Diamonds in the Rough (Diamonds are Forever Trilogy, #2)
A DARK MAFIA ROMANCEGirls like me, we know how to survive.We each have our own little ways, but we acquire those skills at the same tender age.If you ask me how many times a person can die, I’ll tell you many times. As many times as a man stabs you in the stomach with betrayal and wrings out your heart with lies.Girls like me, we live.We don’t get a choice.We step over the cliff and fall.Eat, sleep, die, and repeat.(Diamonds in the Rough is Book 2 of the Diamonds are Forever Trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. Diamonds in the Dust (Book 1) must be read to follow the story. Diamonds are Forever (Book 3) concludes the story and will be released on 15 September 2020.)

Diamonds in the Rough (Diamonds are Forever Trilogy, #2) Details

TitleDiamonds in the Rough (Diamonds are Forever Trilogy, #2)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 14th, 2020
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GenreDark, Romance

Diamonds in the Rough (Diamonds are Forever Trilogy, #2) Review

  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    And yep the Italian deal was exactly what I thought it was excuse me while I take a moment to internally dissect Maxime inch by delicious inch what a complete an utter toss-bag.Poor poor Zoe she’s certainly been put through the emotional ringer by him.His actions here actually defy all sense of compassion and empathy.It’s like he can’t understand why she would even be upset and even seems to think she’ll get over it with time: no chance their sunshine, talk about needing a big reality check.Maxi And yep the Italian deal was exactly what I thought it was excuse me while I take a moment to internally dissect Maxime inch by delicious inch what a complete an utter toss-bag.Poor poor Zoe she’s certainly been put through the emotional ringer by him.His actions here actually defy all sense of compassion and empathy.It’s like he can’t understand why she would even be upset and even seems to think she’ll get over it with time: no chance their sunshine, talk about needing a big reality check.Maxime’s constant manipulations and blase attitude towards a woman that has shown him nothing but love and regard well he deserves to lose her.I hope he chokes on his regret and I for one will be watching gleefully with pure delight at all the grovelling he will have to perform to maybe win Zoe’s affections back.That aside this kept my attention throughout and I was definitely invested in the unfolding drama.This was also excellently written full of passion and heat and even when I was hating Maxime which was a lot of the time let me tell you.I was also hoping he’d have an epiphany and realise just what he held in the palm of his hand: for an intelligent bloke he wasn’t half dense at times sigh.Zoe well I just wanted her to make a stand so I was cheering her on from the sidelines when she finally decided enough was enough.This ended leaving me wanting more and I am going to be on absolute pins waiting for the final piece of this story.I voluntarily reviewed a copy of Diamonds in the rough (Diamonds are forever trilogy #2).Reviewed By Beckie Bookwormhttps://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/www.beckiebookworm.com
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Sigh... another cliffhanger. Why do they torture us so? I could kick Maxime’s ass. &@$*^! dick~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just when you think everything is calming down and moving forward, you know there has to be a big twist in the plot. Pauls gets me again with the cliffy on this one.If you read my notes I leave on Goodreads while I’m reading the book, you know I was very frustrated in certain parts of the story. Especially towards the end when Maxime throws Zoe for a loop and really catches the reader Sigh... another cliffhanger. Why do they torture us so? I could kick Maxime’s ass. &@$*^! dick~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just when you think everything is calming down and moving forward, you know there has to be a big twist in the plot. Pauls gets me again with the cliffy on this one.If you read my notes I leave on Goodreads while I’m reading the book, you know I was very frustrated in certain parts of the story. Especially towards the end when Maxime throws Zoe for a loop and really catches the reader off guard. GrrI don’t think I have gotten over that yet. I’m just hoping that when book 3 comes out we don’t find that she has made a critical error. But I say you go, girl.Diamonds in the Rough is frustrating, passionate, and super hot because of their amazing connection together. But it also pissed me off too! Maybe by the time book 3 comes out with the conclusion I will have calmed down. Maybe. Pauls is an amazing writer in the darker side of romance novels. She does a fabulous job blending the light in between the dark. Her books are a compulsion that I just can’t miss! * copy received for review considerationhttps://amidlifewife.com/diamonds-in-...
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*This book picks up where Dust left off. And it’s another incredible read.My heart is torn over Zoe and Maxime. These two find themselves in an impossible situation.Zoe has fallen in love with her kidnapper. And who can blame her. Maxime is the ultimate fantasy in so many ways. But apart from him she finds herself alone. She’s shunned by his family and doesn’t have a single friend. She’s lonely but in love. In love with a man who believes he’s incapable of loving her in return.In reality Maxi 4.5*This book picks up where Dust left off. And it’s another incredible read.My heart is torn over Zoe and Maxime. These two find themselves in an impossible situation.Zoe has fallen in love with her kidnapper. And who can blame her. Maxime is the ultimate fantasy in so many ways. But apart from him she finds herself alone. She’s shunned by his family and doesn’t have a single friend. She’s lonely but in love. In love with a man who believes he’s incapable of loving her in return.In reality Maxime is also a prisoner. He just has a longer leash. He’s trapped into this life with pressure bearing down from all sides. Yet he does everything within his power to make Zoe happy. Now don’t get the wrong idea. While I truly believe he loves her. He also manipulates and controls her every move.I have to be honest. At times the first half of this book annoyed me. It felt like a never ending cycling of makeup sex. But stick with it. It gets good, so so very good. Now ultimately what happens is not a surprise. We’ve known this was coming. But the way the story unfolds is breathtaking. I was reading until the early hours. And then I couldn’t sleep. Playing the ending over and over. Trying to work out where it will go from here. It’s a long time since a book has left me so desperate for the next one. My total lack of patience is the main reason I avoid cliffhangers.Seriously how can I wait until September?I just couldn’t move past this. So a re-read of Beauty in the Broken will have to do for now.I voluntarily read a review copy kindly provided by the author.
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    If you are looking for a series to get your emotions so revved up that you can't think straight? Read this series. I'm not sure I can even put into words. I'm feeling betrayed just as much as the heroine is feeling it. I wanted to cry and lash out just like she wanted to. And that ending! Oh man, was that cruel to end that way. September can't come fast enough for the next book to release. I say all these things in a good way. The fact that I am feeling this strongly proves what an outstanding j If you are looking for a series to get your emotions so revved up that you can't think straight? Read this series. I'm not sure I can even put into words. I'm feeling betrayed just as much as the heroine is feeling it. I wanted to cry and lash out just like she wanted to. And that ending! Oh man, was that cruel to end that way. September can't come fast enough for the next book to release. I say all these things in a good way. The fact that I am feeling this strongly proves what an outstanding job the author did to make these characters come alive. This author writes edgier stories and she writes dark enough to push at the boundaries I have set for myself. I find myself nervous but excited to see what she will bring to wrap up Maxime and Zoe's love story.
