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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 ...
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.
Don't miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie andSamir's story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.
Posted August 18, 2014
This is what I was looking for in the first book! I wanted to see more with Maggie and Samir and Cleeton certainly delivered in London Falling. Despite the issues I had with the first book, it's the kind of story that stays on your mind. The kind that you can't wait to see what will happen with the couple. And things left off at a good spot in the first book, but their relationship status was still a bit uncertain. I loved seeing where their relationship went in this one!
I liked Maggie a bit more in this book. She didn't seem to be as naive and she was definitely more confident. She really fit into her new London lifestyle and it truly became her home. As for her relationship with Samir, she went with the flow. Of course, she was falling for him pretty hard and they were good together and good for each other, but she took her time and tried not to have too many expectations.
Samir was fantastic in this book. I really fell for him. He's in his last year at university and the expectations from his family are pretty tough, but he's looking to have some fun. And he wants to have that fun with Maggie. Sure, he knew he had some strong feelings towards her, but he fell for her as hard as she fell for him. Here's where the conflict comes in. For starters, he's graduating and going back to Lebanon. Once home, he's expected to get married. He knows his family won't accept Maggie, so as their relationship gets stronger, Samir has to decide just how important Maggie is to his future. He had some big decisions to make and I was really happy with how things turned out.
I felt like I became more attached to the secondary characters in this book too. Fleur has turned out to be a really good friend to Maggie. She has her own wounds to heal and seeing that more vulnerable side to her, really helped me like her more. Her book is next and I can't wait to read it! I loved the tension between Fleur and Max in this book, so I can't wait to see how it all plays out.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I had a tough time putting it down. Samir and Maggie's love story won me over and I'm still thinking about it! They make me smile. I hope to get a glimpse at what they're up to in Fleur's book! I kinda miss them. I'm so glad that I stuck with this series!
~She made me tongue-tied, twisted me into knots. I didn't feel like I had game with her. I felt raw, exposed. She was five feet, four inches of scary and I couldn't get enough of her.-Loc 1667
Posted July 25, 2014
London Falling by Chanel Cleeton is the second book in her International School series. It picks up the story after the summer we left her and Samir. We were left wondering what their summer would entail and what kind of relationship they were going to have after their one amazing night together... Well this book answers all those questions and more!
Samir is political royalty and as such his aprents made a match for him for political reasons. When he was with Maggie on the last day of school he still technically had a girlfriend in Lebanon. Layla is the "arranged" girlfriend. Little does Maggie realize until after she returns to school in London, that Samir never ended it with Layla and was with her all summer. Maggie's worst fears take over and wonder just how with her Samir was?
Samir is stuck, if he ends it with Layla then his parents will cut him off, he's sure of it. They certainly wouldn't approve of an American as a girlfriend!
Read this superb follow up to I See London to see how two people who really love each other can overcome nationality, familial obligations, and their own fears to emerge the other side better, stronger, and more in love than ever.
Posted July 22, 2014
I absolutely loved London Falling, it was even better and more emotional than the first book, I See London. Chanel Cleenton did an amazing job writing this book, it was more focused on Maggie and Samir's relationship, where as the first book felt more of a adventure for Maggie and the start of her love for Samir.
In London Falling, Maggie returns to London after spending her summer vacation in South Carolina with her grandparents. Now that she is back, she'll have to deal with seeing Samir after their night together and deal with the consequences. But as their undeniable attraction for each other grows more, the more drama and heartbreak they face.
Learning that Samir can never be hers, Maggie tries everything to avoid being around Samir, but it's evident that even as friends they can't be away from each other. So instead, Samir comes up with an idea that will either help them be together or hurt them in the end. As everyone around Maggie returns for another year at the International School, she'll be facing with the hardest decision of her life.
