Thursday, December 2, 2021

Julie’s Review: Meet Me In London

Author: Georgia Toffolo
Series: Meet Me #1
Publication Date:  September 28, 2021
Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: 328
Obtained: Publisher Book Tour
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5/5
Bottom Line: Lovely romance set during the Holidays in Christmas
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Summary: Aspiring clothes designer Victoria Scott spends her days working in a bar in Chelsea and her evenings designing vintage clothes, dreaming of one day opening her own boutique. But these aspirations are under threat from the new department store opening at the end of her road. She needs a Christmas miracle, but one is not forthcoming. Oliver Russell’s Christmas is not looking very festive right now. His family’s new London department store opening is behind schedule, and on top of that his interfering, if well-meaning, mother is pressing him to introduce his girlfriend to her over the holidays—a girlfriend who does not exist. He needs a diversion…something to keep his mother from meddling while he focuses on the business. When Oliver meets Victoria, he offers a proposition: pretend to be his girlfriend at the opening of his store and he will provide an opportunity for Victoria to showcase her designs. But what starts as a business arrangement soon becomes something more tempting as the fake relationship starts to feel very real. But when secrets in Victoria’s past are exposed, will Oliver walk away, or will they both follow their hearts and find what neither knew they were looking for…?

Review: I love novels where the 2 main characters start off in a fake relationship and then deny they are falling for each other and then finally admit it. This is exactly what Meet Me in London is all about. It does have a bit of You've Got Mail vibe with the big department store vs the little local shops but that's where it ends. Victoria is a bartender to make ends meet while she teaches underprivileged kids to create their own designs and while also pursuing her dream of having her own fashion collection. Oliver has been sent into the new store to clean up his cousins mess, which he has done countless times before. 

Neither one is looking for romance when they collide on the street outside the department store but maybe it's fates way of saying wake up! In order for their relationship to seem real, Oliver and V need to spend time together to ensure they know each other in ways couples would but both of them are holding back issues from each other. Both of them have things in the past that are holding them back from others and from being themselves. They can't be honest with each other because they aren't even honest with themselves. 

This book was so lovely and exactly what I needed at the time. I can't wait for the next book in the series and what Ms. Toffolo does next. If you are looking for a wonderful romance set during the holidays, Meet Me in London is the perfect escape. 


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