I See London (I See London #1)
by Chanel Cleeton
ebook, 319 pages
Published February 3rd 2014 by Harlequin HQN
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Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change— and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.Review:
When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds herself living the life she always wanted. Suddenly she’s riding around the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed designer clothes and going to the hottest clubs. The only problem? Another guy, the one she can’t seem to keep her hands off of.
Half French, half Lebanese, and ridiculously wealthy, Samir Khouri has made it clear he doesn’t do relationships. He’s the opposite of everything Maggie thought she wanted…and he’s everything she can’t resist. Torn between her dream guy and the boy haunting her dreams, Maggie has to fight for her own happy ending. In a city like London, you never know where you stand, and everything can change in the blink of an eye.
This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.
Aaaand another book gets added to my list of sexy books! Did you know that before 2014, I only read young adult books and two or three new adult books that are not really NA but are more like YA? I wanted to expand my reading genre this year and though NA has let me down a couple of times before, I still thrived. That said, I’m glad to report that I See London is my fifth NA this year AND this is also the fifth NA that I came to love this year!
I initially thought that I See London was a standalone so I was surprised that it has a sequel, London Falling, which by the way I’m really excited about because one of the five NA’s I’ve read this year has the same title and I loved it as well. Though with the way the book left off, I am actually really glad that we’re going to get more from the characters, but with that, you can also deduce that this has a cliffhanger, but not the heart-attack inducing type.
Maggie is a fun character whom I can relate to at first. She’s easy-going, innocent and a very hard-working student. She even got accepted to the International School in London. She was, overall, a good girl but when she started attending the International School and met different people, she started to become a different person too; favoring parties and boys over her studies. Though this is obviously the wrong way to a good character growth, I actually liked watching her transition from a good girl to an irresponsible girl. We have two hotties vying for Maggie’s affection here. If you’ve read my previous reviews, you’ll know that I don’t like love triangles at all. However, I have faith in my OTP and I know that whatever happens, I’ll get what I want in the end. *rubs hands and chuckles maniacally* it’s true tho.
Another thing I really liked about I See London is the side characters. Fleur. My word, that girl is a bitch, but somehow I love her. If you told me before that this book is part of a series, I’d assume that it’s a series of companion novels and that Fleur’s story is next. Either way, I’d read the sequel whether it’s Fleur’s story or not, because it’s just good. I See London has its own brand of flaws but despite that, it’s an enjoyable read with well-paced plot and an easy air to it.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Disclosure: A review copy was received as part of the I See London blog tour in exchange for an honest review. No compensation of any kind was received for this.
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About the Author
Originally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel moved to London to attend an international university. In the four years that follow
ed, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever. But fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband. Chanel writes New Adult contemporary romances and Young Adult thrillers. Her New Adult debut, I SEE LONDON, will be released by Harlequin (HQN) on February 3, 2014, followed by a sequel, LONDON FALLING, later in the year.