for being so selfless. Either way, Val's response to Gabriel's actions had me tearing up for basically half the book and let's just say that their connection is the only thing that keeps her going for a while.I was so pleased with this series for so many reasons. I've found it so hard to find dark romances that have solid character development and plot arcs, and this had it all. Great plot, packed with action and sexual tension, and a sizzling connection between the hero/heroine that went beyond the physical. A must read! **ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for honest review**
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  • Carvanz
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I absolutely loved not only this book but this duet! I’m hesitant to say too much about the storyline so I’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible.Valentina is such a strong woman who has suffered through so much and yet it never beat her down. There were times that my gut clinched due to her circumstances and despite her fear and despair she held tight to the hope that she could get through to the next day for herself and her brother Charlie. While what she experienced in the first Wow! I absolutely loved not only this book but this duet! I’m hesitant to say too much about the storyline so I’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible.Valentina is such a strong woman who has suffered through so much and yet it never beat her down. There were times that my gut clinched due to her circumstances and despite her fear and despair she held tight to the hope that she could get through to the next day for herself and her brother Charlie. While what she experienced in the first book was dark and dangerous it also stirred her as nothing else could because it came at the hand of a man she shouldn’t care for. Now she is facing a life she never anticipated and her emotions are indefinable. She knows what she wants, but she fears what she will receive instead. Gabriel’s character goes through a huge evolution as so many secrets are brought into the light and as he faces his own sins brought on by his obsession with Valentina. For a man who is known as The Breaker, I would have never thought him capable of the love he held for the heroine. The torment he suffered through much of this book was heartbreaking and I wanted something, anything to ease his burden but this goes deeper than the need for conversation. Charmaine Pauls writes an intense story of two souls struggling with the roles they’ve been cast and then layer by layer she builds those roles until the reader cannot ever see a way for these characters to find freedom. I consumed every wonderful, angst filled word of it. I’m sad to say I had never even heard of this author prior to Dubious and now knowing she has a long backlist of books to her credit I’m giving evil eyes to all my GR friends who didn’t point me in her direction sooner. So consider this me pointing you to first Dubious and then Consent. (I want to avoid future evil eyes glared at me.) This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and Charmaine PaulsDual POVSafe – no ow/om dramaPossible Triggers – rape (view spoiler)[a video of the heroine when she was younger being raped is discovered – it does go into some detail (hide spoiler)]
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  • Sharron E.
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review.I'm not much for long af reviews, so cutting to the chase. READ THIS DUET, GUYS.. A TOTAL EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER WITH STEAMY OFF THE CHART SCENES, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
  • Kizzle Kay Books Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    ARC PROVIDED FOR HONEST REVIEWI didn't just walk to find this ARC but my butt ran to sign up! This series is so transfixing and I read this book in one sitting. This is an author I had never heard of before, so I had never read any of her books. These last 2 book have been so good that I now have an obsession for her and can't wait to read more of her work. This book picks up right where the first one leads off which I love, I hate when books have time gaps in between the novels. With that said, ARC PROVIDED FOR HONEST REVIEWI didn't just walk to find this ARC but my butt ran to sign up! This series is so transfixing and I read this book in one sitting. This is an author I had never heard of before, so I had never read any of her books. These last 2 book have been so good that I now have an obsession for her and can't wait to read more of her work. This book picks up right where the first one leads off which I love, I hate when books have time gaps in between the novels. With that said, Gabriel is a man that you love and then bang your head against the wall because of the things he won't say. He is a man of few words, and there are so many times you want him to throw caution to the wind and say what he's feeling. Poor Valentina is one resilient woman because she has been through Hell and back, but sister never fricken complains or gives up! She stands by Gabriel through thick and thin, even times where you are screaming at her to wise up!This book is just as good if not better than the 1st! The only thing I would have changed slightly is the ending, I just would have wanted a little more of what the book is based on. Trust me, when you get to the end you'll know what I am talking about.I didn't just love this book I love this series, I have recommended it to all of my friends when it comes out and has wiggled its way to my top favorite.
