Consent

Consent

by Charmaine Pauls

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Consent by Charmaine Pauls

When Gabriel broke down my door, he took over my body and life. Never with force, but always with clever manipulation. He stripped me of my independence, my defenses, and my clothes and turned me into an addict. My addiction is him.

Once, I had dreams and a future. Now, I have fears, scars, and insatiable needs. I'm damaged beyond repair, but if I'm to survive the most dangerous man in Johannesburg, I can't allow him to break me, because broken toys are destined for the garbage dump.

(CONSENT is the second and final full-length novel in a two-part duet. The first book, DUBIOUS, must be read in order to follow the story.)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781548824808
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 974,650
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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.

After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published more than fifteen novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles. Two of her short stories were selected for publication in an African anthology from across the continent by the International Society of Literary Fellows in conjunction with the International Research Council on African Literature and Culture.

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

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Consent 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I recommend both books. Charmaine is a good story teller, I read both books in 3 days. Already pre ordered her new duology.
valerie holm More than 1 year ago
Consent by Charmaine Pauls is Part 2 of the Loan Shark Duet. Consent begins with the cliffhanger that Dubious ended on. For that reason, I would suggest reading Dubious before Consent. I enjoyed Consent more than I did Dubious. With the first novel, I had a hard time getting past the way Gabriel made Valentina his property. Gabriel's past abuse tainted how he could express love, and Valentina wasn't as much of a prisoner as it seemed, but it still bothered me. In Consent, this changes. Gabriel and Valentina learn of a shared connection from their pasts. Due to this, they get free of his mother's hold over them. Although these past events were a terrible way to gain that freedom, it works to their advantage. The twist was welcome. I also loved the way their story unfolds so that they can be together. Valentina gains control and is no longer at Gabriel's mercy. Be warned this is a dark romance. There is a strong domination/submission theme in this book. I had slight issues with their story because of Gabriel's possessiveness, but in the end, I thought it turned out beautifully for the couple. I applaud the author for ridding my unease with Valentina's relationship with Gabriel. I recommend giving Dubious and Consent a try. All opinions are my own and may not match that of others. I encourage readers to come to their own conclusions. I voluntarily received an ARC copy of this book through NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series.
Joyffree More than 1 year ago
This continues where we left off at in book one - I am doing my best at a no spoiler review Psychologically twisted and physically trained to be his perfect pet - HIS - and no one threatens what is HIS Valentia is going to protect those she loves no matter what the price to herself and as we all know from book one she does not always think before acting , too many times she allows her emotions to guide her actions and in this case it may cost her everything she originally set out to protect Gabriel - again I would really love to hate him - but I can't - He may just redeem himself -then again he may just be digging his own grave I will say this - the twists and plot reveals are explosive- many I saw coming others I was truly shocked - This is an intense and twisted romantic thriller
green____ More than 1 year ago
Emotional Ups And Downs! Well this book did not disappoint! It continues right where book one ends and flowed beautifully into continuing Valentina and Gabriel's story! Full of emotion... the characters bring their fears, their heartbreak and more to the surface in this tale and what a journey it is! This book packs in a lot! I was glued to my seat to see what would happen next! Dark and Delicious... A Duet that I enjoyed reading!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Consent picks up right where Dubious leaves off and thank goodness for that because it was a huge cliffhanger that had me on edge to see what was gonna happen next. In fact, this whole series has kept me on the edge of my seat. I don’t think I’ve been more surprised by a series than I have by this one. Not only was it so much more than I expected, it also had elements to it that just blew my mind. This has one of the most anti Hero’s I’ve read to date and I never felt a person deserved the heroine more than I did this guy. If you have gotten to this book, you already know what this story is about and why I’m raving about it, so I won’t give any spoilers. Just know that you will not be disappointed in the second and final book. This author is one to watch out for. If she can create a masterpiece like this, I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us. Brilliant! ARC provided by NetGalley.
Rebecca Shelton More than 1 year ago
1/2 STARS Wow!!!, What a read this was, I was engrossed until the bitter end. "Consent" starts where "Dubious" left off and right from the get-go we are plunged right back into the raw and gritty world of Gabriel Louw AKA The Breaker. So Gabriel is now on the hunt, his very delectable prey Valentina Haynes has bolted along with her brother Charlie to whereabouts unknown. Valentina and Gabriel Both with very crossed wires over this now very real pregnancy and a new baby on the near horizon. Gabriel himself is counting down the minutes until he has Valentina back in her cage. This time around things are going to be different and he has plans for Valentina once he catches up with her that is. Right, so the last book "Dubious" I didn't find at all angsty, not that I was complaining. "Consent" more than makes up for this in buckets. There is so much going on here in regards to angst and all characters involved take steps out of there very own cliches to evolve brilliantly throughout. I'm also Loving