Saturday, 1 March 2014

Books Read: Pippa Croft - The First Time We Met

When US Senator's daughter, Lauren Cusack, arrives at the enchanting Wyckham College of Oxford University she hopes to mend her broken heart by throwing herself into her studies.

But then English aristocrat Alexander Hunt walks into her life and everything changes. Handsome, brooding, and with his own dark past to escape, Alexander is exactly what Lauren doesn't need - but she finds herself helplessly drawn towards him.

Both Alexander and Lauren know that they should stay away from each other . . . but sometimes desire is so powerful that it conquers all else.

Amazon link: Kindle (out now) or Paperback (published October)

The First Time We Met is the first book in the Oxford Blues trilogy by Pippa Croft featuring American student Lauren Cusack who has come over to Oxford university to study.

Lauren is pretty much used to privilege being the daughter of an US senator but that is nothing compared to the long standing traditions that she will have to get used to during her stay in Oxford.  And then of course there are her tutors including sleazy Rafe, and fellow students to deal with in particular the arrogant but handsome Alexander Hunt who made an instant impression on her when their paths crossed...

I'm afraid it's at this stage that it all got a bit too cliched for me as they all came across as over-indulged spoilt brats who expected the world owed them rather than them having to work hard to achieve their own successes.

Another slight niggle to me is that there was no diversity amongst the students, it was just the foreigner and the upper classes none of the lower class students who have studied hard to earn their places at this prestigious university.  I'm sure that there are probably lots of students like the smarmy Rupert and bitchy Valentina there but it would have been nice to see more of a mix of characters.

That being said I'm glad I read it, I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either, and I will probably still read the remaining two books in the series to see how it plays out for Lauren.  I'm sure that it will be a big hit for others and the good news is that fans of the series will not have too long to see what happens next between Lauren and Alexander as the next book in the series, The Second Time I Saw You, is due out in May.

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