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  • ~IreneOust~
    January 1, 1970
    How much did I enjoy DUBIOUS, the first book of this duet?? Enough to request an ARC of CONSENT which I NEVER do!! Charmaine Pauls got on my radar completely by accident and I am SO HAPPY that she did. I didn't even know I was in the mood for a story such as this one till I started reading it and just ... couldn't stop. From the writing to the main characters and supporting cast, there isn't anything I didn't love about this duet. The story made me eat up pages like there is no tomorrow and I en How much did I enjoy DUBIOUS, the first book of this duet?? Enough to request an ARC of CONSENT which I NEVER do!! Charmaine Pauls got on my radar completely by accident and I am SO HAPPY that she did. I didn't even know I was in the mood for a story such as this one till I started reading it and just ... couldn't stop. From the writing to the main characters and supporting cast, there isn't anything I didn't love about this duet. The story made me eat up pages like there is no tomorrow and I ended up DEVOURING both books in a matter of days which is unheard of [for me]. I couldn't help but fall in love with Valentina. She just oozed kindness and her unselfish ways made me root for her the entire time. And then there is Gabriel. One of the most perfect examples of an anti-hero, he stole my heart very early into the story and together they now reside on my 'favorite couple' shelf. And let's not forget that delicious age-gap, the trope I can read about all day, any day.If you enjoy fast paced, well written reads that are a bit on a darker side, I think you'll really enjoy this duet. Charmaine Pauls has a new fan for life and I can't wait to check out more of her work.Cheers!**ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This title releases November 14th, 2017. You can find pre-order link below.
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  • Snow
    January 1, 1970
    What was this?! Like really?! I gave into my compulsion...so i had to finish what I started...and...fuck me...BUTthis WAS SUPPOSED to be a DARK read!!!but instead...it was a mushy melodrama...there was too much *eye rolls* for my usual liking or tolerance, especially since I wasn't expecting this kind of unraveling...it just made me edgy and annoyed...and I just didn't relate to this overblown cheezy stuff that ended up like a fairytale...
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  • Dirty Dayna
    January 1, 1970
    4 "I didn't say I love you" stars Consent is not a standalone and I feel like I should have been asked for consent before I jumped into this wild book. consent takes back up the second Dubious ends. " the embrace is what he offers. this is his answer. he wont set me free. what I get in return for love is a consolation hug " "He covers my clit with his lips and sucks me through the orgasm until I'm trembling with aftershocks. ""Touch yourself he commands. I find my clit and rub while he fucks me 4 "I didn't say I love you" stars Consent is not a standalone and I feel like I should have been asked for consent before I jumped into this wild book. consent takes back up the second Dubious ends. " the embrace is what he offers. this is his answer. he wont set me free. what I get in return for love is a consolation hug " "He covers my clit with his lips and sucks me through the orgasm until I'm trembling with aftershocks. ""Touch yourself he commands. I find my clit and rub while he fucks me with his fingers and cock. I'm not cognizant of time or place, only of him and our bodies as he pushes me to the darkest of pleasures, to a point no one should go. he fucks me into floating bliss, always pushing the boundary to physical highs. I'm frightened I wont survive but somehow always do. And he is right there with me as he curses and cries out his climax. coming inside me while driving me past my limits and beyond, he makes me lose myself in the best and worst way possible. "This story continues with what Valentina does after finding out (view spoiler) You can start feeling the pain Gabriel is experiencing with the loss of Valentina, you hurt for Valentina and somehow you hurt for yourself. You can taste the desperation, the will to live and the poverty hanging in the air. You start getting answers to all of book 1's puzzle pieces with an intense shock in chapter 15 that boils my blood and makes you want to punch a wall.after two books I am glad I get to say good bye Magda because boy is she a bitch no one in book 2 stays the same person book 1 made them out to be.. this book is filled with wrenches that change the course of every characters fate and really makes you realize that love is an ugly beautiful thing.this book can and may bring you to tears easily with the potential triggers of : (view spoiler)[attempted suicide, suicide, murder, BSDM elements and pregnancy. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Aղցela W.