I really enjoyed reading London Falling, it was such a page-turner for me that kept me up all night. I just had to read what was going to happen next. Chanel Cleenton did a good job describing realistic issues that couples might go through, in reference to choosing the one that you love over one's own family. There were a lot of decisions that Maggie and Samir had to make and the twists in the book made it that much more exciting/enjoyable to read. The settings were well throughout as well as the descriptions, that's one thing that I really liked about both books, the descriptions are spot on. Not only is the book very well-written, but the emotional aspect of the book made me care for the characters and see where they end. Overall, the book was great and I highly recommend both books if you're looking for something to do with traveling, glamour, romance, drama, friendships, and twists! (Or if you just love London as much as I do) :D
Posted July 19, 2014
Posted July 18, 2014
**** 4.5/5 Stars!!!****
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Maggie’s back at the International School in London. This place has become her home away from home, where she finally feels like she can be herself. She has two amazing new friends and is loving her major. But this year isn’t like last year. Last year, she was finding her groove and dancing around her attraction for Samir, the sexy and out-of-her league junior. And after one hot night giving into temptation right before summer break, Maggie can’t forget about him. Now she’s back at school where Samir is close enough to touch. But Maggie also remembers the London Falling by Chanel Cleetondrama and heartbreak; the two different worlds they live in; and oh yeah that Smair still has a Lebanese girlfriend. But as much as she wants to stay away, it’s getting harder and harder to resist.
Samir is finishing up his last year of university in London before he has to return to Lebanon and follow in his father’s footsteps. He can’t afford to fall for someone like Maggie–who is so far removed from his world. But he can’t seem to keep his hands off her. Even knowing that when his senior year is up he won’t be able to keep her, Samir can’t help but keep wanting Maggie. As time ticks down, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences of their relationship and find a future together.
I really enjoyed I See London, Cleeton’s first book in the series. I loved watching the push and pull of Maggie and Samir’s attraction throughout the novel. I also liked seeing Maggie’s progression as a character being faced with new experiences during her first year of university. Maggie had a lot of growing up to do and in New Adult fashion she was definitely learning.
What’s great about London Falling, is that we get to see both Maggie and Samir grow this time. Cleeton chose to write this novel in alternating perspectives instead of just through Maggie’s eyes. Although I wasn’t too keen on it in the beginning, I definitely grew to like it once we saw more of Samir’s struggles later on in the novel. By the end of the novel, I felt like we saw Samir grow more than Maggie this time which was great to watch. I also loved how both characters seemed to find their freedom in this novel. They definitely grew into themselves by the end.
The romance was definitely hot and heavy this time around. Although Maggie was still struggling with her attraction for Samir, she was way more receptive to him then in the first novel. Already knowing what is was like to be with him, she craved him even more then before. Cleeton did a great job mixing the romance scenes with the relationship building scenes. It was more than just a romance book. Cleeton was able to show how both characters were growing through their relationship–true to the New Adult genre.
The only thing I really had a problem with was the timing of the novel. Sometimes the timing seemed a bit jumpy and the transitions a little off. I think this was mainly because the novel was based around a whole school year and Cleeton was trying to fit everything in during that time frame. I didn’t come across it too much, but definitely think it can be cleaned up in future novels.
Overall, I really enjoyed the second half of Maggie and Samir’s story. I fell in love with them and their relationship in the first book and was super excited to see how it turned out. London Falling definitely had me “falling” for it! Although I’d recommend reading I See London first, this novel could definitely be read as a stand alone. I’d recommend a nice sunny day (preferably at a beach ;) ) to sit back and relax with this book. Even though it takes place during the school year, it’s a definite summer beach read for me!
Posted July 14, 2014
* * * 1/2 stars
How freaking adorable is this cover? Seriously, that's what drew me to this series in the first place. And I'm thrilled to say London Falling is even better than its predecessor with the addition of Samir’s point of view making it a more rounded and engaging story. Where I See London was brimming throughout with sexual tension, London Falling has that combined with trepidation about what the future holds for each of them. I'll try to avoid any spoilery so here goes ...
After a heated ending, Maggie and Samir spend the summer apart and it's complete radio silence between them. When they return back to school neither knows what to expect. So they’re both jittery and awkward around each other. How their friends haven’t picked up on this, I have no idea. But when it comes out that Samir’s future is spoken for by his parents and that there’s no place in it for Maggie, her heart is broken and he’s a wreck.
My favourite aspect of London Falling is coming to know Samir as more than the international playboy we’re used to. He’s a guy with the burden of his family’s legacy looming over him. His unaffectionate father has high expectations of him to return to his side in Lebanon. He has no tolerance for any of Samir's shenanigans or his indulgences. Knowing this makes you realize that Samir has been taking a very slow march toward kissing his freedom goodbye.
