Book: The Second Time I Saw You
Series: The Oxford Blue series #2
Author: Pippa Croft
Review by: Onnica
Basic Story: Lauren is back in Oxford after the Christmas break and determined to put all the drama and anguish caused by Alexander behind her. She needs to buckle down and do the work on her Masters and she’s not deviating from her ambitions. That’s the plan anyway, until Alexander appears on her doorstep, distressed by family issues and with no-one else to turn to. What can she do? She can’t dismiss him into the night, can she?
The pair continue their turbulent and passionate relationship, under the glare of Rupert, Alexander’s delicious, pantomime villain of a cousin and of course Valentina, a woman scorned, who has no intention of letting Alexander get away from her again. With so many forces at work against them, can Lauren ever expect to be a part of Alexander’s world? Does she want to be?
Why you should read this: Book two continues seamlessly from the end of The First Time we Met, and poor old Lauren doesn’t know whether she’s coming or going. I feel her pain – she’s trying to knuckle down to her studies, but the stress of an on-again-off-again relationship with Alexander is taking its toll. No sooner has she formed a plan of action, Alexander pops back into a life with reasons she can’t refuse him. The heat is twice as hot between the pair and there’s a nice bit of intrigue bubbling in the background too. It’s not just a bonk fest, which I’m relieved about. The added pressure of other people wanting them apart added to the drama, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
What you might hate: It’s all so posh! The surprise visits to Rome for dinner etc. If that’s not your bag, then you may dislike the immense displays of wealth – but you should already know that we’re not dealing with mere mortals here! These are the monied, upper echelons of society. Aside from that, you have some real baddies in this story – which heightened it for me. It was so Colby’s or Dynasty, (or if you’re in the UK – so Made in Chelsea) brought bang up-to-date. I love it and I can’t wait to see love triumph in their faces!
Rating: 4/5 – I’m thoroughly enjoying the ride and think this series has the potential to be super-popular this year!
The Second Time I Saw You is out in October (in the US) and is currently out now in the UK.