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  • Carvanz
    January 1, 1970
    Five shining stars sparkling with its own brilliance! Wow! Ms. Pauls has outdone herself with this installment of her Diamond Magnate trilogy. I didn’t think I could become any more invested in these characters than I was at the ending of Diamonds in the Dust, but I am now totally engaged with this hero and heroine both individually and as a couple. My heart hurt for Zoe as she struggled to find something normal in this new life and when Max attempted to give it to her, my heart hurt for him Five shining stars sparkling with its own brilliance! Wow! Ms. Pauls has outdone herself with this installment of her Diamond Magnate trilogy. I didn’t think I could become any more invested in these characters than I was at the ending of Diamonds in the Dust, but I am now totally engaged with this hero and heroine both individually and as a couple. My heart hurt for Zoe as she struggled to find something normal in this new life and when Max attempted to give it to her, my heart hurt for him as well. Their whole dysfunctional relationship had me wanting to cry. While there is a ton of sizzle and steam, there isn’t a lot of action here and the feel of darkness is not quite as intense as in book 1. However, this never bogged down as this couple worked through their issues. The drama varies from light to heavy throughout and just when you start to think things are settling down, something new is revealed. This story took me to a place that I never saw coming and tossed my emotions in every direction along the way. I loved that I couldn’t predict what was going to happen and as a result I’m even more clueless about what the next book will hold. Altogether, that leaves me very anxious and excited to get the next book into my greedy hands as soon as possible. Dual POVSafe (view spoiler)[no om drama; ow drama – cook had hooked up with H at some point in the past and H is clueless about why the h questions him about keeping her on as an employee as it was just sex; at this point the H has not cheated on the h (hide spoiler)]Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I was very excited to jump back into Maxime and Zoe's story after that shocking ending in book one, Diamonds in the Dust. This story was sexy, dark and edgy and just when you think you know what's going to happen, Pauls' completely ensnares you further into this amazing story! Diamonds in the Rough is more emotional than the last book as Zoe has fallen for her captor. But as she tries to push Maxime away to protect herself, she inevitably feels more and more deeper emotions for him. While I enjo I was very excited to jump back into Maxime and Zoe's story after that shocking ending in book one, Diamonds in the Dust. This story was sexy, dark and edgy and just when you think you know what's going to happen, Pauls' completely ensnares you further into this amazing story! Diamonds in the Rough is more emotional than the last book as Zoe has fallen for her captor. But as she tries to push Maxime away to protect herself, she inevitably feels more and more deeper emotions for him. While I enjoyed this story immensely, my heart couldn't help but break for Zoe as it was obvious Maxime was keeping himself emotionally distant from her. Overall, this was a great installment in this fabulous trilogy and I can't wait for more! 4 stars! ~Ratula 
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  • 𝒲𝒽❀𝐼𝒮𝒽𝒶𝓁𝓁𝒩❁𝓉𝐵𝑒𝒩𝒶𝓂𝑒
    January 1, 1970
    Charmaine writing is a work of art & definitely evoked strong feelings in me! It’s crazy how I went to loving Maxime to hating him in this book! I feel like Zoe was still weak & naive & I wanted her to have more of a backbone. Zoe is a romantic & a dreamer where she quickly falls in love with the French underboss Maxime who is holding her hostage because of her brother Damien. Our flower is lonely because she don’t know anyone or have anybody to turn to beside Maxime & that’s exactly what he wan Charmaine writing is a work of art & definitely evoked strong feelings in me! It’s crazy how I went to loving Maxime to hating him in this book! I feel like Zoe was still weak & naive & I wanted her to have more of a backbone. Zoe is a romantic & a dreamer where she quickly falls in love with the French underboss Maxime who is holding her hostage because of her brother Damien. Our flower is lonely because she don’t know anyone or have anybody to turn to beside Maxime & that’s exactly what he wants. Sadly, Maxime can only give Zoe comfort, but not his love. Now don’t get me wrong even tho Zoe is a soft heroine. I still like her because she‘s likable, a survivor, and able to forgive. I don’t see forgiveness as a weakness, but strength & Zoe is able to live her best life of what Maxime have to offer her as his mistress because what else can a girl do when she’s powerless. Be miserable, get punished, throw a tantrum, sad, and cry. Yeah, I didn’t think so! There was ONE specific scene that almost cause me in tears because I FELT our homegirl pain. I feel silly not seeing it happened because I kind of was in shock like the signs & hints was there! Anyways that was the ultimate betrayal where that was her last straw & Maxime took Zoe kindness as a weakness where he think she can adapt well to their “new situation.” You see... the thing about our hero is that “he doesn't have normal feelings like we do. He doesn't even understand why his actions are hurting Zoe. In his eyes, he's doing the right thing.” - CharmaineI just need Maxime to HURT like how he have HURT Zoe! Zoe deserves sooo much better because Maxime was sooo selfish in this damn book. Even tho he’s selfish. I see his love for her because everything he have done is for her & Zoe balance him out. That being said, I still didn’t see any change between their relationship. There were still a lot of secrecys, one sided love (for me personally), no trust, and mix signals. I want to see progress, trust, and communication in their relationship going forward in diamonds are forever (book 3). I hope to see growth in Maxime where he don’t have to change who he is, but he needs to reflect on his mistakes of what he done wrong to Zoe & groveling won’t do justice soooo. Another thing that irked me a bit was Maxime hurting himself with a ____ while he’s watching her get punish with a vibrator is just ridiculous to me like you’ve a 🍆 for a reason. So use it IN her to punish her instead. I feel like something was missing in this book (there was no connection development between the MC because this story felt very short & fast pace where it was rush) & I don’t know, but I feel like a few important scenes happened off screen where the author should have written it in here & the storyline wasn’t gravitating towards me until I was 68% in. My final thoughts, I’m just anxious because I have HIGH expectations for how their conclusion will come to be.My top 3️⃣ songs for diamonds 💎 in the rough.• Say You Love Me - Jessie Ware 🎶This is exactly how Zoe FEELS & NEEDS from Maxime, but won’t give her!“Say you love me to my faceI need it more than your embraceJust say you want me, that's all it takesHeart's getting torn from your mistakes”• How Could You - Empire 🎶Perfect song that suits Zoe current situation.“Am I an easy target?Tell me is that how you managed to get in?Doomed before it started'Cause you knew I would lead with my heart not my head”• Final Teardrop - Rupert Pope 🎶Zoe my gorlll! I FEEL yoo mothafucken pain because I was in it with you.“Pull away the thornMy heart bleeds to see thisEvery day you'd write, to view is not my loveI just decided not to give this love no moreThis will be my final teardropThis will be our curtain callTake this as my last confessionThis will be mine after all”Overall rating: 3.5 stars 🌟*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Izzie d
    January 1, 1970
    Really liked this one.Lots of angst.Family issues, other woman drama.Cliffhanger ending.It ended and I was desperate for the next book.It's part of a trilogy so you must read in order though the series can be read as a standalone.I don't want to give too much away but I liked how the Hero was trying for the heroine but he seems at times a lost cause then he gives her the world.Next book September.No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine.Some darker themes.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    6 beautiful stars 🌟 This story twisted my mind and at 70% I was having heart palpitations. My heart is breaking for Zoe. All she wants is someone to love her and to be able to love back.I am so angry at Maxime. How can one man be so cold and cruel. He is willing to give her everything except the one thing she craves and needs.Another ending that was totally unexpected and it leaves me wanting more!