London Falling also highlights further the disparities between them such as their cultural differences and familial obligations which are laid out plainly before them. Maggie doesn't want to destroy his brilliant future and Samir doesn't want to lead her down this path that she can't accompany him on. These two are simply too afraid to be honest with each other about their feelings or about what they truly want for themselves. They play a very uneasy game by deciding to live in a fantasy for the next few months at school until Samir graduates and has to return to his family. Someone is undoubtedly going to get hurt once their bubble has to burst. It’s unavoidable but they’re both big kids and they know what they’re entering into.
There are quite a few sweet surprises in London Falling that are well, bittersweet. Moments where you’ll smile and go “aww” and others where you’ll just feel sad because it'll make their goodbyes that much harder. Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful sequel with plenty of sizzling scenes as well as emotional ones. The only thing that could make this better? If Ms. Cleeton would be so kind as to give us a follow up with life moving forward from Samir’s point of view. I truly believe there’s a genuinely compelling story right there. Read London Falling and you'll understand what I'm on about!
Posted July 13, 2014
London Falling is Samir’s as well as Maggie’s story –both have family baggage, and this book benefits with dual pov. It’s interesting to get Samir’s side of the story in this installment, since the first book was all about Maggie’s impressions of him. Maggie is scared of getting hurt by Samir, and knows that the odds are against them. But it’s a surprise to learn that Samir is just as insecure about their relationship and fears losing her.
Are you traveling to any exotic locales this summer? Me, not so much. So it’s fun to travel vicariously through this book, especially since Maggie and her friends really know how to live it up. Just like in I See London, expect some fun side trips.
I enjoyed this book even more than I See London. I liked the focus on Samir and Maggie, and their struggles together and apart. Things were not always easy but the drama never felt manufactured. The romance is the focus of the book, but there were other stories at play as well that kept the book balanced.
The ending satisfies, but I wouldn’t mind seeing these characters again. I know Chanel Cleeton has another new series (Flirting with Scandal in 2015) lined up after this book, but I hope she doesn’t leave us hanging with Maggie’s friend Fleur. I’d love to see her get her own book!
Posted July 10, 2014
London Falling is the second book of the International School series. I liked I See London but I LOVED London Falling!!
For me I loved this book more because I made a better connection with the characters. This is because it is written in 2 point of views (POV), Maggie's and Samir's. In the first book Samir was the sexy playboy. Now that we read his POV for me he's sexier and also so romantic! Samir is torn between following his obligations to his family and his need for independence. He is also struggling to follow his heart (which belongs to Maggie). There were so many swoon worthy scenes with Samir that I can't pick which is my favorite. But the author successfully made my heart beat faster & wish I could have Samir all to myself!
I also liked the scenes with Maggie. Here we learn more about her relationship with her father, which is really heartbreaking! No wonder she is afraid to take a chance on love. If it weren’t for Samir, Maya and Fleur she would be lost and alone. They have become her family. Maggie does have moments of self-pity but it's understandable and she shrugs it off and moves on. That’s what I love about her. Yes, she has insecurities but it’s not a constant whining! She makes choices that are best for her and for the people she cares about.
I really enjoyed this book. Author Chanel Cleeton created characters I love and a story that kept me wanting more! The series is set in London which adds some fun and excitement to the story. I can't wait to read more from this author!
Posted July 10, 2014
I was a huge fan of Chanel Cleeton's I See London when I first read it a few months ago. I loved the diversity and I have a thing for boarding school or traveling abroad books. But what I loved most of all was watching the shift in dynamic of the relationship between Maggie and Samir. I was hopelessly addicted to these characters and their story and my heart about broke at the end. Things were left so up in the air that I was desperate to get my hands on the sequel so I could find out what happens next.
