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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Mini Reviews: Skating at Somerset House and New Year at the Ritz by Nikki Moore



Blurb from Goodreads:
There’s nothing Holly Winterlake loves more than Christmas and skating, so working as an Ice Marshall at London's Somerset House is a dream come true.

Noel Summerford hates the festive season and is a disaster on the ice, so taking his godson to Somerset House is his idea of the nightmare before Christmas!

Things are bound to get interesting when these two collide…

With a forty foot Christmas tree, an assortment of well meaning friends and relatives, and a mad chocolate Labrador, will this festive season be one to remember … or forget?
My Review:
 
This was definitely a quick, holiday read -- Noel meets Holly at the skating rink when taking his godson ice skating right before Christmas.  Noel, of course, hates Christmas whereas Holly loves it.  Sparks fly and somehow Noel ends up spending the holiday with Holly's family in the most Christmas scene you can imagine and end up loving Christmas.  This wasn't bad just not very well developed -- kind of like a small segment of a Lifetime movie. This was very British (I lived in England for two years) so if you are in the mood for a British holiday short story, this may be right up your alley!



Blurb from Goodreads:
New Year, New Love… or Old Love, New Start?

Everyone keeps telling Frankie Taylor that a new year is a time for new beginnings. She's not so sure. Single for six months, she's been more than happy on her own, thanks very much!

At least, that's what she thinks until she receives a note on New Year’s Eve inviting her to follow the clues, and her heart, across Knightsbridge.

But who's behind the romantic adventure? Old flame Christian who she loved for years and was always there for her, or new admirer and work colleague Zack, who has the habit of turning up in all sorts of unexpected places?

There's only one way she's going to find out…
  
The second story in this #Love London anthology (I couldn't get past this second story) wasn't as successful as the first one.  I really liked the set-up -- a romantic scavenger hunt that ends at the Ritz?!  But the story was more focused on Frankie's sad history of injury and her mother's death, and dealing with her father's devolving mental state.  This would be fine for a longer, more complex story but it just felt thrown into the background of this otherwise supposed to be romantic and cheery new year's eve story.  The end was good but it seemed like there were so many threads left hanging.

3 comments:

  1. Sorry these weren't better. The covers are adorable though!

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  2. I've never come across these before. Sorry they weren't great reads for you.

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  3. I'm not a big fan of the cover girl! Sorry this wasn't a great read read for you :( Sometimes that just happens and you'll move onto the next book so you can fall in love with your next read! I hope that happens for you! <3

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