The book that Pearl Series fans have been asking for: the flip side of the tale. The story according to Alexandre Chevalier.
At only twenty-five, Alexandre Chevalier is a billionaire. His social media site, HookedUp, is more popular than Twitter, more global than Facebook. With his drop-dead gorgeous looks, alluring charm and wealth, he has women falling at his feet, desperate for his attention.
But his heart is set on only one woman: Pearl Robinson.
Alexandre’s dark and dysfunctional past makes him crave stability and a normal relationship, but he soon finds out that Pearl is a bird with a broken wing. Why, he isn’t sure.
Pearl, follows Arianne Richmonde’s bestselling books in The Pearl Trilogy: Shades of Pearl, Shadows of Pearl and Shimmers of Pearl; the tumultuous and heart-rending love story between forty-year-old documentary producer, Pearl Robinson, and French Internet billionaire, Alexandre Chevalier, fifteen years her junior.
Pearl is written from Alexandre’s point of view from the moment they first meet on a rainy summer’s day in a coffee shop in New York City.
In any relationship details are hidden; things are left unsaid.
Not all conversations are remembered in the same way.
And not all actions are disclosed—especially to the one you love most.
This book (Part 1 of 2) is approximately 53,000 words long, just over 200 printed pages. Part 2 is scheduled for release in October.
Because of Alexandre Chevalier’s prowess in the bedroom, this novel contains erotic content and strong language.
Intended for readers aged 18 and over.
LAURA, ALEXANDRE’S EX IS ON THE WARPATH (Excerpt):
I knew that when Pearl woke up the following day in our bedroom in Provence (note how I say our bedroom—yes, it was getting that serious), she would be enchanted. The lavender fields were in full bloom, the scent of jasmine was also wafting through the French doors that looked out onto the stunning view below.
Who wouldn’t fall in love with an old stone farmhouse in the middle of the French countryside? In the olden days in the South of France, people built their own houses stone by stone, getting friends and family to help them. A far cry from the multi-million dollar properties they have become nowadays. When I restored my house, I wanted to pay attention to each stone, bring out the beauty and detail of the workmanship—the sheer labor of what they had achieved by hand (no machines), all that time ago. I left it exactly the way it was originally; crooked walls, wobbly oak beams, wonky floors. I kept all of its charm, just added a swimming pool. Not a Hollywood-style pool—no bright blue or anything. I wanted it to look as if it had always been there and blend in with the landscape, organically.
I woke up early that morning as I had house business to attend to—I wanted to ensure that the elderly couple (who look after it when I’m away) had everything under control, and that the garden was in order. I wanted to let Pearl rise and shine on her own— soak up her new surroundings. I’d instructed Madame Menager to take her up some breakfast, while I took care of a few business and personal phone calls.
Last but not least, Laura, my ex. As I stood by the pool, white butterflies darting by me, the gentle sound of water tinkling from the fountain, I called her on my cell.
As I expected, she was not too thrilled.
“Laura,” I began, “how are things?”
She had ears like a bat. “Is that your fountain I hear by the pool? Are you in Provence?”
“Yes, I am,” I replied evenly.
“Alex, you promised!”
“No, actually, I didn’t.”
“I said you should wait for me! How long are you there for? I’ll get on a flight today.”
“Laura. No.” I walked slowly from the pool area into the house and sat down on the sofa in the living room, where coffee, fresh-baked brioche and croissants awaited me. I spread some homemade jam I’d concocted myself (from my very own cherry trees) onto a croissant and took a large bite. I was half listening to Laura and her protestations and wondering what Pearl’s reaction would be when she woke up here, in this beautiful, peaceful haven.
Laura droned on, “What do you mean, no? I told you I was planning a visit, I told you—”
I cut her short. “I’ve met someone, Laura, and I wanted to tell you directly.”
Why I even felt I owed Laura an explanation, I have no idea. But I did. I suppose it was the whole wheelchair thing, the guilt I felt about her having suffered for so long. As silence rang in the air, my eyes strayed to the bookshelves where several of Laura’s hardback books still lined the shelves. I needed to return them to her. Now that I had met Pearl, it didn’t seem right to have my ex’s belongings in my house. There was something else in those shelves I needed to deal with, too. Something Top Secret, hidden inside a multi-volume encyclopedia. I had cut out the middle and buried the incriminating evidence inside. Now that we had Wikipedia online, nobody used encyclopedias anymore—the stuff was safe, I decided.
Laura’s silence still echoed down the line. I knew that the words, I’ve met someone would be a blow to her, even though she was married.
“Who is she?” she finally asked.
“I’ll tell you when we’re really serious.” Damn, that came out wrong.
I didn’t feel inclined to tell Laura Pearl’s name because I didn’t want her sniffing about my personal affairs. But at the same time, I wanted to nip any fantasy Laura might have had about rekindling our relationship…in the bud. Inferring that my relationship with Pearl wasn’t yet serious was a mistake. It gave Laura false hope.
“Well, I’m sure you’re having great fun but it won’t last.” She tittered knowingly. “Is she a local French girl from the village?”
“No, she’s American.” Shit, why couldn’t I keep my mouth shut?
Laura’s lighthearted tone changed several octaves. “So you brought her over specially? Imported her from America?”
“Listen, Laura, I have to dash. Take care. Send my best to James. You’re both welcome to come for your vacation in a couple of weeks, when I’m not here. Bye.”
First, I was one of those wishing to get Alexandre's POV and now here it is.........I do recommend that you read "The Pearl Trilogy" prior to this book so you are not missing out on parts of the story that are skimmed over in this book.
The story according to Alexandre Chevalier.....
During The Pearl Trilogy, I absolutely fell in LUST with the SEXY HOT Frenchman but now we delve more into who is. Alexander did have a few chapters in the trilogy but now we are full on. He begins telling his story about how he became a billionaire at such a young age and the first time he meets Pearl. I absolutely loved this part.....now knowing what was going through his mind.
"Why I was so taken with this New Yorker, apart from her obvious good looks, I wasn't quite sure - she had a quirky kind of charm. I like her. And I decided right there and then - I didn't just want to f*ck Pearl, I wanted to get to know her, too."
He leads us on a journey of his childhood and relationships with his dad, mom and sister and of course all the CRAZY women he has/had in his life that will not take "NO" for an answer. Alexander has a reputation as a playboy and has flaunted it but now he is ready to settle down but so many people and things continue to cause havoc. Now with his POV, we see how he struggles to make the right decisions but honestly there were many times I just wanted to slap the sexy man......Especially when it comes to that crazy Laura.
"Here I was, embroiled with all these different women all wanting a piece of me, yet all I wished for was just one woman, one stable relationship, just one person who would make sense to me."
In "The Pearl Trilogy" we learned all about Pearl and her quirky self and now we see that this is what Alexander loved the most. This is his journey on finding love with Pearl and trying to fight to keep it from falling apart with many obstacles which happened to be all the women in his life. Pearl has her quirky issues that makes this story even much better and at times very funny.
This is a "MUST READ"!!!! And I can't wait for the rest of Alexander's POV!!!!!
Awesome Job Arianne!!!!!!
*Reviewed by Kim
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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 lives with her husband in France.
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