ARC Review – Old Enough by Charmaine Pauls

Published July 17th, 2018
Print Length: 286 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Erotica, Adult Fiction


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My Review

This is Part 1 of The Age Between Us Duet, written by Charmaine Pauls.

When I asked for a copy of this book I was expecting something great, considering I’ve just read The Loan Shark Duet by Charmaine Pauls. I was in awe of the author’s work and I’m so glad to say this book left me with the same, or at least similar, feelings of deep satisfaction.

I know it’s the first part of a duet. I knew what I was getting into but again, the author did an outstanding job by giving the reader an ending that satisfied the questions from this book and left other handing, enough to want to read the next book right now. I come to think that Charmaine Pauls has master the art of cliff-hangers, except it doesn’t feel like one.

Jane got the shock of her life when her husband told her he was leaving her on the night of their twelve anniversary. They have a daughter together that I may be inclined to believe he doesn’t feel like she’s actually HIS daughter, but someone else. This was not expressed in the story, it’s just my mind running crazy ideas.

Brian introduction in this story was a shock in and on itself. I was not expected to see that in the first chapter but I have to admit that was a damn good hook after the “I’m leaving you” scene before, in the same chapter. How he managed to fall for Jane and the things he has to do are only adding to his personality and how I ended up liking him a lot. He makes a lot of questionable decision but…

There’s this one scene with the fortune teller. OMG, that was plain awesome and that’s where my brain started running rampage with the conspiracy theories about what happened in the past.

I don’t think this book is for everyone that likes the old/younger troupe in romance. There are moments that you question your own sanity because you’re liking this. Jane and Brian are over the age of 18 but still, sometimes I wonder why I like this story so much. I guess the author is a secret witch?

The darkness, the naughtiness, the feeling of “this is so wrong”, the suspense, the mystery, the conspiracy theories my brain came up with, all of that wrap this book with a beautiful dark red bow. I can hardly wait to read the finale for this couple.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book provided by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

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.

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