4 starsFor Mia and Nicholas, a relationship for them was going to be an up hill trek Beginning with the different social classes they were from Nicholas wasn t like that with Mia, but he knew his inner circle of family and friends would be that way His family arranging his life, a job, a girlfriend he was expected to marry These were not choices he had made Mia had left her fianc after finding out he had been cheating on her She left to start a new life for herself Going to the university, working at the coffee shop and living in an apartment that her Grandmother left The first time she met Nicholas was not a happy event He crashed into her car, broke her phone But he stepped up and took care of the car, got her a new phone and met one amazing girl Trying to get to know each other was uncomfortable at times, but both enjoyed being with the other As their friendship grew, so did their feelings for each other, but outside influences have a way of getting their way After Mia is attacked by her stalker ex fianc , with help from Nicholas girlfriend, they come together once again, but after misinterpretations of what was said between the two, we are left wondering, will they make it back to each other There is a lot of betrayal, lies and expectations in this story, but also friendships, love, support and family. STARS 4POV ThirdSERIES YesCLIFFHANGER YesI have mixed feelings on this book For the most part, I greatly enjoyed it There is this air of extreme mystery during the whole book You know some huge twist is coming and left me pulling my hair wanting to know what it was You could compare it to walking through a Halloween haunted house You just know something is going to jump out at you at any moment but then you reach the end and nothing did You heard the moans and voices of things that go bump in the night You hear the chains and thuds Just nothing jumps out of you You love the heart thumping fear but would have loved to have at least one freak scare you into oblivion I enjoyed the thrill of waiting for the mystery coming to a head but nothing in book one I do plan on reading the next book because at this moment, I HAVE to know what happens I am invested into the story and the lives of the characters Besides the mystery, we have a quaint love story brewing along with many, many love triangles The main focus is on Mia and Nick They meet by accident by accident, I mean literally Nick crashed his car into Mia s Their story has a very Molly Ringwald Pretty In Pink feel to it She comes from the wrong side of the tracks He worries about her being accepted into his world It s great to watch them together toe their way in the waters Beyond that, Nick has a fiance that he really doesn t want to be with but due to family obligations, he is with her Nick s best friend and fiance are sleeping together Then you have Mia s mentally unstable ex still trying to get back with her Mia also starts dating another man Please for the love of all things holy, get me off of this merry go round It was just a bit too much Maybe the best friend fiance triangle should have been spared but each element has its own purpose.Just when you think Mia and Nick might have a chance of possibly being together, trouble bubbles over and I was just shocked when all the details came out Lots of dirty underhanded things happen and I couldn t believe the low down levels some people would stoop to Mia and Nick together is really sweet and adorable It s like watching two people fall in love for the first time Each awkward and sweet moment is heart melting.This is the first book in a series so I am giving it a fair chance because of that The book opens the door for a possibly amazing series It has massive potential to be a great page turner I can t wait to see where it goes The writing is excellent The characters are relatable and most of them, lovable I d recommend it at this point We ll see what happens after the next book I did love Mia s character and that of her very protective brother Nick is lovable as well despite wanting to smack some sense into him here and there All in all, thumbs up. Some Believe In Fate, Others Not SoWho Would Think That A Single Car Accident Could Determine Someone S Destiny But When Mia Tandy Meets Nicholas Devlin Their Worlds Are Automatically ChangedFalling In Love Should Be Simple Should Be Natural And Joyous But, As They Are From Different Worlds, There Are Many Obstacles Thrown Their WayThere Is One Thing, Though, That No One Can Control And That Is Undying Love Fate Has Brought These Two Together, And Class Is Keeping Them ApartWhat They Don T Realize Is They Are Connected, Neither One Of Them Knowing ThisOne Person Holds The Key To This SecretA Secret From Yesteryear, This Secret And This Secret Alone Holds The Answer To How Their Destiny Will Evolve I was honored to read an ARC of this book I thought that it was a beautiful story, full of colorful descriptions and emotions Katija weaves a special tale of Mia and Nicholas, how they meet, how they interact, how they fall in love..or do they Secrets abound in this story, and will leave you wondering I especially loved RosieI think that she s my favorite Looking forward to the next book, Katija Well done Review for BareNakedWords For me Majestic Pearls was a modern take on a classic fairytale, but with an air angst and mystery A tale of two worlds colliding an undeniable spark between a spoilt, upper class rich boy and a strong, independent middle class girl.After a short lived and disastrous engagement to her childhood sweetheart Mia is determined to start fresh focus on getting into school and rebuilding her relationship with her brother She is not interested in relationships or finding love anytime soon That is until Nicholas comes crashing in to her lifequite literally.Nicholas Devlin has got everything All mapped out by his parents A position with his father s company and an affluent girlfriend just waiting for him to put a ring on her finger It s all going to plan, that is until he meets Mia I like her, I like spending time with her I m different around her Just different But you re right, they won t approve it s against his plans for me It s just bullshit The spark and chemistry they feel is magnetising They both feel the pull and they both want it But can they find the love they crave and deserve Or will the differences in Class be too much and keep them apart Majestic Pearls wasn t just a story of twisted fate and forbidden love This was a story of self discovery for both the hero and heroine One which I loved being taken on It s a funny and endearing read, yet heartbreaking.The secondary characters are absolutely brilliant and round off the book perfectly From Mia s over protective brother to Nick s crazy self centred witch of a girlfriend you will find yourself falling in love with them well most of them I did however find it quite difficult to get into to begin with, I just felt as though it was a little slow and wasn t until I was about half way through that I became engrossed in the story being told From that point I couldn t put my kindle down I fell in love with the characters and the struggles they dealt with.Overall, a very good start to what looks to be a promising series It will keep