Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mini Review: A Taste of Chocolate

A Taste of Chocolate by Vonnie Davis was a sweet and mystical short story. It didn't thrill me as I'd hoped but it was still enjoyable.

Here's the synopsis:
Hope Morningstar has the worst luck with men. One boyfriend wrote her a “Dear John” letter while serving overseas. Her latest romantic interest broke up with her in a text. When a traffic detour puts her in an unfamiliar neighborhood, she stops at Freya’s Coffee Shop where she gets more than directions. She gets another chance at finding love.
Declan Fleming, scarred by a cheating ex-wife, has given up searching for love. He’s taken the route of a few other men and engaged the services of Freya, the matchmaker. Still, he’s been waiting for a year and he’s just about given up hope. Then Freya sends him Hope.
When feelings of insecurity and trust issues come into play, can finding love stand a chance? Can the magical influence of this matchmaker create a happy ending? After all, finding that one special love often involves a bit of special magic, does it not? 
This was quite a short short story, coming in at just 31 pages. The pace of this story wasn't too bad but I think Declan came on WAY too strong and, if I were Hope, I would have run in the other direction. I think a lot of the strong feelings came from the fact that he had been working with Freya for awhile and was waiting for his perfect match. Hope just sort of gets thrown into things. Not only does she have to deal with a...well...aggressive suitor (that may be a bit harsh but I can't think of a better word) but she has to try and make sense of Freya. What is she, exactly? Is she a witch? A fairy? Who knows!

A fun (I think) aside: Hope's reading a story in this story and I'm fairly certain it is the same That Dating Thing that is also published by Still Moments Publishing! I could be wrong and it could just be a coincidence but it made me giggle when I read it.

I think a lot of people would like A Taste of Chocolate by Vonnie Davis. I wish I had liked this one more as I thought I'd really enjoy it. I think I was just a little put off by how passionate Declan was and the intensity he had when pursuing Hope. Overall, it was sweet but was only an ok read for me.

*A copy of this short story was provided by the publisher, Still Moments Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.*

PS Fun fact! This is my 300th post! Whee! :)

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