Title: The Chocolate Cure
Author: Roxanne Snopek
Series: Love at the Chocolate Shop #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 12th Jan
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.
Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
I really enjoyed this latest offering from the multi-author Love At The Chocolate Shop series. Maddie has been a minor character flitting through the other books, so it was nice to finally get to know her properly, especially after her impulsive New Year’s Eve resolutions have her giving up meddling, men and chocolate. Not that anyone expects her to stick to it, but Maddie’s fed up of living down to people’s expectations so she’s determined to stick it out this time – and keep her job too.
I liked Maddie a lot. She’s a bit scatty at times, but her heart is definitely in the right place – which is why she makes such a poor job of selling houses. She doesn’t think people should settle for things that aren’t right for them, which is great for the buyers, but not so good for her boss’ business. It’s obvious throughout that she really cares about what she does, even if she doesn’t always go the best way about it, and I found her easy to like.
Mick was interesting, because for most of the book he isn’t really acting like himself. Although, can I just say, it is so refreshing to have a book in which a head trauma is something that genuinely has to be recovered from and not just something that’s shrugged off and forgotten about the next day. Anyway, yes, Mick. I liked him. He’s a bit of a wanderer, but I loved how he saw the real Maddie right from the start and appreciated her throughout. Even though there were times when I wanted to shake him for being far too macho for his own good regarding his injuries. Fool.
Their romance is a bit of a slow burner, thanks to Maddie’s resolutions and Mick’s injuries, but I really liked how they got to know each other throughout. They’re good together and even if I wasn’t certain about how all the details would pan out, I really wanted them to find a way.
Throw in the town of Marietta and some familiar faces at the chocolate shop and I found this an easy, enjoyable read. The characters are likable, the chocolate sounds delicious and the romance was lovely and sweet. I can’t wait to see who this series focuses on next.
The Chocolate Cure is out January 12th.
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