Review: DIAMONDS IN THE DUST by Charmaine Pauls

diamonds in the dust

Diamonds in the Dust by Charmaine Pauls
Series: Diamonds are Forever Trilogy, book 1
Genre: dark romance
Publisher: self published
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Rating: ★★★★✰

*This story contains triggers that might be upsetting to readers.

This being my first Charmaine read, I have to say I am absolutely blown away. I wasn’t even expecting 10% of anything that happened. I am both pleasantly surprised and thoroughly scared.

I really really like Zoe. She has a spine and her spirit just makes you want to cheer endlessly for her. Though, I think her anger gets the best of her and she makes mistakes, but I was definitely rooting for her. I seriously hope that she kicks some mafia butt in the next book because I need it to happen.

Maxime is a very intriguing, very dangerous and an insanely complex man. I was always on the edge trying to figure out what his next step will be. His cruelty and his softness are both at war and I don’t know which one I want to see win.

This book is definitely one I’ve never read like before. I am trying to process all that I read because holy mother did I learn a few things about myself!!!! This book is scorching hot and at times so heart wrenching that you just want to lie down and cry about it.

I am super excited to see what happens next because that cliffhanger hurt like a mother.

4 Stars!


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diamonds in the dust

Men like us, we see things.
We do things, things that make us unfeeling.

That’s the price of power and money, of living la belle vie and running the French mafia. Then she came along like a pretty wildflower pushing through the cracks on a dirty pavement—fragile yet resilient, a breath of beauty among the filth. She was supposed to be just another job, a nameless person I was to pluck from her life and hand to my brother, nothing but a pawn in the gamble of our diamond business.

There’s a psychological label for men like us.
We lack empathy and guilt.
We do things to have what we want, things that make flowers wilt.

(This is Book 1 of the Diamonds are Forever Trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. Diamonds in the Rough (Book 2) will be released on 14 July 2020, and Diamonds are Forever (Book 3) on 15 September 2020.)

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