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I believed in sex, once upon a time. And passion. But now my life as a single, divorced career girl living alone in New York City was all about work. I hadn’t had a date in years.
But then he came along . . . Alexandre Chevalier. The French CEO billionaire of HookedUp, the social media phenomenon that had taken the world by storm.
He was the most beautiful man I’d ever seen, and with eyes so green they seared into my soul.
Like a flash of lightning he struck me down . . . his touch was electric, and I knew my life was irrevocably changed. I’d never be the same again.
He awakened every fiber of my being, ignited every cell in my body.
And just when I thought things couldn’t be more perfect . . .
It all came crashing down.
I’d had it with all the crazy women in my life: the models, the movie stars, even my power-hungry sister and business partner. If you’d had a past like mine, you’d understand.
I just wanted a normal relationship with a normal woman . . .
And then I met her . . . Pearl Robinson.
She was perfect for me.
Or so I thought.
But I was in for a shocking surprise when I found out the truth . . .
Of who she really was.
HOOKED UP is a series of three, full-length novels averaging 300+ print pages each, to be released at intervals of one month and three weeks.
Disclaimer: If your e-reader should melt while reading this series, the author cannot be held responsible.
Pearl fans take note: this is a new, re-edited version of the Pearl books, told in dual POV throughout. The series is primarily for NEW readers, or those who would like to immerse themselves, once again, in Pearl and Alexandre’s passionate love story, so please do not expect a new storyline.
Hooked Up #1 released December 28, 2015
Hooked Up #2 coming January 26, 2016
Hooked Up #3 coming Valentine’s Day 2016
I was a bit cautious as I was reading this re-told, dual POV version of Shades of Pearl. Having Alexandre’s POV allowed me to know things that only he would know, and Pearl might not yet have found out. I felt as if I were in on the secret. I found myself laughing out loud at some scenes, highlighting others, and swooning a bit at the very sexy scenes.
I liked getting to know the insecure, 40 y/o American divorcee, Pearl, as she fibs her way to meeting Alexandre and his sister, Sophie, at the cafe. She does some immature things, but she is endearing. I can appreciate her confusion, self-deception, and desire for Alexandre. His thoughts about her and his seduction of her had me both amused and very interested. He’s both naughty and mature for his age.
His tests, the official date, and then the gifts… Ah! Alexandre knows how to treat a woman well. But there is also more to him and his past. Bits and pieces are teased out with us knowing a bit more than Pearl. What really happened with his family? How did Hooked Up really get started?
This is more than just a hot, sexy romance. It is a story with layers, secrets, and two people who are wary of trusting anyone, much less falling in love. They second guess themselves and each other. They fit perfectly and awkwardly. And then there is that cliffhanger ending. I’m looking forward to reading book 2! And I really like Hooked Up as the title. It fits.
I enjoyed the Pearl series, which included Alexandre’s POV in books 4 & 5. With this re-telling of the series with both Pearl’s and Alexandre’s POV, I found it to be a bit slower in the beginning. It took me a bit to get used to going back and forth. As the story continued, I found myself looking forward to getting both sides of the story. The different interpretations and even musings behind their actions made it seem a bit more real and feasible. Also, they each remembered the dialog differently, just like in reality, where what you think the other person said might not be accurate.
Note: I received an ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ARIANNE RICHMONDE is the USA Today bestselling author of the suspense novel Stolen Grace, and The Pearl Series books (Shades of Pearl, Shadows of Pearl, Shimmers of Pearl, Pearl, and Belle Pearl), which have sold over quarter of a million copies. Also, The Glass Trilogy, and The Star Trilogy, both steamy, Hollywood romance series.
She lives in the French countryside amidst vineyards, with her wonderful French husband, two dogs, two cats, and other creatures that try to sneak their way into their old, stone farmhouse, which the couple restored themselves. On most days, you’ll find her cleaning sixteen paws worth of mud off the floors . . . that’s when she’s not immersed in creating lovable but dysfunctional characters for her novels (and a villain or two), while sipping Bordeaux paired with dark chocolate.
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