Passion always comes with a price.
All that Russian aeromancist Lann Dréan wants, is to enjoy a month of peace in the privately owned convent in Santiago he is turning into a home. When an American literature student walks into his library of ancient books, his holiday intentions change. The untouchable Lann is inexplicably enraptured. For all his famed control, he cannot stay away from Katherine White.
Gifted with a hunted talent and a price on his head, the best Lann can offer Kat are thirty days of unrivalled passion before returning to his paranormal crime taskforce in New York. If Kat consents to his terms, she will agree to walk away on Day Thirty. Forever. But his uncontainable desire comes with an unforeseen price.
This book contains adult content with explicit language and consummated love scenes. Suited for an adult audience.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the second book in the Seven Forbidden Arts series. I loved it!
Lann Dréan is a complex character. I liked this man very much. He can come across as cool and aloof at times but, this hides his deeply felt emotions. He knows that if he lets his emotions out, his ability to control air could cause serious damage. He is intrigued with Katherine White, who visits the ex-convent (now Lann's home) looking for research material for her thesis. Determined to learn more about her, he dangles the opportunity for her to study at the convent, with a small proviso.
Katherine White is a wonderful character. I liked her very much but felt that she wasn't given enough rein by the author to fully explore her strengths. She came across as strong willed, but seemed to submit too easily to Lann's authority at times. I don't know if this is a good thing or not.
I started to read this story and didn't put it down until I had finished it. The story is told through both Lann's and Kat's point of view. However, I would have loved to had more of Lann's point of view for certain scenes, the plane ride for instance. This book is, however, definitely more erotica than erotic romance. There is a story, but it felt secondary to the protagonists' attraction. Their chemistry is explosive and hot. There is a little BDSM and bondage play that may upset some readers. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't the same level of danger as the first book of the series. But, having read book 3 before reading this book, I had some questions about their relationship. Now that I have read this book, my confusion quickly cleared. Therefore, don't do what I did. Read this book first before reading book 3. I am now looking forward to reading book 4, Hydromancist, 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.
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, or those who may suffer a trigger event brought on by breath play/asphyxia in sexual situations. I do, however, recommend this book if you love science fiction, erotica, erotic romance or paranormal romance genres. – Lynn Worton
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Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a masters 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 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.