Charmed by Chocolate by Steena Holmes

Posted March 2, 2017 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Series / 0 Comments

When Leah ran off to Southern California, she hoped to leave freezing cold winters and unrequited love behind. She was never meant for a small town life and the timing with her longtime best friend–and secret soul mate–was always hopelessly off.
But after a mishap on the hit reality show Charming, Leah declares her love for Wade nationwide and is publicly dubbed “Lonely Leah.” She returns to Marietta to hide at her family’s home–from the media who wants to turn her into a human interest story, from the townspeople upset with her blunder, and most of all, from Wade, who wants to talk.

It took Leah leaving town to wake Wade Burns up to the reality that he’s head over heels in love with his best friend. But now that she’s back home, she’s giving him the cold shoulder. With chocolate and a grand gesture, can Wade charm his way back into Leah’s heart?

Titles in the multi-author Love at the Chocolate Shop series include:  Melt My Heart, CowboyA Thankful HeartMontana Secret SantaThe Chocolate CureThe Valentine Quest – Charmed by Chocolate – The Chocolate Comeback – The Chocolate Touch – Sweet Home Cowboy

Title:  Charmed By Chocolate
Series:  Love At The Chocolate Shop #6
Author:  Steena Holmes
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 2, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  3.5 stars

Charmed Br Chocolate is a good story, that’s why the 3.5 rating – it’s a good story, one that many people will enjoy.

I’ll be frank and short.  I could not connect with Leah at all, and Wade was a close second to the non-connecting for me.  Loved being back in Marietta, enjoyed seeing Sage again, chuckled at Dylan’s continuous weather predicting difficulties and adored Gram.  But Leah frustrated me to the point of being ready to toss my Kindle at a wall (and I cherish my Kindle).  Her inability to speak her mind, her constant assuming everything, and the giving in to the BFF who is a major cause of a lot of Leah’s current problems – combine with the situation going on for far too long.  And no, I couldn’t care about them and if I don’t care I don’t enjoy a story.

This will be one of a handful of times when a story is getting a rounded up 4 star rating because of the “universe” it’s taking place in and my love of those people who make up that world… not because of the main couple.  I’m certain there is an audience who will love this one, and that’s great – not every reader feels the same and every review is merely one person’s opinion.  I wanted to love this story, I simply couldn’t, and that actually saddens me more than you might think.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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