Monday, February 3, 2014

Love, Chocolate, and Beer by Violet Duke

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 brewmaster Dani Dobson is beyond riled up. It's bad enough the new shop owner in town comes locked and loaded with both a distractingly 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 clichés. 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.

***Note from Author***: Since the prequel to this novel (A Little Combustible Chemistry) is not yet free on all the sites as it was intended (I wrote it as a free gift for you amazing fans), I had this special combined edition of Love, Chocolate, and Beer made (prequel + novel) made so you can have the prequel free this way instead. So, when you purchase this book, the prequel will be included, and it will remain that way until the prequel e-book gets price-matched to free everywhere. 
VIOLET DUKE is the pen name of Nina Nakayama, lovingly chosen in honor of her two adorably wacky kids.  

Nina blames her lifelong addiction to reading on the public library she all but lived in as a kid.  Now decades later, she's still a bonafide book junkie with a book-a-day habit she can't kick and nightly reading-by-flashlight binges.

You could say that reading was her gateway obsession, with writing being its natural progression.  And she couldn't be happier for it.  She gets to scramble after a bunch of untamed story characters in her head for a living, without the fear of men in white coats and butterfly nets coming after her—not for those reasons anyway.

Like the heroines in her novels, Nina has had her fair share of ups and downs in life...along with a quirky happily-ever-after she couldn't have written better herself.  Her dream house on O‘ahu is one that some crazy builder let her draw up the plans for via an old bargain bin architecture software readable only on WinXP or older.  And the hero of her romantic tale is a guy who, after getting her number from her former student, tricked her into nightly marathon phone calls while she’d been trying to focus on her doctoral dissertation.  She ended up falling in love with the sneaky man within weeks­—before ever meeting him in person—and marrying him a few months later.  Now, whenever folks ask what inspired (possessed) her to one day put a pin in her career as an English Ed professor to pursue her dreams of becoming a romance author, she smiles and points an accusatory thumb at him.

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My take on it:

Here we have Dani, a brewmaster and business woman who thinks she's hard as stone, yet has the biggest, softest heart in the world. On the other side we have Luke, a super yummy chocolatier who has to be the most romantic, yummiest businessman of all time. Did I mention yummy? When you start adding in all of the people around them while they're circling each other you get a madhouse of hilarity and inspiration!! This book gave my face muscles a crazy amount of exercise! Smiling, laughing, grinning, frowning! I just can't wait to read more about Cactus Creek and these awesome people!!

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