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- Print Length: 270 pages
- Publisher: Satin Romance, an imprint of Melange Books, LLC; 1 edition (January 10, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N1SFY5S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
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Scapulimancist (Seven Forbidden Arts Book 7) Kindle Edition
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<b> I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW HAPPY I AM THAT I GAVE IT A CHANCE!</b>
This was my first Charmaine Pauls book and it definitely will not be the last. I can't wait to read the first six books while (un)patiently waiting for the release of the eighth book.
In this story, we meet Sara and Wayne. Sara is a ranger with the South African National Parks board and, thankfully, she really has a way with animals. Wayne is an introverted ex-con who is trying to get back to his life after serving time for murder.
The two meet after Sara has an unfortunate run in with two of Knysna's most notorious troublemakers, Nelis and Thinus Theron. They make a living as Woodcutters, like most people in town, and they harbor a pure hatred toward the SAN Parks Board. Nelis and Thinus decide to welcome Sara to town by drugging her food with mushrooms before she takes off on a hike in the woods. They follow her with plans to attack her, but Wayne is hot on their trail and rescues Sara before too much damage is done. When he realizes that she was drugged, he takes her back to his cabin to get her cleaned up and let her sleep it off.
"There were a few scrapes over her ribs and a cut on her hip, but nothing serious. He sat down on the edge of the sofa and dabbed disinfectant with a cotton swab onto the red lines that marred her golden skin. She stared at the fire, not at his face, so he let his eyes wander over the curves of her body. Lying like that with her knees slightly drawn up, the dip of her waist emphasized the swell of her hips and breasts. Her body looked like the gentle surf of a lake on a windy day. In the light of the fire her tanned complexion had a warm glow. The underside of her breast peeked from the towel. An image of the curve, small and firm, popped into his mind. Her areolas would be dark and her nipples hard, sweet on a man’s tongue. Desire filled his veins, flooding his brain and hardening his dick. It had been too long."</b></i>
Later that night, after the drugs have worn off a bit, Sara drops a bomb on Wayne about why her current assignment has brought her to Knysna. She needs to locate the near-extinct elephants that roam a certain part of land in that area. Wayne's land, to be exact. She informs him of a proposition that the SAN would like him to consider. The land that Wayne owns is the only reminder that he has left of his family and he is hell-bent on keeping it in the family.
Despite Wayne's stubbornness and outright admissions that he will fight her tooth-and-nail before ever giving up his land freely, Sara can't fight the attraction that is growing toward Wayne.
<b><i>"He’d given her a pair of his boxer shorts, sweatpants, and a T-shirt. The fabric smelled of him, of cedar and pine. It was the intoxicating scent she’d noticed in the truck, when he’d driven her to his cabin. She’d also noticed his hard body and the size of his enormous hands as he’d taken care of the cuts on her skin. Her body had taken notice of him in ways it had never noticed a man. Moisture had pooled between her legs and her breasts had tingled when he’d run his fingertips over her sides, but he was a stranger and she was drugged. Worse, he was the owner of the land she had to reclaim. Best not to notice his outdoorsy, addictive smell, or his big, callused hands."</b></i>
Then, when some out-of-towners travel to Knysna for a hunting expedition start mysteriously dying, everyone in town is pointing the finger at Sara. Between Wayne's sordid past, the land reclamation, and the accusations over the hunter's deaths, will Wayne and Sara's connection be severed before it has a chance to grow?
An amazing, mysterious, fun read that I wasn't able to put down! Charmaine Pauls knocked it out of the park!
*I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review*
I loved the description of the animals especially the elephants. I loved Wayne and Sara together, they were perfect for each other. However I found Sara to be too naive throughout the novel putting herself in unnecessary danger. I did enjoy her use of her art. It was quite amusing at times but I wished she used it some more in the book. This was a good read.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Why have I waited so long to read on of your books Charmaine? I throughly enjoyed it and loved the Sci-Fi aspect of this book.
Even though this is book 7, I have not read any of the others, I did not feel lost or unable to follow along. This can be read as a standalone. Here we meet Sara (Sahara) and Wayne West.
Sara comes to Wayne's town and only ends up causing trouble due to her position with the National Park and Wayne is there to save her. But does Sara truly need saving? Sara has a way with animals, which I really loved!!!
Wayne has a rocky past and a bad reputation with his home town, so can Sara really trust him when she needs too?
Wayne and Sara start to form a bond, sexual attraction and hopefully get through what is happening in his town and for Sara to be able to do the job she was sent there to do. Yet, her job may cost her relationship with Wayne.
I liked this book and it continued to keep my interest throughout the book and I did love Sara's art she was able to perform. Want a book to take you away from the standard rich billionaire's? Here's one for you!!
Wayne comes to Sarah's rescue, and the chemistry between the two is hot. It quickly smoulders out when he discovers the reason Sarah is in town. Sarah's heart sinks when it turns out it is Wayne's land she needs to acquire but remains stoic in doing what she has been sent to do. What she doesn't know is that the acquisition is not going to be straight-forward or easy by any standards.
The plot is complicated with several layers all impacting on Wayne and Sarah's well-being. Wayne has served time in jail for a murder he has no recollection of, involving his then partner. He's not had it easy, with many people holding him responsible for the girl's death and on top of that the financial drain of his legal fees has cost him dearly as well. Working at the local lumber yard, for a greedy, underhanded business owner, he has to decide between earning an income or leaving for good.
He never got over losing his girlfriend and as such has not wanted to enter a relationship since. When he meets Sarah though, she stirs up emotions he had long since buried. With both of them fighting their attraction and the town against Sarah, their happiness seems impossible.
I loved Sarah's sassy ways, but her naivety sometimes lets her down. Especially on one particular evening on a girl's night out where she did something totally foolish. Luckily it was not life threatening, but she went down a notch in my appreciation of her with her immaturity.
Wayne had no easy way out and was shackled within what he could do. His choices were down to the lesser of two evils. When he could step up to do right, he didn't hesitate which only endeared him to me all the more. There was one time where he went a tad caveman, and I rolled my eyes because really, he had no cause to do so in my opinion. It was a moment of ill-timed clarity but luckily not too late for him!
The supernatural aspect of the story was interesting. I didn't feel lost at all this being my first book in the series. There were times when the story felt drawn out, and the drama continued throughout, unlike a lot of romances where the drama erupts in the final chapters. It threw me a tad, thinking 'Why is this happening now?', I still have a good percentage left to read. While I enjoyed the story, there were times when I believed I could have done with a break and read something else in between.
Sarah and her talents enabled me to experience a plot I hadn't encountered before. I appreciated the emotion behind the animal conservation efforts. The struggle with vegetarian food options is a universal challenge for people who chose a meat-free diet. Having family and friends who endure the ignorance of individuals who refuse to accept other's choices and beliefs, this added a realistic twist I related to. The action was full of suspense but occasionally became a tad OTT and drew the story out more than needed. There was a lot to love about Scapulimancist with the good times overshadowing the darker aspects to this story!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sarah hits the ground running in her efforts to save the elephants and doesn't stop until the end!Read more
Wayne West is a wonderful character.Read more
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