    January 1, 1970
    I was given this book for an Honest Review This was book 2 in The Loan Shark Duet . This book picks up where the first book left off Valentina finds out that she is going to have a baby and she runs away along with Charlie her brother. Gabriel is worried about Val he knows that she is having his baby and she has no money. This was a really good book I hated his mother Magda and his ex Sylvia in this book we find out the real reason why she wants Val and her brother dead and it is unbelievable. I was given this book for an Honest Review This was book 2 in The Loan Shark Duet . This book picks up where the first book left off Valentina finds out that she is going to have a baby and she runs away along with Charlie her brother. Gabriel is worried about Val he knows that she is having his baby and she has no money. This was a really good book I hated his mother Magda and his ex Sylvia in this book we find out the real reason why she wants Val and her brother dead and it is unbelievable. Val and her brother are homeless sleeping in a car that her so called friend Jerry got for them she finds a job, but when she gets sick and has to be taken to the hospital her boss fires her and that is how Gabriel finds her and takes them home and forces her to marry him. The sex scenes in this book were hot and Val loves everything that Gabriel has taught her the sex scenes in bathroom was really hot when she tells him that she is in love with him he doesn't believe her. Gabriel has done a lot of things to and for Val and her brother also for her friend Kris and her clinic. In this book we get to how Val grew into her own woman and I liked the change in her and in Gabriel he wants to be a better man for her and it pissed off his mother. When Gabriel tells his ex and his daughter Carly they don't take it well the daughter was a spoiled brat who got in trouble with drugs Val includes her with helping with the baby. Gabriel also gets them their own house which really makes his mother mad and I really didn't like what she did to Charlie. When Magda gives Val a file she finds out the truth about what happened to her and she goes into labor and has a baby boy Connor. This was a really book that had me in tears when Gabriel died. This book has violence and hot sex Val learned how to take care of herself and her family and when she run into a man at the market her feeling comes true. I really liked this series Gabriel was not a pretty boy he was an alpha male and a killer. This book was well written like the first book in this series with no errors in grammar or spelling. If you like reading dark erotica than I recommend that you read this series. Gabriel
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    A roller coaster of emotions... I honestly feel very sad to see the series come to an end, I found it really hard to "extract" myself from Gabriel's and Valentina's world cause I adored both characters and especially the plot.One thing for sure is that all your questions are going to be answered in this part...The author has outdone herself (as always) with the finale.. so many things are happening, blow-minding twists, explosive secrets will be revealed, emotions are all over the place... sa A roller coaster of emotions... I honestly feel very sad to see the series come to an end, I found it really hard to "extract" myself from Gabriel's and Valentina's world cause I adored both characters and especially the plot.One thing for sure is that all your questions are going to be answered in this part...The author has outdone herself (as always) with the finale.. so many things are happening, blow-minding twists, explosive secrets will be revealed, emotions are all over the place... sadness, happiness then sadness again and after that, you feel angry and then again happy... as I said a roller-coaster of emotions!Besides Gabriel and Valentina, I adored, even more, Charlie and of course in this part, I fell in love with both Rhett and Quincy.. never thought that these well trained/deadly guards will become such sweet and supported guys!!!In this review, I have to be even more careful than the first one cause the whole book contains many spoilers and many wow facts and scenes than the first one. The characters developed steadily throughout the story and you can definitely see the differences from the first part. I want to thank Mrs. Pauls for providing me the ARCs and I can't wait to read the next great story she is going to create! Check out my review for Dubious the first book of the series! -> -> https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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  • Joyous
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 starsSo, this whole package delivered by Miss Charmaine Pauls was astounding at best. I mean I did not see that ending coming at all. This book started where the previous one ended on a cliffhanger and Thank God for that. Also, I didn’t have to wait for reading this one, which was a bonus. Otherwise I sure had scratched my eyes out in anticipation. All the characters remained same along with few minor additions or subtractions as well (May those souls rest in peace!). The little suspense e 3.75 starsSo, this whole package delivered by Miss Charmaine Pauls was astounding at best. I mean I did not see that ending coming at all. This book started where the previous one ended on a cliffhanger and Thank God for that. Also, I didn’t have to wait for reading this one, which was a bonus. Otherwise I sure had scratched my eyes out in anticipation. All the characters remained same along with few minor additions or subtractions as well (May those souls rest in peace!). The little suspense element got solved with yet other problems rising. The writing remains fluid and easy to read. According to me, the ending was little over the top but then, dramatics won’t hurt. The plus point was that I didn’t saw this duet getting this much of my interest. In the future, I’ll definitely like to read other works of Ms. Pauls."ARC provided to me in exchange for my honest review."
