Today it’s back to Mandie for her blog tour review of Meet Me On the Riviera by Fliss Chester. Thanks to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting us to join the tour and to publisher Orion for providing a copy of the book for review. Here’s what it’s all about:
About the Book
Jet down to the Côte d’Azur for a Riviera romance…
It’s a summer of millionaires, martinis and mega-yachts as Jenna Jenkins starts her new job as a party planner in glamorous Monte Carlo. And while the champagne flows on deck – and rumours swirl below – Jenna finds she has a real knack of helping the super-rich go overboard at their glittering events.
But behind Jenna’s San-Tropez-tanned back, there’s a tussle going on for her affections. While her darling boyfriend, Angus Linklater, is embroiled in his own Hong Kong hijinks, Jenna has caught the eye of a mysterious and oh-so-gorgeous billionaire, who is used to getting whatever – and whomever – he wants.
With a fabulous wedding to plan, old friends Hugo and Sally bursting with news of their own, and some shady dealings threatening to rock the boat, life in Monaco is never plain sailing. So drop anchor, glam up, and meet me on the Riviera . . .Available from: Amazon | Waterstones | Kobo | Google Play | Apple Books
Jenna Jenkins loves working in the world of art but due to an unfortunate incident she is currently setting up pop up galleries in vacant spaces. Unfortunately, this doesn’t bring in much money and she doesn’t like the feeling of her boyfriend Angus supporting her. When she is given the opportunity to work on a boat in the riviera over the summer she jumps at the chance, especially as it coincides with Gus working in Hong Kong on a job for his old boss. Now moving in a different world, she comes to the attention of TG Wilkinson who decides he wants her for himself, and he is used to getting what he wants.
There was only really one character I truly disliked and surprisingly it wasn’t TG, despite him being quite manipulative and self-centred. It was Jenna’s friend Bertie. Despite supposedly being her friend, she never stopped an opportunity to put Jenna down or expect her to drop everything to plan things for her.
With the title of Meet Me on the Riviera, you would expect this book to be your typical rom com. I have to say that it is anything but that. Yes, there is the romance between Gus and Jenna, the misunderstandings and the temporary breakup, but there is also something else there. With threats to Jenna’s life and the manipulation of so many people by TG Wilkinson you get plenty to keep you engaged throughout the book. I loved Jenna. She doesn’t begrudge anyone their more affluent lifestyle and genuinely tries to get on with everyone. Even when her life is being thrown upside down, she is determined to help plan her friend’s wedding and keep on top of her job.
Fliss Chester has managed to create a story that captures your imagination as she whisks you away aboard impressive boats and her descriptions have you wishing you were there. Meet me on the Riviera is a great summer read that has a bit of everything, love, deception, friendships and exotic locations. The third book in the French Escapes Series it works well as a stand alone but I think even I might have missed out by not having read the previous two, if nothing else I would love to find out what else Jenna and her friends have got up to.
About the Author
Fliss Chester spent ten years as a journalist, writing about lifestyle and interiors, sampling the offerings in London’s bars and restaurants, press junkets and parties. Now she is co-owner of an independent wine merchant, based in the Surrey Hills. Never one to let a holiday get in the way of a wine tasting, Fliss adores combining her love of wine with her passion for writing – and has tasted her way around France, Spain and even Georgia while writing her novels.
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