Friday, April 17, 2015

Binding Ties by Katija O- Blog Tour and Review

Book: Binding Ties (Majestic Pearls 2)
Author: Katija O
Genre: Contemporary Romance


After a brutal and potentially fatal assault, Mia Tandy finds herself alone and abandoned by not only her true love Nicholas—but possibly the one who truly loves her, Dr. Xavier Young.
In an attempt to help her get her life together, her brother, Peter, and a silent partner set up a small café just for Mia … something she’s always dreamt of.  Possibly giving her a new lease on life.
On the other side of town, Nicholas’ father, Reynold, has plans of his own, trying to uncover a long lost secret that’s about to turn, not only his own world around, but causing a rippling effect that will touch Mia and his son Nicholas.
Mia, trying to stay away from the likes of that wealthy world and the negatives that come with it, once again has it all thrown right back in her path when Nicholas returns and the secrets that have been in the past are now in full view, confronting them all.
For both Nicholas and Mia, trying to keep away from each other is proving to be their biggest challenge yet.  Once again, obstacles and social status are keeping them apart, but their love for each other is growing day by day.
Will their love be enough to get them through the torment, the lies and the challenges? 

My Review:

Binding Ties: Majestic Pearls IIBinding Ties: Majestic Pearls II by Katija O.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book picks up right where Majestic Pearls leaves us. Mia leaves the hospital after being attacked, and comes home to find that Nicholas has moved away and so has Xavier. She finds herself with a wonderful new business opportunity, but is feeling very lonely. Nicholas finds it tough to stay away, but it seems there are too many barriers keeping he and Mia from being able to have a real relationship.

There is a soap opera level of drama going on through much of this book, but for me that is what it made this book entertaining. Each character has multiple challenges, and there are a lot of reveals that cause additional drama and changes in many of the relationships in the book. Mia is an easy character to like, and it is tough to see her face so many difficult situations where she is essentially not treated well. Nicholas is often frustrating, because it is clear that he wants to be with Mia, but he can't ever seem to really go after what he wants or fight for their relationship. I found the dialogue a bit choppy, but read the book straight through when I started because I was curious how things were going to turn out. The chemistry between Mia and Nicholas is strong, and I was really hoping that they would be able to deal with the adversity facing them and be honest with each other about what they both wanted.

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

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Author Bio

Not to stray from the common Author cliché, I loved to read as a child – I actually excelled in reading from a young age.  This was definitely to my advantage.  In saying that I only enjoyed reading “happily ever after stories.”
As I grew older my pleasures turned to “teen romance stories” with the obvious transition being heavy love stories and of course Jackie Collins’ novels.
Then due to relationship and work commitments my reading all but ceased until my children were at an age where I could steal and hour or two (which then became an hour or four). 
A few years ago I discovered the Twilight Saga, this kept my thoroughly entertained for years as I read and re-read numerous times… Enter 50 Shades.  I think the fact that these books were written by amateur writers stirred something inside of me.
A few years ago my dear mother passed away, I became really lost —books became my saviour.  They took me to a very special place … away from reality.   One night I had this dream, it was so vivid in my mind that when I awoke it was fresh and alive.  It just kept growing and growing and that’s when Majestic Pearls was born.  I've not looked back since.
Music is my passion, I love it! Though it needs to be genre’s from the fifties through to the eighties.  Everything I do is done to music from my writing through to my housework—it soothes my soul.
I also have full time duties with my husband (fourth child) and our family business and three sons which all keeps me on my toes, there’s never a dull moment around my house.
Living in the beautiful Melbourne Australia, we have an abundance of restaurants and café’s which is my other passion … coffee dates with my wild and wacky high school friends … after thirty plus years we still catch up regularly and have a wild time.  All of these people and my large family form my circle … a circle that I love and are thankful to have.

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Book 1 Majestic Pearls

Some believe in fate others not so ...
Who would think that a simple car accident could determine someone's destiny?
But when Mia Tandy meets Nicholas Devlin their world's are changed.
Falling in love should be simple, should be natural and joyous but, as they are from different world's,  there are many obstacles thrown in their way.
There is one thing that no one can control and that is undying love. Fate has brought these two together, and class is keeping them apart.
What they don't realize is  ... they are somehow connected.
One person holds the piece to this puzzle.
A secret from yesteryear and a certain string of pearls holds the key.  These secrets not only are the key to a old romance but a key to their destiny.

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