The First Time We Met is the first novel in the sizzling new Oxford Blue romance series from Pippa Croft.
Senator's daughter Lauren Cusack is leaving Washington behind for the dreaming spires of Oxford University - and she's ready for a challenge. Now a fully-fledged Master's student, Lauren is determined to make the most of every single minute.
But then she meets Alexander Hunt, and everything changes.
A devastatingly handsome English aristocrat, Alexander is as brooding and enigmatic as they come. Lauren tries to resist his advances, but he has his sights clearly set on the young American, and what Alexander wants, he gets.
Caution soon gives way to mind-blowing passion and Lauren is drawn into Alexander's privileged world of glamour and status. But all that glitters is not gold - for Alexander is a man with a dark past, and desire may not be enough to conquer all else ...
I'd heard so many fantastic things about this book that I couldn't put off reading it any longer. And once I started it I was engrossed. Totally and utterly engrossed. Here's what I loved about this book.
This is an unapologetic sizzling romance full of lust and desire. I love a good steamy passion-fest and this was perfect. Lauren Cusack is the stereotypical well-to-do American abroad, studying for a Masters in art at Wyndham College, Oxford. However, studying isn't all she is doing in Oxford- Lauren is charmed by Alexander Hunt, the future Marquess of Falconbury, and he proves to be a major distraction... To be honest, I can't blame her for falling for his charms. He's all enigma and testosterone, completely masculine. Yum. There is so much sexual tension in this book. Pippa Croft captures the overwhelming physical attraction between Lauren and Alexander and my kindle was steaming up when the inevitable finally happened. It was hot. REALLY hot.
However, The First Time We Met is not just out and out smut (not that there is anything wrong with that, I just like a bit of story with my sex scenes). The rest of the Oxford set, Lauren's best friend Immy, arrogant posh toffs Rupert, Gideon and Piers, bitchy Valentina and a pervy professor are interesting characters who add depth to the story. I also loved the university setting with the famous dreaming spires and Lauren's charming attic bedroom. When we are later thrown into life at Falconbury, old money and prestige reign. It is a competitive world, full of male bravado and opinionated women waiting to made snide remarks. If you can imagine Made in Chelsea in a novel, you won't be far off The First Time We Met. Sex, drama, elitism, but above all else, completely addictive. I loved it and moved straight onto the second book in the series, something I rarely do!
It's fair to say Lauren and Alexander had me begging for more...
The First Time We Met is out now, published by Penguin.
With thanks to Penguin for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.