Beauty in the Broken by Charmaine Pauls

Title: Beauty in the Broken
Author: Charmaine Pauls
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: May 14, 2019


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 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 want his small change. I want his biggest asset. Beautiful, mentally unstable, Angelina Dalton-Clarke.
Worth billions, she’s the wealthiest widow in the country, and also the craziest. Her self-harming tendencies had Jack declare her incompetent before he put a gun to his head and blew out his brains. Lina isn’t allowed to touch a cent of her riches. Her father manages her finances. He has all the signing power. As her husband, that chore will fall to me. But if she thinks I only want her for her money, she’s sadly mistaken.

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Author Bio
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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My Review
4 Stars
Beauty in the Broken by Charmaine Pauls is the story of Damian Hart and Angelina 'Lina' Dalton-Clarke.
Damian was framed for stealing about 6 years ago by Harold Dalton.  Now Damian is out of jail and not the same man he was when he went in.  Damian of course blames Harold but he also thinks Lina had a part in him doing time.  Damian met Lina before he everything went down and he has been obsessed with her every since.  Lina knows only abuse most of her life and was given to Jack Clarke by her father but every thinks her unstable.  Jack is now dead and her father is still controlling everything in her life until Damian shows up and takes control over her.  Even though Lina has suffered past abuse she is a pretty strong person for what she has gone through.  Damian although crazy over her does seem harsh towards her I thought, but this is a Dark Romance so it is one I signed up for.  Dark Romance standards it probably a medium temperature gauge.  There is of course some BDSM and may also be some trigger issues for some readers who are sensitive to some issue.