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  • MsMoxy
    January 1, 1970
    Lush and decadent, Diamonds in the Rough ensnared me into a world where the refined are predators waiting to pounce, its opulence masks the bitter and unscrupulous, and the innocent are not made to thrive is such a callous, ego driven, patriarchal society. Lulled into a false sense of security, the obstacles that Maxime and Zoe would have to face in book 2 seemed more likely by the hands of Maxime’s family. The fairytale world Maxime created for a very whimsical romantic Zoe was perfect and ever Lush and decadent, Diamonds in the Rough ensnared me into a world where the refined are predators waiting to pounce, its opulence masks the bitter and unscrupulous, and the innocent are not made to thrive is such a callous, ego driven, patriarchal society. Lulled into a false sense of security, the obstacles that Maxime and Zoe would have to face in book 2 seemed more likely by the hands of Maxime’s family. The fairytale world Maxime created for a very whimsical romantic Zoe was perfect and everything she could have dreamed of and yet... There was a deep niggling feeling that something was amiss. Once Zoe acclimated to Maxime and his brutish/cruel lessons, she found some semblance of contentment and dare I say happiness? It was a rough journey, but Zoe finally has the opportunity to pursue her passion in fashion design. She has the eye of an attentive lover who claims her as his “property” - this means something significant in a world where having mistress is not only tolerated but expected. Zoe is adorned with beautiful clothing, romantic getaways, a beautiful home... and yet there is this niggling feeling, a sense of foreboding that something is not quite right. And this is how Diamonds in the Rough plays out. I read with constant dread and the tension I felt was so thick I needed the bomb to drop, I wanted reprieve from this feeling of dread that had yet to transpire.It was COMPLETELY FUCKING AWFUL...It was COMPLETELY FUCKING DEVASTATING...It was COMPLETELY FUCKING AMAZING!!!! 💔I was so excited to get wrapped in the world of Maxime! While book 1 was about Zoe navigating her relationship with Maxime, book 2 delved into Zoe’s ability to navigate Maxime’s world....And it isn’t pretty.It gets nasty!You feel Zoe’s uncertainty, her insecurity, her lack of position! Mistress? Really? WTF!!!!!It all builds up to that final moment when reality hits Zoe like a ton of bricks. I was angry! And bitter! And really pissed off! I wanted to throw my kindle! I wanted to private message the author and FREAK THE FUCK OUT! I’m 100% invested in Zoe, in her future, in her happiness and well, her gilded cage ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH!!!!! And so with all that...THIS WAS ONE GAWD DAMN OUTSTANDING BOOK! So, please heed the warnings. If you like your reads to give you the kind of vibe where you’re all topsy turvy, then you really need to read this book! It will give you all the feels that us reading masochists hate to love to endure! 😜 But if you don’t like cliffies, then hold off till book three in September because this cliffy is a big one... and you might not be happy - although I was pleasantly satisfied. ☺️Special note to the author: It’s been a while since I read a book that made me this angry, frustrated, excited and oddly hopeful all at the same time. Thank you Ms Pauls, this work was perfectly cruel and outstanding! 😘You don’t want to miss this series, it is hawt as fuck! Best wishes and enjoy. ❤️
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  • Shabby -BookBistroBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Rough like uncut Diamonds, dull in appearance like the pain of unrequited love, but brilliant nonetheless, cause Diamonds Are Forever ! Charmaine pulls no punches and doesn't slow down on the turns. The story careens at breakneck speed towards the impending crash, leaving treadmarks on Zoe's heart. What started as an act of meticulous planning in book 1 soon turns to a mangled mess in book 2. "He’s a hardened criminal with a dark heart, and I’m a naïve romantic with an abandoned princess f Rough like uncut Diamonds, dull in appearance like the pain of unrequited love, but brilliant nonetheless, cause Diamonds Are Forever ! Charmaine pulls no punches and doesn't slow down on the turns. The story careens at breakneck speed towards the impending crash, leaving treadmarks on Zoe's heart. What started as an act of meticulous planning in book 1 soon turns to a mangled mess in book 2. "He’s a hardened criminal with a dark heart, and I’m a naïve romantic with an abandoned princess fantasy. Somehow, we work together. Somehow, we’ve rubbed off on each other. We’re diamonds in the rough, cutting our edges together." Just like the gems, the story is packed with compressed heat of passion shared between Maxime and Zoe hart. She's the quintessential Stockholm Syndrome victim and a girl with virginal, impressionable heart. "He made me dependent on him in every sense—materially, physically, and emotionally. There’s nowhere else to turn to. There’s only this house now, this beautiful place I both love and hate, and him. Love and hate." Maxime remeins true to his form of being a cold-hearted, cold-blooded killer with an agenda. He has obligations and doesn't let his emotions tamper with his destiny.He doesn't change his tune, only Zoe and me fell for this stone cold mafia don-in-the-making. Only nobody discounted for the emotions that silently creep between them and cage their hearts “I’m still the pathologically lying, manipulative, coldhearted prick with the versatile criminal behavior and lack of moral judgment.” “And high intelligence,” she adds, “not to mention ruthlessness.” Zoe just wanted to be cuddled and loved and my heart just broke for her.It's awash with tears, very heavy on the sentiments and takes a toll on the heart.I never saw the twist coming and got a whiplash from the slap in the face. Exactly like book 1, the ending is on a major cliff ie and my heart legit died crying. Cannot wait for book 3 now 4.5 stars for hearts in the wrong places #BookBistroBlogApproved Follow me on:[email protected]://Twitter.com/BookBistrowww.instagram.com/BookBistroBloghttps://bookbistroblogger.blogspot.com/https://www.facebook.com/groups/BookB...
