by Georgia Toffolo
Publication Date September 28, 2021
Published by HQN Books
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Holiday, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Women
“Armchair travelers will adore this tour of Christmastime London…[a] charming rom-com from British reality TV star Georgia Toffolo.” —Publishers Weekly
Fans of Josie Silver's One Day in December and Christina Lauren's In a Holidaze will adore watching Victoria and Oliver's pretend engagement dissolve as their very real chemistry threatens to upend all their carefully laid-out secrets. Set against the most charming London backdrop, Meet Me in London is an irrisistable seasonal treat!
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 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…?
"An ideal Christmas escape!"—Laura Jane Williams, Bestselling author of Our Stop
Meet Me in London by Georgia Toffolo is the first book in her new series Meet Me. It’s an endearing, heartwarming love story that entails a fake engagement between two people who have good reasons not to fall in love.
Victoria is an aspiring designer who works in a bar, teaches designing to underprivileged girls, and works on her own vintage designs. When she literally bumps into the owner of the new department store being built near her bar, sparks fly, but neither Victoria nor Oliver want a relationship or any complications to thier busy lives. Oliver is the only son of the very wealthy owners of a string of high-end department stores. He is busy undoing the mess his cousin, Andrew made with the store opening in Chelsea, near Victoria’s bar. His father and mother are pressuring him to find a wife and settle down, mostly because his father’s health is failing, and he wants his son to take over the business, and be settled.
Oliver is too busy cleaning up his cousin’s mess, and doesn’t have time to mess with a relationship, and is tired of his mother set him up, so he proposes a deal with Victoria to pose as his fiance for only one day, the opening of his store. What can go wrong?
Meet Me in London is a delightful, but somewhat predictable, romance that includes a strong set of friends for Victoria, and a lovely set of parents for Oliver. The chemistry between Victoria and Oliver is strong and believable, as they both fight their attraction to each other. The pacing was perfect, as I was drawn into this story from the very beginning, and I couldn’t stop until the story ended.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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The cover is adorable and I love the fake engagement trope!
Thanks Jolene, the fake engagement was a lot of fun!
This sounds like such a cute romance read! Fab review. xx
Thank you Yvonne, it was one of my favorite Christmas books.
Christmas in London! I’ll admit this isn’t my usual genre but it sounds fun 🙂
Thank you Greg. I sure appreciate you coming over here to comment.
Fake engagement romances are always so much fun. And I love that this one is set in London! 🙂
Thank you Lark! This was a fun book, and one of my favorites of all the Christmas books I’ve read so far.
I do enjoy a good “fake-romance”‘ story! This sounds cute!
Thank you Rachel, it was super cute.