Title: London Falling
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Book Genre: New Adult
Release Date: July 7th 2014
Book Source: NetGalley
We weren't a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb...
Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London—and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch—she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama … the heartbreak.
She can’t help but want him even more.
Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It's his senior year—his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps—not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences … and find a future together.
I remember seriously enjoying I See London but hating that I had to wait to know what happens the rest of the story. I don't usually enjoy contemporary novels that continue on with the same story in a series, but for some reason I definitely enjoyed this particular series.
The book starts off in Maggie's sophomore year of college where she expects to come back to an equally enamored Samir, only to find out he'd never really broken up with his girlfriend, and had no intention of doing so. Things between them are maddening because neither can forget the night they spent together or pretend the sizzling attraction wasn't there. As much as they try to go back to being friends, it isn't working and they need to come up with a suitable solution to their impasse.
I seriously appreciate stories with characters so well developed and ridiculously flawed. They're both forever broken with horrible home lives, and you get to be there along the way to see them struggle with their insecurities, their fears, and their hopes and dreams for life. In this particular book you get to see more from Samir's perspective, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Like I said in book one, I love the racial diversity, the different backgrounds for all the characters and the stories behind the stories. There's more traveling where you get to see more of the home lives from both Maggie and Samir's point of views, you get a road trip to Lebanon which I think is a large part of why I loved this story, I loved how Samir was so proud and in love with both his heritage and the country he called home. He may have many faults, but this is certainly something to love about him. This year at school is going to be a lot more difficult than either Samir or Maggie planned. It's also going to be ridiculously sweet, hot and tempting.
I was full on hooked from start to end with this book and hate that this world is over with. I am probably going to snag my copy the second this comes out and just read this series a couple of times before I have it out of my system.