Today I’m closing out the French Kissed Blog Tour! I’m excited and honored to be a part of this tour as I’m a huge fan of the International School series by Chanel Cleeton. French Kissed is the final installment of this series and I couldn’t have been happier to get my hands on this story! So let’s move on right to the review!
*I was provided a free ebook copy of French Kissed in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and are not influenced by any outside factors.*
Warning: This novel is a New Adult novel and recommended for readers 17 & up due to it’s contents.
As I mentioned above, French Kissed is the last book in the International School series by Chanel Cleeton. I was very excited that Fleur was given her own story and I couldn’t wait to see how it played out. But before I launch into my review I have two words for you: THE EPILOGUE!!! Oh my freaking bookish goodness! I was so very happy that Cleeton included that epilogue. If you’ve read French Kissed, you’d understand my inner happy dance at that ending. I was just smiling ear to ear!
OK now that I’ve got that off my chest, let’s talk the actual story. French Kissed follows Fleur’s senior year at the International School in London. She’s had a rough few years and now she’s just hoping she can graduate. Fleur’s guarded and puts on a mask of perfection, while deep inside she’s just as vulnerable and flawed as everyone else around. The only one who seems to see past her facade is her ex-boyfriend’s best friend, Max. Saying Fleur and Max don’t get along could be an considered an understatement, but after being paired together for a school project things begin to change. Suddenly, Fleur can’t think of anyone but Max.
Max is gearing up for the most important interviews of his life during his senior year at the International School. Landing a job right out of school in the prodigious financial district of London would prove to everyone back home that he could succeed and fulfill his dream. Then, he gets partnered with Fleur in a school project. Although they’ve always been at odds with each other, Fleur has always been the girl Max wanted to be with. Soon sparks begin to fly and Max can only think of Fleur.
While things begin to heat up, disaster is just around the corner. Soon Fleur’s past is threatening her future with Max and Max is doubting he could ever fit into Fleur’s world. In the end will they get their happy ending?
Leave it to Cleeton to not only provide a steamy read full of chemistry, but also a drama-filled novel that can only come out of the International School setting she created.
What I loved most about this novel was being able to see Fleur as a more developed character. She was such a strong secondary character in Maggie and Samir’s story in both I See London and London Falling. However, with this novel we actually get to delve deeper into her character as the story revolves around her and Max. It was great being able to see Fleur actively working on changing and becoming the person she wanted to be. We also saw more of her flaws and the emotional upheaval she was still dealing with from the years prior. It made her more likable and I was able to connect with her more than when she was just a secondary character.
I also loved Max. He was the perfect type of person to pair Fleur with. His personality was just what she needed and they complimented each other well by the end. Max also had his own growing to do throughout the novel and it was great to see his revelation at the end. Cleeton did a wonderful job of bringing these two characters together and illustrating their relationship.
While I did really enjoy this novel, I have to say my heart is still with Maggie and Samir. Their story will always be my favorite one of this series. I think because there was a bit more drama surrounding it and a lot more of a character change/development for both of them. That isn’t to say Fleur and Max’s story didn’t have enough, it certainly had a lot of action and drama. I think I was just bitten by the Maggie/Samir bug and I’m stuck like this 😉
Anyway, Fleur and Max’s story is definitely worth a read. Fleur very much deserved her own story and her own conclusion. Cleenton’s writing has proved once again that she can produce a witty, sexy and very real story! If I didn’t have to sleep, I’d have finished this novel in one day! Like her two stories before, I couldn’t put this down. So if you’re in the mood for a great contemporary New Adult novel with a European setting then pick up this series ASAP! I will definitely be revisiting this series in the future as the characters were very memorable and the stories juicy and enjoyable.
I DO recommend that you read the first two book of this series before reading French Kissed. While this novel could technically be read as a standalone, there is so much background and storyline that takes place in the first two books. Without having some of this, I feel like the third book might be a bit confusing and turn some readers off. So I’d definitely recommend you read these novels in sequence!
The Final Rating:
Thank you for stopping! To learn even more about French Kissed and Chanel Cleeton, I recommend you read my Release Day post about the novel. Also check my blog for reviews of the first two novels in the series!
So I want to know: Maggie and Samir or Fleur and Max? Who did you love more? Also that EPILOGUE!!! Am I right?! Ugh! Ok leave your thoughts below! I’d love to hear what you thought of this novel and series!