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5* Review: Third Time Lucky – Pippa Croft Oxford Blue #3

21523076Untitled‘Captain Hunt has been involved a serious incident.’

This call changes everything for Lauren Cusack. Her relationship with impossibly handsome aristocrat Alexander Hunt has been turbulent, passionate, and addictive, and now she rushes to his side knowing she will inevitably be sucked back into his world.

And sure enough, Alexander remains an intoxicating cocktail Lauren cannot resist and despite everything she finds herself happier than ever.

As Lauren’s final term at Wyckham College races by, she is offered the perfect job back in Washington. With Alexander tied to his Estate, the fragility of their romance hits home.

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Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue #3)The traumatic climax of ‘The Second Time I Saw You’ continues in ‘Third Time Lucky’ with a dramatic, emotional beginning. Alexander’s hold over Lauren continues even though they are estranged. Lauren’s reactions and the way she stands by Alexander and Emma, his younger sister shows a level of maturity she didn’t possess when she first came to Oxford. The addictive quality of Alexander and Lauren’s erotic attraction is apparent in these early chapters. Later in the story, Lauren realises their time together may be finite as their real destinies are geographically and personally worlds apart. The question left unasked is do they love each other enough to compromise?

The physical side of their relationship deepens but the trust evident in the steamy love scenes does not seem to transfer to their wider lives. Secrets and subtle interference from Lauren’s parents and the malicious Valentina continue to muddy the already cloudy waters of their relationship.

Life at Oxford as the finals approach mitigates the introspection and intensity of Alexander and Lauren. The attention to detail is great and allows you to experience the fun, idiosyncrasies and traditions of Oxford University.

Perfectly scripted final scenes show a newly independent Lauren who lives life on her own terms but does Alexander fit into her new life? There is definite scope for book number 4.

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

See my 5*reviews of the first two books in the series: The First Time We Met    The Second Time I Saw You

Third Time Lucky by Pippa Croft

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue #3) by Pippa Croft

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4* Review: EndGame -James Frey & Nils Johnson-Shelton – Sampler


Twelve ancient cultures were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in Endgame, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. Endgame has always been a possibility, but never a reality… until now. Twelve meteorites have just struck Earth, each meteorite containing a message for a Player who has been trained for this moment. At stake for the Players: saving their bloodline, as well as the fate of the world. And only one can win.

Endgame is real. Endgame is now. Endgame has begun.

My Review -1Endgame SamplerThis is a review of a sampler of the Endgame.

The blurb for this story reminded me of a fantasy computer game with its twelve players and the quests and battles they must undertake to win and save their genetic line. The characters are vivid and surreal given their young ages. The implication is that they are young faces hiding a wealth of ancient knowledge and skill, which makes them suitable contenders in the game.

An omnipotent force threatens humanity.The inference is that the winner of the Endgame will save their people presumably because they can be trusted to respect the earth. The rest will perish.

From the blurb it is the authors’ intention that this story be enacted in a real life, presumably without the violence, to enable people not to the save the world but find the treasure.

I am intrigued to read more of this apocalyptic fantasy adventure.

I received a copy of this sampler from Harper Collins UK Childrens via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Endgame Sampler by James Frey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Endgame Sampler by James Frey

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