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…
Meet Me in London is what it is a simply written and endearing romance, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading from start to finish. It’s an easy to read book with a great plot, if a teeny weeny bit predictable at times. I loved the whole premise of the story, the pretend dating and engagement and then the realisation of growing feelings. Although the reader can foresee what is going to happen it still made for really compelling reading. It could be quite emotional, feelings and emotions are explored, and some serious issues are addressed such as infertility.
The chemistry and connection Victoria and Oliver have is amazing. The character development between these two is so good to see progress, along with the love and respect they show for one another. I immediately loved both of these characters and their kind and caring disposition. I enjoyed the slow build romance and the exploration of their pain and emotions along the way. I also appreciated the fact that Victoria is a budding fashion designer, I used to do a lot of dressmaking at one time and the descriptions of the sumptuous fabrics was a joy to read.
The additional characters are great and also give some depth to the storyline. Oliver’s mum and dad are lovely characters and do not come across as you would expect from their family background, and the father’s illness added another facet to the storyline. We are introduced to Victoria’s close friends Zoe, Lily and Malie who share an incredibly strong bond after a horrific car accident and despite living many miles from each other they stay in contact and help and support each other.
Meet me in London is an uplifting and feel good romance, perfect for these difficult times we are living in at the moment. Everyone loves a good Mills and Boon! This book will definitely put a smile on your face and give you all those Christmas vibes. Meet me in Hawaii is this author’s next book which follows one of Victoria’s friends, Malie. Due for release in Spring 2021 and I can’t wait to read it.
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Format: Paperback, 319 pages
Publication Date: 15 October 2020
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank you so much to the publisher for my advanced proof of this book.
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