Sunday, 11 January 2015

New Years Eve at The Ritz - Nikki Moore

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

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…


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...
I read Book 1 in the #LoveLondon series - Skating at Somerset House and loved it so much I immediately headed for Amazon to download this - Book 2.  I didn't read the blurb so I wasn't sure if it was going to have the same characters from the first book or not and had no idea what it would be about - other than a wild guess from the title ;D I just knew it was would be good and her publishers have once again provided a cover that is an explosion of colour, perfect in every way for the title.

The book starts with Frankie having a minor panic attack in the hairdressers, she's in a rut and wanting to change her life, beginning with a new hairstyle - trouble is she didn't give any specific instructions and Davey her hairdresser and friend cuts all her locks off - he loves it, she's not so sure.  


Frankie spends Christmas with her dad, returning to her flat, to a pile of post and amongst it an invitation for a New Year's Eve date - in the form of a scavenger hunt - follow the clues and the mystery date would be revealed.  She's not feeling the love, goes so far as to hide the letter and plans an evening at the local pub with pal Davey.  But, curiosity gets the better of her and after re-reading it, phones a friend for advice - the friend tells her what she really wanted to hear - to go for it.  Opting for the attitude, what has she got to lose? She really has no idea who it could be from, only perhaps her last boyfriend, Christian - if not him who? 


Nikki once again has created a character that is instantly likeable, she's laid-back and a bit ditzy - as she sets off I feel for her, chasing her tale because she's running late - as is the 'norm' apparently.  Life seems a bit grey for Frankie and I really cared, wanting her to find a bit of magic so willed her to take up the invite.  As she follows each clue, memories are revisited, allowing Frankie to analyse her feelings about her relationships, both romantic and platonic.  Making her question, how does she feel when she's spending time with them, who makes her feel the best? What is the most important factors in a relationship?


As the title would reveal the last clue takes her to The Ritz and her mystery date is revealed - I loved the clues and the thought processes they evoked.  I loved taking the journey with her, watching as each step strengthened her character,  allowing her to realise what was missing in her life and what was important to her happiness.  She was a different person by the time she arrived at the Ritz and had decided who she would like it to be waiting for her, she has narrowed it down to only two possibilities who were as different as chalk and cheese. 


This is a lovely read that delivers more than you'd expect from such a short story.  Nikki has written a book that not only delivers on the romantic front, after all, every girl wants a happy ending, especially at New Year.  But, she also made me smile, ahhh a lot and got me thinking, I love a bit pf pampering and gloss, what girl doesn't?  But, who would I have chosen?


I highly recommend this short story and a bit like in the last book where I visited Somerset House, I'm now off to The Ritz for dinner - Nikki  bring on No'3 - Valentine's on Primrose Hill, I can't wait.



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