Series: International School #3
Publisher: Harlequin HQN on December 1, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
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On the surface, Fleur Marceaux has it all. If only the facade matched reality. With one year left at the International School in London, Fleur’s struggling to graduate, her love life is a mess, and she can’t stop thinking about Max, her ex-boyfriend’s best friend. But all that pales compared to the blackmailer determined to destroy her.
There’s a social hierarchy at the International School and Max Tucker is outside the velvet ropes. After watching Fleur break his friend’s heart, Max knows to stay away from trouble, despite the crush he’s had on her since freshman year. But when they’re partnered on a project, Max learns there’s more to Fleur than meets the eye, and she just might be worth the wild ride.
The more time they spend together, the further Max falls. And when a kiss awakens a passion Fleur never imagined, she’s unable to resist Max, who she had thought was all wrong for her but might be the only thing that’s right. But will he stand by her when her secrets are revealed?
I had been wondering about our favorite French girl Fleur–and I was so excited when I heard that she would get a book and a story!
Fleur hides behind a mask of indifference while in reality, she is struggling with a lot of things. When she is paired with her enemy since freshman year, Max, on a project in class, both of them are less than excited. Sure, they’ve been crushing on each other for a while…but they don’t get along and that is that. But as they start opening up to each other, the less they can resist the attraction pulling them together.
I definitely liked French Kissed as much as Samir and Maggie’s story, probably because they were so different. The circumstances, the characters, everything. This novel was really hard for me to put down once I started it–and that didn’t bode well for all the homework I needed to get done! French Kissed was filled with romance, tension, and drama–just what I was hoping for.
There was definitely more to Fleur than what meets the eye and I liked seeing the vulnerability of her character that we only glimpsed in Maggie and Samir’s books. Fleur was an intriguing character to read because everything about her was unique. She was tough yet vulnerable. Happy yet sad. She was more of a dynamic character than any of the other characters I’d seen in Maggie and Samir’s story. I liked seeing how she grew over the course of the novel, because there was definitely a lot of growth that went on.
Max was pretty much the opposite of the leading male in the first two International School novels. Max was studious, determined, and not rich. It definitely had an affect on his personality. I think I may have liked Max’s character more because he felt very real. He worked hard to achieve the things that he wanted because they weren’t handed to him–and he was more relatable than most of the characters that attended the International School, except maybe Maggie.
Fleur and Max wouldn’t be a couple that you would expect and that’s what made the novel that much more unique. Max and Fleur had two very different and distinct personalities that you wouldn’t expect to ever mesh well, yet Cleeton wrote the novel in such a way that they did so, and in a naturally-seeming way. I liked how Max pushed Fleur to be better and I liked how Fleur gave Max confidence. I felt like their romance was a bonafide beneficial one for both of them. I’m not surprised that they got through all the obstacles that were thrown at them over the course of the novel.
To my pleasant surprise, we saw a lot of Maggie and Samir (especially Maggie) in this novel! It was awesome to see them a bit because I was definitely missing them.
I’m not really sure that this would go under this heading, but I was so excited to see that in the epilogue we got closure for all of the characters for the whole series, even though this installment could be read as a standalone. I won’t talk much about the ending, but it definitely left me with a huge smile on my face and with the feeling that all was well in the International School world.
Overall, French Kissed was a great conclusion to the International School series. While we got an amazing story about Fleur and Max, we also got closure for all the characters in the series. Bravo to Cleeton for an astounding trilogy!