Dulcie Carter has been running her family candy shop since her mom passed away. In addition to that, she’s been trying to fulfill her mother’s dreams for her and getting her MBA, hoping that some of the classes that she hates will turn out to be useful. So the fact that she’s busy is an understatement. She barely has time to make herself presentable most mornings before she is out the door so dating is definitely not something she’s concerned about.
The candy shop is struggling and she isn’t sure how much longer she’ll be able to keep her mother’s dream alive until she’s invited to the Assembly of Chocolatiers competition. Her first solo and last solo showing was a major disaster so she’s stayed away, but the $50,000 in prize money and notoriety that goes to the winner could really help.
Nick Sugarman… yes.. that’s his real name, is the son of Dulcie’s stores main competition. Both in the small town where they live and also at the competition. The year Dulcie screwed up was the year they won. When she meets Nick, the connection is instant and despite a secret ‘fued’ (according to Nick’s father and Dulcie’s grandmother) they go against family wishes and sneak around.
The big question is what will happen when the competition gets going and will this family feud come between them?
I liked this book. It was another one that was just middle of the road for me. Was it sweet… yes. Was it cute at times… yes. The writing was good, the story was pretty good and fairly original (setting etc).
I didn’t really buy the chemistry between Nick and Dulcie to be honest. It seemed like the story kind of skimmed over their getting to know you parts and jumped right into this ‘well, we’ve kissed a few times so we totally know each other’. I just felt like something was missing in the story and instead of being about them and their evolving romance it became more about the store and chocolates and the competition. I wanted more about the characters.
Nick – was a total sweetheart – his passion is cupcakes (how can you not love this guy already) he came across (except for one part) as sweet and insecure and vulnerable. He grew up liking all those chocolates that Dulcie’s store created a bit too much, so he was chubby when he was younger. Now, he’s a handsome young man with a Harvard degree, stuck with a family business he really doesn’t care about.
So… I’m not going to tell you anymore, LOL I’ve rambled a bit with this.
Definitely give this a read if you’re looking for something sweet and tame with a little bit of angst and a tiny bit of romance.