When Sarah Westwood’s deadbeat husband deserts her and their young son, she takes a job at her family’s restaurant, The Three Chocolatiers, working with her famous chef grandfather and her pastry chef cousin, Paisley. Determined to never fall for the wrong guy again, Sarah vows to stick to chocolate and steer clear of men, especially her delicious ice-cream supplier, Blake Harrison. But when Paisley signs her up for a dating site, Sarah is soon engaging in a sexy online flirtation with a stranger.
Blake Harrison wants nothing more than for Sarah to give him a chance, but all she’ll give him is the cold shoulder. Never one to run from a challenge, he works on becoming the kind of man Sarah can’t refuse. And since he just happens to be on the same dating site, he’s not above using a little cyber-intel to worm his way into her heart.
When Sarah’s grandfather collapses just weeks before an upscale chocolate-themed wedding that could make or break the business, the staff of The Three Chocolatiers is sent into a tailspin. With the pressure rising on personal and professional fronts, Sarah might just have to let someone sweet melt her defenses.
Includes four recipes from The Three Chocolatiers Cookbook.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sarah Westwood’s husband has abandoned her and their young son Devon. Now she is trying to recover from his betrayal but, understandably, has major trust issues. She now works at her family’s restaurant The Three Chocolatiers, which specializes in decadent chocolate fares. The restaurant has contracted for a major event, a chocolate-themed wedding. (OMG, the descriptions of this event will put you on a chocolate high just reading about it.) Sarah’s family has subcontracted with Blake Harrison who owns and runs a small ice cream manufacturing company with his family. Blake has been interested in Sarah for some time, but Sarah keeps brushing him off. Both Sarah and Blake, during an especially lonely time, turn to an online dating site. CoCoLvr and HotnCold begin an online flirtation, at first, not knowing the other’s identity. The story was a very light, fun, quick read. Perfect for a light holiday read that can easily be fit into a busy schedule. I loved the family bonds of both Sarah’s and Blake’s families. These are family you wouldn’t mind being a part of. And the chocolate labs are adorable – LOVE their names (Hershey and Kahlua). Ms. Cleare knows how to tell a story and will have you craving chocolate. And there’s a bonus – some yummy recipes at the back of the book.
The romance… sigh. The chocolate… mouthwatering. The family… wonderful. All these things describe this book. Everything was amazing. Sarah has been left by her loser husband to raise her son and is now afraid to commit to any man. Blake refuses to give up, even when his advances are not returned. I love how persistent he is when courting Sarah. Courting is exactly the right word too. He brings her flowers, takes her to dinner, spends time with her and her son. He does everything right including letting her have the space to stay true to herself. This relationship is wonderful, it is true to life, it is strong, and it is beautiful. Blake not only woos Sarah he woos her son also. I love the family restaurant setting. My family owns a restaurant and the arguments, the struggles, and the fun of working together is all portrayed perfectly. When the going gets tough the family just pulls together and does what has to be done to make things work. That is exactly what happens in a family business. There are clues as to what is happening around Sarah. It wasn’t hard to figure out but I liked that Gail Cleare didn’t just give up the secret. She wrote the story pulling the reader in and not letting go until the end of the book. I recommend picking up your own copy and meeting the family of The Three Chocolatiers.
A great love story with a lot of will they or won't they moments. Great characters that you want to hug and slap at the same time. Only problem is you may eat more chocolate than normal! Added bonus of a guardian angel and recipes!