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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 engagem 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  


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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 engagem 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  

30 review for Meet Me in London

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Meet me in London by Georgia Toffolo is a 2020 Mills & Boon publication. Delightful! Victoria Scott works as a bartender in Chelsea, but aspires to have a career in fashion design, hoping to one day open her own boutique. Life has thrown Victoria a couple of tough curves, plus, she’s recently gone through a painful breakup. Now her professional life could be at risk, too, due to the arrival of a new department store opening right at the end of her road. Oliver is a workaholic under extreme press Meet me in London by Georgia Toffolo is a 2020 Mills & Boon publication. Delightful! Victoria Scott works as a bartender in Chelsea, but aspires to have a career in fashion design, hoping to one day open her own boutique. Life has thrown Victoria a couple of tough curves, plus, she’s recently gone through a painful breakup. Now her professional life could be at risk, too, due to the arrival of a new department store opening right at the end of her road. Oliver is a workaholic under extreme pressure from his mother to get married. He doesn’t have time for romance, and so to get his mother off his back, he’s led her to believe he's seeing someone, but the problem is, his relentless mother is pressuring him to introduce this nonexistent girl to the family. When Victoria and Oliver literally run into each other the encounter leads to a formal agreement between them- if Victoria will 'pretend' to be his 'temporary' girlfriend, he will help get her designs noticed. Naturally, the arrangement hits a few snags- for starters, the couple really do have an undeniable chemistry which tempts them to remove the word ‘pretend’ from their arrangement. But, the ‘temporary’ part will arrive all too soon, and the last thing Victoria needs is another broken heart. Yes, this is a very light contemporary romance, and the premise is not exactly original, but the characters and their poignant backstories give it just the right touch of warmth, emotion, and depth. The cover suggests a holiday theme, but it’s slight and runs in the background. There is a very full cast of characters in this book- more than I am normally comfortable with, but the author balanced things quite well, and I’m thinking this book could be an anchor for subsequent installments, since Victoria has a few old friends who deserve a story of their own someday. Overall, this a cute, sweet romance, easy to read, and yet another perfect, protective cocoon of distraction against all the distressing turmoil out there. 4 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Meet Me In London by Georgia Toffolo is such a cute and enjoyable read. Oliver and Victoria both do not date and have different reasons for that. The way they interact and hide their feelings is so cute. Oliver is very focused on his business but starts to realize how important other things are. Meet Me In London is such a great story and perfect for a light read in these difficult times. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Georgia Toffolo. S Meet Me In London by Georgia Toffolo is such a cute and enjoyable read. Oliver and Victoria both do not date and have different reasons for that. The way they interact and hide their feelings is so cute. Oliver is very focused on his business but starts to realize how important other things are. Meet Me In London is such a great story and perfect for a light read in these difficult times. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Georgia Toffolo. She did an excellent job narrating and really added emotion to the story. Thank you NetGalley and Mills & Boon/Harper Collins Audio UK for Meet Me In London. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi #1 Meet Me in London - ★★★★★ #2 Meet Me in Hawaii - ★★★★ I am so happy to be part of the blog tour for Meet Me in London by Georgia Toffolo. And not only am I participating, but I also have the privilege to kick it off! Thank you to the amazing team at Mills & Boon, for this opportunity. Below is an image of the Blog Tour Banner – please check out the rest of the book bloggers that are participating as well: The team were so kind to send me a Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi #1 Meet Me in London - ★★★★★ #2 Meet Me in Hawaii - ★★★★ I am so happy to be part of the blog tour for Meet Me in London by Georgia Toffolo. And not only am I participating, but I also have the privilege to kick it off! Thank you to the amazing team at Mills & Boon, for this opportunity. Below is an image of the Blog Tour Banner – please check out the rest of the book bloggers that are participating as well: The team were so kind to send me a very beautiful personalised package, including some handmade gifts as well. Check out the Instagram post. The beautiful biscuit is by PippingGoodBiscuits. The personalised bauble with my name by Claires.Crafts. And the handmade clay earrings by OchreHandmade. These are all amazing small business that deserve your attention. And if you cannot support them at this time, at least give them a follow. They are amazing! Synopsis: Meet Me In London is a beautiful and emotional Christmas book. It follows Victoria, a designer that hopes to one day showcase her work. And it also follows Oliver, a millionaire and an owner of a big business, who is under pressure from his family to find a woman and settle down. Oliver makes a deal with Victoria. He will help her showcase her designs and help the children she teaches. In return, she will pretend to be his fiancee on the opening day. But, as you can imagine, things won’t go to plan. They will start developing feelings towards each other. Furthermore, an accident that happened in the past has scarred Victoria for life, and because of that, she is afraid to open up and trust another man. My Thoughts: The romance is beautiful, because it is raw and real. I felt the love, care and lust, as much as I felt the pain, the hurting and the need to protect the other person. The slow-burn pace was also something I really enjoyed. I loved how caring Victoria is, not only with Oliver, but with everyone in her life. Especially the children that she teaches. All she does in life is just give and give, without expecting anything in return. And the fact that she has been so hurt in the past for various reasons is so heartbreaking, and it does make you root for her all the way through. And I also loved the respect that Oliver showed, always ensuring Victoria is okay and in agreement with whatever comes next. I don’t think this happens too often in romance novels, and it was a really important moment to note. The character development between Victoria and Oliver is amazing, and it all ends up in happy tears. I love how she makes him care more about the people and the community, rather than just his business. I also loved Oliver’s family. When a millionaire’s family with a family business is represented, we usually see them as bitter and arrogant. And very often, they are rude to the person their son is dating. So I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t expecting that. But this book surprised me in a very positive way. The family of Oliver were very supportive of Victoria (minus the annoying cousin). They made her feel welcome and very loved from the start. She even got along very well with the mother. The friendship in this book is precious! The lovely bond that Victoria shares with Zoe, Lily and Malie is beautiful! Since the accident in which they all were involved, they have become closer than ever and always supported each other through thick and thin. The friendship that these girls share is something every girl dreams of. I loved this book so much! It put me in a wonderful Christmas mood, and made me want to decorate my Christmas tree, even though I need to put pumpkins first. 🙂 I really hope Meet Me In London by Georgia Toffolo is made into a Christmas movie. I swear, I will be the first person to watch it! Also, there is a new book coming out in Spring 2021 called Meet Me in Hawaii, with Malie, one of Victoria’s best friends. It has surfing and I cannot wait for it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    DNF @ 42%. This wasn’t exactly what I would term a success and if ever there were a book that was not my cuppa, this is it. Life is too short to do things you don’t want to do.” Sometimes I should just trust my gut before I decide to even read a book. I gave this a fair crack but the characters, Oliver and Victoria, were simply not my kind of people, and despite the odd occasion when their chemistry seemed to show wee glimmers of hope, I generally found them both shallow and dull. And I thi DNF @ 42%. This wasn’t exactly what I would term a success and if ever there were a book that was not my cuppa, this is it. Life is too short to do things you don’t want to do.” Sometimes I should just trust my gut before I decide to even read a book. I gave this a fair crack but the characters, Oliver and Victoria, were simply not my kind of people, and despite the odd occasion when their chemistry seemed to show wee glimmers of hope, I generally found them both shallow and dull. And I think it’s best I leave it at that. Copy received courtesy of Mills & Boon via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)

