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Beauty in the Broken

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  254 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Six years ago, Harold Dalton framed me for theft and sent me to jail to steal my diamond discovery. He gave his daughter to Jack Clarke in exchange for the excavation rights. Today, I’m walking free, and I’m coming for him with a vengeance. Six years of cruelty make beasts out of men. I’m going to take back what he stole from me, and more. I’m not interested in his propert ...more
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Published May 14th 2019
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★


Six years ago, Harold Dalton framed me for theft and sent me to jail to steal my diamond discovery. He gave his daughter to Jack Clarke in exchange for the excavation rights. Today, I'm walking free, and I'm coming for him with a vengeance. Six years of cruelty make beasts out of men. I'm going to take back what he stole from me, and more. I'm not interested in his properties or shares. I don't wa
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Short review - Wow

Longer review - My only worry going into this book was would be too dark for me?While it’s certainly a dark read it wasn’t too much but more on that later.

Damian Hart has served six years for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s out and he’s after revenge.

‘I’m not the twenty-two-year-old man who walked through this door in a threadbare shirt. I’m a man in an eighty-thousand-rand suit, a man with a vendetta. Six years is a long time, long enough to soak in the juices of your venge
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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Wow, this really was a fabulous read, one that from the instant I started I just couldn't put down.
Uniquely set in South Africa this one is a standalone story taking place within the powerful world of Diamond mining.
At the centre of the storm here we have Damien and Lina.
So the latter's father set Damien up sending him to prison and then stealing his diamond mine.
Damien is now a total badass with the criminal connections to match after his stint behind bars,
so It's inevitable that Damien is now
Oh my gosh and holy heck! This book had me wrapped in its clutches from the first page until the last! And I never wanted it to end.


Six years ago a poor young Damian attended a dinner party, met a beautiful young girl he would never forget, and ended up in prison for six years. Now he’s out to not only regain what was stolen from him, but for revenge. As part of his plan, he forces that young woman into marriage, a marriage where he will remain in complete control of every legal decision on her
Mindy Lou's Book Review
This book blew me away! If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. I loved both the hero and the heroine and the writing was phenomenal.

This is a darker book but I would put it at a mid-level dark. The heroine has suffered horrible abuse but it's mostly past tense so you don't have to endure the actual acts in the book. In present time, she is mistreated by a side character but not to the extremes of her past. This is why I say it's mid-level dark.

The hero is into BDSM and he does punish h
Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
description It is no secret that I LOVED this author's Loan Shark duet, so when I read the synopsis for this book, I was ALL over it. It should have been a slam dunk for me. Unfortunately, I struggled all the way through. Not that it was a badly written book. It wasn't. This author is a fantastic writer. I love that the book was set in South Africa. I thought it had an original plot. I adored Lina. It was relatively low angst, but there was a lot of OW and OM drama (both of them lusting after the hero). Th
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Wow! Dark, twisted, and so damn good.
It’s been along time since I’ve read a dark story. I’ve picked up several that claim to be, however, this one truly encompasses the dark romance as I usually envision it.

The story is fraught with triggers and as stated previously definitely not for the faint of heart.

Loaded with scenes of BDSM, punishment, crime, violence, and eventually a happily ever after, this book covers the entire realm of emotions.

It’s hard to say whether a book like
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
❝Caring for a man who’ll never love me will be the worst betrayal my heart can muster.❞

Charmaine Pauls—author of THE LOAN SHARK DUET—is back with another beautifully twisted, dark romance with BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN.

After reading The Loan Shark Duet, Charmaine Pauls has become one of my favorite dark romance authors. I always wonder who is more twisted: the author for writing these books or me for reading them. But at the end of the day, it doesn't matter because I consider myself a proud fan of
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
”Even monsters can be kind if you give them reason to be.”

