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Friday, November 6, 2009

Sex and Chocolate: Toxic by Belinda McBride



Sex and Chocolate: Toxic by Belinda McBride
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (71 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Holly

There are three things that Dr. Briony Theale loves. Her job as a veterinarian, a good bar of rich, dark chocolate, and Rico, the new ranger in charge of the Wildlife Rescue center. When a casual dinner with the mysterious Rico turns surprisingly intimate, Briony realizes that she might just have a chance with him after all, if only she could lose a few pounds. It's the ultimate sacrifice, but Briony goes cold turkey, and swears off chocolate forever.

Rico Montgomery fell hard for Briony the first time he set eyes on the curvy little doctor. Her brown hair and cocoa skin trigger cravings that he can barely control, and her fragrance is like the sweetest, richest chocolate he's ever scented in his life. That's a bad thing for Rico, because to a werewolf like him, chocolate is literally a toxin.

Rico can't live with it, and Briony can't live without it. And when a certain wandering wolf finds a bag of chocolate in the Dumpster near Briony's clinic, these two will find just how toxic love can be.

Veterinarian Briony Theale has three things she loves. Her job, dark chocolate and the new ranger at the Rescue Center, Rico Montgomery.

Because of her love of chocolate, Briony is not s slim and slinky woman, and she decides if she is ever to have a chance with Rico, she needs to give up chocolate and get in shape. Rico is attracted to Briony just as she is, and he loves her scent, which is a combination of chocolate and woman. But Rico has a secret, and he needs to think long and hard before doing anything that could hurt Briony.

When his alternate ego gets a hold of the bag of chocolate that Briony tosses in the trash, it could be fatal. Can Rico survive his chocolate binge? Will Briony run when she finds out what Rico really is? And will Rico ever live down waking up nude in a dog crate in the veterinary clinic?

Belinda McBride writes with a wicked sense of humor. I love Briony Theale. She takes care of business and doesn’t let things throw her off her game. So what if the guy she’s been panting after is a werewolf. She is a strong-willed woman, and once she faces the reality of what he is, she finds she is more fascinated than scared.

I love that the rest of the pack calls her The Neuter Queen. Rico is embarrassed at first, when he realizes she has seen him at his very worst, being sick and even taking his temperature while he was in wolf form. When Briony understands that Rico is not turned off by her extra curves, she relaxes and enjoys his company.

Ms. McBride has written a warm and funny story, but one also filled with passion, love and hot sex in a vet’s office. I think that is a first for me, but I hope we get to see more of this pack in the future. I recommend this for anyone who wants a smile, a giggle and a hot reading experience.

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