    This was so cute!! It honestly read like a cheesy Hallmark or Netflix Original Christmas movie. That's some of the highest praise from me, I'm a ho for those 😂 ---- Fake engagement? Christmas? London? Sign me the fuck up! This was so cute!! It honestly read like a cheesy Hallmark or Netflix Original Christmas movie. That's some of the highest praise from me, I'm a ho for those 😂 ---- Fake engagement? Christmas? London? Sign me the fuck up!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wendy W.

    Four and a half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ 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 Vi Four and a half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ 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 their 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bookread2day

    Absolutely loved this story. I have to highly recommend reading it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Duckfacekim09 (Kim Howell)

    This book hit me right in the feels 😍 I actually teared up... twice. What a magical Chrismassy love story and the perfect book for me to read right now. The best mix of soppy romance, sexual chemistry, family and friendship with a subtle festive cheer. Victoria was an amazing character and the fact she's a Fashion Designer probably made me love her even more (as I'm a tad obsessed with fashion if you didn't know...), and Oliver is the book boyfriend I didn't know I wanted. The cover is gorgeous an This book hit me right in the feels 😍 I actually teared up... twice. What a magical Chrismassy love story and the perfect book for me to read right now. The best mix of soppy romance, sexual chemistry, family and friendship with a subtle festive cheer. Victoria was an amazing character and the fact she's a Fashion Designer probably made me love her even more (as I'm a tad obsessed with fashion if you didn't know...), and Oliver is the book boyfriend I didn't know I wanted. The cover is gorgeous and I'm so so lucky that I had a chance to read this because I am obsessed. I love that the series is going to be continued with the story of each of the four friends and I hope I get to read more of Victoria and Oliver's romance because I want a love like theirs!! If this book at all intrigues you then please rush and buy it now and get sucked in too ❤