you guessing and begging for answers right up until the end I am looking forward to the next book in this series and to discover what fate has in store for both Mia and Nick, as well as the rest of the characters. Original Blog Post eARC Review Majestic Pearls Majestic Pearls 1 by Katija OMy Rating 3.5 out of 5 StarsA Charming Modernized Fairy TaleStrangely enough, Majestic Pearls isn t what I expected at all Katija O has written a modernized fairy tale, it being an attraction between a marginalized, middle class, working girl and a spoilt, upper crust, rich boy Class expectations keep Nicholas away from Mia even if they are obviously interested in each other So, what are two obviously different people going to do Mia is a working girl, yes, but one rather naive about love and life Despite being an adult, she s rather childlike in some ways, especially when it comes to friends and family Otherwise, she has a good head on her shoulders and throws herself into work, basically doing all she can to give herself a comfortable life.Then she bumps into Nicholas literally There is no one who is of a polar opposite than this party boy who has no interests farther than the next club opening, his tennis game, and his dependable, bitchy friend with benefits What on earth would he see in a woman who has nothing in common with him except the usual opposites attract Mia is truly clueless when it comes to men and it takes her brother, her best friend, and her honorary grandmother to set her straight about Nicholas and the other man in her life, Xavier Sometimes, she seems so duh about relationships I want to strangle her, but if she s as sheltered as she s portrayed to be, it shouldn t be a surprise.Nicholas, on the other hand, grows up There is that maturity about him that is so much clearer at the end of this installment But will his selflessness and uncertainty cause him to lose Mia after all Of all the characters here, Rosie is the best one for me I m pretty sure she holds the secret to all of this and I think I figured out her role in this book What I m not sure of is what she ll do with the information she has The story itself a bit rambling but there s something to how it was written If you can imagine a friend sitting you down to tell you what happened to people you both know, then this is exactly it Charming is the word I d use.That Majestic Pearls doesn t really fit into a clear category is, I m sure, something planned by Katija O Romance, mystery, drama, it s all there, like a great chat with an old friend. 3.5 starsThis is a book with a lot going on.Apart from the main love triangles I lost count of how many people are actually involved6, I think there s also the little hidden story revolving around the Devlin s past There are a lot of characters mingling in this book and although I do actually quite like most of them it just feels a bit busy at times.The story is basically your typical guy and girl fall in love but each believe it s unrequited frowned upon by the social class divide malarkey It s been seen before and will most definitely be seen again The thing with Majestic Pearls though is there s an air of melancholy to the whole story No one every truely feels like they re happy, about anything, which I guess in the situation they re living in is exactly how things should feel, often not the case in these romantic endeavours.I love how Nick matures throughout the book I like how all the heartache is really shown in Mia, the devestating effects it has on her whole personality.A couple of things that I m not sure on..the vocal point swaps and changes about quite a bit and a few times I got lost with who was thinking what The first part of the book, maybe up to about half way, just felt a bit slow There s an immaturity to the writing, or maybe a lack of flow to the words There not big points, I know this but combined with the many plots to the story, it was just enough to make me go from really liking it to just liking it.I don t tend to read the little snippets of the next book I hate spoilers but with this, I just couldn t help myself There s a teasing little cliff hanger, the whole Devlin family mystery, a little hint at the future of Mia I m totally intrigued as to where book 2 is going This book is a true modern day fairytale, with the princess and prince and king It also has the twist of Romeo and Juliet and a forbidden love where two worlds should not cross We get to meet Amelia Mia , we find out quickly that she is a caring and humble individual that has not been dealt the best cards lately and just wants to get her life started in a right direction Little did she know that her world was about to be twisted all around We soon learn that after her chance meeting with Nicholas her life might never be the same Nicolas is a rich, elite individual that has no responsibilities His parents have is life all planed out for him to his career with the family business and to whom he is to marry They are just waiting for him to get on board with their plan This story is one of fate and believing that everything happens for a reason No matter how hard they try the world keeps pulling Mia and Nicholas together I really enjoyed the book and loved the characters I was very sad to see it end It is only book one, so there is to come I am excited to learn what is in store for Mia next in her life, what path is she going to chose and will her and Nicolas find a way for their two worlds to entwine together to find peace and harmony I also can t wait to learn about Rosie and how her past is possibly going to have an effect on Mia s future If you like fairytale romance with a few bumps along the way, you will love this book. I was given the opportunity to read this book prior to publication I fell in love with Nicholas and Mia instantly Their story is is written beautifully Rosie also adds so much character to the story it s hard not to fall in love with her as well A truly beautiful love story plagued with doubt, self worth and forbidden love Well done Katija cannot wait till the next installment. Meet Mia Works as a barista waitress After getting her heart shattered, she s not looking for love She s strong, independent and like most 22 year olds, has dreams she wants to one day fulfill.Meet Nicolas Works in the family business Gorgeous, self assured, confident, a player, comes from money Nicholas isn t looking for love He s happy with his playing ways.But all that changes when Mia s and Nicholas s world collide.They have chemistry and spark They both feel it, they both crave it, they both want it.But can they find the love in each other they both deserve Majestic Pearls takes you on a journey of lust, love and need It s takes you on a journey of trust, self worth and desire.Add to the mix an over protective mother, a neighbor, a jealous ex and a secret a family has carried with them for years, where will everything lead.Majestic Pearls is a beautiful love story plagued with doubt, self worth and forbidden love We simply couldn t put it down We give Majestic Pearls 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend to put on TBR list.We are looking forward to the next installment of Mia and Nicholas
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