The First Time We Met

first time we met

The First Time We Met
by Pippa Croft

The First Time We Met is the first novel in the sizzling new Oxford Blue romance series from Pippa Croft.
Lauren and Alexander’s journey continues in The Second Time I Saw You and Third Time Lucky.
When US Senator’s daughter Lauren Cusack arrives at the enchanting Wyckham College of Oxford University, she hopes to mend her broken heart by throwing herself into her studies.
But then English aristocrat Alexander Hunt walks into her life and everything changes. Handsome, brooding, and with his own dark past to escape, Alexander is exactly what Lauren doesn’t need – but she finds herself helplessly drawn towards him.
Both Alexander and Lauren know that they should stay away from each other . . . but sometimes desire is so powerful that it conquers all else.
The First Time We Met is the first novel in Pippa Croft’s Oxford Blue Series.

I have read quite a few books in this genre and know what to expect. However I just couldn’t get on with this one. There was nothing happening. Lauren Cusack, over from America, studying at Oxford, meets Alexander hunt, aristocratic Englishman, also studying at Oxford. They are immediately drawn to each other and get together. That is it, until the final chapters when the author creates some tension with the introduction of the obnoxious ex-girlfriend.

The character of Alexander did nothing to fire the imagination, he is no Christian Grey or Jesse Ward. He just didn’t develop at all. By the end of the book all I knew about him was; he is six foot three, he is in the army and he doesn’t get on with his father. His personality did not come through at all.

There is the start of a storyline with Professor Rafe, the lecherous lecturer who touches Lauren, and others, inappropriately. but then she tells us she had a word with him and he stopped. There are no scenes depicting this we are just told. I always thought the first rule of writing was show don’t tell. The first rule of this book is make sure it can be stretched to three books, and herein lies the problem. Trilogies are fine, but trilogies for the sake of it are not. Why not just write the book infront of you? If you find you have scope for further development, fine. But writing a book just to introduce some characters for the next book is, in my opinion, insulting to the reader spending hard earned money buying these books.
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Thanks to the publishers who kindly sent me a copy via Netgalley.

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