At the same time as mysterious fires commence to rage through Clelia d'Ambois' home village in Brittany, France, she starts sleepwalking. Daughter of a Japanese orphan, Clelia's heritage is riddled with dark secrets that threaten anyone she loves. In a recurring nightmare she sees Josselin, the haunted man who abandoned their village nine years earlier, come for her, but she doesn't know why. All she knows is that she has to run. As fast as she can.
Leader of a paranormal crime taskforce, Josselin de Arradon is called back to his hometown with a mission--find and kill the firestarter responsible for Larmor--Baden's blazing destruction. Sensing that Clelia is the key to solving the crime, Josselin kidnaps her to use her as bait. The battle doesn't turn out quite as he expected. Nothing could have prepared him for the truth, or the depth of his desire for his prisoner.
About the Author
After relocating to France with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published six novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles.
When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in Chile with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another great book of a series I'm quickly becoming addicted to. I believe the true star of this book to be Josselin. His character is complex, endearing and impulsive. He's a tortured soul who doesn't think he's worthy of Clelia's love. Clelia herself is a nice character, but in the end I got a little tired of her. I was expecting a little more growth on her part, for her to show her claws. Anyway, those two have real chemistry and their scenes were either super tender or super-hot. Clelia is Josselin's angel, his means for redemption. And Josselin... he's been the love of her life since she can remember. It was sweet how the both of them idealized the other. It sprinkled ad aura of epicness to their love. Also, the fact that they had a past (not in a second chance way, but in a pure, I've watched you from afar way), helped with the sweetness of it all. The plot was slower to unfurl than "Loving the Enemy"'s (the prequel to the series) and not so action-packed. With other characters it wouldn't have turned out so good, but with Josselin and Clelia the focus on the romance was a winning choice. Also, we get to finally know Lupien. The plot twist in the end wasn't that surprising like it had been in the first book, but I repeat, the focus here was on the two MC's. At first I got worried because it started rather slowly, not really in medias res. But then it captivated me and I loved every second of it. Their first meeting was exceptionally powerful. It showed Clelia's compassion and Josselin's desperation. It already bound them together in an unbreakable bond. Also, I loved how Josselin accepted his feelings for her, how vulnerable she made him. Anyway, he was also very possessive. Maybe a little too much? I don't know. It suited his character perfectly. Sometimes his protectiveness, possessiveness and temper reminded me of Ward's BDB vampires. But with a little less gruesome and a whole lot more of class. The only flaw is perhaps the last part, a little too cheesy. Probably because of Clelia's meek personality. With her always being so polite, at times it felt like Josselin was the only one making decision for the couple and her just tagging along. In conclusion, this book was a great first installment to an equally outstanding prequel. The romance was well-constructed and had all the elements to keep the book fast-paced while still sporting good balance. Josselin's character will bewitch you with its raw intensity and tender care. And Paul's style will give you the coup the grace. There's something poetic about the way she composes her sentences, about her metaphores and thoughts. Sometimes, dialogues seemed to come from an ancient past, speaking words of pure love, of redeeming angels, of burning passion. Now I can't wait to get my hands on Lann. Err... Lann's book, I meant. ;)
This story starts with Clelia waking up in the woods. She is safe, as she has her wolf-dogs protecting her, but she is worried that she may be the cause behind the multitude of fires that have started recently. There is a strong bond between her and Erwan, her grandfather. The story takes a twist when it is Erwan who is suspected of causing the fires. More than just the police are interested, and Erwan makes the decision that both he and Clelia are going to disappear. Clelia doesn't get very far before Josselin meets up with her, although she had already seen him, but he doesn't remember it. This is a fast-paced action/adventure with a splash of paranormal. There is plenty of Alpha Male growling going on whenever anyone else looks at Clelia, but Josselin isn't prepared to admit his own feelings. The scenes between Clelia and Josselin are very intense, and steamy in places. The difference between Clelia and Josselin is very obvious - in the fact that Clelia has a quiet strength that grows throughout the book, but is very submissive towards Josselin himself. As for him, I personally found his possessiveness/jealousy a bit much, but Clelia seemed happy with it, so that's all good ;) A steamy adventure with parts of paranormal, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a different take on action/pnr. Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
This is the first book in the Seven Forbidden Arts series. I loved it! Clelia d’Ambois is a fascinating character. I really liked her. She is kind and loving, but hides a dark secret. Her mother was a firestarter. Fires begin breaking out in the village and Clelia is terrified that she's the one causing them. Josselin de Arradon is also a fascinating character. I liked him a lot too, but found his jealousy and possessiveness to be a little off putting. He is the leader of a team of a paranormal crime force that investigates crimes committed by those using the forbidden arts of magic. Though he's not a vampire, he can detect the magic and/or guilt/innocence through tasting a suspect's blood. Investigating the fires in the village he grew up in gets a little more complicated than he anticipates when he meets Clelia again and attraction sparks. The author originally contacted me requesting a review of the third book, Aeromancist, in July this year. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to get the first book in the series to see how it all began. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to read it until now. I started to read and didn't put it down until I finished it. I quickly found myself intrigued with the story. The story is told through both Clelia's and Josselin's points of view. I would have loved to see more of it through Josselin's eyes though. Nevertheless, the story had me enthralled. I loved Clelia's grandfather, Erwan. He's a kind and loving man, who loves Clelia very much and would do anything to protect her. There are several other characters that are introduced: Lann Dréan, Maya Martin and Cain Jones. These are Joss's teammates and each of them have their own secrets and gifts. I am looking forward to reading their stories, although I've already read part of Lann and Katherine's by reading the third book first. This book is an erotic romance and there are explicit scenes of a sexual nature that are extremely hot and bordering on erotica. Talk about scorching! There is also a lot of danger and intrigue mixed in to make this one series I am looking forward to continuing. I am hoping to read Aeromancist: The Beginning soon. Charmaine Pauls has written an entertaining standalone erotic romance. Her characters are lifelike and come alive on the page. I love her fast paced writing style and the flow is wonderful. I would definitely consider reading more of her books in the future. Due to the explicit nature of some of the scenes, as well as use of foul language, I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of 18. I do, however, recommend this book if you love science fiction, erotica, erotic romance or paranormal romance genres. – Lynn Worton