Release date: all three released in one book, April 22, 2013
My overall rating: 3.75 stars
Excerpt from Book Two: Shadows of Pearl
Several hours later, while my brother is working from home, I slip out the back door and use the neighbors' entrance in their garden to make my exit. I still don’t know what to do about Alexandre. I need more time to think before I call him. I’m in love with him, no doubt about it and I want to marry him, but every time I’m tempted to give in I think of my naked body sprawled in a ditch, or in a shallow grave. Dead. Maybe even chopped up and distributed all over the United States. Or perhaps Sophie would meddle with the brakes of my car or slip cyanide in my drink. She has people working on her payroll all over the country – she could do anything.
I spend a couple of hours at Anthony’s gym, swimming – letting out all my steam and stretching my aching limbs from that long car journey last night. The water feels great and I feel so much better afterwards.
As I’m approaching Anthony’s neighbor’s back yard, carefully looking out for Alexandre, I hear steady footsteps behind me. My heart is racing, I feel a spike of adrenaline rush through my veins and turn around. It’s HIM. He’s standing there in jeans and a white T-shirt looking beyond stunning. His jaw is set firm and he has a five o’clock shadow and hooded eyes of a man who hasn’t slept all night. He’s not smiling. His face is stern, unflinching but he doesn’t look angry, just immovable. Uh oh, this is scarier than anything.
I walk over to him, stretch out my arms to hug him, donning a limp smile. But he steps back as if he doesn’t want me to touch him. His body language shocks me.
“Alexandre, I’m so sorry, I didn’t know what to do last night.”
“Oh, I think you did, Pearl. You had it all nicely planned out. You knew exactly what you were doing.”
Trilogy Blurb: 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?
My overall review:
I am not going to go into detail over the premise of these books, nor am I going to go into detail over the plot. You will have to read these books on your own to get the big picture. Now this trilogy is similar to Fifty Shades in many ways and in many ways it stands out on its own. Like Fifty Shades, you have to read all three books to truly enjoy the story. The plot is similar and dissimilar. Rich guy meets girl who intrigues him.... Well that's where the difference begins. First off, Pearl is 40. By definition, she is a cougar. A cougar that falls for the ever-so-rich Alexandre. If you are looking for steamy sex, it's right here. If you are looking for shock and awe, it is right here. If you are looking for drama and deep seeded pasts, again right here. You are probably wondering why I gave this trilogy an overall 3.75. Well, honestly, I wasn't enthralled. I had to come back to these books a few times. They didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. The story, overall, is very good. I just wasn't hooked with this trilogy. Others may feel differently than I do. This story didn't quite do it for me. I can respect the talent and imagination it takes to make the story and the back story to unfold, therefore, I had to rate and write this review as an overall, rather than one by one.
About Adrianne Richmonde: 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.
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