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After beeing latest rage in contemporary romance novels, new adult trend tries to spread influence into urban fantasy and paranormal genre. Oxford Whispers by Marion Croslydon follows a typical plot of a girl on college in a new environment that struggles with problems from past and present while trying to secure a better future.
Madison LeBon tries to escape her Louisiana roots, all the way across the ocean to the Oxford University, England. 'You can run away but you can't hide' proves right once again when one look at picture 'The Wounded Cavalier' by William Shakespeare Burton awakens whispers of the past that haunt her to solve their mystery... Madison struggles to accept awakening of her magical powers, getting accepted into new environment and attraction to the mouth-watering, rich and oh-so-not-her-type Rupert Vance.
Oxford Whispers tracks two stories: one set in present about Madison and other set in 1650 about Sarah and wounded Cavalier. Although there will be ghosts, mystery and magic, Oxford Whispers is more paranormal romance than urban fantasy. The paranormal elements are not much explained, you just have to accept them as it is. All we know about Madison's abilities is on demonstration basis and her explanation that they are part of her family heritage. Maybe the next part of The Oxford Trilogy will tell us more about whys and hows...
The center of the book is romance between Madison and Rupert and everything else is just plot element to push them together or drive them apart. And the romance is gooood. Although there is instant attraction, Madison and Rupert don't just jump into it and their feelings take time to develop. For all who like to have swoon-worthy heroes, don't worry Marion Croslydon got you covered. I'll let Madison describe Rupert to you:
"He's hotter than the hinges on the gates of hell."
"The full-lips-slash-chiseled-cheekbones combo was full-on cliche, but would melt a freaking iceberg."
"All things considered, for a guy that rich, he seemed relatively down to earth. Emphasis on relatively."
I could not establish any particular connection to characters in Oxford Whispers, so I felt a little bit detached while reading. I didn't like them or dislike them. When something was funny I laughed, when they were sad - well, I didn't laugh but I wasn't sad either. I don't know about you, but this is okay with me - not all books can be earth-shattering experience. With Oxford Whispers I could just relax without any care in the world. And, although I thought I got mystery all figured, I didn't guess who the villain is. Marion Croslydon : Me - 1 : 0. xD
So if you are looking for some urban fantasy novel with deep characterisation and complex magical system then this is not book for you. But if you just want to kick back your heels, relax and enjoy a light mystery and nice romance story sprinkled with paranormal elements then Oxford Whispers may be the book you are looking for.
I recommend this book to fans of: new adult contemporary romance novels who would like to try a bit of paranormal and mystery; new girl on college plot; Oxford (there are a lot of beautiful descriptions); instant-attraction but-you-are-not/too-good-for-me type of romance; rich, confident, playboy heroes tortured by their past; ...