5+++ stars. I am smitten with this book. Talk about a dark, twisted, emotionally draining read. I loved it so much. The author put my emotions through the fucking wringer but man was it worth it. I cried a lot. I got pissed off and had to sit my kindle down a lot and yet all I wanted to do was keep reading. I went through an entire bottle of wine over this book. It was great. Now, allow me to gush about this book for just a second. Buck
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Fre06 Begum
Damian made this story for me! This is a guy who deserves to be called a worthy hero!
Rating and review coming closer to release date.

 Leo (Queen of the Rants)
May 16, 2019 marked it as i-rather-throw-myself-over-a-cliff  ·  review of another edition
It makes me fucking sick that women like books with these contents. Hero humiliates and beats the heroine, leaves her unconscious and bleeding and he’s a sweet and worthy hero?
I’m done, so done!
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt Charmaine Pauls’ Diamond Magnate Novel is a 5 STARS read! Beauty in the Broken is a richly layered story set in Diamond Country, South Africa and told in dual perspective, thereby allowing the reader to glimpse into the minds of two very guarded and damaged individuals. The name of the book says it all, poetic in its meaning, the deeply harrowing story leaves the reader wondering if the two main characters, Damian and Lina, ever stood a real chance of surviving the corrupt and ex ...more
Sammy- Just Let Me Read
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark and sexy and emotionally compelling, Beauty in the Broken by Charmaine Pauls was a story that absolutely blew me away. Damian and Lina's story was both heartbreaking and beautiful. It was a story of strength and pain and revenge. It was intense and passionate and completely addictive.

"You're mine now, Lina. I own you in every way."

I found this book hard to read at times. Not because of the dark themes, which I enjoyed, but because of the horrible treatment that Lina was subjected to by th
Neo-gothic story of twisted love and unexpected female empowerment

This story is dark and twisted, and deeply disturbing on a visceral level, and despite that, or rather because of that, I loved it so much. It gripped me from the first page, turned me inside out, and didn’t let me go until very end.

If you are like me, trigger warnings don’t really have a dissuasive effect on you, but rather the opposite. This book contains plenty of possible triggers, including domestic abuse, physical and mental
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Questo è il primo libro che leggo di questa autrice e ne sono rimasta incantata. Ha una scrittura che ti cattura fin da subito, capace di farti provare rutte le emozioni che provano i protagonisti! La storia parla di Damian e Lina. Damien è stato incolpato ingiustamente di furto dal padre di Lina e ha trascorso gli ultimi 6 anni della sua vita in prigione per un crimine che nn ha commesso. In questi sei anni Damien, ha fatto diverse conoscenze e fatto diversi favori in prigione che poi l'anno po ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely on my top 2019 reads.

“Pick, Lina, unless you want me to pick for you. Trust me, if I do, I’ll fuck your clit, pussy, or ass—maybe all three—with the stick-end of this whip until you give me what I want.”

Charmaine Paul’s books are always a hit with me. I absolutely love her writing and her unique story teller ways. This was no different. From character development, plot, and dark romance, she delivered a compelling beautiful story that was a page turner.
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's quite a ruthless story of politics of money grubbing power. Where a woman is used as pawn.... bartered, sold, pawned in the hands of viciously ambitious men. They're hell bent on abusing her, torturing her, auctioning her to suit their own personal vendetta agenda
Poor, trapped Angelina Dalton-Clarke is the lone tragic princess who's forced to marry again and yet again, cause she's sitting on money making mine.


Story is filled to the brim with pathos, helplessness, and penury. YES....penury.
Bookgasms Book Blog
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
I have been a fan of Charmaine Pauls since The Loan Shark duet and could not wait to get more of her delicious darkness. Beauty in the Broken was such an amazing story. I was hooked on Damian and Lina's story. It was provocative, sexy, had shades of darkness that I love and was a love story of the ages! I could not get enough!

