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Monday, January 11, 2010

Sex and Chocolate: Chocolatier by Elizabeth Jewell

Sex and Chocolate: Chocolatier by Elizabeth Jewell
Publisher: Changeling Press
Length: Short Story (54 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Lotus

Perry Scranton’s chocolate shop in Silver River, Colorado, sells more than just orgasm-worthy truffles. His specialty is magical chocolate that leads whoever tastes it to their true love.

In spite of his magical matchmaking, Perry’s single. He expects he will remain so, since he’s gay, just turned forty, and lives in a tiny mountain town where his dating pool is so limited it might as well be nonexistent.

Until Foster Carlisle walks into his shop, tall and lean and hot as hell. With a strange feeling Foster might be “the one,” Perry hands him a very special piece of chocolate and hopes for the best…

Sometimes you just want a goofy love story, the kind where silly people fall in love and somehow come together in spite of themselves. Sex and Chocolate: Chocolatier is just that sort of story. It's funny, heartwarming, with the kind of unabashed glee that is infectious.

Perry is charmingly dorky, a sincere sensualist with just enough insecurity to be endearing. His desire to help others find love is real, springing from what seems to be a true sense of calling. I would have liked to find out more about him, though. What is the nature of his magic? Why does his family have these talents? Meeting his family also would have been a plus: something tells me they would have been fun. Foster is not as easy to like. He seems very casual about love and sex, and his inner dialogue is often focused on dieting. Truly, the reader does not need to know how he keeps that six-pack—just that he has one.

These two men have a fast-paced, turbulent love affair that starts off with curious lust and becomes an absorbing, consuming love. The sex is hot, if occasionally dubious, and their problems are the kind that really would spring from their situation. The book is a little short to plot out a real romantic arc, but it's almost love at first sight, so the pace doesn't feel rushed or forced. In the end, their feelings for each other are resolved, even though their situation is left up in the air.

Chocolatier is an indulgent, light-hearted love story that will speak to everyone's inner hedonist. Pick it up if you're in need of a smile and a happy sigh.

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