And y'all, I was not disappointed in the least. London Falling was fantastic. If I'm honest, I enjoyed it even more than I See London. I don't want to say too much for the fear of spoilers, but what I will say is this – if you loved Maggie and Samir as I did, you want this book now. It's a beautiful continuation of their story and has all the emotion and heart that I loved about I See London. Was it all happy good times? No, of course not. It was realistic. There were painful moments, just like you would expect from characters who were dealing with the things they were. There were a lot of outside factors, particularly family, causing stress for our leading couple, but despite all the emotions it put me through, it was never TOO much. It wasn't overwhelmingly angsty or painful. Sure, I cried. But come on, did you expect me not to?
Both Maggie and Samir really come into their own in London Falling, continuing the development started in I See London. They're living in the present, enjoying every minute they have together, but they're also looking towards the future and trying to figure out how they fit in each other's lives past Samir's graduation. There's a lot of reflection and tough decisions have to be made. I was completely enthralled with their story and the journey they were taking. With each day that ticked by, bringing them closer to Samir's graduation, my heart broke a little more because of the uncertainty of where it would leave them.
London Falling is everything I love about new adult contemporary books. The characters were fantastic and complex. Even the secondary characters wiggled their way into my heart. There was humor and sexy times, and a TON of feels. I was so invested in these characters, I couldn't put the book down, yet I didn't want to finish because that meant I had to give them up. I still keep thinking about this book and Maggie and Samir weeks after finishing. Their story was brought to a solid close, but I still hold out hope that we'll get more of these fantastic characters in the future, even if it's just a glance into both of their lives as secondary characters in another pair's story.
Chanel has something special here. If you're not reading this, you should be.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Posted July 9, 2014
London Falling is a sequel to I See London, which I didn't have time to read first (because, hello, it's Camp NaNoWriMo time) but that was okay, because really the major things from book one that you need to know are all mentioned in this one so I never felt lost. (I own the first book, and chances are excellent that I'll pick it up at some point--knowing how these two will end up will definitely make me happier while reading. I'm really an I-need-my-happy-ending-now kind of gal. Having to wait for sequels does not make me a happy camper.)
I really enjoyed Maggie and Samir's story. They both tried so hard to do the right thing and to find the right path for themselves, and at times it really looked as if a HEA wasn't ever going to happen--heartbreaking! In the meantime, their chemistry was off the charts...I'm amazed Maggie got *any* studying done. ;)
Chanel did a nice job of getting them to a satisfying conclusion, with plenty of realistic drsma along the way. It was nice to see Samir's POV here, even though his segments did tend to be on the short side. We definitely saw a lot more of Maggie's life than his, and spent more time on her relationships with other people. Not a complaint--just an obsevation. Both POVs were enjoyable.
This book leaves me with just one question--where's Fleur's story? It's coming, yes? :)
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted July 8, 2014
I already have read *and loved* I See London, the first book in this great series, and because I was lazy, I still haven't posted my review... and while I was sure that this ride couldn't get more crazy and deliciously epic... Ms. Cleeton proved me exactly how wrong could I be making that statement.
London Falling picks up the fall after Maggie’s freshman year with Maggie anxiously awaiting Samir’s arrival after their intimate night the day before summer break, so as you imagine, Maggie is shocked to hear that Samir hadn’t broken up with his girlfriend even after their night and their wedding plans is still on!
As you can see and imagine I was angry and confused, because after everythint that has happened between those two, after a night like that, after all the love and their strong feeling they have one for another... how could Samir go and leave me... ahem.... Maggie, like that! Tell me way should I forgive that... stupid hotness of a male perfection and give him another chance? Why should Maggie do it?!
Well she doesn't, for the most part of this book, and to see both of them at each other throat... it was an awful and hot experience in the same time! Because when those two are together the sparks are flying everwhere and their chemistry is off the charts. But so is their relationship, because Samir has a responsabilty to mantain the tradition and his father's footsteps... and let's just say that said someone is on my bad list...
But really, there's a difference from previous book because they grow up so much, their emotional connection bides them even more and while they complete each other, they also become a better person- Maggie letting herself free, and Samir becoming the great book boyfriend that we knew he could be from the very first page...and their chemistry is there like always, but this time they don't hide from their feelings, but also, they can't indulge either...
Final Decision: If you want a book about impossible relationship with a hot from abroad college boy, where you learn that to sometimes you become free only if you let yourself shy away from the clutches of a life already planned for you by your own blood...