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Dubious (The Loan Shark Duet) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 11, 2017
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About the Author
Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchefstroom and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.
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Get ready and hold on tight. This is going to be a suspenseful, bumpy and adrenaline filled read. I FLOVED Dubious. My heart broke and my stomach clenched for Valentina Hayes and her brother Charlie and the predicament she found herself in being held captive by Gabriel Louws & his sick and very twisted gangster family.
I despised Magda, the Matriarch of the family who orders the hit on Valentina and Charlie and wanted to b***h slap Gabriel’s daughter Carly and her conniving mother Sylvia (ex-wife of Gabriel) and wanted to celebrate Tiny’s demise. I absolutely adored Charlie. I mean, who wouldn’t????? I mourned Puff, I loved Kris’s support, and Bruno and Quincy are growing on me.
And last but by no means least, what started out as a love/hate relationship with Gabriel has now turned into full blown swoony lust. My Lord that man is love. Pure love with evil mixed in, in the most delicious ways. I sighed more times than I can remember counting.
What started out as a contract killing, turns into obsessive love in the best possible way. He was supposed to end her life but when he sets his eyes on Valentina, the game plan changed and it was up to him to make sure Valentina was safe. Even if that means taking her to his home where he lives with his mother and daughter.
That’s not to say he doesn’t make Valentina suffer while in captivity. Gabriel is the devil in disguise and he pulls no punches with Valentina to keep her in line. But oh how it hurts so good. I loved how he takes care of Valentina, who I just absolutely love. Her character is strong and doesn’t hold back her tongue which gets her into more even trouble. Mix that with her submissive nature and sparks will fly between her and Gabriel…..
But time is not on their side and Magda is demanding the debt be paid with Valentina’s life. When unforeseen events take place, the tables turn, Valentina takes matters into her own hands.
What happens next…. Well that I can’t tell you but stay tuned… This book ends in a cliffhanger but no worries… Book 2, Consent is out. So grab your copy of Dubious and follow the first part of Gabriel’s and Valentina’s story. Then, grab book two, Consent the stunning conclusion to this fantastic, swoony and dangerous tale of lust betrayal and love….
I loved the storyline, suspense and let’s not forget to mention the SIZZLING HOT SEXY TIME! WOWZA!!! Dubious by Charmaine Pauls is one of my top 10 for 2017…..
Oh. My. God.
I have no words at all for this book...and right now, that's considered a good thing.
Did I love it? Hell yes.
Was it something I would normally read? Hell no.
Did it make me squeamish and recoil in bouts of discomfort? You betcha.
Would I read this again? 1000% yes
I never really found satisfaction in dark books of this nature but I honestly could not put this down. From start to finish, I was hooked.
When Valentina must step in for her mentally-incapacitated older brother, in order to pay off his debts or risk being killed at the hands of the loan shark, she has to do what any other selfless, younger sibling would - she agrees to pay off his debt in the terms of working for Gabriel Louw and his family for nine years.
Nine years of all dreams she had whisked away in one night.
Valentina and Gabriel's relationship made me a nauseous at times, but honestly, the more the story developed and the more their relationship started to evolve, I had hope. I put aside my feelings of the whole debauchery that was going on and tried to see beyond that.
Lies, deceit, betrayal, murders, secrets, sexual boundaries tested - this story has it all and then some.
Luckily for me, I was also provided the conclusion of this duet and let me tell you something....