Friday, May 3, 2013
The Pearl Trilogy by Arianne Richmonde ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway
Documentary producer, Pearl Robinson, is a beautiful and smart 40-year-old divorcee but has not had a date for over two years. When she meets Alexandre Chevalier, a young French, Internet success story, she's 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 this powerful billionaire 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 jealous family members, Pearl's insecurities and other external forces are threatening to pull them apart.
This three-book series, Forty Shades of Pearl, Shadows of Pearl and Shimmers of Pearl follow the couple's tumultuous and heart-rending relationship.
Will Pearl's shadowy past and Alexandre's dark secrets meld them together as one, or split them apart once and for all?
He puts his hand on my bare thigh and I feel a shiver run up my spine. I’m wearing a thin cotton skirt which he pushes a couple of inches higher up my leg. His fingers linger on my flesh and I’m too stunned to stir. He starts to move them softly, one hand edging towards my crotch, but oh so subtly – so much so I wonder if I’m imagining it. His other hand is on the wheel. I can feel that pulse deep in my groin again. I look at him. So gorgeous! His chest muscles are ripped from today’s action. I saw him change out of his T-shirt and put on a linen shirt before lunch, and I nearly passed out. His skin was smooth, tanned and flawless with just a small amount of body hair in between his pecs. Just thinking about his body now makes me throb with desire - his elegant fingers imperceptibly still resting on my upper thigh – I feel as if my heart-beat is between my legs. But then, he takes his hand away, back to the steering wheel. I let out a sigh of frustration. He’s tormenting me with this tease.
First, let me begin with that it was really nice to be able to have all 3 books combined. No cliff hangers for me. I was able to flip through pages with no waiting. And in no way was this book anything like Fifty Shades of Grey.
Not even sure where to begin with my review.....This could have been a 5 star review because the story itself was FABULOUS!! I so loved it but I had a few dilemmas.....first, the writing was choppy throughout the trilogy and second, the transition from POVs were not well defined. But I do have to say that as I progressed through each book the story got more interesting with all the twist and turns and drama. And at times the book had me laughing so much. I absolutely LOVED how the author's dialogue pegged how the characters spoke (especially Sophie) with their French/British accents when speaking English.
I loved Pearl.....The author really spent time defining her character.....She is 40 and divorced with no children. Her career is her life. It is what she does best. That is until the HOT FRENCH Alexandre comes into her life. He is her next assignment which she knows little about this man (well how HOT he is). The assignment falls apart and she believes her chance at meeting Alexandre, for work purposes is gone.......then, POOF!!! Alexander appears at a chance run-in while Pearl is getting coffee....This is where it all begins.....HOT, STEAMY, SEXY Love story......
Alexandre....well what would this book be without this HOT Frenchman......Enough said! He is 15 years younger than Pearl... This doesn't seem to bother him....He is so captivated by Pearl's confidence, her outgoing personality, and her beauty......He is immediately attracted to her.
Majority of this trilogy was written in Pearl's POV. Throughout the story we learn about Alexandre and his past but I did not really connect with him especially when the author threw in a few chapters with his POV. I think it confused me more. I guess I just like everything laid out and maybe this is just how the author wanted Alexandre portrayed. It is my selfish way of saying that I wanted more from Alexandre.
'The Pearl Trilogy' is so worth the read...don't miss out on this HOT FRENCH ADVENTURE!
Congrats Arianne Richmonde on your release and I look forward to reading more from you in the future!!!
*Review by Kim
Arianne Richmonde is an American writer and artist who was raised in both the US and Europe. She is the author of Forty Shades of Pearl, Shadows of Pearl and Shimmers of Pearl, all full length novels in The Pearl Trilogy. She has also written Glass- an erotic short story. She is currently writing a new novel, a suspense.
She lives with her husband and furry family in France.