02 May 2012

I Heart London (I Heart, #5) by Lindsey Kelk

I Heart London (I Heart, #5) by Lindsey Kelk.
Audience/Genre : Adult/Romance, Chick Lit.
Publication : June 7th, 2012 by Harper Collins UK.
Home is where the heart is. Right? Angela Clark has fallen in love with America -- and it's starting to love her back. Throw one expired visa into the mix, and things quickly take a turn for the worse. She might love her life as a Brit in New York, but now she has no choice but to return to London. Not only does she leave behind her gorgeous boyfriend Alex -- she must also face unfinished business back on home turf. There's the ex-boyfriend -- who she moved to New York to get away from. Then there's her best friend, with her perfect new baby. And there's her mum. Now, there's another wedding in the offing -- and everyone remembers how well the last one went ...

After listening to so many of my friends rave about Lindsey Kelk's I Heart Series for months, I finally decided to give it a shot myself. I have to say that from I Heart New York, right up until I Hear Vegas, I wanted to kiss everyone who recommended this series to me - I loved it!
With each book, I was worried that it wouldn't be as good as the previous one in the series but somehow, Kelk has managed to keep the magic through it all, if not make it better.

So, I'm not exaggerating when I say that when I received this ARC, I literally jumped, skipped and hopped in joy! I wanted it that bad. I Heart London is the fifth book in the I Heart series and if you've followed it so far, you know that Angela is finally engaged to Alex and now it's time for her to face everything she has left behind since two years ago, when she first took off to New York... and she's dreading it.

Now, where do I begin? I Heart London is just as funny as Kelk's previous books but I have to say that I'm disappointed. By that, I don't mean that I didn't like it because I did. However, it just didn't match up to the rest of the books.
What I've loved about these books is that although Angela, our protagonist, is a funny, lovable girl with who frequently finds herself in embarrassing situations with herhighly entertaining best friend, that wasn't all these books were about. It's not just fluff with this series.
In all of Kelk's books, there's always this heart-fluttering moment at the end that makes me cry sappy tears or leaves me smiling to myself. Mostly, those moments involve Alex and Angela.

You know how with most chick lits, there's no real story to it and they have just the humor and romance going for them? In I Heart books, the romance is deeper than that.
However, I didn't feel like I Heart London, was Lindsey Kelk's best work, despite the existence of her usual comedy (which I did enjoy) . There were too many questions left unanswered and most of the story was just about the stress of an 'impulsive' wedding. See, I had nothing against that for the plot but throughout the whole novel, I was waiting for that moment of clarity that Angela and Alex share in all the novels at the end that makes it all perfect. Yeah, it didn't happen with this one. Alex was barely around in I Heart London and if that wasn't bad enough, I still don't know where they stand on the babies thing.
Don't get me wrong, there were still those moments - the swoony ones - like every time Alex was with Grace, ALL I wanted to do was bed him, wed him and be the mother of his children, and I'm just 22. *Sigh*, he's that perfect. Too bad he's not real.

Like I said, I Heart London, while still funny, could've been much better. I enjoyed the usual Jenny madness, Alex being on his best behavior around Angela's parents and Angela trying really hard not to go crazy. I just wish it was more. I guess I could always hope that there'd be another book!

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  1. ok your enthusiasm despite not getting all you wanted from this one..has me going to check out book one of this series..wed, bed and have his children..LOL

    1. haha I'm glad! I hope you like it. I <3 Alex =D

  2. I have seen the series so much around in bookstores and have always kind of hesitated to pick one. I think I just might do despite the okay-ness of this book! Plus, chicklit is awesome =D

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile