ARC Book Review – I See London

Posted April 25, 2014 by Kathy in 4 stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

ARC Book Review – I See LondonI See London Series: International School #1
by Chanel Cleeton
Published by Harlequin on February 3, 2014
Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance 18+
Pages: 319
Source: Netgalley
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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

My Review 2

I know you should not judge a book by its cover, but for some odd reason I thought I might not like I See London. The couple’s pose on the cover looked awkward but the synopsis did catch my attention. And I am so glad I took a chance on this book – I really liked this!

Maggie is a young American that decides to attend the International University in London. Right away this brought back my memories of my trip to London when I was 14-years-old. It was my first time outside of the US and being alone on a trip with my sister and cousins. It was really exciting visiting a new country so I formed a bond with Maggie. I relived my trip through her eyes and it was fun reading her impressions of living in a new country. I have also always wondered what it would be like to go to school abroad, so I lived out my fantasy through this book.

But I See London turned out to be more than just a love story. This was about a young girl discovering who she is. Maggie had worked so hard in high school so she can go to her dream college Harvard. But when she didn’t get accepted she settled for the International University. This became the best choice for her. Being away from home she doesn’t have to live up to other people’s expectations. Maggie has a chance to discover who she is and who she wants to become. Plus while she is in London she meets 2 hot guys, Hugh and Samir, who add romance and some steamy scenes to this story.

I See London is an impressive debut for author Chanel Cleeton. The writing was good but the story was slow at times. But I loved these characters. I can’t wait to read the next book!! This book is being sold as a New Adult genre but there is a sex scene that I feel is too descriptive for young readers, so I suggest this book to readers 18 years and older.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

About Chanel Cleeton

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in Asia.

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her fighter pilot husband.

Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.


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2 responses to “ARC Book Review – I See London

    • Kathy

      Hi Kimba! Wow, I see what you mean! I just thought the pose was weird and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read another romance. But I’m glad I took a chance! Thanks =)