Saturday, 31 May 2014
It's the beginning of a new term at Wyckham College, Oxford, and a fresh start for Lauren Cusack. Her fingers were badly burnt when a whirlwind romance with gorgeous English aristocrat, Alexander Hunt, became too hot to handle - and now she's determined to keep her distance.
Her resolve is shaken when Alexander appears on her doorstep - he's been completely torn apart by some devastating news. Lauren knows that she should stay away, but their chemistry is undeniable and she soon finds herself back in Alexander's arms.
Can Lauren handle the drama that comes with Alexander Hunt? Or will she have to sacrifice the most exhilarating passion she's ever known . . .
(The Second Time I saw you is the 2nd book in the Oxford Blue Series.)
Each time I read a book thats part of a series I always worry because I haven't read the first book in the series. I worry about not understanding the story or who the characters are. However, I need not have worried with THE SECOND TIME I SAW YOU as it can be read as a stand alone novel. That being said, its just made me want to go back now and read the first book in the series. Its an excellent book with an interesting plot and very interesting characters. Lauren is essentially a strong woman with a mind of her own and her own dreams and aspirations. Put the very sexy and very wealthy Alex into the equation and Lauren's world becomes a heady mix of love, lust and drama!
Alex is a dark and brooding character but Lauren catches glimpses of him when he is vulnerable and learning to trust her. Despite Alex having a career in the army and a macho image, he is fighting his own personal demons. Too stubborn, or too afraid to be totally open with Lauren, their relationship is often strained and Lauren is left wondering where she stands with him. Alex's life is complicated and there are so many other secondary characters in the novel pulling him a thousand different directions that Alex becomes overwhelmed by his responsibilities. However, Alex is addictive and Lauren finds herself constantly craving him. The sex is explosive and Lauren and Alex cannot get enough of each other. The sex scenes in the book left me feeling a little flushed so I can only imagine how Lauren felt! The sexual chemistry between the pair oozes off the page and is guaranteed to make you rush for a cold shower!
The Second Time I saw you is a fantastic book. Finishing off on a cliff hanger, the book itself became as addictive as Alex is to Lauren! Highly recommended.
About Pippa Croft
Pippa Croft is the pen name of an award-winning romantic novelist. After studying English at Oxford, she worked as a copywriter and journalist before writing her debut novel, which won the RNA's New Writers' award and was later made into a TV movie. She lives in a village in the heart of England with her husband and daughter.