Meet Me In London
What do you do when your fake engagement starts to feel too real…
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…
I was not familiar with Toffolo’s writing, being her debut book, so I went blindly into this book. I am not usually a big fan of “celebrity” authors but this one intrigued me. It is what it sets out to be, a love story, very romantic but surprisingly very well thought out. To say a bit about the plot and what it focuses on, the story spins around our two main characters Oliver, who’s dad is sick and who’s mum forces him to find a stable relationship and Victoria, the bartender and the best contestant to be his perfect fake girlfriend to fool his mother. Victoria aspires to be a full time designer and she also teaches a small group of underprivileged students in her flat above the bar she manages. The students are ready to exhibit their work, but they haven’t found a venue yet.
Carrying home a large box of fabrics and accessories for her students, she literally bumps into Oliver, the son and heir to the Russell & Co department chain. After they dust themselves down, Oliver realizes they can be of help to each other. Victoria needs a venue to showcase her students work, and he needs a fake fiancée to present to his parents at the new store opening.
Our main female leader has a strong character after being cheated on and is always showing her good heart and open mind and her personality matches perfectly with Oliver’s, who seems to be more cold in the begining, but who’s actually really warm hearted as well. I really loved Oliver and Victoria. They met really organically, in a bar, and although they clearly hit it off it was refreshing that didn’t immediately jump into bed or a relationship. They actually stayed in contact because they each had circumstances they could help each other with. As they worked together towards a common goal they inevitably fell for each other.
Even though this is a Christmas book and I’ve read it in September r I really liked the cozy feeling of it and I am sure I would reread it during the proper time of the year. With these types of books you know the happy ending is inevitable, but it’s the story in-between that decides if it’s been a good enough book or not. Thankfully this book did have an enjoyable storyline with a good mix of characters that you enjoyed reading about/getting to know.
For her first novel ever, Georgia Toffolo did a great job and i am sure in the future her character will get more complex and her plots more interesting
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Meet me in London is published by Mills and Boon and I definitely recommend it!