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  • Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 "I'm more than a vendetta or a debt, and he's more than The Breaker" stars. "He's my darkness and my love, and he has no idea how truly I am his." I have been obsessed with this story ever since I devoured Dubious–one of my favorite books of this year. With Consent, Charmaine Pauls delivers an intense, nail-biting story with a lot of twisting and turnings that will keep you on the edge of your comfy seat until you hit the end. Consent is the the conclusion of The Loan Shark Duet, the perfe 4.5 "I'm more than a vendetta or a debt, and he's more than The Breaker" stars. "He's my darkness and my love, and he has no idea how truly I am his." I have been obsessed with this story ever since I devoured Dubious–one of my favorite books of this year. With Consent, Charmaine Pauls delivers an intense, nail-biting story with a lot of twisting and turnings that will keep you on the edge of your comfy seat until you hit the end. Consent is the the conclusion of The Loan Shark Duet, the perfect ending for Valentina and Gabriel. I'm going to love Charmaine Pauls forever for giving me this story, these characters. Valentina & Gabriel's journey is one I felt in my gut, in my heart. A story that just like the author will stay with me forever. While decidedly dark, the author skillfully adds sweetness to the story, creating an intriguing, steamy romance. And, to top it all off, an engaging writing style that will test your boundaries and draw you into a world full of violence and an endless love. Of course, not everything was perfect. I had two big complaints. One of them was just so sad to witness, and the other one... even though, I know it was necessary for the story to run its curse, I hated it. The side characters. Rhett & Quincy made me laugh my ass off. And the thing is that I wasn't expecting these two to add fun to the story, but they did it and I LOVED it. Loved them. I hope the author considers them for a novella. Overall, if you love dark romances with a sweet side, then you'll devour this book, and will feel sad to finish when you do. "Gabriel and I have never been the norm. Perhaps we weren't meant to be the norm. We're us, and I love us." You can find me here: FB PAGE | INSTAGRAM
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  • SansaReads
    January 1, 1970
    This author delivers a splendid perfect five star conclusion.. The whole time I just kept thinking “OH MY GOD.”Charmaine Pauls leaves you salivating and anxious with dubious and she heals you and brings you right back with Consent. The conclusion was everything I had hoped for and more. Considering that Dubious was my first ever read by Mrs. Pauls followed by consent, I was extremely impressed with her work. Gabriel and Valentina pick right where they left off in Dubious and there isn't a minute This author delivers a splendid perfect five star conclusion.. The whole time I just kept thinking “OH MY GOD.”Charmaine Pauls leaves you salivating and anxious with dubious and she heals you and brings you right back with Consent. The conclusion was everything I had hoped for and more. Considering that Dubious was my first ever read by Mrs. Pauls followed by consent, I was extremely impressed with her work. Gabriel and Valentina pick right where they left off in Dubious and there isn't a minute where the book drags. From the plot twists, to the sexy scenes and everything I hadn't anticipated, this was most definitely a memorable semi dark romance for me. Secondary characters are just as impressive and Mrs. Pauls keeps you enthralled by the many secrets and twists! Gabriel and Valentina's relationship starts because of circumstances in Dubious, but Consent gives you every reason why their love is eternal HEA. A definite book hangover kind of book!
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  • Melanie A.
