The Chocolate Cure
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No more chocolate! No more meddling! No more men!
New Year’s resolutions are great. Announcing them in a crowded bar, with a chocolate martini in her hand? Not Maddie Cash’s finest moment. It’s time this new realtor got serious about her life and this time, she means it.
But when hospital volunteering lands her at the bedside of bruised and battered Mick Meyer, who has no knowledge of Maddie’s reputation – and no memory of the kiss he begged from her during that long, pain-filled night, her best-laid plans are put in jeopardy. It’s not just his sweet tooth that’s tempting her.
The hunky bush pilot with the concussion has an old family property to unload. Making this sale could be Maddie’s professional salvation. But when Mick turns on the charm, she’s in danger of forgetting all her best intentions... on chocolate... on meddling... and especially on men.
Chocolate Cures All
I really loved this fourth entry in the Love at the Chocolate Shop series, Chocolate Cure by Roxanne Snopek. In this book, realtor Maddie Cash resolves to give up drinking, chocolate, and men while standing on top of the bar in Gray’s Saloon on New Year’s Eve. That mean she needs to get serious about her life and stick to it. She must close a deal before the end of the month or lose her job. Mick Meyer is a hunky bush pilot with a concussion and an inherited family property to unload. Maddie ends up at Mick’s bedside in the ER on her first, and last, night of volunteering at the hospital. She continues to visit and assist Mick in his recovery. The only problem is the attraction between these two, fueled by chocolate and chemistry.
This was a fun, wonderful and entertaining story with very loveable and authentic characters you want to cheer on, hoping for that happy ending. The characters were well written with complex characteristics. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. I highly recommend this book to other readers. I am so looking forward to the next entry in the Love at the Chocolate Shop series.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Love continues to bloom at Marietta's chocolate shop. On a drunken whim Maddie Cash makes a New Year's resolution that is sure to fail as soon as she utters it! Giving up men, meddling, and chocolate? What was she thinking! Since she made this resolution in such a public way, she has no choice but to try her best to get through it. Then she meets Mick Meyer and things really get interesting.
This is a wonderfully fun read and one I would highly recommend.
Another Sweet Installment to the Chocolate Shop Series!
> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
I love the water-color marker effect of this series' covers. Looks to be a Yorkie in a travel bag between the feet of a couple standing face-to-face inside the chocolate shop. Cute sounding synopsis.
> > Looking Deeper < <
Mick ~> Bush pilot, flew in for Chad's stag weekend and used his newly-inherited fishing cabin as party base only to become injured while trying to secure his Cessna before a storm. No real roots, prefers to travel and keep on the move. Now he's grounded until further notice.
Maddie ~> Free-spirit and kind-hearted, often put everyone else ahead of herself even if that meant she was seen as flighty, irresponsible, meddling, a tease. She considered herself to be a bad sister, daughter, and friend. The nice one, but unable to do anything right. She needed something to ground her and a night in the ER as a volunteer just may be what she needed.
Secondaries ~> Various citizens of Marietta, Montana, plus cameos from outside family. Sufficient plot fillers.
Chemistry & Compatibility ~> Instant, but between his concussion and her resolutions, nothing was acted upon. This is a CLEAN romance with no more than a couple stolen kisses.
Dialogue and Interaction ~> Natural and realistic.
Plot & Flow ~> The plot was light, cute, fun. There was a fair amount of angst, but the lead couple were enjoyable as individuals as well as as a couple.
Conflicts & Resolutions ~> Other than the above mentioned New Year resolutions and her determination to prove to people that she can stick to being responsible and his "parking accident", concussion, and subsequent recovery, there's not a lot standing in their way... unless you want to also consider her smarmy co-worker or unethical boss. No loose ends are really left, though, in the end.
Predictability ~> Virtually nil. No big surprises. The plot could have taken a different path for Maddie and I'm a little sad to see that it didn't.
Conclusion ~> While the couple seem to receive an implied HEA, the ending felt awfully rushed and untidy.
Since each book revolves around a completely different couple and only loosely tied to the others via the chocolate shop and the town in which they reside, I'd say that this book could be read as a stand-alone fairly well. However, to gain the maximum experience that the series has to offer, I'd suggest reading it from the beginning.
Rating: [PG] ~ Score: 41.5 ~ Stars: 4
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