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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

RELEASE & REVIEWS - Man (Seven Forbidden Arts #9) by Charmaine Pauls

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Olivia Reid’s death has always been in the cards. When a man starts stalking her, he brings her pleasure instead of murder. He wants more than her orgasms. He seems to want her very mind. By giving him one thought every night, she manages to push forward the deadline of her extinction. But for how long can she buy her life before her mind is empty, and her stalker has what he wants?

Cain Jones is the leader of a paranormal crime taskforce dedicated to protecting mankind from the revival of evil and the dawning of a second Dark Age. The team under his command uses their seven forbidden arts secretively to fight their archenemy, Godfrey Reid, a man who is set on turning immortal and wiping out the human race. Fighting battle after battle, Cain makes a breakthrough when he locates his opponent’s weakness–Mrs. Olivia Reid. She’s his only link to Godfrey, and his only chance at accomplishing his mission. He’ll break her if he has to. He’ll even steal her thoughts. As the investigation progresses Cain has to face a truth he doesn’t want to admit. He has an ulterior motive for personally keeping an eye on his enemy’s dwellings. Watching Olivia sleep, Cain soon becomes as obsessed with his archenemy’s woman as with killing Godfrey. She’s everything he’s ever wanted. But will she forgive him for killing her husband?


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5 out of 5 (exceptional)


Man, oh Man, what to say about this - the bittersweet finale to the Seven Forbidden Arts series. In this instalment, we finally get some hands on knowledge of Cain, the enigmatic leader. He is getting closer to Godfrey, and now has Godfrey's wife in his sights - quite literally. However, Olivia isn't what he was expecting, and she calls to him in ways long forgotten.

The whole crew is here, with twists and turns still coming. This is no 'take it slow' finale, no way. It's full of action, tense, with nail-biting suspense right to the very end. It was lovely catching up with all the previous couples, and seeing how they were getting on with their lives. But make no mistake, this edition is all about Cain, Olivia, and Godfrey. Yeesh, that man has creeped me out for 8 books so far, and continues to do so in this one!

I don't do spoilers, but I will say two things. First one, is 'Pegs'. First reaction - ouch! Second reaction - who knew?! 😇 And the second thing, I won't say who, but I will say tears. Even knowing what I know now, it still makes me tear up. 

Have I intrigued you? I certainly hope so! This book is an amazing climax to a fascinating concept, that has kept my interest and enjoyment from the first page of the first book, to the final page of this book. Absolutely outstanding! The whole series is a 5-star read as far as I am concerned. 

Absolutely, most definitely, and indubitably, recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
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5 out of 5 (exceptional)


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I was gifted my copy direct from the author, that I write a review was not required but I darn well gotta!! 

Book 9 in this series, and you really REALLY should read all the other books, in order, to get the full picture. You need to know what Godfrey has book up to and what has happened to Cain's team along the way. Much is referenced to from previous books, and you need to know what happened. 

AND because I bloody well said so!! 

She captures his attention in a way no woman has for years. There has been no one since his wife died. Too bad that Olivia is the wife of Godfrey, the man Cain and his team have been after for some time. He'll use her to get what he wants, and kill her if she steps in his way. Won't he?

When I start a series, I find there is one character who needs to have a story, one who piques my curiosity and I wait, sometimes patiently, sometimes not, for their story. Cain was probably that character right from the start.

And he did NOT disappoint me! 

As leader of the Forbidden Arts task force, its come down to Cain getting Godfrey. And its done in such a way that I was .... say what now?? I had to double back, an several points along the way to check I hadn't missed anything. Because let me tell ya, this book took so many twists and turns, that had I not been glued to the sofa to get this book finished, I would have been dizzy!!

We get what Godfrey has been doing to keep his wife in check. We get what he has done to himself to become immortal. And it ain't pretty, no ma'am! Godfrey is a bad, bad man and he does finally run out of those nine lives he had! Well, sorta, kinda, maybe. Bit of a spoiler so not gonna elaborate but did NOT see that coming!

We catch up with everyone here. Every team member and their other half takes part in bringing Godfrey down. They aren't all in the same place, but they all pop up at some point and I loved that.

Cain is, quite possibly, the dirtiest man in his team! Oh my, yes indeed! And I would say, his story is the steamiest of the whole series! So much steam! Steamed up glasses!! Phew!! But boy oh boy, so darn good!!! 

But I'm sad! Because this is the LAST book in this series, a series I loved from the time Bono dropped Josselin out the helicopter in front of Clelia, all the way back in the beginning. I'm gonna miss these people, I really am. Maybe, Ms Pauls, there could be a catch up book, a few years from now, just to see how everyone is, and oh! all the babies! Oh pleeeeeeeeeeeeze??? 

If you are finding this series now, at the last book, go back to the beginning, go right back to the beginning, with the prequel, Loving the Enemy. You won't be disappointed! 

I don't wanna end my review, because I don't want to say goodbye! 

5 sad, but bloody amazing stars

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions. 

After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published nine novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles. Two of her shorts have been selected by the International Literary Society for an anthology from across the African continent.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in France with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you SO much for taking this road right from the beginning with me all the way to the end! ❤️

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