Friday, 17 October 2014

Blog Tour! Review of Third Time Lucky by Pippa Croft

The bit on the back…

'It's Sister Dixon from the Royal Infirmary here. I'm sorry to tell you that Captain Hunt has been involved a serious incident.'

It's the start of the Easter holidays and Lauren Cusack should be heading back to Washington before her final term at Wyckham College, Oxford. But this call changes everything. Her relationship with impossibly handsome aristocrat Alexander Hunt has been turbulent, passionate and addictive. Lauren knows she needs to walk away, but as she now rushes to his side she knows she will be sucked back into his world.

And sure enough, Alexander - even a seriously injured Alexander - is an intoxicating cocktail Lauren cannot resist and despite everything that is sent to thwart them - and with Alexander there is drama at every turn - she finds herself happier than she's ever been.

But as her final term races by, and she is offered the perfect job back in Washington whilst Alexander is tied to his Estate, the impossibility of their romance hits home.

Firstly thanks to Penguin for approving me for a copy of this via NetGalley and to JB at Brook Cottage Brooks for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour.

This is the third and final instalment in Pippa’s Oxford Blues series continuing the story of Lauren and Alexander.

I was eagerly anticipating this final instalment after falling for Alexander in the first and second books. You can check out my reviews for The First Time We Met and The Second Time I Saw You by clicking on the title.

What we know so far is that Lauren is a feisty, independent American student studying her masters at Oxford where she has met brooding, cocky, grumpy, controlling Alexander Hunt. At the end of the second book in the series we were left on a cliff hanger has another spanner was thrown in the works of Lauren and Alexander’s relationship. The story picks up in book three with Lauren going to the hospital to find Alexander.

Status quo quickly resumes for Lauren as she is back to bearing the brunt of Alexander’s mood swings and hot and cold attitude towards her. I felt like there was definitely a change in his character in this story as his accident seemed to make him realise his age and it almost seemed as though the burden of being head of the family, running the family estate and his career in the army had lightened a little. I really felt like I had warmed to Alexander’s character in the second book after his frosty and cold demeanour in the first novel meant that I couldn’t really feel a connection to him. In book three his character really comes out of his shell and as I’ve said appears younger and lighter.

Due to his accident Alexander is dependent on the help of others, particularly Lauren. I loved that he was at her mercy for the simplest of things and felt like this altered the balanced of their relationship so that Lauren could finally have some control over the situation. The story follows the pair back to college and through their final semester where although there seems to be more equality there is still uneven footing in their relationship. I was disappointed with the ending of the story – and therefor the ending of the series – because I really felt like it was time for Alexander to just man up, step up to the plate in his relationship with Lauren as he does in every other aspect of his life.

The ending was not the obvious outcome so I really think you will enjoy working out what might happen with the couple. I’m sad to see the end of this series but I’m already looking forward to what’s next for Pippa.

Pippa is giving away a signed copy of The First Time We Met enter here - 

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