  9. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    This is a great Christmas / Winter book with many emotional moments, many cute moments and it is very fairytale like. I loved how British it felt, but found the characters a little difficult to connect to. Victoria is a designer who is currently working as a bar manager. She's recently been cheated on by an absolutely awful ex (Peter sucks). I liked her personality but she wasn't very rounded - a perfect angel who helps disadvantaged kids but lacked confidence in her own work. Oliver is the son This is a great Christmas / Winter book with many emotional moments, many cute moments and it is very fairytale like. I loved how British it felt, but found the characters a little difficult to connect to. Victoria is a designer who is currently working as a bar manager. She's recently been cheated on by an absolutely awful ex (Peter sucks). I liked her personality but she wasn't very rounded - a perfect angel who helps disadvantaged kids but lacked confidence in her own work. Oliver is the son of Eric Russell, owner of Russel and Co. who own department stories. Oliver's been sent to a new store in Chelsea to kick of its opening - but there's a problem: his family really want him to get married and be happy. When Victoria and Oliver meet, they come to a fake engagement arrangement to make Oliver's family happy. Oliver also gives Victoria and her fashion design students a fashion show on the opening day of the new store. So honestly much of this book is unrealistic (Victoria can rent a two bed flat in London by herself and provide free teaching and materials for kids on a bar manager's salary, for instance). The writing and dialogue is also clumsy in places. But it is really uplifting and definitely made me a bit sad in places. Overall it's sweet and not bad for a debut, but could definitely have felt more real.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Menezes

    This book is perfect for a light read. The story flows smoothly. Both the main characters Oliver and Victoria are very likable. Victoria’s friendship with her friends is so amazing and it’s one that gives major friendship goals. It’s both cute and enjoyable! I had fun time reading it and will be eagerly waiting for the next one!

  11. 4 out of 5

    zahraa

    Both Oliver and Victoria have their own reasons not to date, but after their meeting at a bar, they can’t get each other out of their minds. With a mutual benefit in mind, they begin fake dating, but slowly the lines begin to blur. Were there even lines to begin with? This was cute, the writing was good, the plot was good but it just wasn’t for me. I don’t know if it was because I’ve already read too much fake dating but this one definitely needed something more to stand out. I felt like the book Both Oliver and Victoria have their own reasons not to date, but after their meeting at a bar, they can’t get each other out of their minds. With a mutual benefit in mind, they begin fake dating, but slowly the lines begin to blur. Were there even lines to begin with? This was cute, the writing was good, the plot was good but it just wasn’t for me. I don’t know if it was because I’ve already read too much fake dating but this one definitely needed something more to stand out. I felt like the book was too short and the chemistry built up was just packed up tight. Nevertheless, it’s definitely a good, quick read, for the holiday season!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diamond

    Amazing book) [***Full review closer to publication***] Well, now it is published, I can give my review)) First of all thanks for NetGalley, Publishers and the Author for giving me an opportunity to read this wonderful book! Even tho ,this book is a little bit similar to some other books I've read, it gives hope and light in its own way)) The main heroine is very optimistic, brave and always caring for others. Although, there isn't always a good happy ending in real life, we shouldn't lose hope and Amazing book) [***Full review closer to publication***] Well, now it is published, I can give my review)) First of all thanks for NetGalley, Publishers and the Author for giving me an opportunity to read this wonderful book! Even tho ,this book is a little bit similar to some other books I've read, it gives hope and light in its own way)) The main heroine is very optimistic, brave and always caring for others. Although, there isn't always a good happy ending in real life, we shouldn't lose hope and dream no matter what.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    This was an amazing Christmas RomCom we all need. The fake relationship between a wealthy department store owner and a vintage clothes designer is super cute! I really love Victoria and Oliver…The writing is fresh, adorable, charming, and oh so delightfully British. Meet Me In London was a fantastic escape read I devoured over a weekend!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Belle

    One of my top 5 for September! https://www.instagram.com/tv/CUaPx0UJ... One of my top 5 for September! https://www.instagram.com/tv/CUaPx0UJ...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aoife