    January 1, 1970
    I already know I'm a monster, and she hates me. What I'm doing to her is selfish, wrong, and immoral, but I've never claimed to be a good man. Gabriel and Valentina are back, and the dark lies and betrayals that began piling up in Dubious just keep coming in Consent.Be ready for a nail-biter as Gabriel's inability to cope with his burgeoning feelings for Valentina make him a desperate man, forcing him into bad decision after bad decision - which leaves Valentina to deal with his actions as b I already know I'm a monster, and she hates me. What I'm doing to her is selfish, wrong, and immoral, but I've never claimed to be a good man. Gabriel and Valentina are back, and the dark lies and betrayals that began piling up in Dubious just keep coming in Consent.Be ready for a nail-biter as Gabriel's inability to cope with his burgeoning feelings for Valentina make him a desperate man, forcing him into bad decision after bad decision - which leaves Valentina to deal with his actions as best she can. As with book 1, her strength is tested again and again.I loved these two and their messed-up relationship. Pauls' writing shines throughout all the drama, feels, scorching-hot sex, and deceit. This is the unrepentant alpha/super-strong heroine combination at its best.Unusually, the final explanation of events comes in at around the 70% mark, leaving 30% of the story to read like an extended epilogue - I had NO problem with this at all. It gave me the opportunity to watch Gabriel and Valentina grow as individuals and as a couple.What I did have a problem with was the way the unfolding of the final events felt a bit rushed and robbed Valentina of her chance to stick it to all of those who'd wronged her. I thought there were a few missed opportunities in this respect, but that's just me and my vengeful heart talking. :)Overall, definitely worth reading if you're a fan of dark romance!Here's my favorite lines from the book: Just as I think she's not going to look at me, her lashes lift, and her brown eyes meet mine. Rivers of sadness flow through their depths, leaving muddy traces I swear I can see all the way to her soul.
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  • Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
    January 1, 1970
    Arc provided in exchange for honest review from Netgalley5 stars. This was such an emotional ending to the duology and I loved every heart stopping moment of it. While the first book was a lot darker and heavier in subject matter, this one was really damn sad. Beautiful ending, but sad nonetheless. I can’t decide which book I loved more, they were both so fantastic!This picks up exactly where Dubious leaves off and the beginning half of this novel had me on edge because I was terrified of how ev Arc provided in exchange for honest review from Netgalley5 stars. This was such an emotional ending to the duology and I loved every heart stopping moment of it. While the first book was a lot darker and heavier in subject matter, this one was really damn sad. Beautiful ending, but sad nonetheless. I can’t decide which book I loved more, they were both so fantastic!This picks up exactly where Dubious leaves off and the beginning half of this novel had me on edge because I was terrified of how everything would turn out. Just when I thought the author was going to take the story one way, she threw a curve ball and took it in a completely different direction and I couldn’t keep up. The ending was nothing how I thought it was going to be and I loved it. It could’ve easily came off as cheesy but I think she handled it really well.The character development in this series was so on point. Valentina from book one to the end was such an amazing transformation. I’m proud of the person she became and how life ended up for her. She’s incredibly strong but yet still so beautifully flawed.Gabriel’s character made my heart ache. The things he went through were just devastating and seeing how much everything changed him was great. I felt for him and just wanted to hug him the entire time. The things he did were never justified but his redemption was worth it. I think both characters got the most perfect ending for them. I really couldn’t imagine it ending any other way than what it did.I also really like that we got to see a lot more of the side characters such as Rhett, Quincy, Kris and Charlie. They were a great and lovable cast of characters and I loved getting to know them more.Overall, this was a beautifully dark series and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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  • Tessa
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review.4.5 stars!This continued where the last one left off. It was a wild ride and so much happened within the story and really was a wonderful story. A lot of emotions went through me. Some things happened that hurt my heart, and some things made me grin. This one wasn't as dark as the first book, but it was heavier. There were a lot of repercussions to things and that had to be dealt with. There was one thing that happened that I I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review.4.5 stars!This continued where the last one left off. It was a wild ride and so much happened within the story and really was a wonderful story. A lot of emotions went through me. Some things happened that hurt my heart, and some things made me grin. This one wasn't as dark as the first book, but it was heavier. There were a lot of repercussions to things and that had to be dealt with. There was one thing that happened that I didn't feel needed to. I felt it was there just to pull on emotions and could have been avoided. Also, as in the last book, there was something in it that didn't feel as believable. Those are the reasons for the half star loss.In the end, though, the emotions, the darkness, and the unknown anticipation of scenes more than made up for the faults. This was a great end to a great story
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  • Janee
    January 1, 1970
    This was a exciting Duet! The first book hooked me. The second was just as great if not better. Val is the girl who has though every wrong that can go on in her young life. Parents die, big brother in car accident with had brain damage, and more that goes on to make these two books so addicting.As the this book comes along Gabriel finely figured out how his greed, selfishness, and mother ruined his life. He puts all his wants and need aside for Valentina. At the end of this book become not so da This was a exciting Duet! The first book hooked me. The second was just as great if not better. Val is the girl who has though every wrong that can go on in her young life. Parents die, big brother in car accident with had brain damage, and more that goes on to make these two books so addicting.As the this book comes along Gabriel finely figured out how his greed, selfishness, and mother ruined his life. He puts all his wants and need aside for Valentina. At the end of this book become not so dark of a romance. Not what ending I would have in mind for this couple, but I'm not the writer. I still loved the story anyway.Thank you to Charmaine Pauls for ARC of Consent.ARC copy from author though NetGalley for honest reveiw.
