Sahara Graham has no idea what she is getting herself into when she uses her forbidden art to protect the near-extinct elephants and their natural habitat in the Knysna forest, South Africa. From the minute she sets foot in the woodcutters' bar, she endangers her life. The gift hunters who would kill for her art are not the only threat. The wood smugglers will sooner murder her than let the National Parks Board ranger stand in their way. Falling for woodcutter and ex-convict, Wayne West, whose farm she is about to reclaim on government order, only further complicates the situation.
She has branded Wayne as a traitor with the woodcutters for protecting her, burned down his kitchen, is about to take his land, and if that isn't enough, she is going to cost him his job. Even if they survive her dangerous mission, can Wayne forgive her for taking away the only thing he has left? Can she trust a man convicted of the cruelest of murders?
|Publisher:||Satin Romance, an imprint of Melange Books, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)|
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This is the seventh book in the Seven Forbidden Arts Series. I loved it! Wayne West is a wonderful character. I liked him a lot, though I thought he was a jerk at first. However, as I got to know him better I began to see why he acted the way he did at times. He is an ex-con and has lost more than most. He is determined to hold on to the last remaining piece of land that he calls home. Unfortunately, his land has been marked by the government as a reserve for the last remaining elephants of the Knysna forest. He knows that its only a matter of time before someone from the South African National Parks (SANParks) arrives, but he is unprepared for the feelings that Sara stirs in him. Sahara (Sara) Graham is also a wonderful character. I liked her too. She is determined to do her job of tracking the Knysna elephants to see how many are remaining in the forest and relocate them to the new reserve. She did not, however, expect to run into the farmer who's land the government had appropriated. As she gets to know Wayne, she finds herself torn between her feelings for him and her job. As danger threatens, can she trust him with her secret of being a Scapulimancist, someone able to communicate with animals? This story is told through the eyes of several characters, though it is shown mostly through Wayne and Sara's point of view. I started to read the story and was quickly hooked. I found myself on a huge emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish. I thought this book to be the best of the series so far. I enjoyed watching Wayne and Sara's relationship grow. The chemistry between them is hot enough to scorch the pages. However, I thought the first scene of when they met was rather harsh on Wayne's part. Granted, he is entitled to be bitter towards the SANParks for snatching his home from under him. However, it didn't endear him to me either. Having said that, he redeems himself in my eyes as the story unfolds and the reader gets to see the tortured man beneath his tough exterior. The story introduces several interesting characters. Clive Theron is Wayne's boss and Thinus's father and Nelis's uncle. I took an instant dislike to all three of them. Then there is Bella, Wayne's only friend - I liked her a lot - and Dumile, the Nkosi (Chief) of the Xhosa tribe, who also happens to be Wayne's father-in-law. My favourite character though has to be young Khwezi, who made me smile. He's only five but definitely has an entrepreneurial edge to his character. On more than one occasion I found myself holding my breath as the danger had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I reached the end of the story with mixed feelings - sad that it was finished, but happy at the way it concluded. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series as soon as I can. 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. Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend that you read this series in order. Due to the explicit nature of some of the scenes, as well as use of profane 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
Scapulimancist is the seventh book in the Seven Forbidden Arts series, and is amazing in its own right. Sahara (usually known as Sara) has the ability to control/manipulate animals. She doesn't use this ability for fun, knowing the consequences of being found, but rather for her own safety and to help her do her job. Wayne is a convicted murderer who has no memory of actually committing the crime. He has served his time, and now scrapes a living from the man who bought out his farm and land, who Wayne is also convinced is crooked but has no proof as yet. Surprisingly enough, the majority of the book passes by without a mention of the others, and I thoroughly enjoyed this. Sara and Wayne, with their story and the supporting cast that they have, needed no "hold ups". Sara is sassy and feisty, Wayne refuses to allow her in (yeah right, like THAT'S going to happen!) and so their story takes off. The scenery is painted vividly, and the stately grace of the encounters with the elephants is described so perfectly, it caught my breath. As with all of Charmaine Pauls' books, this is extremely well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow. It is an excellent addition to the series, whilst standing capably on its own feet. I would recommend reading the whole series though, simply because you would be missing out on some fantastic stories if you didn't. Highly recommended by me. Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book 7 in the Seven Forbidden Arts series. This is also the most loosely connected to the other books, and I *think* that's what lets it down, just a tad. You don't HAVE to have read the other books, but they are all 4.5/5 star reads, so listen to me when I say, you SHOULD read them. Sara is in the South African forests to see just how many elephants are left, and to tell Wayne he has to leave his land. But Wayne is having none of it, and plans to fight Sara. But someone wants Sara gone before she does her job, and Wayne finds himself all protective of Sara, in a way he never felt before. Will he keep her safe, or keep his long held land? I love this series, you know I do, and Pauls is an amazing story teller, but it was just a matter of time before one slipped off that 5 star read peg, and this one happens to be it. And for the life of me, I cannot pinpoint why, other than the fact that its only for a chapter or two the others appear. Godfrey flits in, and out. That man has more lives than a blooming cat! Everyone appears to help Wayne find Sara, and for Wayne to get some answers to the questions that have plagued him all these years. But that's all. And I can't decide if I'm pleased they only flit in and out, or not. Sara and Wayne are perfect for each other, even if Wayne can't see it in the beginning. Sara's gift is not used as in depth as the others, she can control the animals in a short radius, and she only uses it for her own safety, often with comical if painful effects. Don't you just hate not being able to word what you want to say, other than I'm sorry I didn't love it, like the rest?? 4 stars **same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Booklikes, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble**