Meet Me in London

HQN: Harlequin. (Meet Me, Bk. 1). Sept. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9781335459978. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT This debut romance by British TV personality Toffolo (the first in a series whose second installment, Meet Me in Hawaii, was published in the U.K. in Mar. 2021) stars Victoria Scott, who dreams of being a fashion designer. She’s felt stalled since her ex-boyfriend takes that dream (and their work partnership) with him after cheating on her. Nowadays, Victoria spends her time managing a bar and teaching kids about fashion while working on her designs when she can. Oliver Russell is acting as the head of his family’s department store franchise, and the company is building a new location in Victoria’s London neighborhood. His dad is in poor health, and he will do anything to make his parents happy, even faking a fiancé. After a few chance encounters, Victoria and Oliver strike up a mutually beneficial partnership: Victoria will act as his fake fiancé until the new store opens and Oliver will host a fashion show at the grand opening for Victoria and her students. Victoria opens up Oliver’s eyes to what life can be, but she is harboring a secret that she thinks threatens Oliver’s life plans. The good news is they get along great, but things get a little too real as they spend more time together.
VERDICT A fun story for fans of the fake dating trope.
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