    I received this book on audio from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. CW: Illness of a parent, infertility discussions. This book feels a bit like The Wedding Date meets You've Got Mail. When Victoria meets Oliver, she tells herself not to fall for his handsome face when his family business threatens to ruin the rest of the street. However, soon Oliver proposes a deal - Victoria will pose as his fianceé in front of his family, desperate to see him matched up, and he in t I received this book on audio from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. CW: Illness of a parent, infertility discussions. This book feels a bit like The Wedding Date meets You've Got Mail. When Victoria meets Oliver, she tells herself not to fall for his handsome face when his family business threatens to ruin the rest of the street. However, soon Oliver proposes a deal - Victoria will pose as his fianceé in front of his family, desperate to see him matched up, and he in turn will help her out on the day of the store's opening by not only inviting the local traders to get involved but also allow her to host a fashion show. Victoria agrees but soon the pair find themselves with all too-real feelings. This was pretty much what I expected to be which was a sweet, lovely contemporary book that was a great one to start off my official season of festive reads. The Christmas feels in this book are not strong at all, and Christmas doesn't really play a huge part in it (in fact it ends before Christmas Day) so you can read this book any time of the year. The writing was strong, and the story was also well-thought out with both Victoria and Oliver being well-structured, fleshed-out characters with backgrounds and hopes, dreams and regrets. There was a bit too much hesitant tip-toeing around each other at times that got frustrating to read but there was a definitely a lovely chemistry between the characters with just enough hint of spice to add in some sexiness as well. Victoria's infertility is a huge thing in this book for her - and she discusses it a lot, and sometimes in a negative way such as she feels she's not whole or broken in some way, and no man would want to be with her because of it. This could trigger some readers who might be sensitive to the subject. It's also used as a weapon to hurt her on more than one occasion as well which was unpleasant. I loved Victoria's girl gang in this book, and having checked this is the first book in a four-part series so the other books will follow the other girls. I'm really happy about this as you could tell there was so much more to tell and to come for all Victoria's friends. And I do really enjoy a series that follows different people in a group with their own romances, and lovely cameos of the couples we've already read and matched.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tilly

