Thursday, October 6, 2016

Melt My Heart, Cowboy (Love at the Chocolate Shop Book 1) by CJ Carmichael - Review


Who is the handsome cowboy who comes into small town Marietta’s chocolate shop every week to buy a box of chocolates? More importantly…who is he buying the chocolates for? These are the questions sales clerk Rosie Linn asks herself as she waits for her sadly neglected childhood home to sell so she can pursue an exciting new career in L.A.

Rosie finds out the answers the day rugged ranch hand Brant Willingham introduces himself and asks for her help in managing the care of his younger sister. Brant’s mother has recently died, leaving him the sole guardian of eighteen-year-old Sara Maria–who has been a puzzle to Brant ever since she began exhibiting signs of autism at age two.
Rosie and Brant come up with a plan. She’ll help with his sister if he handles repairs and a new paint job for her old house. It seems the perfect solution, but a new dilemma is created when the couple start spending time together. Brant discovers he doesn’t want Rosie to sell and leave, and Rosie fears she will have to choose between love and her dreams.

My Review: 

A sweet love story. 

For the last few months, Rosie Linn has looked forward to the handsome Friday night cowboy coming into Copper Mountain Chocolate Shop where she works.  He always buys the same box of chocolates and never tries anything else.  Whoever he is buying them for must really love dark chocolate salted caramels.  But Rosie has bigger things she should be focusing on besides trying to figure out the cowboy and who he is shopping for.  She is trying to sell her childhood home so she can begin her dream of being a screenwriter and moving to Los Angeles.  

After his mother’s death, Brant Willingham has been keeping his regular Friday night visit with his sister Sara Maria who lives at May Bell Care Home.  He brings her a box of chocolate and they go out for pizza and a movie.  But the staff at May Bell Care Home think Sara Maria really needs to be spending time with people her own age as she has grown bored living there.  So, Brant comes up with a plan.  He approaches the pretty girl at the chocolate shop and asks if she would be willing to spend time with his sister.  In exchange he will help her get her house ready to sell.

As Rosie and Sara Maria become friends, Brant also finds himself drawn to Rosie.  He really doesn’t have time for dating between working and driving into Marietta to see his sister.  But fate has a way of working things out and Brant and Rosie soon find themselves falling in love.  How will this effect Rosie’s plans of moving?

This was an enjoyable story and a good beginning to the new Love at the Chocolate Shop series.  The chemistry between the two main characters was very strong and I enjoyed learning their story.  I also enjoyed catching up with characters from past books and look forward to hearing more about them in the future.