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  • Library of Romance
    January 1, 1970
    Charmaine Pauls - Diamonds in the Rough (Diamonds are Forever Trilogy 2)𝑨𝒓𝒄 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘.I would like to thank both the author and pr company for the chance to arc this book. I appreciate the opportunity, and value the authors consideration to summarise the previous book. You cant imagine how helpful it is. Diamonds in the Rough is the second installment in the Diamond Magnate series. It continues where we left off in the first book. And what an epic journey we fa Charmaine Pauls - Diamonds in the Rough (Diamonds are Forever Trilogy 2)𝑨𝒓𝒄 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘.I would like to thank both the author and pr company for the chance to arc this book. I appreciate the opportunity, and value the authors consideration to summarise the previous book. You cant imagine how helpful it is. Diamonds in the Rough is the second installment in the Diamond Magnate series. It continues where we left off in the first book. And what an epic journey we face. I'm in awe of Charmaines writing and world development. She is vastly becoming one of my die hard authors. I devoured this book in one sitting. It was unputdownable and I cant recommend this series enough!Maxime is a juxtaposition. His actions were two sided. His kindness and consideration were to keep Zoe occupied but also to ensure her happiness. Protective of his property, his affection for the heroine is the nearest thing to love he has ever experienced. His behaviour towards Zoe forever gave me whiplash. The therapy session made me see everything in a new light. For a sociopath, his lack of empathy and his thoughtful actions reiterated his complexity. His view on this diagnosis is interesting and can clearly see how the heroine draws him but also intrigues him. We gained a better insight into Maximes motives and his mafia organisation, his genetic make up and family. Yet I feel like weve only seen a thin layer of how cruel he can actually be. It leaves the reader with many questions. Will he overcome his familial expectations. Can he learn to love. Fighting between her heart and her self worth Zoes situation becomes bearable with her ambitions and dreams of love and fairytale romance. She grows in strength, her courage and bravery was shown throughout. Never giving up even when criticised about her abilities and taste in fashion. Her status in question and reputation in tatters, with loneliness as her only companion, she is still determined and open to happiness and making the most of her circumstance. As the story jumped several times we saw depth in their relationship. Her inner war with hope, I felt she stopped resisting because she doesnt have much of a family or life to go back to. I was shocked by the plot and salute her moral integrity. Charmaine made Zoes character relatable to the reader and drew out protective and sympathetic emotions towards her, without making her feel pathetic and annoying. She reaches breaking point at the end of the book which leads us to think how will she cope with her new found freedom, and is she ready to face her brother.Diamond in the Rough ends in a cliff-hanger. Im completely torn. This couple is everything. Their relationship is complicated, beautiful and soulshattering. If you like selfish and heartless heros and optimistic down trodden heroines, you'll love their hopeless journey to... forever. Be prepared for a rough and bumpy ride. I need to get my hands on the next book.COMING SOON:The Diamonds are Forever series consists of 3 books. Continue Zoe and Maxime’s story in:Book 3: Diamonds are Forever (15 September 2020)Distance makes the heart grow fonder. I hope to see a change in the heros character. Theres no knowing how he will react in the series finale. I cant wait to finally meet the heroines brother, Damian. Will the heroine move on? The cynic in me believes the rose tea plays a part in her pliable behaviour. I wouldn't put it past Maxime. Most of all, I'm ready to find more answers and a well earnt happily ever after. All I can envision is that lonely dress still in the closet... another example of the heroines innocent, positive outlook. I predict he will be so enraged in the next book that he marries her...in that dress! Bind them for eternity.Find out why I gave the first book in the series 5 stars. Diamonds in the Dust 𝙍𝙀𝙑𝙄𝙀𝙒Find me on:Instagram | Goodreads | Bookbub | PinterestTwitter | Facebook | Amazon
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  • Joyffree
    January 1, 1970
    I really really disliked Maxime in book one -Now?I hope the next time he cliff dives the tide is out!For a moment, thank goodness it was fleeting, I truly believed even though he could not love completely that there was a chance - not your fault Zoe I didn't see it coming eitherAnd his family?Scum! I have stronger words but...This ends on a "to be continued" moment.As with the first book in this trilogy, I feel like I'm missing something. It is most likely my greed to spend more time in their wo I really really disliked Maxime in book one -Now?I hope the next time he cliff dives the tide is out!For a moment, thank goodness it was fleeting, I truly believed even though he could not love completely that there was a chance - not your fault Zoe I didn't see it coming eitherAnd his family?Scum! I have stronger words but...This ends on a "to be continued" moment.As with the first book in this trilogy, I feel like I'm missing something. It is most likely my greed to spend more time in their world immersed in the false bubble of love and fairy tale happiness. Possibly I was not ready to have the blinders removed. To have my heart ripped from my chest. All hope shattered.IDKHowever, this does end I can only hope Zoe finds her happily ever after. She has been through the fires of hell and even while she was aflame never once did she let them see her pain.
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  • Abibliophobia-the fear of running out of things to read 🥺
    January 1, 1970
    Can’t wait!
  • Buffyanna
    January 1, 1970
    Once upon a time this impressionable reader asked her favourite author, her crowned Queen of Tortured Romance, whether she had diabolical plans to torture her latest heroine. Because, I would need to stock up on tissues. “Yes! Get those tissues ready!” Charmaine gleefully replied.As she promised, in Diamonds in the Rough (Book 2), Zoe and Max go through further emotional Herculean trials. Having nearly lost his “little flower” to her own impulsive, thrill-seeking cliff jump that took place while Once upon a time this impressionable reader asked her favourite author, her crowned Queen of Tortured Romance, whether she had diabolical plans to torture her latest heroine. Because, I would need to stock up on tissues. “Yes! Get those tissues ready!” Charmaine gleefully replied.As she promised, in Diamonds in the Rough (Book 2), Zoe and Max go through further emotional Herculean trials. Having nearly lost his “little flower” to her own impulsive, thrill-seeking cliff jump that took place while she was under a dubious state of mind, Max understands fear for perhaps the first time in his life. The feeling is new to him. In fact, feelings are new to him. Can a psychopath fall in love? This is the question that not only we, the readers, ask ourselves. Max seeks the answer too, going as far as to consult his shrink. Charmaine plays her two main characters beautifully, like a virtuoso. She gets you inside their heads. She makes them matter.Max continues to treat Zoe like a princess, sending her to an exclusive fashion design college, fuelling what he believes are her fantasies, while fulfilling his own pragmatic worldview. Zoe never forgets she’s a captive, a commodity, her sexuality being traded for her brother’s life. Her own life is comprised of rewards and punishments doled out by her captor. She feels EVERYTHING, from the shame and self-retribution of being acclimated to her imprisonment, to the love and compassion she develops for Max, to the stings of rejection and contempt from practically everyone else that Max recruits into his charade. She sees the darkness of her situation but she is, and has always been, a hopeless romantic. Zoe has been looking for the better sides of others and hoping to find love and acceptance. How can such an empathetic personality survive alongside someone who has no empathy? "Will you love me?""I've given you all I'm capable of." Well, it’s not an ideal setup for a long-lasting relationship, for sure. As Max grapples with his emerging feelings towards Zoe, he continues his practice of self-inflicted trauma whenever she steps out of line and needs to be punished as well. It’s all for naught. His deeds balance nothing. And eventually Max digs himself into an emotional deficit that even ever-forgiving Zoe can not credit away. Book 2 ends with a bombshell that is worthy of the best of all middle trilogy books. Once again, I loved Zoe even more than I thought I could after the first book. I started falling for Max, only to be utterly shocked by the ice bucket coldness of his neglect of Zoe’s one true need. By the end, I was the one whose feelings were twisted and trampled and raw. This is Charmaine Pauls at the top of her game, the mistress of lyrical words and meanings, the Queen of Tortured Romance.This sincere review is given without obligation, for an author-provided ARC.