    TW: Car crash, Infertility 3.5 stars This was a really rather sweet and endearing love story that was not only a cute romance but also a book about the importance of friendships and about being true to yourself. There are some serious issues which added a good deal of depth to the story but didn't overwhelm the happy dreamy vibe. Victoria the lead female was a really interesting character. I loved that she is a budding fashion designer but works in a bar and helps teach disadvantaged teenagers to d TW: Car crash, Infertility 3.5 stars This was a really rather sweet and endearing love story that was not only a cute romance but also a book about the importance of friendships and about being true to yourself. There are some serious issues which added a good deal of depth to the story but didn't overwhelm the happy dreamy vibe. Victoria the lead female was a really interesting character. I loved that she is a budding fashion designer but works in a bar and helps teach disadvantaged teenagers to design and make clothes. She was such a kind character and I liked her from the start. Oliver the lead male is a wealthy owner of department stores. He is kind and hardworking but also feels trapped by the family business and wants to do something else. It was great how the characters grew together and learnt from one another. The storyline was decent, it was obvious what would happen but I didn't mind that too much. I unfortunately struggled with the beginning of the book as the writing and story didn't get off to the best start. However, I am glad I stuck with it as I did enjoy it as a fun, cute easy read. The writing was unfortunately a little lacking finesse. It was often quite clunky and the dialogue felt forced, unnatural and didn't flow. There was also A LOT of cheesy and over the top moments which I think could have been changed to make the book better. Overall it was a decent debut by Georgia Toffolo and one I would recommend if you are looking for a cute and easy read. I think I will read the second book in this series which continues with a story from one of Victoria's friend. Please note that I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Meet Me In London is a quintessentially British romance story, a light, uplifting read that many people look for at Christmas time. The characters are likeable and Victoria's passion for fashion design contrasts well with Oliver's reluctant position as heir to his family's business. I liked Victoria's close-knit group of friends, and the storyline touched on some tricky subjects that Georgia Toffolo handled with sensitivity. Set in Chelsea, I thought the author's writing style was pretty Meet Me In London is a quintessentially British romance story, a light, uplifting read that many people look for at Christmas time. The characters are likeable and Victoria's passion for fashion design contrasts well with Oliver's reluctant position as heir to his family's business. I liked Victoria's close-knit group of friends, and the storyline touched on some tricky subjects that Georgia Toffolo handled with sensitivity. Set in Chelsea, I thought the author's writing style was pretty good, though contrived in places. I was pleased when I saw that the audiobook was read by Georgia Toffolo herself as I think it's great when authors opt to narrate their own audiobooks. Listening to this story was a terrific decision and I thought it was narrated really well. She did a great job with the accents, infusing the right emotions, pacing and character distinctions. All in all, Meet Me In London is a very good, light, feel-good, Christmassy romance, that I recommend. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Mills & Boon, and HarperCollins Audio UK via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    If you’re looking for a cute Christmas romance then this is for you. It wasn’t the best written book I’ve ever read, some parts felt a little clumsy and repetitive but if you want the growing romance and that lovely heartwarming feeling at the end then it’s a good read. Some parts felt a bit unrealistic like the fact that, despite being a bar manager, Victoria had a two bedroom flat in Chelsea and the time and money to help underprivileged kids whilst also working on her own designs and collectio If you’re looking for a cute Christmas romance then this is for you. It wasn’t the best written book I’ve ever read, some parts felt a little clumsy and repetitive but if you want the growing romance and that lovely heartwarming feeling at the end then it’s a good read. Some parts felt a bit unrealistic like the fact that, despite being a bar manager, Victoria had a two bedroom flat in Chelsea and the time and money to help underprivileged kids whilst also working on her own designs and collections ... Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know much about life in London, I’m a country girl, but I do know that even a two bedroom flat in that area, even above a bar, would probably be pretty expensive and I’m sure that bar managers can’t make that much money. I did like her though and I did like Oliver too. I especially enjoyed the affect Victoria had on Ollie and the way he looked at life and his relationship with his family. I also really liked the unbreakable friendship between Victoria, Lily, Zoe and Malie which was lovely to read even though they mostly only featured through video chats. Overall it’s a nice read for Christmas.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Oh I do love a book featuring a fake date, or fake engagement scenario. There is something rather familiar about the basic plot device, while I'm able to greatly enjoy the always different reasons why someone may be willing to enter into such an agreement. Victoria wants to be a fashion designer and is in fact helping less fortunate teenagers to have a chance at learning fashion design. Oliver is heir to the Russel & Co Department store chain, and is facing pressure from his family to settle dow Oh I do love a book featuring a fake date, or fake engagement scenario. There is something rather familiar about the basic plot device, while I'm able to greatly enjoy the always different reasons why someone may be willing to enter into such an agreement. Victoria wants to be a fashion designer and is in fact helping less fortunate teenagers to have a chance at learning fashion design. Oliver is heir to the Russel & Co Department store chain, and is facing pressure from his family to settle down and marry. And due to his father's health not being the best he just wants to give them help. The more I got to know both Victoria and Oliver, the more I enjoyed them, understood them and wanted to read more. My full enjoyment over this book crept up on me until by then end I was considering reaching for the next Meet Me In book instantly. For I didn't just love Victoria, I was enjoying starting to get to know her friends, and their deep friendship is really lovely. And I really am looking forward to reading more of these characters. I'm rather relieved given I read this very much out of season for me unusually, that this wasn't an overly festive book, in fact Christmas is at a minimal, and although I read it on one of the hottest days of the year it didn't cool me off at all, which I had kind of hoped! But does mean it is a very pleasurable read all year around! I very much enjoyed this first book from Georgia Toffolo, and with locations such as Hawaii and Tahiti in her next books, I can't wait as I do love an exotic setting!

  20. 5 out of 5

    BeccaJBooks

    Loved it! I'm a thriller girl through and through, but every now and again I like a good girly read. Something light, and fresh. This was that book, and I was not disappointed! Everyone loves a good Mills and Boon, and the fact it was Georgia Toffolo writing it was also a plus on the cheese scale.... Or so I thought. It was actually a really good, thoughtful read. I enjoyed the story - it's been done before in some form or another, but the way it was written was fresh and exciting - I enjoyed th Loved it! I'm a thriller girl through and through, but every now and again I like a good girly read. Something light, and fresh. This was that book, and I was not disappointed! Everyone loves a good Mills and Boon, and the fact it was Georgia Toffolo writing it was also a plus on the cheese scale.... Or so I thought. It was actually a really good, thoughtful read. I enjoyed the story - it's been done before in some form or another, but the way it was written was fresh and exciting - I enjoyed the characters and the way they interacted with each other. Some deeper things are touched upon, but not enough to drag the book down, it stays light and charming right through to the end. I would 100% recommend this to anyone looking for a bit of an escape and innocent, heart warming fun. https://thebeautifulbookbreak.com

