Skating at Somerset House (A Christmas Short Story)
Love London Series
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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?
‘Most definitely a must read for all romance fans!’ – Chicks That Read
‘I couldn't put the book down!’ – Erin’s Choice
About the author
A Dorset girl and social media addict, Nikki Moore has a HR day job to keep her busy alongside the writing. She was in the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Scheme for four years and is now a full RNA member. Nikki was a finalist in several writing competitions from 2010 including the Elizabeth Goudge trophy and Novelicious Undiscovered, before being offered a publishing contract.
Published mainly by HarperImpulse, she’s the author of the #LoveLondon series, which has attracted four and five star reviews on Amazon, with some of the novellas featuring in the Top 100 short story charts on Kobo and the Top 20 in the Amazon UK bestsellers Holiday chart. The last in the series, Picnics in Hyde Park is due out in August 15 as an eBook, with a paperback to follow. She has a short story in the bestselling RNA/Mills & Boon anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply. Her debut novel Crazy, Undercover, Love was shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon Award 2015 (for new writing) and she is a strong supporter of aspiring authors.
Please pop over for a chat on Twitter @NikkiMoore_Auth or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NikkiMooreWrites. She would love to hear from you!
a fun, light and quick read that packs a punch with a twist of London
What a perfect introduction to this author and her new series: having never read Nikki Moore before, this short installment was the perfect bite of holiday cheer with fun characters, clever plotting and a sweet romance mixed in.
Holly has scored the perfect winter job: a former competitive ice skater and perennial happy-go-lucky lover of all things Christmas, she is an ice marshall (sort of a lifeguard/crowd control) at the Somerset House courtyard ice rink. In her element – Holly is everything that an employer would want for that position: she can skate, she is helpful and always smiling, and she truly LOVES being on the ice.
Noel despises winter and everything that it entails, especially Christmas. While he has his reasons, he also is trying to be a good and fun godfather when he agrees to spend time with young Jasper at the ice rink. Noel has a touch of scrooge in him, with some justifiable reasons, but he is intrigued by Holly, even if his manner is gruff.
These two feel like polar opposites at first, with a gentle push-pull and clever dialogue that softens Noel’s rough edges, and Holly’s family is priceless with a tonic-drinking dog and their welcoming and warm attitude.
I really enjoyed this story, and the setting of Somerset House (a gorgeous neo-classical estate home that looks over the Thames) is a lovely setting and infuses that curious mix of modern and historic that is so prevalent in London. Holly and Noel are wonderful characters, well developed and given solid backstories, showing the author’s skill to pack so much punch into so few pages.
The character reveals, backstory and some gentle growth and change to enable and solidify their romance works perfectly, giving both characters life and breath together and apart.
If you want a fun, light and quick read that packs a punch with a twist of London tossed in to add flavor, this is the perfect story.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review: I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
- Category: Fiction & Literature
- Published: Dec 04, 2014
- Publisher: HarperImpulse
- Seller: HarperCollins
- Print Length: 74 Pages
- Language: English