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  • Cécile Smits
    January 1, 1970
    After Diamonds in the Dust,i was happy i could go straight to Diamonds in the Rough,but now?After finishing the arc? Knowing what i feared is true? Knowing the whole truth?YOU ARE KILLING ME Charmaine!I NEED CLOSURE!I NEED Diamonds Are Forever!Zoe is stuck,Maxime has made it clear he will never let her go.Not only that,he very cleverly manipulates her into caring about him.Slaying her with kindness,spoiling her as long as she behaves.Punishing her for questioning him delivers the message she sho After Diamonds in the Dust,i was happy i could go straight to Diamonds in the Rough,but now?After finishing the arc? Knowing what i feared is true? Knowing the whole truth?YOU ARE KILLING ME Charmaine!I NEED CLOSURE!I NEED Diamonds Are Forever!Zoe is stuck,Maxime has made it clear he will never let her go.Not only that,he very cleverly manipulates her into caring about him.Slaying her with kindness,spoiling her as long as she behaves.Punishing her for questioning him delivers the message she should be happy living in ignorance.When she confesses her love for him,he is honest though....He is a man incapable of that feeling,the most she can expect is the fact he needs her.Her innocence makes his darkness seem lighter.She brightens up his days,and that should be enough.Finding out the kind of business he is in,shocks her.Finding out the realization of another dream she had is bought and worthless,is a heavy blow.Finding out the one friend she thought she had in the family isn’t a friend,makes her mad.Finding out the truth about the italian deal he’s made......thát is the limit!I am glad she made the decision she did,even though it breaks her heart.Choosing to defy him in that way.....And i want to smack that heartless bastard for what he did to her!How the hell am i going to survive until September?????
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  • Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    SPOILERS AHEAD. This book was an emotional rollercoaster. My heart broke over and over for Zoe but by the end, I was cheering and fist pumping. Clearly Maxime has lost his entire mind and Zoe did not stick around for him to find it. Honestly, after reading this book, I realize I am a very vindictive person. The house that Maxime decided to reassign to his new flame would have been burned to the ground with him and her in it. The audacity and the nerve of him to decide to steal Zoe's life and the SPOILERS AHEAD. This book was an emotional rollercoaster. My heart broke over and over for Zoe but by the end, I was cheering and fist pumping. Clearly Maxime has lost his entire mind and Zoe did not stick around for him to find it. Honestly, after reading this book, I realize I am a very vindictive person. The house that Maxime decided to reassign to his new flame would have been burned to the ground with him and her in it. The audacity and the nerve of him to decide to steal Zoe's life and then decide how her future would be as well. BOY BYE! Can't wait for the finale. Let us all hope in book 3 that Maxime will either find the mind that he lost or Zoe will have found her real Prince/Knight in Shining Armor. Psychopath is too polite a term for Maxime!***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***
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  • The Romantic Rush Blog
    January 1, 1970
    REAL diamonds don’t start out opulently beautiful- they start out ugly, dark, buried under the surface. Only under incredible circumstances- the perfect combination of intense pressure and unimaginable heat, painful cuts, and a literal earth shattering volcanic eruption- can the true beauty emerge from the ugly, from the rough. And oh my stars- does Charmaine Paul deliver a story that perfectly encapsulates that journey. Book 2 is a mind-blowing, psychologically electrifying, and emotional seduc REAL diamonds don’t start out opulently beautiful- they start out ugly, dark, buried under the surface. Only under incredible circumstances- the perfect combination of intense pressure and unimaginable heat, painful cuts, and a literal earth shattering volcanic eruption- can the true beauty emerge from the ugly, from the rough. And oh my stars- does Charmaine Paul deliver a story that perfectly encapsulates that journey. Book 2 is a mind-blowing, psychologically electrifying, and emotional seduction. This love story is dark and intense, painful at times but cuttingly beautiful in others. No one does this type of story like Charmaine- the innocent, emotive heroine captured and trapped (not just physically but emotionally) by the dark, emotionless mafia anti-hero, the development of that Stockholm, co-dependent toxicity that is just so addictive, and the angsty emotional push-pull that rips at your heart and mind. Maxime and Zoe don’t yet have a love that is clear and shiny- we’re still buried under darkness and pressure.Truth be told, I sometimes find that the second book in push-pull romance trilogies can be a bit frustrating- we have our relationship established and the feelings are there, but you know the HEA isn’t coming yet- which often leaves us in plot and character monotony, a “waiting for it” purgatory of book 2- but Charmaine is one of those authors who has CONSISTENTLY contradicted that trend- no stalling status quo here. This story moves quickly and keeps you on your toes, and our characters are dynamic, complex, and anything but monotonously static. Book 2 thankfully picks up immediately after that insane cliffhanger in book 1- from there I can’t say much without spoiling, but this really isn’t about plot. No, what I love about Charmaine’s stories is that they are really about character psychology, an enthralling study of how character heart and minds evolve and react when their limits are pushed, when they are forced to live in the grey, when the human response defies logic. When a captive, innocent connects with her manipulative, psychopathic captor.Maxime continues to be everything I love in the coldhearted and manipulative captor. Charmaine’s heroes aren’t only physically dangerous and controlling, they are MENTALLY terrifying- ruthless, immoral, strategic and coercive, her heroes totally do a mind F on both our heroine and us as a reader. You never know if you need a cold shower or psychological help to temper your attraction, but either way, her heroes somehow make you want to punch them and kiss them in every breath. Maxime is a masterpiece- the cold, twisted, devious antihero- and here we start to see his heart thaw as these two settle into a new dynamic after the cliff hanger (LITERALLY, haha) from book 1 that jolts his deadened heart. Charmaine both gives us enough to feel like we are starting to GET him and his character journey but also still keeps some distance- which means Maxime still surprises us at every turn, his unpredictability keeps me rapidly turning pages. And Zoe is my favorite kind of heroine, and again, the one that Charmaine excels at- the softer, emotional and slightly naive leading lady who caves just a bit too easily- who knows her hard limits but isn’t too obstinate or resistant- who easily becomes the prey. Her growth I found to be the most compelling- her quiet inner strength and sense of self really rises to the surface in this sequel.The chemistry continues to be scorching and, as I mentioned, intensely psychologically and emotionally ambivalent. I love how Charmaine uses character contrasts to highlight and build their connection- this is my favorite type of character connection- that dynamic tension of light and kind and good with dark and devious and dangerous. Seeing how the cold and unfeeling hero inspires strength and fortitude in our softer heroine, and how our sweet, innocent, more passive heroine somehow inspires gentleness and affection for the cold, broody beast. The chemistry is really masterfully architected - the intimacy and true feelings slithering into their relationship small moment by small moment until both we and our characters are jarred by the changing dynamics. Even so, their love is messy, damaging, bewildering- but OH so hot.And just when I thought things couldn’t get any more intense, when I started to get comfortable in where I thought this story was going, Charmaine careens us down a dark path SO shocking that I literally screamed out loud. This conclusion was jaw dropping, heartbreaking, leaving me swimming in muddled tears of anger, sadness, fear, even hope. My mind and heart are TOTALLY eviscerated- thank goodness book 3 isn’t too far away. I don’t know how we’ll get there, but I’m so ready to watch these two figure out their messy, toxic, seemingly impossible love. I know it will be an explosive eruptive, but I’m hopeful these two can cut their way into a love as beautiful as a naturally born diamond.