  21. 4 out of 5

    Livy

    A very fun and fluffy Christmas romance! A classic holdiay romance that had me swooning along with Victoria as she and Oliver embarked on their whirlwind fake engagement and everything that came with it. I read this book in a couple of hours and simply coukd not bear to put it down because of the enthralling plot and easy style of writing that has mr utterly engrossed. A great book is you're looking for a sweet holiday romance to get you into the Christmas spirit. I would like to thank Netgalley and A very fun and fluffy Christmas romance! A classic holdiay romance that had me swooning along with Victoria as she and Oliver embarked on their whirlwind fake engagement and everything that came with it. I read this book in a couple of hours and simply coukd not bear to put it down because of the enthralling plot and easy style of writing that has mr utterly engrossed. A great book is you're looking for a sweet holiday romance to get you into the Christmas spirit. I would like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Lovely and feel-good Such a sweet story and although I get frustrated at how characters in romance novels always seem to take so long to tell each other that they’ve fallen in love, this one was well worth the read!! 🥰

  23. 4 out of 5

    Calum Fisher

    A real festival of pants, and not in a good or sexy way. On the plus side, it's easy to read. Mostly, it wasn't hard to pick up and continue reading. It's not that it was entertaining, but it wasn't hardgoing either. It's not interesting, but nor is it exactly boring. What it is is totally, agressively banal. I have no problem with romantic stories and/or fluff - I love a good romcom, I consume ludicrous murder mysteries at a rate of noughts. But here, firstly, there is scarcely any plot - they ar A real festival of pants, and not in a good or sexy way. On the plus side, it's easy to read. Mostly, it wasn't hard to pick up and continue reading. It's not that it was entertaining, but it wasn't hardgoing either. It's not interesting, but nor is it exactly boring. What it is is totally, agressively banal. I have no problem with romantic stories and/or fluff - I love a good romcom, I consume ludicrous murder mysteries at a rate of noughts. But here, firstly, there is scarcely any plot - they are both incredibly beautiful, they meet and they like each other instantly and basically they keep on liking each other till the end. Some really nice things happen to them and those around them, some candid conversations are had, and that's about it. There's no peril, no suspense, no vinegar, nothing to grab on to for interest. Plot-wise, this isn't a short story never mind 300+ pages. Ok then so what about the characters? Well about two thirds of the book is us inside their heads listening to their internal monologues - and unforunately they turn out to be two of the most boring people in fiction. Endlessly talking to themselves about themselves in endless cliches, round and round we go, listening to them tell themselves why they can't be together, even though they clearly can and so end up coming across as navel-gazing idiots. There are ostensible reasons why she, in particular, "can't" get involved with him but it's clearly nonsense from the off - the only reason they aren't together from the first night they meet is because the writer needs to spin this out for 321 pages. It feels neverending. There's also a plot hook, incredibly undercooked, about faking being his fiancee to satisfy his parents. This should be a classic romcom device, and a vehicle for some nice light comedy. But no - the writer forgets to do the com and plays it completely straight and sincere. It's like a shadow of a comedy: it has the shape of one but none of the content or features - indeed no content or features at all, just an off-colour, novel-shaped blob where an actual novel (with a story, characters) should be. And the writing is horrible - no one can think or talk in this book except in the most glib and cliched, heavy-handed, militantly unhumourous ways. After all the treacle of these idealised 2D stick figures being really gorgeous and really nice to each other and really caring about each other and being really nice to each other's family/friends/students and making each other better people (we know this coz the narrative is CONSTANTLY telling us that this is happening, without any actual evidence) and changing the lives of underprivileged black teenagers and being really sensitive and socially conscious and 'hating inequality' despite being the most staggeringly privileged and vacuous twats in England - after all this, I felt like I'd eaten a triple portion of candyfloss: full of sickly sweet, but completely malnourished. I went straight to a nasty hardboiled crime novel just to clean up and cleanse the pallette. And I haven't even talked about our main character's dreary group of galpals, who all love and support each other totally and completely (again, we are told this a LOT) via the medium of suffocating niceness and witless, humour-free bants. Horrible.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    A lovely lighthearted easy read for a sunny day in the garden! I enjoyed Victoria and Oliver’s story. Looking forward to the next book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jodie (That Happy Reader)

