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5* Review: The Second Time I Saw You – Pippa Croft

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It’s the beginning of a new term at Wyckham College, Oxford, and a fresh start for Lauren Cusack. Her fingers were badly burnt when a whirlwind romance with gorgeous English aristocrat, Alexander Hunt, became too hot to handle – and now she’s determined to keep her distance.

Her resolve is shaken when Alexander appears on her doorstep – he’s been completely torn apart by some devastating news. Lauren knows that she should stay away, but their chemistry is undeniable and she soon finds herself back in Alexander’s arms.

Can Lauren handle the drama that comes with Alexander Hunt? Or will she have to sacrifice the most exhilarating passion she’s ever known .

My Review

‘The Second Time I Saw You’ is a continuation of Lauren and Alexander’s passionate love story. Read book one of the series to gain an understanding of the characters and what happened in Lauren’s first term at Oxford. This allows you to concentrate on the plot’s twists and appreciate the nuances of Lauren and Alexander tempestuous relationship.

Term two starts with a traumatic event which brings the ill-fated lovers together again. Alexander’s guilt and anguish draws him to Lauren because of her ability to make him feel free and forget. The contrasting settings reflect the lighter and darker sides of the story. The upcoming boat race provides a colourful backdrop.

An unwilling confidante Lauren’s compassionate nature forces her to work against Alexander and risk his fragile trust.

The sensual side of the couple’s relationship heats up as their interdependence grows. Secondary characters introduced in the first book threaten their closeness.

This fast paced story makes easy reading. The characters are memorable and easy to empathise with or hate depending on their role. I read this book in a few hours and can’t wait for the conclusion of this addictive series.

I received a copy of this book from Penguin UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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5* Review The First Time We Met – Pippa Croft

20505109Senator’s daughter Lauren Cusack is leaving Washington behind for the dreaming spires of Oxford University – and she’s ready for a challenge. Now a fully fledged Master’s student, Lauren is determined to make the most of every single minute.

But then she meets Alexander Hunt, and everything changes.

A devastatingly handsome English aristocrat, Alexander is as brooding and enigmatic as they come. Lauren tries to resist his advances, but he has his sights clearly set on the young American, and what Alexander wants, he gets.

Caution soon gives way to mind-blowing passion and Lauren is drawn into Alexander’s privileged world of glamour and status. But all that glitters is not gold – for Alexander is a man with a dark past, and desire may not be enough to conquer all else.

 My Review

 ‘The First Time We Met’ is the first novel in The Oxford Blue Series. Lauren Cusack, an US Senator’s daughter gets her first real taste of independence studying for her Master’s degree in the academic excellence of Oxford. On her first night in Oxford she flees from an uncomfortable encounter with Rupert a vicious snob and lecher and runs headlong into a sexy, enigmatic Alexander. The spark of passion between them is unforgettable. Alexander ruthlessly pursues her. Drawn like a moth to a flame Lauren gives into her desires and they begin their wildly erotic love story.

Lauren struggles to understand and condone the values of this alien society but despite this she is hooked on Alexander and feeds her addiction at every opportunity. Alexander hides a seething mass of angst, guilt and hatred. Lauren jeopardises her career and happiness to save him.

‘The First Time We Met’ is easy, addictive reading. A serendipitous saga of passion, sensuality, prejudices and poignancy and I look forward to the next in the series.

I received a copy of this book from Penguin Books UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.