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  • Ana (thestarslisten)
    January 1, 1970
    FUCKING CRAZY, SEXY, MIND-BLOWING, AND HEART STOPPING. I can't express how much I love this duology.*ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* "What lies in front of me is a broken creature, an angel with torn wings and pieces of her soul and body missing. Despite the injuries, she still fights to fly." SPOILER FREE REVIEW P L O T THE PLOT IS MESSED UP AND CRAZY!When I thought Consent couldn't get any better compared to Dubious and the drama couldn't get any worse, it just di FUCKING CRAZY, SEXY, MIND-BLOWING, AND HEART STOPPING. I can't express how much I love this duology.*ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* "What lies in front of me is a broken creature, an angel with torn wings and pieces of her soul and body missing. Despite the injuries, she still fights to fly." SPOILER FREE REVIEW P L O T THE PLOT IS MESSED UP AND CRAZY!When I thought Consent couldn't get any better compared to Dubious and the drama couldn't get any worse, it just did. Compared to Dubious, this is more fast paced. We no longer take it a day at a time because Valentina is pregnant and she's bound to give birth before the book ends. We stay in the important events. C H A R A C T E R S The character development is hard to miss. Everyone has their own problems and their own struggles and they are so human for it. My most favorite ones in this sequel is their bodyguards Quincy and Rhett. They have really fallen under Valentina's spell; not in a sexual way but their more loyal to her than to Gabriel now and they adore her so much. Gabriel keeps repeating that she has that effect on people, heck she even worked her magic on someone else in the Louw family. Valentina is no longer powered by her anger but she's become so much stronger, mentally and physically. While Gabriel is on his own path to walk on. W R I T I N G (Spoiler) There has been a lot of deaths in this book and I understand why they had to be killed of because it'd be too complicated and the story could not progress well if they still breathe. (End of spoiler)What an education to sexual activities and tricks this is. There was an 'orgasm oil' I don't know if it's a real thing but it's in the book. Once again I repeat, my respect for erotic authors is still great. O V E R A L L I thought this book was about Valentina and her struggles, but in the end I realize it was about Gabriel. He's more broken than Valentina with wounds that run too deep which causes for him to have a hared time accepting himself and forgiving himself for the lives he has taken and the life he was forced into by his mother. This will surely be one of my best reads of the year. Charmaine Pauls has pierced my heart, this book made me cry a couple of times. My heart hurts during those heart-pounding events. 5 stars is not enough to rate this book, it should get 10!