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  • K. Lynn BookHavenBookBlog
    January 1, 1970
    ☆ Dark, Delicious, Deeply Emotional!☆ Phenom Dark Romance Trilogy!☆ You cannot prepare yourself for where this story takes you!☆ Exquisitely Written!☆ I. Am. Wrecked!The second book in the Diamonds are Forever Trilogy is sublimely called "Diamonds in the Rough". Diamonds are rough and unfinished until pressure, heat, and delicate handiwork smooths the roughness away into a masterpiece. That is what is happening in the story to the characters and maybe even to the reader...and what a fantastic jo ☆ Dark, Delicious, Deeply Emotional!☆ Phenom Dark Romance Trilogy!☆ You cannot prepare yourself for where this story takes you!☆ Exquisitely Written!☆ I. Am. Wrecked!The second book in the Diamonds are Forever Trilogy is sublimely called "Diamonds in the Rough". Diamonds are rough and unfinished until pressure, heat, and delicate handiwork smooths the roughness away into a masterpiece. That is what is happening in the story to the characters and maybe even to the reader...and what a fantastic job Charmaine Pauls is doing with this masterpiece! Maxime, Oh Maxime, how you are tearing my heart apart! His character is crafted so perfectly because he is evoking all the right feelings from me which are frustration, anger, and even caring...what a beautifully broken man is he! Zoe is a soft but gaining-strength woman as she tries to adjust to living in captivity and falling in love with Maxime, a psychopathic-tendency, French underboss. I do not find Zoe weak at all because it takes strength to endure what she has gone through, but she is a little naive, though that is fading now.The second book has serious depth in all of the suspense, mafia action, deception, and as you learn more about the main and secondary characters. The steam and romantic tones pluck at your heartstrings and then tear them out leaving you reeling at another gut-wrenching cliffhanger! I do not want to want until September for the conclusion of this 10-Star ⭐ trilogy! What a magnificent must read dark mafia romance!~~ K. Lynn, Book Haven Book Blog
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  • Jessica Alcazar
    January 1, 1970
    How does this keep happening? Lol Once again I am in shock!! So listen, this trilogy is so unpredictable I don’t even know if you guys should be reading reviews. Seriously. Someone is going to slip up and tell you something that will ruin the stoooooooop it moment in these installments that quite honestly, I loathe but love at the same time. I mean … who reads a Charmaine book and expects rainbows and unicorns? amirite? This one though … it’s extra people! You’ve been warned :)Even tho I am How does this keep happening? Lol Once again I am in shock!! So listen, this trilogy is so unpredictable I don’t even know if you guys should be reading reviews. Seriously. Someone is going to slip up and tell you something that will ruin the stoooooooop it moment in these installments that quite honestly, I loathe but love at the same time. I mean … who reads a Charmaine book and expects rainbows and unicorns? amirite? This one though … it’s extra people! You’ve been warned :)Even tho I am not going to give away anything that happens in this story, I want to take a few minutes of your time and talk about Charmaine’s skill. This woman is a powerhouse. When I reviewed the first book in this trilogy I was so incredibly stunned at her wizardry that I stated “I don’t think she can out-do what she’s written here as the beginning of this journey. Well, clearly, her skill has no bounds. She has a way of pulling the reader into the darkest shadows in a story and make them adore the darkness. Her stories are exciting and passionate and never predictable. READ HER WORK!I have zero clue the direction this story is taking any more LOL but I am looking forward to it. She twisted my mind seven ways to Sunday with the ending here so I am like *blank stare* right now. I have no doubt she will blow me away!
