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Falling for You (Pearl Island Trilogy #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  2,716 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews

Propelled by a lifelong goal to buy an island mansion haunted by her colorful ancestors, Rory St. Claire needs Oliver Chancellor to help her secure a business loan. While convincing the hesitant blue blood to take a chance on her dream of opening a B&B, Rory unexpectedly lands in Chance’s arms.

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Published February 21st 2011 by Julie Ortolon (first published April 15th 2002)
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Apr 03, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. I was left speechless when I finished reading. The romantic love story between Rory and Chance is just heart wrenching, which makes the story even more powerful. Every page wills you to read on with the dramatic plot and the characters that come to life.

Rory, or Aurora as Chance calls her, is a St Claire, descending from Marguerite Bouchard, Henri LeRoche's estranged wife. Rory, like me, is a hopeless romantic and very optimistic about everything she does. So when she sees
Dec 23, 2009 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I should never have checked this book out from the library when I read the following back description, "...Chance is content with the future that's been mapped out for him, right down to his upcoming engagement to a prim debutante enthusiastically approved by his socialite mother...". I couldn't get past the second chapter when we see that Chance is expecting to engage himself to a woman that he hasn't even been tempted to kiss. Not the type of wish-washy guy I want to read about in a romance.
Jacob Proffitt
I really like Julie Ortolon's characters—they're engaging with a natural mix of strengths and weaknesses. Even better, the relationships are generally a good illustration of complementary personalities where each person brings strengths the other needs. This was particularly evident with Rory and Chance. Rory is passionate and driven. She knows what she wants and is happy pulling others along. But she gets into trouble when she hares off without checking for available resources or scoping out po ...more
Amanda (Hootie) Clark

Nothing bothers me more about a book than when the author drags out the conclusion until the very last page. This isn't my usual sort of trope because I don't like when there's OW/OM drama but it sounded like an "arranged marriage" sort of thing and I thought it wouldn't be a big issue.

I was wrong. The conflict between the hero and his "betrothed" took forever to resolve and although I was initially into the story between him and the heroine, it got old watching them vacillate between lust/love.
Mar 03, 2012 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-books, romance
Why do I do this to myself? Ortolon was one of the first romance authors I read when I got my Kindle, thus, one of the first romance authors I read as well. I was disappointed with this one. The big conflict is resolved without much fuss and it's straight to the highly unrealistic happy ending. The reader doesn't even get to see the final product that the book revolves around. The novel also suffers from the instant love problem that plagues many romances. Building up romantic tension is way mor ...more
This had a premise and idea to be a very good contemporary romance, sadly it failed on execution. The most of the book felt boring and unemotional to me. It's sad because I was looking forward to reading it. I expected:
- beautiful descriptions of environment (after all heroine is working as a tour guide)
- fun and interesting renovation process of the old house (I usually love this kind of plots/events)
- starchy proper hero getting unraveled by the heroine
- forbidden romance full of emotion
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This is a different than usual story wherein nerdy guy meets hot chick and that's what makes it all the more lovable!

Story goes...Oliver Chancellor helps Rory St. Claire in a hare-brained (not really) attempt to make profit out of their ancestral house given to them by their superstar aunt. But with all the struggles from outside forces wanting to wrench them apart, love still bloomed eternal and it didn't hurt that a certain ghost is trying to help things along...

My thoughts...I love how the st
May 29, 2012 Agnes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Ideally, I would give this book 2.5 stars. I really wanted to like this book. And I did like the story line and enjoyed that part. I felt like some of the conversations between the characters just were not realistic and could not happen. I also thought that some parts were over done while others did not have enough content.
Cassie Leach
About 100 pages in I was like, Wow! This is gonna be a great book! ....and then they slept together....and then she turned into a 15 year old girl and got SUPER annoying. Wth. I had to force myself to finish this book. She treated everything as a child in love would. It seriously made me dislike her to a point where I felt disgusted.
May 13, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I liked this enough I'm reading the entire series. I definitely want to visit Galveston after her many descriptions of the island.
I wanted to like this book, and did at the beginning. The history of the Pearl Island was great and I was hoping for a ghostly encounter or some fireworks between the two sides. Instead it was drama on top of drama on top of drama without the ghosts or spark I'd hoped for.
I wish when I first started to use this site I had reviewed books fully. I cannot work out why I rated this two stars originally...

