Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Shade of Pearl, Shadows of Pearl and Shimmers of Pearl...The Pearl Trilogy by Arianne Richmonde

Shades of Pearl Trilogy by Arianne Richmonde

~Blurbs for The Pearl Trilogy~ 

Pearl Robinson, is a beautiful and smart documentary producer. She's forty, divorced and single and hasn't even had a date for over two years. She has given up on love.

When she hears about Alexandre Chevalier, a young French, Internet billionaire, she assumes he's a geek who wears a hoodie and keeps pet rats in his bedroom. How wrong she is! She bumps into him face to face and is stunned by his charm, beauty and sophistication, and startled by her strong feelings and desire for a man fifteen years her junior. His looks, wealth and worldwide triumph with his social media site, HookedUp, means he can get any woman he chooses, but there is something about Pearl he finds irresistible...

The couple begins a passionate affair and Pearl's body is awakened in ways she never imagined possible. She is consumed by him and his magical touch. But dark secrets, jealous family members and other external forces are threatening to pull them apart.
                                      Book #2 The Pearl Trilogy.
Pearl Robinson feels like the luckiest woman in the world. In just a couple of months she is to be married to the man she's head over heels in love with: the wonderful and charismatic Alexandre Chevalier, fifteen years her junior and founder of the billion dollar social media sensation, HookedUp.

She is planning a white winter wedding in Lapland - the stuff that dreams are made of. Everything is perfect, not least her haute couture wedding gown designed especially for her.

But Pearl is convinced that Alexandre's sister and business partner, Sophie Dumas, has other, darker ideas.

And the shadows of Pearl's past come back to haunt her in ways she could never have imagined...
Book #3 of The Pearl Trilogy. Make sure you have read parts 1 and 2 first, Shades of Pearl and Shadows of Pearl.

Pearl Robinson's life was teetering on the edge of perfection. Everything was about to blossom, not least a marriage made in Heaven with her fiancé, Alexandre Chevalier - the kindest, sexiest, most handsome man she could ever have wished for.

But her own insecurities, fears and murky shadows from her past led her to make certain choices that could change the course of her fate altogether.

Pearl now finds herself alone and bereft, a victim of unexpected Deceit. She has been lied to... tricked. But by whom?

The decision is hers. Should she trust the man she loves? Can she accept his past which threatens their future? And will the dark secrets he finally reveals meld them together as one, or split them apart once and for all?

To start with I must say this series is HOT HOT HOTT!!!! I spent the entire day in bed reading all 3 of these books... is that sad or awesome? I can't decide...
I was really into the idea of the much older woman and younger man idea behind this book. I loved that Pearl was very successful and was standing on her own two feet, wobbly as they were she was standing strong and making it work.

Alexandre Chevalier, why OH why does this man only exist in books? His dashing good looks, his French accent and manners totally sweep Pearl off her feet. He is only 25 but has a very old soul. He is immediately taken by Pearl and she is equally taken by him. They spent time together and there is an instant connection. I was a bit (not much) put off by how fast they fall into a conversation about sex, but I could easily put that aside.

I do love me an aggressive man and boy is Alexandre,  there is no question what he wants when he shows up at Pearl's door and she is more than willing to give it to him. I see no problem here.  
At first Pearl is a bit of a push over, giving in a lot, not that I could blame her, but still I wished for more of a back bone. As the books went on, especially in the 2&3rd,  we see her getting stronger and coming into her own.  Alexandre is a French man who's ego gets to be a bit much at times, but Pearl never misses a chance to call him on it.
I found myself HATING Sophie, at one point I had to put the book down because she pissed me off so bad.. now, that's good writing! She was way to possessive of her brother, and he just wouldn't stand up to her, DROVE ME NUTS! I just KNEW she was up to no good...

Outside forces and pasts come back to haunt Alexandre and Pearl, causing a truck load of problems...Pearl is facing a violent past that rears its head and she needs time to process it.  A brutal past comes into play regarding Alexandre and he has to take matters into his own hands to make sure those he loves are not hurt, even if it means having to let go of Pearl. (which he never really does.)  Pearl stands her ground, making sure he knows she is not going to play second fiddle to his ex Laura (bitch) I LOVED this!
I really can't go into a lot of detail because I really want you to read this series and see the plot twists... I am telling you I did NOT see it coming.

All in all I really liked this series and would recommend it to my fellow "bookies", I thought the first book was rather short, but it was ok, knowing that the other two followed. 

side note: if you are going to buy this series, look for the complete collection on amazon. It is much cheaper to get them all, then to buy them one at a time... Like I did!

 I am giving The Pearl Trilogy by Arianne Richmonde
5 clocks

~~amazon link for the collection~~

~~~this series was recommended to me by Kim Flowers Francis~~~

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