Sunday, February 9, 2014

Blog Tour: I See London by Chanel Cleeton; Review & Giveaway


Title: I See London
Series: I See London #1
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Release Date: February 3rd , 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars
Cliffhanger: Hard to say

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.

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

I See London is one of those reads that are very hard to classify or grade, and especially write a review about. There were things I very much enjoyed, liked or was pleased with and few that made me bat shit crazy. I was jumping from ‘I liked it’ to ‘I’m not sure what to think’ to ‘I want to kill the main character right this minute’, yet I continued reading. I’m not regretting it nor do I seem to be disappointed with the outcome, although it was a very jumpy ride for me.

Maggie starts her new life in International School in London, where she can finally spread her wings a little and grow up in ‘privileged environment’, filled with rich students from all over the world. Maggie is your usual Southern girl that needs to go a little crazy…
She meets two unusual men and quickly is swept away by possibilities of steamy romance, though she doesn’t know if she’s ready for it.

Samir is fellow student. He’s the popular, sexy, making you weak in knees type Arab.
Hugh is older, mature and very, very hot.

Let me cut right to the chase of the matter. Fans of innocent, funny and sweet reads that don’t mind a naïve, young heroines will eat this story up. I, as I’m not usually a go to girl for that kind of main characters had a very hard time to get into it.

On the positive side I was smitten with Samir - he was one of the brightest aspect of this book and frankly made it a lot of better. Seriously what hot blooded woman wouldn’t consider sexy, tall and dark haired man a very big plus? What’s more making him Lebanese not only was refreshing but exotic and I was hooked.

As for Hugh he was not that bad either. He was fantastic character and I liked reading about him, but in my opinion eight years difference between him and Maggie was more of a millennia. Maggie acted like she was thirteen instead of freshman in college and I couldn’t comprehend why was he bothering with this child.

Hopeless romantics will fell in love with this story for sure. Fast paced, dynamic and adorable, I See London is a book I would gift to a friend of mine that loves the drama, the I’m the innocent virgin jazz and doesn’t mind a casual love triangle.

In my book, I See London was a three and something stars read, but I’m almost absolutely positive that the charm of greatly pictured London, allure of studying abroad and living the high life will appeal to many of you.

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 Originally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel moved to London to attend an international university.  In the four years that followed, 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.


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2 komentarze:

  1. Thanks for hosting me today! LOVE the pics- especially Samir :)