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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    Consent by Charmaine Pauls is Book Two in "The Loan Shark Duet". This continues the story of Valentina and Gabriel. You do have to read the previous book "Dubious" before reading this one to fully enjoy their story. Consent picks up where Dubious left off. Gabriel is trying to locate Valentian who has up and left with her brother and not thinking to take any money with her. Gabriel plans on things going different than how he was working it before when he get a hold of Valentina again. Valentina Consent by Charmaine Pauls is Book Two in "The Loan Shark Duet". This continues the story of Valentina and Gabriel. You do have to read the previous book "Dubious" before reading this one to fully enjoy their story. Consent picks up where Dubious left off. Gabriel is trying to locate Valentian who has up and left with her brother and not thinking to take any money with her. Gabriel plans on things going different than how he was working it before when he get a hold of Valentina again. Valentina is a strong women and has been through a lot to keep herself and her brother Charlie going. But even the strongest women still falls in love and can't stay away from that man. This book continues the transformation from Gabriel being totally a dark character to a totally different one after finding love with Valentina. The sex scene where hot and loved the secondary characters a little more in this book. https://twitter.com/soapsrus68 https://www.facebook.com/RomanceBookR...http://booklikes.com/bloghttps://romancebookreviewforyou.wordp... https://www.tumblr.com/blog/romancebo...
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  • Amber- Leave Me Alone 📖 I'm Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Whoa! What a fantastic finale to the Loan Shark Duet! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! This series has been one hell of a wild and twisty ride. These characters are so frustrating at times but it was awesome to see their growth in this book. Highly recommend this duet!
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  • Maura Pritchard
    January 1, 1970
    Intense Dark RomanceThis is the second book in The Loan Shark Duet. The emotions that are evoked are intense in this book as is the first book. The story of Gabriel and Valentina continues. Their story is not a calm boat ride on a placid lake. It’s a boat ride on a stormy sea where you get thrown up to the top of a 20 foot swell to plummet headfirst down to the bottom. I cried for both Valentina and Gabriel. I screamed at the both of them in frustration. Loved this book! Yes its intense and dark Intense Dark RomanceThis is the second book in The Loan Shark Duet. The emotions that are evoked are intense in this book as is the first book. The story of Gabriel and Valentina continues. Their story is not a calm boat ride on a placid lake. It’s a boat ride on a stormy sea where you get thrown up to the top of a 20 foot swell to plummet headfirst down to the bottom. I cried for both Valentina and Gabriel. I screamed at the both of them in frustration. Loved this book! Yes its intense and dark but the story held my interest. I couldn’t put it down! Gabriel and Valentina have a complex relationship. We see changes in Valentina and Gabriel. Of course, there are bdsm scenes and D/s scenes. It was intense and I loved it! I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book for my honest review. But I will purchase the book because this story and Dubious, that I also purchased, are definite re-reads for me. I recommend it!
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  • Rodgine
    January 1, 1970
    ⋆ ARC kindly provided by the author for an honest review ⋆ Here comes the hardest part: Writing a review for an exceptionally brilliant story without spoiling everything to the readers. So, here are some lines that I love to distract ya'll."You're evil."The smile vanishes, and his expression turn serious. "Yes, I am, but no matter what I am, you're mine."Consent picks up after that cliffhanger from Dubious. Really, who loves a cliffhanger? Well, if it's from this kind of story, that will be me ⋆ ARC kindly provided by the author for an honest review ⋆ Here comes the hardest part: Writing a review for an exceptionally brilliant story without spoiling everything to the readers. So, here are some lines that I love to distract ya'll."You're evil."The smile vanishes, and his expression turn serious. "Yes, I am, but no matter what I am, you're mine."Consent picks up after that cliffhanger from Dubious. Really, who loves a cliffhanger? Well, if it's from this kind of story, that will be me. I honestly do not know how to sum up this sequel. It's fucking awesome that I'm at a loss for words. I loved everything about it. Even Oscar and Bruno! Except for Magda. Fuck that bitch.Valentina is one of those heroines that I loved the most. I admire her strength and compassion. The girl is scarred if not physically, but emotionally. But she's perfect. And Gabriel knows that. And Gabriel. Goddamn, Gabriel. I love how we get to see the point of views of both main characters or I would have hated him. He made this sacrifice that no one would have seen coming to save his family and made sure that they're happy. Even if it's at his expense."I love you." Each word is broken. Each word is meant. Each word is beautiful on its own, ugly, wrong way. My heart broke, I cried but all of that is so worth it. I promise. This was a great read for me. I honestly haven't heard of Charmaine Pauls until this duet. And I'm so glad I did because this book is one of my best reads this year.
