Monday, 23 March 2015

Cocktails in Chelsea - Nikki Moore

About the book...
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?

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. 

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.

My thoughts...
Cocktails in Chelsea is the fourth in the #LoveLondon series by Nikki Moore.  Short stories that have very clear messages, characters that'll get under your skin and leave you pondering.  

The lead character in this book Sofia, is staying with old childhood friends and biting her tongue because of their mothers - Sofia could live without Tori and Christie in her life but their mothers are close friends so she literally 'grins and bears it'.

The girls couldn't be more different, Tori and Christie are the WAG equivalent of Chelsea whist Sofia is a tomboy from Bournemouth - more comfortable in jeans and comfy boots than skimpy dresses and tottering heels.

She and the girls hit the cocktail bars on the Kings Road with Sofia having to look and act the part.  Here's where Nikki Moore's descriptive skills really kick in - everything about sisters Tori and Christie scream rich, spoilt brats, whilst everything about Sofia screams discomfort, she's like a fish out of water.

Add Nathan to the mix and we've got hormones flying everywhere, he is a cocktail waiter in the bar and the chemistry between him and Sofia is instant and palpable - although the charade they are both playing is like a brick wall between them. Sofia is drawn to him and he to her - yet he doesn't give an inch, Sofia is everything he despises in a woman, rich, spoilt, selfish and arrogant so despite the odd spark he is staying off limits.

Nikki reveals the true characters and feelings bit by bit - making Sofia in particular look at herself and as ever delivers a very clear message.  If you aren't comfortable in your own skin, if you are pretending to be someone you're not - your true character will not come across. Being true to yourself and your own values will give you confidence and happiness - and this will shine out. Self-respect comes from being true to who you really are and from acting in accordance with your fundamental nature.  When you respect yourself, others will respect you too.

As for Nathan we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, just because he was working in a bar mixing cocktails doesn't mean he had no ambition or drive - to get to where we want to be in life we have many hurdles to cross and if we have a plan each hurdle will have a purpose.

This was another quick easy read with characters that will grow on you with every turn of the page, I was looking for a happy ending and for Sofia to stand up for herself - which she does with pizzazz  the knock on effects of which are fantastic.  I'm not one to swoon at male characters in a book but there's something about tight black trousers, a white shirt and a cocktail shaker that does it for me!  

Another hit Ms Moore - next stop Chelsea for me - the bar bill may well be vast ;D

A giveaway...
How would you like to win a copy of Nikki's next book Strawberries at Wimbledon?