domenica 20 marzo 2016

Review&Giveaway: Sweet Haven by Shirlee McCoy

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Home Sweet Home #1
Shirlee McCoy
Released February 23rd, 2016
Zebra: Kensington

In Benevolence, Washington, the Lamont family's irresistible handmade chocolates are a cherished tradition--and always a reason to celebrate. And now they're giving the three Lamont sisters, one by one, delicious chances to start again, make a change, and have their sweetest dreams come true...

Neighbors who care, a peaceful routine--accountant Adeline Lamont is glad some things about her beloved hometown never change. But when her grandfather is injured, she has to run the family store, Chocolate Haven, and make its legendary fudge. Trouble is, she can't get the recipe right to save her life--or Chocolate Haven. And she doesn't need her ornery new tenant, Sinclair Jefferson, stirring up the pot with his help--and daring Addie to taste her wild side…

Once Sinclair gets his hapless brother back on track, he's leaving Benevolence for good this time. He's made his life far away from his irresponsible family and their scandals. Trouble is, he can't quite stay away from Addie's optimism, enticing plus-size curves, and kindness to those who need it most. But they don't seem to have a thing in common--except that Addie's passion for chocolate, and for Benevolence, is just as contagious as Sinclair's passion for her. Maybe small-town life has its charms after all…

My Review

It 's a very sweet and funny romance, set in a peaceful town in Washington state, in which chocolate is one of the protagonists.
Addie still lives in the small town where she was born, working as an accountant and she is single. Once she was almost about to get married but then he broke her heart and she decided not to suffer more. She likes her monotonous and peaceful life. But when her grandfather is hospitalized, her life becomes very chaotic and stressful. She must manage his chocolate shop, Chocolate Haven, and she hates chocolate. She should also lose a few pounds to get into a hideous bridesmaid dress. To say nothing of the handsome guy, Sinclair,  who has rented for a few weeks her grandfather's apartment, just above the shop. He's really arrogant and grumpy. But some strange events approach them ....
The characters are very realistic with whom it is easy to empathize. Addie and Sinclair are very different, she enjoys her simple life in Benevolence. Sinclair, instead, has never loved his city, soon as he could he had enrolled and never came back. Now he comes back to help his brother to restore their grandfather's house but he can't wait to go away again. They are both willing to make huge sacrifices to help their family. After the first clashes, their relationship evolves and becomes really amazing.
I like Benevolence, a quiet community with some bizarre inhabitants, where gossip travels at the speed of light and in which a mother is informed to the hairdresser when her daughter made her last cut.
I am happy to know that it is the first book in a series, I can not wait to read the next episodes.
It's a funny and heart-warming book, with an aura of mystery and a cute little dog that combines so many trouble.
If you enjoy reading sweet romance, then definitely pick this up!


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Shirlee McCoy spent her childhood making up stories and acting them out with her sister. It wasn’t long before she discovered Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, her mother’s gothic romances . . . and became an ardent fan of romantic suspense. She still enjoys losing herself in a good book. And she still loves making up stories. Shirlee and her husband live in Washington and have five children. Readers can visit her website at

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