Meet me in London
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. A girlfriend who does not exist. He needs a diversion. Something to keep his mother from interfering 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…
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IMHO the mark of a commercial writer is someone who can produce a book that others want to read. Georgia Toffolo, you’ve got this!
PREAMBLE: I have to admit that I downloaded this book from NetGalley in the same way I did HOLDING by Graham Norton – Shear nosiness! While I’d heard of Georgia Toffolo I’ve never watched anything she’s been in – TV isn’t my thing. But we share the same publisher and romance books are my personal happy fix. Cheaper and healthier than both chocolate and wine 😂
I try to keep an open mind about new writers but I couldn’t help wondering if her name was one of the key drivers for her contract – but that’s as far as my thoughts took me. She’s young but youth is no indication as to her ability to pen a work of fiction. Writing is both much easier and harder than it looks, a comment that fellow writers may find easier to appreciate. Going back to my original comment, I strongly believe that anyone can write a book, it’s far harder to write one that others want to read. So, well done!
On the face of this MEET ME IN LONDON follows the tried and tested formula of billionaire meeting and falling in love with a normal ‘girl next door’ type. There’s nothing wrong with this as a story line – it works. In this instance Victoria is a would-be fashion designer, let down in love and with a tragedy in her past, which adds depth to the plot and makes me want to read the other 3 books in the series. Oliver has all the usual attributes of an Alpha and it’s nice that the storyline batts between both MCs voices.
In short Toffolo has made a good job of the book and I think that this her debut work of fiction would find its own place on the shelves with or without her name on the cover. I do wonder where this journey will take her and if she’ll continue in this vein. Writing style can’t be learnt and she has it in spades.
Jenny O’Brien x