Monday, 29 December 2014

Skating at Somerset House - Nikki Moore

About the book....
The first short story in the fun & flirty #LoveLondon series from exciting new chick lit author Nikki Moore!

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? 

About the author...
Nikki Moore lives in beautiful Dorset and writes short stories and touching, sexy romantic fiction. She's thrilled to be published by Harper Impulse, the digital first romance imprint of Harper Collins.

Be My Valentine, a collection of poignant short stories by Nikki and other Harper Impulse authors was published on 13 February 2014 and has received four and five star reviews. Her debut novel Crazy, Undercover, Love was published by Harper Impulse on 24th April 2014 and will be available in paperback on 25th September but can be pre-ordered via Amazon now.


On 21 February 2014 her short story 'A Night to Remember' was published in digital and print editions of the Mills & Boon / RNA anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply, edited by author Sue Moorcroft. Best-selling authors including Carole Matthews, Katie Fforde and Adele Parks feature. Nikki's short story in that anthology has been bundled with stories by Katie Fforde and Heidi Rice in a shortened ebook available from 1st April.


Nikki's was a finalist in several writing competitions from 2010 onwards, including Novelicious Undiscovered 2012. A member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, she has contributed to their magazine 'Romance Matters,' has far too much fun attending the annual conferences and has also chaired a panel and taken part in a workshop at the Festival of Romance.


She posts about three of her favourite things - Writing, Work and Wine - on her blog and believes in supporting other writers as part of a friendly, talented and diverse community so she often features other authors and new releases on her blog.


You can follow her on Twitter @NikkiMoore_Auth or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NikkiMooreWrites and she invites you to pop in for chats about love, life, writing or reading ... she is an avid reader so loves to talk about books!


My thoughts...
Many thanks to Harper Collins and Netgalley for providing an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give.

Firstly, I couldn't start without saying what a gorgeous cover - it's what grabbed me from the start - blue being my favourite colour and the fact I had a December trip to London planned - a perfect opportunity to check out the setting before reading the book.


There are two main characters Noel Summerford who is anti Christmas and loves summer and Holly Winterlake, she loves Christmas and hates summer. The irony of their names was totally wasted on me until I come to write my review - wow Nikki, I'm sorry.


It really is incredible when an author decided to write a series of novellas and has to get your attention in book one, creating characters with depth and mysteries, that will keep you hooked to the end.  Nikki has done this with spots on - I was hooked from the first page.


This was a truly, scrumptious read set at Somerset House where the Skating rink sits every year next to the Fortnum and Mason tree - an absolutely perfect setting.  Holly is an ex-professional skater, working at the rink and befriends Jasper, Noel's godson. 


When Noel and Holly meet there is a definite fizz in the air, although both do their best to appear unfazed by each other, each claiming to be too busy for love and relationships.  The banter was hilarious and I'm sure every other reader like me was waiting for the cracks to appear in their outward armour.  


I loved Nikki's descriptions of the rink and the skaters - they were so accurate, people either over dressed like Noel, so stiff they can't move, or so clearly on an impulse visit, totally underdressed and cold!  Whilst I was at Somerset House I watched so many people like Noel, clinging to the edge of the rink, doing the scissor action with their legs going in opposite directions whilst flailing their arms like windmills as they headed for the ice.


It's such a feel good book, I was so behind Holly, rooting for her to thaw the ice in Noel's heart and get him to see Christmas through her eyes, what he must have thought when he rescued Holly and had to take her home to her family - he was met with an explosion of colour, family and laughter, everything he disliked about christmas (or so he says!) I laughed so hard at the entertainment her family dragged him into - ouch, is all I'll say - I've been there LOL.


I literally cannot wait to read the second part in this #LoveLondon series - New Year at The Ritz

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