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Steamy and compelling - I loved it!,
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This review is from: The First Time We Met: The Oxford Blue Series #1 (Kindle Edition)
This was a brilliant read. All American girl Lauren Cusack and British aristocrat/part time Special Forces officer Alexander Hunt meet while studying post grad courses at the fictional Wyckham college in Oxford. Sparks fly and they enter into an intense and passionate relationship, but however compatible they are between the sheets, things aren't likely to go smoothly given their diverse backgrounds, disparate personalities plus Alexander's emotional baggage and military commitments.
These are fully fleshed out, flawed characters in a great setting - you can really visualise Wyckham college and Oxford - and yay, unlike many steamy and/or erotic romances, it actually has a plot which is fast-paced and holds your attention. And did I mention the sex is hot?! ;0) Above all, it's well written and very very witty - I laughed out loud several times, especially when Lauren is plunged into the brooding, uber-snobbish atmosphere at Falconbury House and encounters Valentina, a wondrous creation and one of the most appalling but truly memorable characters I've come across in a novel. You'll just have to read for yourself to find out what I mean with that one!
Feisty is sometimes an overused word in relation to heroines but Lauren richly deserves the label. She's independently minded, down to earth and meets every challenge head on. I was rooting for her as she more than held her own among the traditions, tutors and occasional upper class twit characters she encounters at Wyckham. She is particularly in kick-ass mode at Falconbury House where her verbal slug fest with The Bitch With a Capital B was wonderful to read.
Alexander is a compelling and fascinating hero - he's a handsome, intelligent, wealthy, arrogant, sexy-as-hell aristocrat but as with all the best heroes there's a huge amount going on beneath the surface. Lauren compares getting to know him like dismantling one of those Russian dolls: as soon as you remove one layer there's another underneath. So true, and I'm looking forward to reading MUCH more about the enigmatic, sexy Alexander...
I couldn't put it down and stayed up way too late to finish First Time We Met. It ends on a cliffhanger - I believe this is going to be a 3 book series - and a teaser excerpt from Book 2 is included. Oh my! I'm so looking forward to the next installment! Bring. It. On! :D