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  • Philomena Callan Cheekypee
    January 1, 1970
    This is book two in the Diamonds are Forever Trilogy. Make sure you read Diamonds in the Rough first. After how book one ended I was so excited to read this story and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed as this was a brilliant read. I felt as if I was holding my breath so much while reading this story. Brilliant story and now I wait rather impatiently for book three.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    How is it possible that Diamonds in the Rough (Diamonds are Forever Trilogy #2) is even better than the first book? More profound deception, more lies, bigger betrayals, and the relationship between Zoe and Maxime gets even more complicated. As usual, Pauls' writing is superb; she pulls you into Zoe and Maxime's world with her intensity and detail until this crazy world fades away. I never thought I would say this, but even though the book ends with a cliff hanger, it was pure perfection, and I How is it possible that Diamonds in the Rough (Diamonds are Forever Trilogy #2) is even better than the first book? More profound deception, more lies, bigger betrayals, and the relationship between Zoe and Maxime gets even more complicated. As usual, Pauls' writing is superb; she pulls you into Zoe and Maxime's world with her intensity and detail until this crazy world fades away. I never thought I would say this, but even though the book ends with a cliff hanger, it was pure perfection, and I don't think that Ms. Pauls could have written it any better.Over the next thirty months, Maxime continues to control and manipulate Zoe, and she remains his prisoner. But in this book, he doesn't just manipulate her body, but somehow manages to manipulate and capture her heart. "The bitterness of being forever unloved and eternally lonely will chip away at my heart until nothing but hard, polished hate is left. I hate him as much as I love him, but I hate myself more for loving him."All Zoe has ever wanted is to be love. As you read this book, Zoe's emotional pain is palpable. My heart and soul ached for her. Even though Zoe has accepted her fate, she is not weak. She is far from a vulnerable heroine; she loves with all her heart and is at times forgiving to a fault. However, don't be fooled by Zoe. Never forget she is a survivor and she will surprise you! And she certainly surprises Maxime. Oh, did you want me to tell you how she surprises him? Sorry, that is not going to happen, no spoilers in my reviews."We're diamonds in the rough, cutting our edges together. I no longer want to leave. I want to try, because maybe, just maybe, there are ways to survive Maxime, and maybe I don't have to do it alone."Maxime is a dark, cunning manipulator with a massive helping of danger; he is pure mafia-- hard and unyielding. But I was not able to hate him—quite the opposite. I was rooting for him and hoping that Zoe will help him be a better man, and in some little ways, Zoe has done that, but the darkness continues to call to him, and he fully embraces it. "She's the light to my hell, the hope to my infernal darkness. Men like me are born dark. We inherit it from our fathers and pass it on to our sons. She's the only brightness I'll ever have in my life..."Maxime has given her snippets of her desires, but that all comes with her unconditional surrender to him. The man has some serious control and trust issues. All Zoe wants is for Maxime to love her, but he believes he is incapable of loving anyone. How wrong he is, he loves her; he doesn't realize it yet, and neither does Zoe. My feelings ranged from loving Max one page and then wanting to slap him on the next page. Maxime is truly a tortured soul. Diamonds in the Rough should come with a warning label: Danger, you are about to lose your mind in a world swirling in darkness, and the hottest most passionate romance-- that you will not be able to put down. I devoured this book in one sitting, and it left me breathless and wanting more. Ms. Pauls' writing has a way about it that puts you in the mind of her characters. You feel their love, their pain, their heartache, but also their hope. The Diamonds are Forever Trilogy is not to be missed. The first one, Diamonds in the Dust, can be read NOW. The second book, Diamonds in the Rough, will be available on July 14, 2020. The third book, Diamonds are Forever, will be available September 15, 2020. I highly recommend this series if you like a dark antihero and a beautiful, resilient heroine wrapped up in a stunning sexy package. * Please note the quotes in my review are subject to change once the book is published. * ** I kindly received Diamonds in the Rough from Charmain Pauls. I was not, asked, or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion. **See my full review on my bloghttps://pageturnerreviews.home.blog
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  • Charlene Gaskins
    January 1, 1970
    Ms. Pauls is an excellent author. Her characters are well developed and her writing is top notch. Diamonds in the Rough is the second in the series of Zoe and Maxime. This second book literally made me hate Maxime; he is not only a dark character but a true narcissistic pig. The things he has done to Zoe in the first book and now in book two are not only dark, but are selfish and cruel. The mind games he plays with his bi-polar type personality are at times disturbing. Yes he buys her pretty thi Ms. Pauls is an excellent author. Her characters are well developed and her writing is top notch. Diamonds in the Rough is the second in the series of Zoe and Maxime. This second book literally made me hate Maxime; he is not only a dark character but a true narcissistic pig. The things he has done to Zoe in the first book and now in book two are not only dark, but are selfish and cruel. The mind games he plays with his bi-polar type personality are at times disturbing. Yes he buys her pretty things, screws her unrelentingly, and provides a pretty prison for her to live in, but he also systematically destroys her. He never had a real reason to take her as his prisoner other than his attraction to her and only keeps her because he can't give her up. He lies to her constantly, holding her hostage with the lie that her incarcerated brother will be killed if she tries to leave him. He has the gall and audacity to set her up as his whore/mistress when he is to marry at the end of book II. Zoe is an innocent that slowly as times passes admits that she loves him (I am not sure why) but is broken by his constant lies and deception and his inability to show her love. At times I wanted to scream to her character to run run run as this man is the kind of darkness that can engulf you with his charisma and charm only to turn on you like yesterday's trash. The tipping point for Zoe is when she finds all the letters sitting in his desk that were never mailed to her brother and "tah duh" .... when she finds out Maxime is to marry. He thoughtlessly sets her up in a place of her own so she can continue to be his mistress once he is married. I wish she has found a gun and blown his brain outs while she dosed him with sleeping drugs the night she makes her escape. It takes a certain kind of person that lacks complete empathy to be that thoughtless. I can't imagine a HEA for these two characters at this point in the story, but stranger things have happened. I'm not sure that any woman could forgive Maxime for what he has done and all the lies he has told her over the course of these two books. He doesn't deserve her and my HEA would be that he marries a shrew who he hates and who hates him and makes his life a 24 hour hell, while Zoe becomes a well know fashion designer.It takes a really good author and a good writer to have a reader dislike a character so much, so good job Ms. Pauls. It's a great read and I highly recommend it.
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  • crni biser
    January 1, 1970
    "I guess that’s the diference between us, and the crux of the problem. He doesn’t give a damn. Unfortunately, I do." WoooooW! I read this book in one sitting, it's even better than the first part. Hot, passionate, emotional, intense and soooo frustrating 😱 "Will you love me?""I've given you all I'm capable of."Amazing connection between the main characters 🔥🔥 Zoe has fallen hard for her kidnapper, and all she wants is someone to love her. Maxime is cold, cruel, manipulative, controlling, and wil "I guess that’s the diference between us, and the crux of the problem. He doesn’t give a damn. Unfortunately, I do." WoooooW! I read this book in one sitting, it's even better than the first part. Hot, passionate, emotional, intense and soooo frustrating 😱 "Will you love me?""I've given you all I'm capable of."Amazing connection between the main characters 🔥🔥 Zoe has fallen hard for her kidnapper, and all she wants is someone to love her. Maxime is cold, cruel, manipulative, controlling, and willing to give her everything except the one thing she needs - love. More lies, more betrayals, and the relationship between them gets even more complicated. I lie awake, my heart thundering in my chest as I hold the woman who makes me feel, the only person in the world who makes me fear. Brilliant story and and I can't wait for the third part 🖤 I hope that we will see Damien (he is Zoe's brother) from Beauty in the Broken 🖤🖤 Diamonds are Forever Trilogy must be read in order: Available now Available now September 15th 2020
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    6* Heart Stopping StarsI loved and raved about Diamonds in the Dust, the first book in the Trilogy but the second book was even more thrilling and twisted. I devoured it in one sitting because the further you got into the crazy story of Zoe and Maxime, the more desperate you are for answers!Maxime continues to control and make Zoe dependent on him. She is still his prisoner and he has managed to worm his way into her heart but unfortunately the same cannot be said for Maxime as he believes t 6* Heart Stopping StarsI loved and raved about Diamonds in the Dust, the first book in the Trilogy but the second book was even more thrilling and twisted. I devoured it in one sitting because the further you got into the crazy story of Zoe and Maxime, the more desperate you are for answers!Maxime continues to control and make Zoe dependent on him. She is still his prisoner and he has managed to worm his way into her heart but unfortunately the same cannot be said for Maxime as he believes that he is incapable of love. All he is capable of is caring for her financially and making sure she is in his bed every night where their chemistry is undeniably sexy.This second instalment is full of lies, trust issues and betrayal. My heart broke for Zoe and I was holding my breathe for her to unleash her strength and make the right decisions. I did not foresee the surprise that will hit so deep that you keep praying that the book will not end but indeed it does, and the cliff-hanger will have you losing patience and begging Charmaine to release the third and final book as soon as possible! I am loving this series and the authors writing is flawless and addictive.An ARC was provided, and all opinions are my own.
