12 February 2014

I See London by Chanel Cleeton - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

February 3, 2014
Harlequin HQN (Digital First)
New Adult Contemporary Romance 

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.

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I See London is fun, sexy, and kept me completely absorbed. – Katie McGarry, author of Crash Into You

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my review-
I was in awe, I was hooked, I was mesmerized – I couldn’t get Samir out of my mind!!!

He was a sight to behold, I guess it’s understandable why Maggie had a deer-caught-in-the-headlight sort of moment the first time their eyes met. He was half-French, Half-Lebanese who was very rich, very sexy, a party boy, and someone who can get away with an A without writing anything on his notes. One thing though – he doesn’t do relationships. He’s the very opposite of everything Maggie thought she wanted, but she can’t seem to resist him.

She wanted to go to Harvard, badly. But sadly, Maggie got the rejection letter without any backup plans. The next thing she knew, she was flying to London and is desperate for a change. She leaves her mundane life in South Carolina, and embrace the glam, lights and everything London has to offer. Along the way, she meets new set of friends, fell in love, made out with an irresistible, infuriating man, and gave up her V-card.

There’s Hugh as well, he’s the 20-something British man whom Maggie met at the bar. All of a sudden, everything she had ever dreamed of was coming true. She was no longer the invisible girl, she was one of them – she was dressed in the most expensive designer clothes (borrowed), riding the hottest car, going on great vacations and getting inside some exclusive clubs. This guy? He was perfect. But why can’t she shake off the feeling that there was something missing.

I feel sad for Maggie every time she talks to her father, especially with the last phone call, it totally broke my heart. All she wanted was for someone to love her completely, and a place to belong. Her and Samir – they create myriad of explosions every time they are together. But none would ever admit to what they are feeling. I was crossing my fingers, hoping that Samir would act soon before it’s too late and she makes some stupid decisions.

I love their time together – it had me laughing, squirming, anticipating of what will happen to them now! The sexual tension was off the charts – it was so obvious both of them were fighting it SOOOO hard. Nevertheless, when they finally got together – the whole waiting agony was so worth it.

I loved it – the characters, the plot and most especially the setting!!! It didn’t just happen in London. Her new rich friends managed to drag her in Venice and Paris as well. I wished it had a dual POV, good thing the next book which had a sneak peak by the end of the chapter and guess what? The second book has a dual POV! Yay!!! I have to say it made my excitement grew, and I couldn’t wait to get into his brains, and to know how things will turn out with him and Maggie after their vacation time.

★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★

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author bio-

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. 
Connect with Chanel: Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  

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giveaway -

Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a gorgeous London-inspired necklace. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today! LOVE the teaser pic :)