Nine years ago he took her virginity. Now he’s back for revenge.
Alice Jones has loved one man only–the man who stripped her from her clothes and defenses to leave her vulnerable and cold, the man who took her virginity and went downstairs for ‘a glass of water’ never to return. After nine years the once poor and shamed Ivan Kray is back in London, now a world-famous rock star. He is wealthy, successful, surrounded by millions of fans, and built like a machine while she is struggling, single, overweight, and has to borrow affection from her neighbor’s cat. To make matters worse, he blames her and her family for driving him away. This time round, Ivan doesn’t come to her with gentle caresses and roses. He comes with vengeance and thorns that will either purge or destroy her.
A malnourished toddler barely kept from starving by a nursing dog, Ivan Kray grows up into a hard and emotionally scarred man with a golden voice and a cursed art. Suffering from visions and voices in his head, he finds peace in Alice Jones’ heart and naked arms, only to be knocked down once again. When she chooses her upper-class family over him, he slaves for nine long years to climb to the top of the ladder with one purpose only–to take revenge. He swore he’d be her first and last, and he isn’t a man to break his promises. His plans of submitting Alice to his will are hampered when someone tries to kill him. The sinister attempts on his life are more than the actions of a fan gone fanatic. When his hunter uses Alice to achieve his ominous goal, Ivan must acknowledge his true feelings and put his skills as necromancist to the ultimate test. Will his unusual ability be enough to save Alice before it’s too late to tell her the truth?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the sixth book in the Seven Forbidden Arts series. I loved it!
Alice Jones is a wonderful character. I really liked her. She is an independent woman and level headed, though she has low confidence in herself from being abandoned by her parents, and Ivan when she needed him the most. She is now working in the PR office of a theatre in London. However, nine years before she'd met Ivan Kray and fallen for him. After a night of passion he disappeared from her life. Now he's back and determined to exact revenge. Will she be able to survive with her heart intact, or will she have it broken all over again?
Ivan Kray is a character with a huge chip on his shoulder. I didn't like him very much to begin with, but as I got to know and understand him, he gained my admiration. He is a Necromancist, able to talk to the spirits of the dead. However, in Alice's presence, the voices and visions that usually plague him disappear. After being thrown out of the house by Alice's father nine years previously, he was determined to make something of himself and became a huge rock star. Now he's determined to punish Alice but as danger threatens, he finds himself having to make the biggest sacrifice of his life.
Having previously read the other books of the series (although for some reason I've missed Geomancist), when I found out that Necromancist was due to be released I pre-ordered my copy. However, I was also contacted by the author to see if I would like a complementary copy to read, which I accepted.
I started to read the story and was quickly hooked. I found myself on a huge emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish. There are a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming and a shocking scene that had me in tears. Finding out who Alice's father is, was a bit of a shock too. However, as this brought the other members of the paranormal task force into the story, it made sense. I loved meeting them again. The heat level between Alice and Ivan is extremely hot and the bedroom scenes are a little on the kinky side (think spanking and anal play, though not full on BDSM). I was unsure how the author was going to end the story, but I was pleasantly surprised with how it did end. I am now looking forward to reading book seven, which will, I think, be the final book of the series when it's released. Though, I think I will read Geomancist in the meantime. Although these books are standalone, it is better to read them in order.
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
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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.