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  • Lauren Townley
    January 1, 1970
    SQUUUEEEE! I literally thanked sweet baby Jesus when I received the email saying I'd been approved for an early read of Consent! After finishing Dubious, I lied back, let out the biggest sigh.. then growled. What the hell was I going to do whilst waiting for the second part!? Well, jokes on me cuz apparently someone out there loves me; I was sent a copy!Right, so Consent literally picks up straight where Dubious left off, like to the actual minute. I love that! There's no annoying time gap where SQUUUEEEE! I literally thanked sweet baby Jesus when I received the email saying I'd been approved for an early read of Consent! After finishing Dubious, I lied back, let out the biggest sigh.. then growled. What the hell was I going to do whilst waiting for the second part!? Well, jokes on me cuz apparently someone out there loves me; I was sent a copy!Right, so Consent literally picks up straight where Dubious left off, like to the actual minute. I love that! There's no annoying time gap where you're left thinking you stepped into a freaking time machine & now you're in another universe, questioning whether the book you thought was a follow on actually is!? Well, with this one you definitely didn't just start reading a whole different series!Dubious gives you a sneak peak at the first chapter of Consent. I read it before, but I obviously swallowed it whole again! Gabriel is trying desperately to find Valentina. She has grabbed her brother, Charlie & they've done a runner! See, I told you it picks up straight after Dubious! :D Don't panic though, it does not take long for the story to move on at a calm, respectable pace.There's one thing that's just niggling at me.. it really bothers me that Valentina in one breath says she hates Gabriel. It's clear she doesn't mean it & she's putting on a front. Understandable. Here's what bugs me though.. stick to your guns, girl! In one scene, five seconds after the 'I hate you' speech, Gabriel carries her upstairs. She's already wet for him & they get it on. No. Just no. I mean, she could at least pretend that she actually does hate the guy & maybe try to fight him off or something? I've never been pregnant & fallen in love with the dude that's keeping me against my will, so I obviously don't have a very objective view on this. I just wish Valentina would grow a back bone & stick up for herself, instead of just rolling over & being all, 'yes, Sir.' all the time! It's like they were both pretending to hate each other, just cuz Gabriel couldn't get his head out of his ass long enough to tell Valentina how he really felt.The plot of this entire story is so complex. In fact, at one point I stopped & realised I hadn't taken any notes on the last 10 chapters I'd read! Good job I still have my memory & I think this book is going to stick with me for a long while! There are unexpected deaths & near deaths! There's changes of heart, changes of plans, raw romance, unanswered questions finally answered, twists & turns & so much more! I think I've given away far too much already, though!The epilogue, although quite short, I felt covered everything that it needed to. I'm glad it wasn't just pointless rambling. Short, sharp & hella sweet!Everyone seriously needs to read these books. They are ahhmazing!Thank you so much for this early copy!
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  • B.E.L.L.A.Mc
    January 1, 1970
    ARC NetGalleyGood ending to a good duet. Lots of angst and steamy sex. It wasn’t quite as gripping as the first book but had enough excitement to hold my interest to the end. There are some shocking revelations and events. Magda? I still cared about Val and Gabriel. Gabriel remains a strong Alpha throughout, which is a must for me. Valentina handles the bad hand she’s dealt like the smart and strong woman she is. I dropped 1* because the whole ‘surgery’ angle didn’t feel right to me. Surgery can ARC NetGalleyGood ending to a good duet. Lots of angst and steamy sex. It wasn’t quite as gripping as the first book but had enough excitement to hold my interest to the end. There are some shocking revelations and events. Magda? I still cared about Val and Gabriel. Gabriel remains a strong Alpha throughout, which is a must for me. Valentina handles the bad hand she’s dealt like the smart and strong woman she is. I dropped 1* because the whole ‘surgery’ angle didn’t feel right to me. Surgery can alter a person’s looks but VOICE? I wish this idea by the author had been dealt with in a more realistic way. Val’s no fool; she wasn’t fooled by Gabriel’s tricks. I would read more by this author.
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