Title: Love, Chocolate and Beer
Author: Violet Duke
Series: Cactus Creek #1
Release Date: January 31st 2014
Genre/s: Contemporary Romance
Format: E-book; 347 pages
Source: Bought (Amazon-Free)
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Romance has met its most unlikely match-up…
Luke Bradford is a chocolatier on a mission. After moving his chocolate shop, and newly single life, to the quirky town of Cactus Creek, Luke wants nothing more than to devote all his energy into making his business a success—by taking the romance market by storm. But his grand plans get thrown for a loop when he locks horns with the feisty beer-brewing beauty next door who calls his ‘romantic idealism’ a load of fairytale bull. Soon, driving the woman sparking nuts becomes another wickedly fun priority he simply can’t get enough of.
In his defense, she’s addictively easy to incite…and plain impossible to resist.
Beloved local brew-master Dani Dobson is beyond riled up. It’s bad enough the new shop owner in town comes locked and loaded with both a distractedly rugged charm and sexy flashing dimples, but the whole only-in-the-movies variety of romance he’s selling—the kind her world has been crushed by before—is really doing a number on her allergy to unrealistic cliches. What’s worse, he’s created an annoyingly clever ad campaign that dubs ‘beer joints’ like hers as the “cave where romance goes to hibernate.” The nerve of that man.
Combustible chemistry or not, damn it, this means war. The stakes…very likely, her heart.
I got this book at the beginning of the month off amazon and started reading it almost right away, the plan was to have quite a few romance books read for Valentines weekend, unfortunately that didn’t happen because I fell in love with the book and the characters and had a hard time letting go.
I read the prequel to this book A Little Combustible Chemistry and you can read my mini review of it here. This book was about a girl who has convinced herself that love isn’t for her after having her mother walking out on her and a relationship that blasted her heart to smithereens, she forsakes love when it comes to herself but is unknowingly a hopeless romantic for others and has been for years. A little friendly competition between two businesses sparks an unlikely romance for the girl who doesn’t want to believe in the magic of love.
This novel was a tear jerker ^ I attempted to give my best sum up of the book without giving away any spoilers but it doesn’t do it justice. I didn’t really want to put the book down but after the plot started to head towards it major turning point, I had fallen in love with the main couple so much that I didn’t want to see negative things happen and so I tried to prolong and hold on as much as I could. But in the end I was happy with the way the book turned out, the author saved quite a few plot twists for the end, most of which I laughed my bottom off too.
This was a great find to read around Valentines Day, and the author being a new to me, it was a great treat. I look forward to reading the rest of the series, I couldn’t imagine leaving all the great characters I got to meet behind just yet.
My Rating: 4.5/5
A Little Combustible Chemistry – #0.5 – Review
Love, Chocolate and Beer – #1
Love, Diamonds and Spades -#2
Love, Tussels and Takedowns – #3
Love, Exes and Ohs – #4
Love, Sidelines and Endzones – #5
Love, Stilettos and Cufflinks – #6 – coming soon
Love, Meddling and Mistletoe – coming soon
About the Author
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. When she’s not arguing with her story characters or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, she enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools while trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first and cooking ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. Violet lives in Hawai’i with her two cute kids and similarly adorable husband.