Now, this is chick-lit so of course you're going to have the moments where, if this was a film, you'd be yelling at the screen for them to just "talk to one another" but I have very much grown to expect that from chick-lit books.

I like the characters in this, they seem well rounded which isn't something you always get (but having read two of Ortolon's series now I kn
Jenika Ioffreda
Dec 15, 2015 Jenika Ioffreda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"What the hell did I just read?" that's what I thought when I finished this book.
Luckily it was a free download from Amazon and I didn't pay for it.
The writing wasn't bad and I was able to read it 'till the end (hoping it would get better!!!), that's why I give 1 star… otherwise I would give zero stars.
The whole set of characters was flat and hopeless: the male "hero" had no will of his own for 99% of the story; Paige (his "fiance" practically chosen by his and her parents) had no brain or confi
Aurora St. Claire has lived in Galveston her whole life. When she finds out that an ancestral homes being foreclosed and is on the market, she convinces her brother and sister (who live with her) to try to by the house and open a bed and breakfast.

Oliver Chancellor - known as Chance - comes from one of Galveston's oldest and wealthiest families. He works as a VP (at 28) at the bank that's been in his family for generations, even though his father sold it two years ago following a heart attack. H
Nov 02, 2014 Jodie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: toothache
Here's the book summed up In one paragraph.

Boy meets girl, boy and girl know each other in the past, boy likes girl, boy thinks girl is out of his league, girl thinks he's cute, girl needs his help, boy helps girl, boy falls for girl, boy and girl have unprotected sexy times, boy realises girl is beneath him socially, boy breaks up with girl, girl is heartbroken, boy decides he feels left out of girls life, girl finds out she's pregnant, boy takes his fiancé to girls resort, girl is heartbroken,
Predictable, yet fun romance novel. Ortolon creates characters that are believable, even if they are a bit quirky. Rory, a fun-loving go get them type of girl has kept herself from succeeding because of her so called weaknesses. She is living happily with her siblings in a low paying but satisfying job. She does however have hopes and dreams that she is afraid to act upon.
Chance is living a life of luxury that has been predetermined by his parents, including marriage to a long time friend. He i
Chancellor or Chance for short has known of Aurora or Rory as she is called since high school. He always thought she was beautiful.Both are from different social/ class upbringing. Rory is a tour director on a both. One day while on the boat she sees Chance putting a foreclosure sign on her families ancestry home(though it didn't belong to them). She goes to him and let him know she and her family will be interested in buying this home. What follows next is Both of them getting together to talk ...more
Oct 01, 2012 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Technically, this gets three and a half stars. I absolutely loved the St. Claire family and will definitely read the rest of the series for stories with Alli and Adrian. My biggest complaint with this story was how much I hated the hero, Chance. By age 28, he shouldn't come across as TSTL. In fact I can't ever recall a hero who was so naive yet charmless. From his views on love and marriage to his reaction to seeing a bra, this man-child must have been raised in a self-flagellating monastery. I
Rory was a free spirit, happy go lucky, nice young lady with a big dream. Her prayers was answered by touring Pearl Island she came across a man putting up a foreclosure sign at the very mansion she always dreamed about owning. Chance is a banker nice looking nerd doing his job, when he got his world turned upside down with the tornado named Rory. The fell for each other fast and hard but problems stood in the way like a soon to be girlfriend/fiance. He came from upper class wealthy people and R ...more
Theresa Brandt
Literary fast food...

If conclusion jumping was an Olympic event, the free spirited heroine, Rory would be a gold medalist. The hero, Chance, is an uber uptight banker who is controlled by the expectations of his parents in everything from his career choice to his choice of wife. Of course, they fall hopelessly in love and Chance learns to be a bit more 'go-with-the-flow.' The modern romance formula requires that there be many, many misunderstandings along the way to the eventual HEA.