    In an absolutely charming read, Georgia Toffolo writes a book that highlights the ability to find romance where you least expect it. Victoria Scott is a fledgling clothes designer who loves all things vintage. She dreams of the day she can open her own boutique. Victoria has also suffered a tragedy which impacts her dreams of finding someone to share her life with. Oliver Russell is coordinating the opening of his family’s new London department store. As the son of a workaholic father who is suff In an absolutely charming read, Georgia Toffolo writes a book that highlights the ability to find romance where you least expect it. Victoria Scott is a fledgling clothes designer who loves all things vintage. She dreams of the day she can open her own boutique. Victoria has also suffered a tragedy which impacts her dreams of finding someone to share her life with. Oliver Russell is coordinating the opening of his family’s new London department store. As the son of a workaholic father who is suffering health issues, Oliver’s life has taken him in a direction he really didn’t intend it to. Furthermore, his mother is pushing Oliver to bring his new girlfriend to meet the family. The problem is, Oliver only said he had a girlfriend to get his mother off his back in an earlier conversation. What he needs most right now is to find a woman who can satisfy his mother’s desires and get him back to the task of preparing for the opening of the store. When Oliver meets Victoria he suggests a deal: if Victoria pretends to be his girlfriend for his mother’s sake at the store’s opening, he will provide space for Victoria to display her designing skills. It sounds like a no-lose proposition! Victoria agrees. After all, what harm could this bring? But as we all know relationships grow and change - could their relationship be based on more than just business? I really enjoyed this book. It was engaging and sweet and reminiscent of a modern-day fairy tale While some would say it’s predictable, it simply did not matter. The characters were well-developed and very likeable. I appreciated the relationships that Victoria develops with Oliver’s parents and the obvious conflict she felt in portraying herself as Oliver’s girlfriend. While the book is set at Christmas time, it could easily be read at any point in the year. I listened to the audiobook edition of this enchanting book which was narrated by the author herself. Her voice is so sweet-sounding and youthful it felt perfect for Victoria’s character. She is expressive and articulate, such that my Canadian ear could clearly understand the narrative. I’d recommend the audiobook edition to those that appreciate this format. Thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins audio for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *4.5 Stars What a delightful read! I was in the mood for a lighthearted romance with chemistry galore, and this novel did the trick. Right from the beginning, Meet Me in London captured my attention. It is a fake relationship and opposites-attract romance all in one. As soon as the protagonists met, I knew that I was going to enjoy this book. Oliver is the heir to the Russell & Co. department store empire. He’d been groomed to take over the family business since he was a child. When his cousin fall *4.5 Stars What a delightful read! I was in the mood for a lighthearted romance with chemistry galore, and this novel did the trick. Right from the beginning, Meet Me in London captured my attention. It is a fake relationship and opposites-attract romance all in one. As soon as the protagonists met, I knew that I was going to enjoy this book. Oliver is the heir to the Russell & Co. department store empire. He’d been groomed to take over the family business since he was a child. When his cousin falls behind on the store’s development and opening plans, Oliver is put in charge of fixing it all. If all of that wasn’t enough, his mother is pressuring him to introduce them to his girlfriend. But Oliver isn’t a relationship kind of guy. His work schedule doesn’t allow for much more than a casual fling here and there. His mother is bound and determined to meet Oliver’s love interest for the holidays, so in order to get her off his back and not disappoint his parents, he agrees to introduce them to his “girlfriend.” Now he just needs to find someone to act as his girlfriend for the holiday season. In walks Victoria… Victoria is a fashion designer, but in order to make ends meet, she also works at a wine bar downstairs from her apartment. Her street is filled with small businesses, merchants, restaurants, and other creatives like herself, but with a well-known department store being built on the same street, it threatens the livelihood of all the other businesses. After a grueling day at the office, Oliver heads to the local bar to have a drink and relax, but lo and behold, working behind the bar is the most striking woman he’s ever laid eyes on. As I mentioned, I loved their introduction (and their subsequent meetings just got better and better). When he offers Victoria a deal to help her and the other local businesses in exchange for her acting as his girlfriend for a few weeks, it’s an offer she just can’t refuse. After her past experiences, she’s not looking for a relationship either. But spending time together isn’t really a hardship for either of them. They truly like each other and enjoy each other’s company. The more they get to know each other, the deeper their feelings grow. Victoria and Oliver had fabulous chemistry. Their longing was palpable. I enjoyed witnessing them fall for one another, with their business deal turning into so much more. While their attraction was immediate, the relationship didn’t happen overnight. The author made her readers wait, and I appreciated that. They encountered a few bumps along the way, a few obstacles that they needed to get over, but that made it that much better. Nothing is perfect. The book did handle some difficult subject matter, but it was done with care. Meet Me in London was a fast-paced reading experience. It is an entertaining novel that is filled with plenty of heart, romance, and those warm and fuzzy moments that make a holiday read shine bright. *I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via Edelweiss).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    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 explore 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. Thank you to Mills and Boon for my advanced proof copy of this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Denver Public Library