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  •  Jessica L Fox
    January 1, 1970
    Charmaine Pauls did it again! If this were a home run derby, Charmaine would win because she continues to knock them out of the park. This book picks up right where the first book ends, as Zoe jumped off a literal cliff. The cliff jump really did a number on Maxime. He is starting to realize the depth of what he feels for Zoe and, against her best efforts, she's starting to fall for him. Zoe is still very much aware that Max has an ulterior motive behind almost everything that he does for her an Charmaine Pauls did it again! If this were a home run derby, Charmaine would win because she continues to knock them out of the park. This book picks up right where the first book ends, as Zoe jumped off a literal cliff. The cliff jump really did a number on Maxime. He is starting to realize the depth of what he feels for Zoe and, against her best efforts, she's starting to fall for him. Zoe is still very much aware that Max has an ulterior motive behind almost everything that he does for her and knows she's in a gilded cage. My heart just hurt for Zoe in this book. Regardless of reality and what our minds tells us, deep down inside we want our fairy tales to come true and people should never give up on their dreams. Max is trying to make Zoe comfortable in her cage but he is making some of her dreams turn into unpleasant memories and then he made her world crash. The twist in the last portion of the book really makes you hurt. It was not only a stab to the heart but the knife was also twisted. The depth of the betrayal went beyond the main characters; all the way to the secondary characters like Benoit. In my opinion, Zoe has always been under-estimated by Maxime, his family, and his staff in the depth of her intelligence and strength. I am glad to see her finally taking a stand and the steps to protect herself towards the end in this one. Reality hit her like the smell of a strong, expensive perfume. I also feel like we got some answers to questions from Book 1 and explanations for why some characters acted in certain ways or said certain things throughout Book 1 and early in Book 2. Some of the comments from Max's mother and Francine make more sense now. Charmaine warned us this one would end in another cliffhanger, yet I am still wishing more pages would magically appear. The ending though for this book is perfect. I can't wait for book 3. Now please excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. **I was given an ARC of Diamonds in the Rough in exchange for an honest review. It was truly a pleasure.
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  • Ashley: Saucy Southern Readers Blog
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***Diamonds in the Rough is Book 2 in the Diamonds are Forever Trilogy and lets just say this story packed a punch! Charmaine continues to elevate this series with this book. I’ve never went from loving a character to loathing one as much as I did Maxime. That right there is true writing craft! I was absolutely appalled by his actions yet still want his character redeemed.This story picks up where Diamonds in the Dust left off. This story was compl ***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***Diamonds in the Rough is Book 2 in the Diamonds are Forever Trilogy and lets just say this story packed a punch! Charmaine continues to elevate this series with this book. I’ve never went from loving a character to loathing one as much as I did Maxime. That right there is true writing craft! I was absolutely appalled by his actions yet still want his character redeemed.This story picks up where Diamonds in the Dust left off. This story was completely mesmerizing and I read it within 4 hours. I literally couldn’t put it down!Great storyline. Excellent character development. Huge revelations and twists. Cliffhanger.This book is was fantastic and I highly recommend it!!5 stars!!!
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Zoe and Maxime’s tumultuous relationship continues with more lies, evasions, violence and sexual depravity than you can imagine and it completely blew my mind. As Zoe reluctantly learns to behave as her captor wishes she and Maxime form a reluctant truce but the behavior of unseen enemies will bruise and batter her spirit leaving Zoe struggling in her lonely world. I was moved to tears when a devastating betrayal destroys Zoe’s battered heart and I have never hated a character more than I loathe Zoe and Maxime’s tumultuous relationship continues with more lies, evasions, violence and sexual depravity than you can imagine and it completely blew my mind. As Zoe reluctantly learns to behave as her captor wishes she and Maxime form a reluctant truce but the behavior of unseen enemies will bruise and batter her spirit leaving Zoe struggling in her lonely world. I was moved to tears when a devastating betrayal destroys Zoe’s battered heart and I have never hated a character more than I loathe Maxime and the world he comes from. I will be holding my breath for the last book in this brutally captivating series and I’m anxious to see if the author will be able to redeem Maxime’s black unfeeling heart. I read an early copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
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  • RLoves2Read
    January 1, 1970
    10+ fabulous freaking stars! Where to start...? Book 2 in this trilogy was absolutely amazing from the first page! Charmaine Paul’s left me with my mouth hanging open in book one, Diamonds in the Dust, and left me with my heart pounding out of my chest with Diamonds in the Rough!!!This dark Mafia trilogy is a must read for lovers of this genre! This trilogy must be read in order!!! Now the cruel wait for the final book, Diamonds are Forever!
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  • Sheena
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in a compelling dark mafia series. I love Zoe and Maxime and this story continues their complex relationship. In so many ways these two are lost souls, and their relationship is built on uncertain foundations,and the bonds between while strong are stretched and tested by outside influences and their own insecurities.An emotional and intense story. This instalment set the characters up for a final book with its enthralling, dramatic cliff hanger ending. I’m looking forward This is the second book in a compelling dark mafia series. I love Zoe and Maxime and this story continues their complex relationship. In so many ways these two are lost souls, and their relationship is built on uncertain foundations,and the bonds between while strong are stretched and tested by outside influences and their own insecurities.An emotional and intense story. This instalment set the characters up for a final book with its enthralling, dramatic cliff hanger ending. I’m looking forward to seeing where their love story will end... I received an advanced copy of this book from the author
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