Bottom line:
Apr 02, 2012 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-2012
This is a cute little romance about Aurora St. Clair, who is a tour guide on a boat. She offers tours around the waters of Pearl Island, which is surrounded by a romantic story of its own. When Pearl Island is foreclosed, Aurora and her siblings conceive the idea of a bed and breakfast, which Chance, the son of the former banker, helps them with. Rory and Chance, however, have a serious attraction— which is bad, because Chance is 'kind-of-sort-of-almost-engaged' to Paige, a girl he's known since ...more
Jul 11, 2011 Tina rated it liked it
This book was a little too angsty for my tastes. I found it difficult to care about the characters—Aurora was flaky and self-centered while Chance was snobbish and nerdy. Their romance was well suited to them though, and worked well for their personalities. Even if it was blanketed in a veil of petty “high school” drama…

So, while mildly entertaining, overall this book just didn't do it for me. The writing was great—I've been a fan of Ms. Ortolon's for a while now—but just wasn't enough. I also f
Elizabeth Olson
Lots of local color -- and a colorful family myth -- plus vivid details as, while trying to reopen a family home as an inn, heroine Aurora St. Claire fights off her attraction to hero Oliver Chancellor (the stuffy banker partner making the inn possible) and he fights off his attraction to her. Despite obstacles and miscommunications aplenty, the inn is successfully opened, an old injustice is righted, and the two protagonists realize they're made for each other...after much steamy discovery alon ...more
Dianne Sidebottom
Feb 14, 2014 Dianne Sidebottom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a book earlier about the history of this area and that gave me more incite in understanding the social ladder expectation. The writer was able through the characters give motive behind their behaviour about what is expected of you because of breeding, inheritance, belonging to different groups only if you have "the right qualifications". I had read some of the story before and hadn't completed it till today. I don't live in the USA so my history is only in books. The writer even wrote of ...more
Sep 27, 2014 LC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was kind of a silly book, but it was good for some distraction. in my opinion if she had written a full fledged story about Marguerite and her husband and her pirate lover it would have been way more interesting. The two main characters were actually kind of mean and selfish. they never thought about how their actions affected others. In particular Oliver "Chance" Chancellor was a weak man and a rude one. In the end, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone i know but i wouldn't stop someone ...more
May 21, 2016 Mindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book drew me in from the very beginning. I loved that Aurora and Chance have such different backgrounds but are so similar at the same time. These characters had to do a lot of soul searching to figure out if they should stay on the path that they have always known or take the one they secretly want.
This book is cute and gives you hope that love is out there for everyone. It can be a stand alone book but It will leave you wanting to read book number 2. I can't wait these characters are s
Sep 29, 2012 Cathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
"Falling For You" is the 1st book in the Pearl Island Trilogy and is the 1st book I have read by this author. What a wonderful surprise. The story captivated and entertained me right to the end. The characters are believable, funny and interesting. I am looking forward to reading the next 2 books in this series so I can discover what the future holds for Adrian and Allison.

If you enjoy contemporary novels then this is definitely a must read.

I have this in Kindle and Nook format so if you are int
Michelle Beattie
Sep 04, 2012 Michelle Beattie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this book. The setting was interesting. I loved (Surprise!) the pirate history in it. When that Baltimore Clipper came into port I was as awed as the characters! The story is one seen often, rich boy with whole future planned out meets and falls in love with a lesser-classed woman who, of course, doesn't fit into his social circles. Yet, Ms. Ortolon yanked me in and kept me there. Her writing is tight and flows really well, her character development spot on. I plan on reading the ...more
Nov 10, 2012 Jovanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, my impression on Rory hadn't been too good. Considering the fact Oliver also known as Chance was going to soon be engaged with Paige, I felt St. Claire's younger sister was easily tempting Chance into lust with serious consequences until realizing the passion between Chance and Paige to be lacking. Then allowing myself to point out the obvious; Rory and Chance to be a riskful but deeply in love couple. Later on, having two children. Partnership in the B and B Inn had been the beginning to ...more
Angel **Book Junkie**
I liked the story a lot.
It was all the things a good book is supposed to be and I felt like I could truly connect with the characters as well as the book.

The problem was it was forgetful as much as I liked it as I was reading it I honestly could not tell you what in the world the book was about because it failed to leave that lasting touch on me.

When I read I want to fall in love with the book and I love when it leaves something on my heart this just did not do it for me. It was a good book th
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Most authors will tell you they've been writing and reading since childhood. Not me. I hated reading and never imagined I'd someday be a writer. Of course, the fact that I have dyslexia probably has a tiny bit to do with my aversion to the written word.

Nonetheless, I had a very active imagination and spent most of my school years staring out the window dreaming up stories. When I finally escaped t
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