Review: Picnics in Hyde Park by Nikki Moore

The Blurb

‘Whoever said romance was dead, has clearly never read a Nikki Moore book.’ – Rachel’s Random Reads

The last story in the fun & flirty #LoveLondon series from exciting new chick lit author Nikki Moore! The perfect novel for reading in the sunshine … and falling in love with London.

Hot summer romance…or cold revenge?

Super nanny, Zoe Harper is mad! It was bad enough discovering her ex-fiancé Greg cheating on her just weeks before their wedding. But now she’s returned home to London to find her younger sister Melody has been left jobless, homeless, broke and dumped.

Zoe is determined to get revenge on the infamous Reilly brothers for her sister’s heartbreak. So when an unexpected opportunity gives Zoe a way in to uncaring—and dizzyingly gorgeous!—successful music producer Matt Reilly’s world, she jumps at the chance to make him pay.

But living with Matt as nanny to his two adorable, but complicated children, Zoe soon begins to suspect that not everything is as it seems… Matt insists on pushing everyone away including his children, but why? And if his delicious summer kisses are anything to go by, he can’t be that bad surely?

Can Zoe convince Matt to open up a little and help fix this family before she leaves…or worse, before Matt learns who she really is?

The Review

Oh my giddy aunt, I cannot express just how much I have loved the #LoveLondon stories. Having read all the short stories in the series it was such a thrill to get to read the full length novel. After I had finished turning the last page I felt that sensation of contentment that you only get after reading a good book. Picnics in Hyde Park is wonderful.

The whole #LoveLondon series had a cast of colourful and memorable characters and it was a joy to meet up with them again in Picnics in Hyde Park; Moore has woven them into the story so seamlessly that their presence in the novel is both plausible and expected (little hints are littered in the short stories – basically realisation light bulbs kept going off as I read the novel and understood the cross references).

Picnics in Hyde Park is about Zoe, a nanny who has just returned from America having been scorned by her lover. She returns angry and is further incensed when she finds out her younger sister Melody has just been wrongly terminated from her job. Zoe goes to find out why Melody as fired but unintentionally lands herself a job working for the same employer.

Zoe wants to exact revenge on behalf of her sister but as she falls deeper in love with the children that she is looking after but also her developing and complicated feelings for her boss Matt.

But the course of true love never did run smoothly.

As I said earlier, I bloody love the #LoveLondon series and Picnics in Hyde Park is no exception. I must admit I was yelling at the characters (in particular, Zoe) at several points in the novel. I had an impending sense of doom all the way through the story but it just spurned me on to read more. Picnics in Hyde Park was simply a delight to read and I am genuinely saddened that the series is over.

Picnics in Hyde Park by Nikki Moore is available now.

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