Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: ARC for review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Description: Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly
Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother's attempts to help aren't helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It's enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake's also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there's something even better than chocolate
My thoughts: Samantha Sterling has just been given a heavy load to bear. Her newly deceased step-father has left the family business in financial ruin. Somehow she needs to save the company in a few months because the bank has called in the note on the loan.
Her small tourist town has been impacted by weather, there isn't snow. When you are a community that capitalizes on winter weather, it puts the community in a financial bind. Samantha's sisters come up with a way to help the community and their chocolate factory, will it be enough or is it to late?
Better than chocolate is a fun book to read. Samantha finds herself in some very awkward moments. She handles them with as much grace as she can muster. Her sister's are fun sidekicks. The three of them make a great team and an interesting story.
The romance in the story is not the prominent theme, but is ever there to worry an linger in Samantha's mind. Blake is the manager of the bank calling in the loan. It is the last thing that he wants to do and somehow he needs to convince Samantha that he is on her side and wants her to succeed.
The the book has some adult humor, but not intimate sexual content. I think anyone who likes a romance will enjoy this book.