A drug lord is holding the woman he loves against her will. Paradise on an island in the Caribbean Sea is about to turn into hell.
Sean Rivers lives with a dangerous secret. He possesses a forbidden art. As geomancist, it is in his power to destroy landscapes with earthquakes and volcanoes. Knowing his kind is hunted by forces of both good and evil, Sean's job as mixologist in Cartagena, Colombia is the perfect cover until Asia, a zesty beautician walks into his life and wrecks the very laws of physics.
When Sean and Asia compete for the premises where Sean intends to open his cocktail bar, he pulls out all the stops to win the challenge . . . to Asia's detriment. Together they end up catering for the guests of a drug baron who rented Isla del Pirata for a week-long birthday celebration. The kingpin has no intention of letting Asia leave. Ever. If Sean is to rescue her, he'll have to use his art, blow his cover, and maybe even his life.
This book contains explicit language and consummated love scenes, including dark subject matter of sexual punishment that may upset sensitive readers. Reader discretion is advised. Although this is Book 5 (EARTH) of the dark paranormal erotic romance series, Seven Forbidden Arts, the story also reads as a standalone. For best reading enjoyment and character insight it is recommended that the series is read in chronological order.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the fifth book in the Seven Forbidden Arts series. I loved it!
Asia Sommer is a wonderful character. I liked her a lot. She is determined to give her brother the opportunity to study in a prestigious art college in Cartagena and moves with her brother and grandmother from Copenhagen to do so. Unfortunately, she doesn't have enough money to set up her beauty salon, so accepts the offer of a job at a birthday party on a small island off the coast. However, she wasn't expecting to meet the intriguing Sean Rivers and feel the instant pull of attraction.
Sean Rivers is also a wonderful character. I really liked him a lot too. He is a Geomancist, someone who can affect the Earth with his supernatural power, creating earthquakes, volcanoes and other destructive natural forces like landslides. After a serious accident that rattled his confidence in his control over his power, he goes into hiding, and is now working in a bar in Cartagena as a mixologist. When a beautiful stranger appears with plans to turn the bar into a beauty salon, his peaceful life is turned upside down. But danger is not far away and when Sean discovers that Asia is in the sights of a dangerous drug lord, he will have to embrace his powers whilst fighting his intense attraction to her.
The story is told through the eyes of both Sean and Asia, which gives the reader the ability to see what they are thinking and feeling. 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 this kept me guessing as to what was going to happen next. I loved meeting the paranormal task force once more, though I was not happy with the manipulations of Cain Jones. Be that as it may, I was more disgusted with the drug kingpin, Juan Hernandez. He's a real piece of work, along with his wife, Jeanne. They both are cruel and have sadistic pleasure in causing pain, this made my skin crawl! There are some other characters that bring this story to life. I really felt sorry for Leona, Juan's event organizer, as the story unfolded.
The heat level between Sean and Asia is extremely hot, almost explosive, and scorched the pages. I also found some of the scenes incredibly sweet as they got to know each other. However, reader beware, there are some scenes of sexual punishment/torture involving Juan and Jeanne Hernandez that may upset some readers or cause potential flashbacks. Therefore, I would urge readers to use their discretion before reading this book.
On more than one occasion I found myself holding my breath as the danger had me sitting on the edge of my seat. There is a lot going on, with some really intense scenes between the characters and, as I don't want to give any spoilers, I will not say much more. I reached the end of the book with mixed feelings - sad that it was finished, but happy at the way it concluded. As I have already read Necromancist and loved it, 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 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.