Without giving away any spoilers, Angelina "Lina" Dalton-Clarke and Damian Hart have a tumultuous history. Imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, Damian decides to take
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This book was not something I was expecting. In a good way. Lina and Damien are a couple that is explosive together. It was really a hard book to put down.
Tra Le Braccia Di Un Libro
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
VOTO: 5+

Oggi ho l’immenso piacere di presentarvi, in anteprima, il nuovo libro dark di Charmaine Pauls, che abbiamo conosciuto grazie alla splendida duologia de “Lo Strozzino”.

Se Gabriel e Valentina vi hanno rapiti ed entusiasmati con le loro vicende, fidatevi, Damian e Lina vi faranno letteralmente impazzire.
Ho avuto l’onore di leggere queste pagine in lingua originale, gustandone ogni sfaccettatura e capendo, pagina dopo pagina, il motivo che ha spinto la mia adorata
Nikki  Malan
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beauty in the Broken by Charmaine Pauls
Damian Hart has done his time. He is now coming back for revenge for those that participated in his demise. But there is one man on his shit list and that is Harold Dalton, the man that framed him six years ago, the man that stole everything from him. Six years changes a person, he went in a young boy and came out a beast of a man. He knows Harold has a weakness, his daughter Angelina Dalton Clarke, and Damian intends to make her his wife. And when she beco
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beauty in the Broken.....Indeed!

The forced marriage/captive trope doesn't often (if ever) work for me but when a trusted reader buddy nudged me towards this ARC, I trusted her and went for it. I'm so glad I did. There were aspects of this story that enraged me but there were others that pulled at my soul, and the dichotomy of the two made this book a memorable one.

There was much beauty to be found in the broken spirit of Lina. A quiet grace and strength that wasn't immediately apparent but reve
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Through the ringer!

You know the feeling when you are folding your laundry and discover a sock is missing? Only to find it shrivelled and still wet in the washer? I’m that poor pathetic tussled laundry item right now.

Beauty in the Broken is amazingly, beautifully heart-wrenching and emotionally turbulent. It appears to be a revenge story about a young man, Damian Hart, who seeks retribution from a diamond magnate, Harold Dalton, for stealing his prospecting find and sending him to jail. Damian re
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This might be only my third book from Charmaine, but her darkness I love😍

For Damian, payback is just one step closer. He will have all his enemy down to their knees, the mine that was stolen from him would be his, and the girl that he was denied now would come begging for any scrap he would give.

Is it enough though?
What if revenge, payback, winning, or anything that ever matter for Damian before having Lina in his arm, not enough anymore?
What if it's her all along?
What if all the world see,
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6-stars, dark, loved-it
I LOVE all of Charmaine Pauls books and everytime I read one I say that is her BEST so far...well Beauty in the Broken is her BEST so far and the best book I have read this year!
Lina has such a tragic and broken life. She has endured so much. And now here comes Damian back in her life. He treats her, and their marriage, brutally and dreadfully. Anger can make a man do unthinkable things.
All Lina wants is her freedom and rights. Is that too much to ask for?
Bad things keep happening to Lina and th
Ola Adamska
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Pauls crafted a story that had enchanted me from the very first page! This read will be complex and at moments will leave you panting and emotionally exhausted from everything that has happened or what was just revealed.
The plot was complex oh so complex that I'm sure hiding almost all of the twists for the last part of the book was really hard as story happened on so many different levels.
The characters, hmm.. I think only the main characters were shown with lots of details. But this worked
Carol Hepstall
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG !!! This book blew me away with its darkness. I totally loved Lina and Damian’s story. Danger, death, secrets, lies, dark steamy moments, sexual control over ones desire, chemistry off the charts. I was totally captivated throughout the entire book and was held hostage , riveted to every single word of this stunning read. It truly feed my need for a dark romance as does all Charmaine Paul’s books. Once again she does not disappoint. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for an a ...more
Madeleine East
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by this author and I am blown away. I loved this book with the twists and turns between these two characters. Can Damian and Lina find their way to happiness? Great storyline and beautifully written.
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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 ful