the new roles for Gabriel’s bodyguards, they make fantastically funny baby-sitters and they had me chuckling along with them. So where do I start with this, well I found this such an enjoyable read and I was glued to the pages throughout. The story flowed easily and it was great to catch back up with everyone from "Consent" so sorry for being vague here, but I'm trying to keep this as spoiler free as possible as I don't want to give away anything. I only have three small nitpicks that in hindsight made me deduct half a star, but really these are just little things overall. So number one, I like my dark heroes to stay mostly dark and in this instant, Gabriel becomes a whole lot whiter, I didn't find him that dark initially so I really didn't want him to get even lighter in nature. And yes I do get it, why he wants to change so dramatically, it's very understandable and also extremely commendable. It doesn't mean I have to like it though. That brings me to number two "The Events" themselves, they were dragged out a bit too much for me and I wanted to move on from them, I cried, and then I tried to heal and I wanted poor Gabriel to heal also, then to pull himself back together. I really don't mean that to sound harsh, it's just I thought poor Valentina was given a bit of a raw deal and could have done with a bit more TLC. instead, she was mainly ignored and pushed to the sidelines by Gabriel, dealing with a pregnancy that had been largely thrust upon her young shoulders. On a further side note and without giving anything away I was also decidedly disappointed in The makeover, that is all I’m contributing on that matter, but so not a happy bunny here, just saying. So despite these small grievances I loved all the rest of this and couldn't put it down "Consent" was full of Angst and drama and unforgettable characters and I would highly recommend this as an unforgettable read. Thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing an ARC of Consent this is my own unbiased honest opinion.
CRISSYM More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic conclusion to this duet series. There were more twists and turns in this story and shocking parts I never say coming. Valentina took a lot of blow back from everything that happened and even though none of it was her fault Magda and Sylvia had it out for her. However, Magda isn't as strong when dealing with pressure; she couldn't handle it. Gabriel made the ultimate sacrifice but in the end Valentina got what she deserved and I was completely satisfied with the ending and this series. I look forward to my next read from this author and I recommend this book to all readers but beware that there are dark subject matters within these books.
CRISSYM More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic conclusion to this duet series. There were more twists and turns in this story and shocking parts I never say coming. Valentina took a lot of blow back from everything that happened and even though none of it was her fault Magda and Sylvia had it out for her. However, Magda isn't as strong when dealing with pressure; she couldn't handle it. Gabriel made the ultimate sacrifice but in the end Valentina got what she deserved and I was completely satisfied with the ending and this series. I look forward to my next read from this author and I recommend this book to all readers but beware that there are dark subject matters within these books.
carvanz More than 1 year ago
Wow! I absolutely loved not only this book but this duet! I’m hesitant to say too much about the storyline so I’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible. Valentina is such a strong woman who has suffered through so much and yet it never beat her down. There were times that my gut clinched due to her circumstances and despite her fear and despair she held tight to the hope that she could get through to the next day for herself and her brother Charlie. While what she experienced in the first book was dark and dangerous it also stirred her as nothing else could because it came at the hand of a man she shouldn’t care for. Now she is facing a life she never anticipated and her emotions are indefinable. She knows what she wants, but she fears what she will receive instead. Gabriel’s character goes through a huge evolution as so many secrets are brought into the light and as he faces his own sins brought on by his obsession with Valentina. For a man who is known as The Breaker, I would have never thought him capable of the love he held for the heroine. The torment he suffered through much of this book was heartbreaking and I wanted something, anything to ease his burden but this goes deeper than the need for conversation. Charmaine Pauls writes an intense story of two souls struggling with the roles they’ve been cast and then layer by layer she builds those roles until the reader cannot ever see a way for these characters to find freedom. I consumed every wonderful, angst filled word of it. I’m sad to say I had never even heard of this author prior to Dubious and now knowing she has a long backlist of books to her credit I’m giving evil eyes to all my GR friends who didn’t point me in her direction sooner. So consider this me pointing you to first Dubious and then Consent. (I want to avoid future evil eyes glared at me.) This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and Charmaine Pauls Dual POV Safe – no ow/om drama Possible Triggers
Jobro1 More than 1 year ago
I felt bereft as I finished Dubious as I loved the book and also loved the characters of Gabriel and Valentina. I have been lucky enough to have an advanced copy and Im at that stage where you cannot speak to anyone because you just want to revel in the story once you have finished it. The interplay between Gabriel and Valentina and the complexity of a relationship built on lies and power is challenged much more by so many revelations within this book. There are so many twists and turns in this book that the history of both main characters explains so much of what occurred in the first book. Magda is as big a witch as you expect. There is sadness and laughter in this book and quite often with Quincy and Rhett i had a big smile on my face. You will need a fan for the more intimate scenes. These two books are my first introduction to Charmaine Pauls and I am hooked. Thanks to NetGalley,the publisher and the author for the opportunity to review and devour early. 5 stars