Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blog Tour: London Falling (I See London #2) by Chanel Cleeton

London Falling (I See London #2)
by Chanel Cleeton
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Release Date: July 7th 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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 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 and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

by Chanel Cleeton

"I didn't see much of you this week." I didn't add the rest of it—I missed you.
For a moment, she looked embarrassed. Then she shrugged. Did she know how often she did that now? My lips twitched. Somehow she seemed to have picked up my shrug.
"I was kind of avoiding you."
"Avoiding me?"
She nodded.
"I thought we were doing the friends thing."
She met my gaze and held it for a moment. "I don't know how to be your friend."
"We were friends before..." I thought of all the times we'd kissed, from that first night at Babel to our trip to Italy. I thought about our "kissing lessons" and playing strip rummy in Paris. Of all the times I’d wanted her, all the times I’d been desperate to have her. Okay, so we'd been friends who kissed. I might have wanted her in my bed from the beginning, but still, I hadn't acted on it. That had to count for something. "Sort of," I finished up lamely.
Her lips quirked. "Sort of."
Those two words perfectly summed up the ambiguity of our relationship...or whatever it was.
"I want to be your friend." Besides Fleur—and she didn't totally count, since she was family—I didn't exactly have female friends. But I wanted to be friends with Maggie. It wasn't nearly enough, but it was better than the alternative. "Can we start over?"
She sighed. "What is this, like our fourth fresh start?"
"What did you have in mind?"
"I have no clue."
"Me, either. But it doesn't seem like it should be this hard."
I knew what she meant. "Fine. Let's not let it be hard then. Let's act like everything is normal between us. Like things are the way they used to be."
Let's pretend.
"How are your classes?" I asked her.
"Good. Yours?"
"Boring." I flashed her a grin, unable to resist. "You look beautiful tonight."
She blushed, and my heartbeat sped up. "I don't think friends are supposed to say things like that."
"You mean Fleur didn’t tell you that you looked good tonight?"
Maggie considered this. "Actually, Fleur told me I looked fucking hot."
"Well, she’s right, but beautiful seemed friendlier." I winked at her. "See? Trying."
"I thought you didn’t do that."
"Do what?"
"If you think that, then you haven’t been paying attention."
She shook her head. "What are we doing here?"
"Not fucking?"
That startled a laugh out of her. I’d missed hearing her laugh. "Has anyone told you you're kind of impossible?"
"Yes. You. All the time." 
"That's because you drive me nuts."
"I know. But you like it. A lot. You can't resist my charm." I was determined to tease whatever awkwardness lingered between us out of her. Even if the teasing bordered on flirting.
"You're not nearly as charming as you think."
"Maybe not, but you like it."
"Maybe I do." She shook her head, resignation filling her eyes. "This is so fucked up."
It was, but it was also us. I'd take it any way I could get it. I'd take her any way I could get her. 

Originally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel moved to London to attend an international university. In the four years that followed, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever. But fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept her off her feet. 
Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband. Chanel writes New Adult contemporary romances and Young Adult thrillers. Her New Adult debut, I SEE LONDON, will be released by Harlequin (HQN) on February 3, 2014, followed by a sequel, LONDON FALLING, later in the year.

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