    Here is a book about Oliver, a handsome multi-millionaire, who needs to find a fake fiancée in order to get his parents off his back. Enter charming, hopeful, earnest, damaged fashion designer Victoria, who he convinces to step into this role, just through the opening of his family’s newest mega department store, destined to put all of the village shops out of business. There is an instant attraction between the two, which simmers nicely through the entire novel until they somewhat chastely get Here is a book about Oliver, a handsome multi-millionaire, who needs to find a fake fiancée in order to get his parents off his back. Enter charming, hopeful, earnest, damaged fashion designer Victoria, who he convinces to step into this role, just through the opening of his family’s newest mega department store, destined to put all of the village shops out of business. There is an instant attraction between the two, which simmers nicely through the entire novel until they somewhat chastely get together. Strong female friendship bonds run through the book as well to provide context and comfort to Victoria, along with a jerk ex-boyfriend and a nasty cousin to provide some questionably necessary conflict. As I read this one, I felt myself transported back to my early teen years, and every Harlequin romance I read at my grandmother’s house, and that’s honestly not such a bad thing.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I flew through this and loved it! This centres around the characters of Victoria who is a fashion designer desperate to make it big, and Oliver who owns a department store. No spoilers as this is in the blurb... a chance meeting of the two leads to Oliver making a proposition to Victoria, will she pretend to be his girlfriend to keep his interfering family happy? I absolutely loved these two characters and the relationship between them, they are both really likeable and very well written charact I flew through this and loved it! This centres around the characters of Victoria who is a fashion designer desperate to make it big, and Oliver who owns a department store. No spoilers as this is in the blurb... a chance meeting of the two leads to Oliver making a proposition to Victoria, will she pretend to be his girlfriend to keep his interfering family happy? I absolutely loved these two characters and the relationship between them, they are both really likeable and very well written characters. I also loved the fierce friendship Victoria has with her girls, and it reminded me of my own amazing girls 💕 This was a light hearted, fun and and enjoyable read with a great romance. I would recommend this to everyone! Will be snapping up the next one ‘meet me in Hawaii’ when it comes out!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    **Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for an advanced e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.** Actual rating is 3.5 I really enjoyed this book! It gave me all of the holiday and wintery vibes, and it was fantastic! It would be a cute read for winter/the holidays because it doesn't entirely focus on Christmas but gives alllll those vibes for that time of year. I like the characters, the kind of slow-burn romance. It gave me some feels of You've Got Mail which was fun! The two main charac **Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for an advanced e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.** Actual rating is 3.5 I really enjoyed this book! It gave me all of the holiday and wintery vibes, and it was fantastic! It would be a cute read for winter/the holidays because it doesn't entirely focus on Christmas but gives alllll those vibes for that time of year. I like the characters, the kind of slow-burn romance. It gave me some feels of You've Got Mail which was fun! The two main characters were well-developed and likeable. And there were some great side characters that it would have been fun to get more of! A couple side characters were introduced at the beginning and then kind of dropped off and you didn't really see them again - which was just a little confusing since they were introduced right at the start, a time when you're not sure yet which side characters you need to keep track of. Anyways, I liked the plot. There were a few really sweet and romantic moments! I like that there were also incredibly real and raw moments of dealing with scary things in life. I will say the one thing I struggled with was that it was Victoria's idea for them to be honest with each other in their fake relationship - and then she was the one who was withholding details and telling the truth... I kind of hate when that happens. And the way it was all revealed was a tad predictable. But it was still an incredibly cute read! I read it in two days and enjoyed it! TW: infertility, car accident, death, injury, infidelity, body shaming, medical content, terminal illness, grief.

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