I like this little series from Nikki Moore, they feel much like a retelling over a pint with a girlfriend, one that is the ‘night’s entertainment’. Moore’s style is simple and direct, bringing a sense of the characters to light early, poking at the often preciously-held facades of ‘toney’ places, and have an overall sense of fun and hopefulness.
Cocktails in Chelsea
In this short story, the majority of the setting is a bar in Chelsea: an area known for showy bars, overpriced drinks, footballer’s wives and other ostentatious and pretentious elements. But Sofia is ‘all in’ for the weekend, after a get together with childhood friends. To be honest, Sofia is about as far removed from these two as possibly can be: she’s more of a tomboy and not into the flash and glam. But, when in Rome and all that – and she finds herself with the ‘stuck-up’ girls, and being tagged as such.
Nathan is adorable, and instantly decides that Sofia is just like her friends, and he’s tired of the type and the judgments. When he overhears Sofia speaking without the ‘false royal’ accent she had used to order from him, he starts to see something may be there for them.
As this is only a story over a weekend: there isn’t a ton of character development: both arrive well kitted out and show glimpses of their hearts quickly, to build an instant burn of attraction. When Sofia comes clean and the two really begin to talk, that burn has potential to go to all-consuming, but in a weekend? You’ll just have to read to find out!
A fun, non-challenging beachy read, or great for a quick pick-me-up at the end of a trying day, the #LoveLondon series by Nikki Moore never fails to bring a smile on a big red double-decker bus.
Title: Cocktails In Chelsea
Published on: 19 March, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Made in Chelsea?
Nathan Black is on a mission to prove himself. His family may be upper class and his cousin Matt might be a famous music producer, but he's going to make it on his own. So as soon as he has enough money set aside, he's quitting his bar-tending job on the King's Road and opening up his own cocktail bar. He hasn't got time for love, and definitely not with the spoilt Chelsea Princesses who flirt with him shamelessly every night. But is there something a bit different about the pretty blonde who's just walked in?
Bournemouth girl Sofia Gold is reluctantly visiting old childhood friends in London for Easter weekend. Keenly aware she's not part of their glamorous world, she's more comfortable riding a surfboard than wearing designer dresses and towering heels… although she's always had a soft spot for cocktails.
It's never really bothered Sofia that she's 'one of the boys,' and that her romantic experiences have been amazingly unspectacular, so when she meets gorgeous Nathan, why does she find herself faking an accent and pretending to be a London socialite? It can't be anything to do with impressing him, can it? After all, she's only in the capital for a few days…
But one impulsive kiss later, they both find themselves wishing for things they didn't know they wanted.
Spring in Chelsea – will love blossom?
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.